Tang Tong Boon, PhD
Director, Institute of Health & Analytics
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
Title of talk: Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy and Its Applications in Mental Healthcare
Neuropsychiatric disorder is the third major factor contributing to global DALY (disability adjusted life year). The DALY is a measure of overall disease burden, expressed as the cumulative number of years lost due to ill-health, disability or early death. In terms of impact, mental illness is predicted to hit output loss the hardest by disease type, soaring from 8.5 trillion USD in 2010 to 16.1 trillion USD in 2030. Advanced neuroimaging modalities such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) help scientists better understand about how our brains function and how to diagnose different mental illnesses. However, the operation cost is high and it has poor temporal resolution. In this talk, I will introduce a relatively new neuroimaging modality named functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). The basic operation principles and its data analysis will be described. Its translation to real-world applications in Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis, mental stress detection and cognitive training will be presented.
Tang Tong Boon received his PhD and BEng (Hons) degrees in Electronics amd Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, UK. Currently, he is the Director at the Institute of Health and Analytics, and an Associate Professor at Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia. Previously, he was with Lucent Technologies, Singapore, and the University of Edinburgh, UK. His research interests cover different aspects of biomedical instrumentation, from device and measurement to data fusion. More recently, he studies about functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and its applications for local community. In 2017, he set up a hub for fNIRS related collaborative research and training programme in partnership with HITACHI, Japan. He serves as a Board Member of International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF), Secretary of Malaysia National Centre of Excellence (HICOE) Council, and the Vice-Chair of IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (Malaysia Chapter).