As a computer science graduate from MIT, Runpeng has always held an interest in neuroscience and computing. Prior to joining Brain Power, he had already worked heavily on machine learning and AI applications that could augment understanding of the brain, or be leveraged for social good. From devising automated methods for analyzing abnormal neural activity in ASD knockout mice, to motion magnification of facial micro-expressions using computer vision tools, his exposure was broad.

Throughout his years at MIT, Runpeng had been immensely passionate about work at the interface of neuroscience tech, assistive healthcare, and software development. Brain Power offered all of these, and the unique opportunity to create augmented reality experiences that could also make an immediate impact on local families affected by ASD.

Emotion AI is something that excites Runpeng. “When emotion technology is bolted to a lightweight, head-mounted device such as Google Glass, the possibilities are limitless. You’re able to create learning experiences for the child that are private, non-invasive, and adaptive to personal skills and needs. Emotion technology is still in a stage of rapid development, in terms of improving real-time accuracy and recognizing more nuanced classifications. I’m excited to see just how much better the technology can get in the next few years!”

The ability for technology to connect people and places is what excites Runpeng the most. Technology can create new experiences and realities, and inspire humanitarian work. “We’ve seen it in the 1990s with the World Wide Web, in the last decade with the smartphone.” And now’s the time for smartglasses and head-mounted wearables to break even more technological barriers.