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Innovation Design Engineering (MA/MSc)

Linxi Cao


Linxi Cao is an interdisciplinary designer with a background in architecture and user experience design. With a passion for systematic thinking and design strategy, she is dedicated to creating sustainable and impactful solutions that enhance people's lives through the seamless integration of design and technology. Her current focus lies in the domains of environment, healthcare, and the creative industry, where she strives to make a positive difference through her innovative and human-centered approach.

Relevant experience

Promotion Intern -Mayor's Entrepreneur Competition (2023)

UI/UX Designer -Weride (2021)

Planning Assistant -Guangzhou Fanglue Architecture Planning and Design Company (2020)


MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering - Royal College of Art & Imperial College London (2021-2023)

B.E. Rural and Urban Planning - South China University of Technology (2016-2021)

Exhibitions & Awards

Final Winner, Good Interventions '23 - Parsons School of Design

Finalist, Mayor’s Entrepreneurship Competition 2023 - Mayor’s Fund For London

2022 London Design Festival - Royal College of Arts, LDF

Winner, IMPACT - Westminster City Council X  Royal College of Art 

Finalist, OPPO X RCA 2022, OPPO X Royal College of Art

Linxi, a young designer in a red tops is smiling with confidence. She's standing in front of a grey wall.

My journey as an innovator

I have five-year experience in Architecture and Urban Planning, during which I explored the tricky issues our living environment faced. These problems are complicated and need interdisciplinary knowledge to cope with creatively. It`s a driving motivation for me to explore new fields in either design or engineering. I developed my skills and gained knowledge in Interaction Design, Service Design, and Design Engineering as well as collaboration and communication within multidisciplinary teams. I committed myself to exploring innovative, creative, and impactful solutions in a wide range of fields in IDE. Please see some of my experience here:


MicroSentry, 2023 - Microplastic detection system

Soul Chair, 2022 - Superform chair

Village Basket, 2020 - Agricultural products sale system for poverty villages 

Wind Rises, 2020 - Public installation to collect the catkins of urban willows

This innovative smart wearable device is specifically designed to navigate the complexities of postictal confusion after seizures by providing contextual information through bone-conducted earphones. Harnessing the power of advanced in-ear biometric detection and machine learning, the device automates seizure detection and delivers personalized voice messages tailored to the user's specific time, location, activity, and personal schedule. Mnemosyne empowers individuals living with epilepsy to proactively manage their seizures and lead a more fulfilling life.

A wearable product on purple and grey background
A wearable product on purple and dark background
Data and facts about epilepsy

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders, with around 50 million people affected worldwide. It's a long-term condition that affects the brain with abnormal electrical activities and causes frequent seizures. Approximately 30% of patients live with uncontrolled seizures for an extended period.

Text of "It's common to have awareness impaired unexpected multiple in daily or weekly basis."
Impacts of postictal confusion on people's life in terms of carrying out daily task, having social lide and mental health.

For people living with epilepsy, they might experience multiple awareness-impaired seizures without warning on a daily or weekly basis. Although these seizures might not require immediate medical attention, they can cause cognitive impairment after seizures.

Postictal confusion occurs during the recovery period following a seizure when the patient experiences memory loss, disorientation, and difficulty recalling information. It has a significant impact on people's lives in terms of carrying out daily tasks, building social relationships, and maintaining mental health.

According to interviews with epilepsy experts and patients, postictal confusion is a neglected aspect of epilepsy. Sadly, there is no effective solution.

online talk and workshop information about epilepsy
brainstorming ideas of solution for postictal confusion

Through a focus group workshop with six engaged patients, it was discovered that what people need during postictal confusion is timely help with contextual information provided to assist them understand the situation and bridge the memory gap. With this finding, a solution is generated.

User journey map 1
User journey map 2
System of contents generation

Mnemosyne can be worn on a daily basis, providing real-time seizure monitoring through in-ear biometric detection. It automatically initiates voice assistance when seizures happen, using bone-conduction technology, and deliver contextual information to guide the user through confusion.

Mnemosyne combines advanced technology with intelligent voice assistance tailored to the user's specific needs. With location awareness, activity mode detection, time synchronization, and real-time seizure onset analysis, it provides personalized and timely voice prompts. This feature ensures that users receive relevant information and support based on their current context, empowering them to effectively manage their daily routines while addressing seizure-related challenges.

a yound lady wearing Mnemosyne, eating food and sitting in front of a laptop, looks realxing
A man wearing Mnemosyne in right ear
A lady earing Mnemosyn standing in front of a green door
An old man wearing Mnemosyne
architecture of seizure detection system

Seizure detection is a crucial component that drives the entire system. Based on advancements in in-ear biometric detection, signal processing, and machine learning, the Mnemosyne system can extract typical seizure-related features from the biometric signal and detect even non-motor seizures.

The product design considered functionality, ergonomics and aesthetic
Materials involved in the design
Render of the device with a bringht background
Rendring of the product with a grey background

Mnemosyne is designed considering the requirements of functionality (electronics placement, ergonomics, user requirements, etc.) and aesthetics. I am committed to making the product not just an assistive device, but also a symbol of a positive attitude towards epilepsy and the challenges it brings. The device is designed to resemble an elegant earring, intended to boost confidence for users when wearing it.

Mnemosyne has the potential to make a significant impact on the lives of those affected by postictal confusion.

However, epilepsy poses a range of challenges beyond memory issues, including lifestyle adjustments, stigma, employment barriers, and mental health concerns. It is crucial for society to pay attention to these challenges and work towards comprehensive solutions that empower individuals living with epilepsy, promote inclusivity, and foster a supportive environment. Let's raise awareness, encourage understanding, and build a more inclusive society for everyone affected by epilepsy.

4 people standing together
MicroSnetryMayor's Entrepreneur Finalist 2023: Microplastics are a growing problem in our oceans and waterways. Current methods for detecting microplastics in water bodies are a resource-intensive process that requires a great deal of expertise, expensive equipment, labour and time. MicroSentry is an innovative solution addressing this problem. Our device is a low-cost and field-deployable in-situ sensor that can be attached to existing infrastructures such as data buoys, research vessels, and piers.
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SmartMosaicWCCx RCA IMPACT Final Winner: Smart Mosaic is a smart digital platform that help connect residents and the city council and engage them together into the community building.