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Suranga Chandima NANAYAKKARA

Associate Professor

  • PhD, National University of Singapore
  • BEng, National University of Singapore

Suranga Nanayakkara is an Associate Professor at the Department of Information Systems & Analytics, School of Computing, National University of Singapore (NUS). Before joining NUS, Suranga worked as an Associate Professor at Auckland Bioengineering Institute, University of Auckland. Prior to that, he was with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) as an Assistant Professor and was also a Postdoctoral Associate at the MIT Media Lab. He received his PhD in 2010 and BEng in 2005 from the National University of Singapore. In 2011, he founded the "Augmented Human Lab" to explore ways of designing intelligent human-computer interfaces that extend the limits of our perceptual and cognitive capabilities. Suranga's work is most important to the people whose lives it most directly impacts: those who face challenges functioning in our world due to sensory deficits in hearing or vision. More importantly, the technologies that Suranga has developed is not only applicable to those specific communities but potentially has a broader range of applications, due to his emphasis on “enabling”, rather than “fixing". Suranga is a Senior Member of ACM and has taken on a number of roles, including General Chair of Augmented Human Conference in 2015. He was also appointed to many review and program committees including SIG CHI, TEI and UIST. With publications in prestigious conferences, demonstrations, patents, media coverage and real-world deployments, Suranga has demonstrated the potential of advancing state of the art technology in Assistive Human-Computer Interfaces. For the totality and breadth of his achievements, he has won many awards including MIT TechReview's Young Inventor Under 35 award (TR35) in the Asia Pacific region, the Outstanding Young Persons of Sri Lanka (TOYP) award, and INK Fellowship 2016.

RESEARCH AREAS

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Human Computer Interaction, Assistive Augmentation, Design Science Research, Assistive Technologies

RESEARCH PROJECTS

RESEARCH GROUPS

TEACHING INNOVATIONS

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Scratch and Sense: Using Real-Time Sensor Data to Motivate Students Learning Scratch
  • TickleFoot: Design, Development and Evaluation of a Novel Foot-tickling Mechanism that Can Evoke Laughter
  • StressShoe: A DIY Toolkit for just-in-time Personalised Stress Interventions for Office Workers Performing Sedentary Tasks
  • Sensor-Based Interactive Worksheets to Support Guided Scientific Inquiry
  • OM: A Comprehensive Tool to Elicit Subjective Vibrotactile Expressions Associated with Contextualised Meaning in Our Everyday Lives
  • KinVoices: Using Voices of Friends and Family in Voice Interfaces
  • Jammify: Interactive Multi-Sensory System for Digital Art Jamming
  • ClothTiles: A Prototyping Platform to Fabricate Customized Actuators on Clothing using 3D Printing and Shape-Memory Alloys
  • Augmented Foot: A Comprehensive Survey of Augmented Foot Interfaces
  • ANISMA: A Prototyping Toolkit to Explore Haptic Skin Deformation Applications Using Shape-Memory Alloys
  • A Review of Recent Deep Learning Approaches in Human-Centered Machine Learning
  • Touch me Gently: Recreating the Perception of Touch using a Shape-Memory Alloy Matrix
  • StressFoot: Uncovering the Potential of the Foot for Acute Stress Sensing in Sitting Posture
  • Ready, Steady, Touch!: Sensing Physical Contact with a Finger-Mounted IMU
  • Prompto: Investigating Receptivity to Prompts Based on Cognitive Load from Memory Training Conversational Agent
  • Next Steps in Human-Computer Integration
  • Multimodal Emotion Recognition With Transformer-Based Self Supervised Feature Fusion
  • MAGHair: A Wearable System to Create Unique Tactile Feedback by Stimulating Only the Body Hair
  • AiSee: An Assistive Wearable Device to Support Visually Impaired Grocery Shoppers
  • ProspecFit: In Situ Evaluation of Digital Prospective Memory Training for Older Adults
  • M-Hair: Creating Novel Tactile Feedback by Augmenting the Body Hair to Respond to Magnetic Field
  • GymSoles: Improving Squats and Dead-Lifts by Visualizing the User’s Centre of Pressure
  • ChewIt. An Intraoral Interface for Discreet Interactions
  • GestAKey: Touch Interaction on Individual Keycaps
  • FingerReader2.0: Designing and Evaluating a Wearable Finger-WornCamera to Assist People with Visual Impairments while Shopping
  • Assistive Augmentation
  • ArmSleeve: A Patient Monitoring System to Support Occupational Therapists in Stroke Rehabilitation
  • zSense: Enabling Shallow Depth Gesture Recognition for Greater Input Expressivity on Smart Wearables
  • FingerReader: A Wearable Device to Explore Printed Text on the Go
  • Digital Digits: A Comprehensive Survey of Finger Augmentation Devices
  • BWard: An Optical Approach for Reliable in-situ Early Blood Leakage Detection at Catheter Extraction Points
  • EarPut: Augmenting Ear-worn Devices for Ear-based Interaction
  • StickEar: Making Everyday Objects Respond to Sound
  • Enhancing Musical Experience for the Hearing-impaired using Visual and Haptic Displays

AWARDS & HONOURS

  • Excellence in Graduate Supervision: Awarded by Auckland Bioengineering Institute, in recognition of outstanding achievements across the various dimensions of excellence in supervision

  • Excellence in Research Translation: Awarded by Auckland Bioengineering Institute, in recognition of Project Kiwrious

  • Best Short Paper Award at the 20th ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC21)

  • Silver Award (Public Good) by Designers Institute of New Zealand, Best Design Awards In recognition of project Kiwrious

  • Bronze Award (Value of Design) by Designers Institute of New Zealand, Best Design Awards In recognition of project Kiwrious

  • Bronze Award (User Experience) by Designers Institute of New Zealand, Best Design AwardsIn recognition of project Kiwrious

  • Good Design Award Winner (Social Impact Category), Good Design Awards by Good Design Australia In recognition of the project Kiwrious.

  • Honorable Mention (APAC Category), World Changing Ideas Awards by FastCompany In recognition of the project Kiwrious

  • Finalist (Education Category), World Changing Ideas Awards by FastCompanyIn recognition of the project Kiwrious

  • Research Excellence Medal Awarded by University of Auckland, in recognition of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to one or more disciplines

  • Winner (Social Entrepreneurship Category), Velocity 100K Challenge, University of Auckland In recognition of the start-up Kiwrious Pvt Ltd

  • Gold Award (Lighting Design) by Designers Institute of New Zealand, Best Design Awards In recognition of project Pride in Lights

  • Gold Award (Exhibitions & Temporary Structures) by Designers Institute of New Zealand, Best Design Awards In recognition of project LightTank

  • Gold Award (Student Digital) by Designers Institute of New Zealand, Best Design Awards In recognition of research project Prospero

  • Silver Award (Student Digital) by Designers Institute of New Zealand, Best Design Awards In recognition of research project Jammify

  • Bronze Award (Student Spatial) by Designers Institute of New Zealand, Best Design Awards In recognition of research project Jammify

  • Bronze Award (Student Digital) by Designers Institute of New Zealand, Best Design Awards In recognition of research project GymSoles

  • Bronze Award (User Experience) by Designers Institute of New Zealand, Best Design Awards In recognition of project Maia

  • Winner (Best Design APAC Category), Innovation by Design Awards by FastCompany In recognition of the digital platform BadGood

  • Finalist (Apps and Games Category), Innovation by Design Awards by FastCompany In recognition of the digital platform BadGood

  • Finalist (Best Design APAC Category), Innovation by Design Awards by FastCompany In recognition of the research project Lemo

  • Honorable Mention (Experimental Category), Innovation by Design Awards by FastCompany In recognition of the research project Lemo

  • Honorable Mention (APAC Category), World Changing Ideas Awards by FastCompany In recognition of the research project M-Hair

  • Honorable Mention (Experimental Category), World Changing Ideas Awards by FastCompany In recognition of the research project M-Hair

  • Finalist (Student Category), World Changing Ideas Awards by FastCompany In recognition of the research project M-Hair

  • Honorable Mention (Student Category), World Changing Ideas Awards by FastCompany In recognition of the research project Prospero

  • Public Good Award (Gold) by Designers Institute of New Zealand, Best Design Awards In recognition of research project MussBits

  • Honorable Mention (Student Category), Innovation By Design Award by FastCompany In recognition of the research project MussBits

  • Finalist (Best Design APAC Category), Innovation By Design Award by FastCompany In recognition of the research project ChewIt

  • Finalist (Experimental Category), Innovation By Design Award by FastCompany In recognition of the research project ChewIt

  • Finalist (Student Category), Innovation By Design Award by FastCompany In recognition of the research project ChewIt

  • Honorable Mention (General Excellence Category), Innovation By Design Award by FastCompany In recognition of the research project ChewIt

  • Peoples choice award of Discovery video competition by Royal Society Te Aprangi In recognition of the video of FingerReader

  • Finalist, World Changing Ideas Award by FastCompany In recognition of the research project FingerReader

  • Best Short Paper Award at WOAR Conference 2018

  • Finalist, D&AD Impact Awards by D&AD In recognition of the research project FingerReader

  • Finalist, Golden Pin Design Awards by Taiwan Design Center In recognition of the research project FingerReader

  • Best Short Paper Award at Augmented Human Conference 2017

  • Excellence in Research Awarded by Singapore University of Technology & Design, in recognition of research excellence over a period of time with impact in scholarly field, interdisciplinary contributions across fields, broader impact to society, translation to practice, commercialisation, and teaching practice

  • INK Fellow Awarded by INK, which is India’s foremost platform for the exchange of cutting-edge ideas and inspiring stories

  • Most Promising Technology Award Awarded for the Project zSense at InnoveFest unBound, South East Asia’s largest innovation festival

  • Singapore Design Award (Product - Gold Category) Awarded for the Project FingerReader by Design Business Chamber Singapore

  • Steve Howard Award for Best Paper at the 27th Annual CHISGI Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference

  • The Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Sri Lanka (TOYP) award An award given by Junior Chamber International Sri Lanka for outstanding achievement in Scientific and Technological Development

  • Young Innovator under 35 (MIT TR35) award Asia Pacific region An award given by MIT Technology Review for top young innovators under the age of 35

  • Best Paper at the 25th Annual CHISGI Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference

  • Finalist, Singapore Challenge, GYSS’14 In recognition of the white paper ‘Smart adaptive interfaces for ageing gracefully’ submitted to Global Young Scientist Summit

  • NUS Research Scholarship A full scholarship awarded by the National University of Singapore to pursue Doctoral research

  • Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the year Awarded in recognition of outstanding contribution towards the promotion of cricket in the National University of Singapore

  • Engineering Dean’s List of Excellence Awarded by National University of Singapore in recognition of the outstanding academic results

  • NUS Undergraduate Scholarship A full scholarship awarded by the National University of Singapore to pursue undergraduate studies

  • Best Student of the College (academic) Awarded by Royal College, Sri Lanka in recognition of the best overall academic results in all academic streams in the school and GCE A level Examination results

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