CNM’s Muhammad Farkhan bin Salleh wins NUS Student Achievement Award

Fourth-year CNM major Muhammad Farkhan bin Salleh did CNM proud by clinching
one of the 11 individual awards at the NUS Student Achievement Awards (SAA)
2011.

This award is conferred to students who have made exceptional contribution
to the University beyond academic performance. Farkhan won in the Individual
Competitions category for his leadership in the Living Avatar’s Network
prototype that won second place in the student section of the prestigious
human-computer interaction conference, CHI 2010. Farkhan and his fellow CNM
groupmates were the only undergraduates to enter the finals of the CHI
Competition.

The idea for the project was inspired by Farkhan’s experience while in
National Service five years ago when he met a former British World War II
veteran who revisited Nee Soon Camp (where Farkhan was based) and shared
with the young soldiers how he would save money slowly from his plumbing
jobs to travel back to places he held in his memory from World War II. This
got Farkhan thinking about using avatars to allow users an opportunity at
virtual travel.

CNM Assistant Professor Denisa Kera who helped supervised the project,
nominated Farkhan for the SAA, which were presented by NUS President
Professor Tan Chorh Chuan.

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