Singapore HCI Seminar: Towards a Spectral Sensorium

Wednesday Feb 25, 2015 at 6 pm
Venue: CUTE Center
Speaker: Maurizio Martinucci (aka TeZ)
Title: Towards a Spectral Sensorium

In his talk, Towards a Spectral Sensorium, TeZ illustrates his personal evolution through different paradigms of creative practices that embrace art, science, technology and philosophy.  From his early audiovisual works to more recent borderline scientific experiments, TeZ’s independent research challenges the conventional notion of art as representation, in favour of that of art as experience.  In the Spectral Sensorium, the senses of the spectator are immersed, re-focused and finally saturated in a spatial orchestration of vibrational phenomena.
Maurizio Martinucci (aka TeZ) is an Italian interdisciplinary artist and independent researcher, living and working in Amsterdam.  He uses technology as a means to explore perceptual effects and the relationship between sound, light and space. He focuses primarily on generative compositions with spatialized sound for live performances and installations.  In his works TeZ adopts custom developed software and hardware, featuring original techniques of sonification and visualization to investigate and magnify subtle vibrational phenomena.  In recent years his research has extended to the ideation and creation of specific architectural structures and unconventional sound and light propagation methods to enhance immersivity and multisensory perception.

TeZ is also the brainfather of the ‘Optofonica’ platform for Synesthetic Art-Science, located in Amsterdam.

Find out more about him at

This is how we roll: HCI and driving research in the Sonification Lab

Monday, 2 February 2015, 3.00-4:30pm

Keio-NUS CUTE Center
I-Cube Building, #02-01
21 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, Singapore 119613

In this talk, the speaker will focus on how he approaches innovation in the area of driving, and in-vehicle user interfaces.  He will share several of his ongoing driving projects, and show how to leverage the transdisciplinary research team and the “ecosystemic” approach. He will talk about the method and tools, and provide an insight into the next big areas for driving research in our lab.

Prof. Bruce Walker is an Associate Professor with joint appointments in the School of Psychology and the School of Interactive of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also a member of Georgia Tech’s HCI faculty, as well as the Graphics, Visualization, and Usability (GVU) Center. His research interests include Human Computer Interaction, User Centered Design, Auditory Displays, Data Sonification.

Artful Doing—Designing Reflective Experience for Sustainability Practice

Wednesday, 4 February 2015, 3pm
CNM Meeting Room, AS6, #03-33

This presentation explores the contributions of interaction design as research practice to the discourse of sustainability.  The central question that guides the discussion is how to design interaction that supports and enhances local and socio-environmental resources for sustainable social change.  The interaction design process is positioned as artful inquiry into situations of uncertainty, grounded in reflection-as-action, and usefully enriched in an intercultural context.   Sustainability as an ‘art of being different’ and the role of the artist-designer as change agent is discussed with examples from art and design practice.
Aleksandra Dulic is Director of Centre for Culture and Technology (CCT) and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at University of British Columbia.  As an artist-scholar with expertise in interaction and experience design, Aleksandra’s work is focused on media for social change, cross-cultural media and computational poetics.  As a Director of the CCT, she leads an interdisciplinary research team that engages multiple forms of art, design, media and information technologies as vehicles for the expression of community, culture, and identity.  She has managed several interdisciplinary research projects and secured Canadian federal and provincial funding for these projects.  She has created a number of large-scale dynamic installations and multimedia projects.  Her work includes interactive computer installations, games, animated media performances, software tools for interactive media, as well as interdisciplinary collaborations with artists and scientist in various disciplines.  She is active as a curator, a writer, an educator, teaching courses, presenting and publishing papers, across North America, Australia, Europe and Asia.

Augmented Reality and the Future of User Interfaces

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 7-8pm
(Food will be provided after the talk)
I-Cube Building Auditorium (Ground floor, just below CUTE Center)

Researchers have been actively exploring Augmented Reality (AR) for over 45 years, first in the lab and later in the streets. What can AR make possible by interactively overlaying virtual media on our experience of the physical world?  I will try to answer this question by sharing some of my thoughts about where AR is now, and where it might be headed in the future. I will illustrate the talk with examples, ranging from assisting users in performing complex physical tasks, such as equipment maintenance and repair, to creating hybrid user interfaces that combine tracked see-through head-worn displays with tabletop and handheld displays to visualize urban information.
Steven Feiner is Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, where he directs the Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Lab, and co-directs the Columbia Vision and Graphics Center. His lab has been doing AR research for over 20 years, creating the first outdoor mobile AR system using a see-through head-worn display, and pioneering experimental applications of AR to fields such as tourism, journalism, maintenance, and construction. Steve is coauthor of Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice, received the IEEE VGTC 2014 Virtual Reality Career Award, and was elected to the CHI Academy. Together with his students, he has won the ACM UIST Lasting Impact Award and best paper awards at ACM UIST, ACM CHI, ACM VRST, and IEEE ISMAR. Steve is lead advisor to Meta, which is developing 3D AR eyewear.


Networked Individualism: Does it Make Sense in Singapore or North America?

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 3pm
CNM Meeting room, AS6, #03-33

I discuss the structural bases of the “triple revolution” that is taking place in North America: the turn away from groups to networks; the personalized, far-flung internet; the always available and access mobile devices.  In North America, this has changed the ways in which many families, communities and workers interact?  Is this the case for Singapore?
image001-2 Sociologist Barry Wellman is Professor of Communication at the National University of Singapore and Co-Director of the NetLab Network at the iSchool, University of Toronto. Welman is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a recent winner of the Oxford Internet Institute’s Career Achievement Award, and the inaugural winner of the International Communication Association’s Other Fields Award. He and his wife Beverly Wellman founded the International Network for Social Network Analysis in 1977, and he is the coauthor of the award-winning book, Networked: The New Social Operating System

Dr Zhang Weiyu is now Associate Professor Zhang Weiyu

Dr Weiyu ZhangCNM’s faculty and Graduate Studies Advisor , Dr Zhang Weiyu has been promoted to Associate Professor.

Dr Zhang graduated from Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She received a Master of Philosophy from the School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her Bachelor of Arts degree came from the Journalism major, Nanjing University, P. R. China.  Her research interests cover online deliberation; and youth, ICTs and civic engagement in Asia.  Details of her research and teaching accomplishments can be found at
Congratulations, A/P Zhang!



In Conversation with Prof Barry Wellman, Lim Chong Yah Professor: Only Connect

This Semester 2 of FY 2014/15, CNM hosts Lim Chong Yah Professor Barry Wellman, FRSC (Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada).  During his one and a half months with us, Professor Wellman will teach NM5771, Networked Society as well as give two talks – one on Wednesday 4 February, 3pm, CNM; the second one on Friday, 13 February 2015, 5pm – 6pm, LT 12, FASS.

Well-known for his scholarship on social networks precipitated by the Internet and social media technologies, Professor Wellman is the co-director of NetLab Network at the Faculty of Information of the University of Toronto. His areas of research are community sociology, the Internet, human-computer interaction and social structure, as manifested in social networks in communities and organizations, all of which are driven by an overarching interest in the paradigm shift from group-centered relations to networked individualism. In 2012, he co-authored with Lee Rainie, the prize-winning Networked: The New Social Operating System (MIT Press). To date, he has written or co-authored more than 300 articles, chapters, reports and books. Among the concepts Prof Wellman has published are: “network of networks” and “the network city” (both with Paul Craven), “the community question”, “computer networks as social networks”, “connected lives” and the “immanent Internet” (both with Bernie Hogan), “media-multiplexity” (with Caroline Haythornthwaite), “networked individualism” and “networked society”, “personal community” and “personal network”; and three with Anabel Quan-Haase: “hyperconnectivity”, “local virtuality” and “virtual locality”.

Prof Wellman shares with CNM his thoughts about research and why the self-sufficient individual is a specious entity.

I entered into researching about social networks because I was inspired by my professors when I went to grad school at Harvard. Harrison White was the best network analyst there was and taught us about looking at people beyond categories. He urged us to look for connections instead. Other mentors included Charles Tilly.  Tilly was an urban historian who had taught that the relational ties people had, went beyond the group and the neighbourhood, into networks. I realized how true this was when I joined a “Save our Neighbourhood” meeting, held to stop the Spadina Expressway from cutting through downtown Toronto.  At first sight, the group appeared just like groups from other cities fighting to preserve neighbourhoods against cars. But as I looked harder, I realized that many of those activists in that room did not even live in downtown Toronto. They were not a little neighbourhood group at all. They were a network of community activists who had come from all over Toronto.

My approach to research is a dance between theory and evidence collection. I usually start with basic questions; refine these through interviews before getting out more precise questions through quantitative research like in-person surveys.

A utopian networked society would be people having multiple, partial and dynamic connections that change formations according to the needs of the individuals and their groups; so that the whole networks move forwards as people support one another in large, diverse, dense and ever-morphing patterns of interactions.

I am worried about surveillance by governments and large companies, and people not being connected to one another in person. That said, in practice, everyone is connected in flexible and multiple ways, and not captured by any one group. Instead, they just build computer assistance into their networked selves.

The best relationships combine face-to-face and online and grow the important social capital fostered in these interpersonal ways.

The best way(s) to keep a relationship is mutual exchange and not make too many demands on the other person. This axiom is borne out in American anthropologist Elliot Liebow’s study of the street corner culture of poor black men in Washington DC in the 1960s. Liebow found that sustainable relationships among the urban poor were those that featured a give-and-take reciprocity.

A personal pursuit I have not tried but would be keen to do is to be point guard for basketball, NBA.  

A person I would never want to part with is my wife, Beverly.

My favourite social media platform is Twitter.

Being self-sufficient is a myth. In Chapter 2 of Networked Society, we observed that even a ‘rugged individualist’ like golf superstar Tiger Woods admitted that he was “connected and constructed by his membership in multiple social networks” (p. 39). A neuropsychologist has even argued that the brain craves social interaction. In other words, we are wired to interact and move in networks. Even amongst those who think they are free agents; they should realize that their decisions are situated in the environment that shapes them.

A visitor to Toronto got to realize that it is even more multicultural than Singapore. Fifty per cent of people in Toronto are born outside Canada. First-time visitors should also know that Toronto is below freezing point five months of the year.

Singapore is a new adventure for Bev and I. Everything is the same and yet different. We appreciate how the opportunity to do the same things in different ways.

We have come here to learn!

Seminar: Social Media and the 2014 Indonesian General Election

Friday, January 23, 2015

CNM Playroom, AS6 #03-38


3:00pm – 3:10pm

Welcome Remarks by Dr Weiyu Zhang, Assistant Professor, Department of Communications and New Media


3:10pm – 3:40pm

Social Media and Civil Society in Indonesia: A Case Study on Jokowi’s Campaign Volunteers

Ririn Radiawati Kusuma, Master Student, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy


3:40pm – 4:10pm

Recording thoughts on Facebook: Which side are you? ~ Highlights from Jokowi Presidential campaign

Dr Dyah Pitaloka, Postdoctoral Fellow Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation


4:10pm – 4:40pm

KawalPemilu: Transforming An IT Initiative into A Social Movement

Elina Ciptadi-Perkins, Public Relations Consultant & Media Strategist, KawalPemilu


4:40pm – 6:00pm


Dr Weiyu ZhangDr Weiyu Zhang is Assistant Professor at the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.  Her research focuses on civic engagement and ICTs with an emphasis on Asia.  Her published works have appeared in Journal of Communication, Communication Theory, Communication Research, Information, Communication, & Society, International Communication Gazette, Computers in Human Behavior, Computers & Education, and many others.  Her recent project is to develop and examine an online platform for citizen deliberation, funded by Singapore’s Ministry of Education.

RirinKusumaRirin Radiawati Kusuma is a second year student in the Master of Public Policy Programme at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), National University of Singapore. She graduated with her Bachelor degree in Psychology from the Islamic University of Indonesia in 2006. After graduating, Ririn worked as a journalist in Media Indonesia, the second largest newspaper in Indonesia, and then the Jakarta Globe, the second biggest English newspaper in Indonesia. Before enrolling in the Master’s degree at LKYSPP, she was in charge of business news in While she is doing her Masters, Ririn also works as a Research Assistant at the Asia Competitiveness Institute (ACI) at LKYSPP. At ACI, she contributed to the Indonesian Competitiveness Index for 33 Provinces. Her primary research interests include competitiveness, energy and mining policy, sustainable development, communication and social media.

DyahPitalokaDr Dyah Pitaloka completed her PhD in Communication from the University of Oklahoma under Fulbright Program in May 2014 and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE), Department of Communication and New Media, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore. Her involvement with 2014 Indonesia election was started when she was introduced to Ainun Najib from Kawal Pemilu and the crowdsourcing model that the team used to gather volunteers for guiding the election process. Her interest on the whole process was particularly about how the supporters of the Prabowo and Jokowi groups alike, use language to frame their thoughts, influence and persuade their Facebook friends about the candidate that they stand for.

ElinaCiptadiElina Ciptadi is an award-winning public relations consultant with more than 10 years experience. Her work for various clients has garnered some of the most prestigious awards in the public relations industry, from the Stevie Award for Best Communications Team to the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) Golden World Award for Crisis Management. After being a senior executive at Indonesia’s largest public relations firm IndoPacific Edelman (now Edelman Indonesia) for six years, she moved to Singapore in 2007. Following her departure from a full time career, she focuses on managing the communication of some important causes, from better learning space for children to public participation in election data watch. During her career in Indonesia,vElina has been account director to many of the largest communication campaigns Indonesia has ever seen – dealing with issues from image recovery, industrial dispute, global merger and acquisition, disaster communication to product recall. She has also coached many top executives of Fortune 500 companies prior to critical media engagement. Elina spent the early years of her career doing public relations in the education and hospitality industry. She has a Master of Business Administration from University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Communication (Business) from Bond University.