User Experience Design students to participate in finals of prestigious design competition

Team Habitag from the NM4210 User Experience Design class has been selected for the finals of this year’s ACM SIG CHI Student Design Competition. The four-member team consists of Samuel Heng (CNM), Agatha Soh (CNM), Lim Teng Chek (SOC) and Kevin Lin (SOC). Their entry was selected from 60 submissions across 11 countries.
Team Habitag

Team Habitag presenting their poster

The theme of the competition is ‘Space, Place, Threshold: Considering the Experience of Home from Within and Without’. Team Habitag’s design targets couples who are yet to move into their marital homes. The students researched urban Asian couples, who confronted with expensive and a short supply of housing, end up waiting several years before moving into marital homes. So the team devised a private mobile application that sought to fill this gap in time by allowing couples to leave thoughts and notes in a virtual representation of their home. The tag feature supports a wide range of multimedia such as text, audio, video and doodles, permitting couples to build and store meaningful moments in their journey to a dream home.

The finals of the competition will take place in May 2012 in Austin, Texas. The ACM SIG CHI conference is the largest in the HCI field. Team Habitag will receive exposure at an international level with conference attendees representing major academic institutions as well as key industry players in the field of interaction design.

We wish Team Habitag the very best!

Dr. Margaret Tan joins the CNM’s PhD graduate guild

The year 2011 ended beautifully for CNM Department with a surprise party to congratulate Dr. Margaret Tan on her PhD conferment. As part of the tradition, Margaret was presented a number “3” jersey by CNM Head Dr. Millie Rivera. She also received the symbolic flame from Dr. Carol Soon, CNM’s second PhD graduate.

Margaret is currently a Fellow at Tembusu College and Research Fellow with the Science, Technology, and Society Research Cluster at Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.

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Research Talk by Dr. Iccha Basnyat

“Navigating Inequalities for Survival in Kathmandu: Lived Experiences of Former Street Based Commercial Sex Workers”


Date and Time:

Wed, 8 February, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM


CNM Playroom

AS6, #03-38

11 Computing Drive

Singapore 117416

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

National University of Singapore

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Marginalization is arguably located in political and economic systems such as: development, housing, labor, migration, education and access to health services. Impoverished structures that limits women’s education, jobs, access to resources is often manifested into commercial sex work. Therefore, this paper aims to (re)position sex work, among Nepalese women as an effect of macro policies (i.e. lack of access to education and resources) that place women in the margins. Examining lived experiences offer an entry point to locating Commercial Sex Workers (CSW) as active participants enacting agency for day-to-day living. In-depth interviews were conducted with former CSWs currently working as community mobilizers (CM) for a community based organization that reaches out to current CSW’s for voluntary testing and counseling (VCT). The interviews allowed inquire about navigating structures for day-to-day living, access to macro structures, maintaining health and long term needs. Women’s narratives illustrate that ‘reducing’ her body to a sexual function is influenced by the macro limitations within which she is bound. Yet, she engages as an active participant in every day resistive strategies within her available set of structural possibilities and limitations.