January 21, 2015, Wednesday, 3pm
CNM Meeting Room, AS6, #03-33
Our senses are the dominant channel for perceiving the world around us, with some, like our sense of vision, are more critical than the others vision. With impairments and lack thereof, people find themselves at the edge of sensorial capability and seek assistive or enhancing devices. We wish to put sensorial ability and disability on a continuum of usability for a certain technology, rather than treat one or the other extreme as the focus.
At the heart of this talk is the design and development of mobile assistive technology, user interfaces and interactions that seamlessly integrate with a user’s mind, body and behavior, providing an enhanced perception. We call this enablement, Assistive Augmentation. Using modern biological understanding of sensation, emerging electronic devices and agile computational methods, we now have an opportunity to design a new generation of Assistive Augmentations. This talk will present several proofs of the concept of Assistive Augmentations for enhancing human I/O in the application areas, including assistive/rehabilitative designs; immersive media and collaboration; and interactive learning technologies.
Dr. Suranga Nanayakkara is an Assistant Professor at the Engineering Product Development Pillar (epd.sutd.edu.sg) of Singapore University of Technology and Design (www.sutd.edu.sg). Before joining SUTD, Suranga was a visiting Postdoctoral Associate at the Fluid Interfaces group in MIT Media Lab (fluid.media.mit.edu). He received his PhD in 2010 and BEng in 2005 from National University of Singapore (www.nus.edu.sg). At SUTD, Suranga directs the Augmented Senses Research Group (asg.sutd.edu.sg). His work has been published in HCI Journal, TOCHI, CHI, UIST; several technology disclosures and patents; printed and electronic media such as Discovery News, TechReview. Suranga was recognised as a young inventor under 35 (TR35 award) in the Asia Pacific region by MIT TechReview. His current research encompasses the use of sensory augmentation to enhance human perception, where he focuses on creating technologies that seamlessly integrate with our bodies, minds and behaviours.