About

About Me

I am a postdoctoral research fellow at Human-Computer Interaction Group, Multimodal Computing and Interaction (MMCI) Cluster of Excellence at Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Saarland University, Germany. My primary research focus is in creating Blended Interfaces, which, I define as interfaces that are ubiquitous, blend into the environment and leverage on natural affordances of the context. Within the abstraction under this umbrella term, I explore the design factors such as interactivity in personal and shared spaces, modalities and social acceptance, also, technical factors such as re-usability, energy and appropriation.
I did my postgraduate studies at the Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University, Japan and earned my PhD (2014) and Masters (2010) degrees before joining SUTD.
Other than my research work, I am an amateure photographer and a movie fan. I also enjoy traveling and experiencing different types of food.

Professional Experiences

Postdoctoral Fellow
Jan, 2014 to Dec, 2015
SUTD-MIT International Design Center
Singapore Uni. of Technology and Design
- Singapore
Researcher
Oct, 2013 to Dec, 2013
SCOPE (Strategic Information and Communications R&D Promotion Program)
Keio University
- Tokyo, Japan.
Research Assistant
Oct, 2012 to Mar, 2013
SCOPE (Strategic Information and Communications R&D Promotion Program)
Keio University
- Tokyo, Japan.
Research Assistant
Jul, 2009 to Mar, 2011
Igarashi Design Interface Project
JST ERATO
- Tokyo, Japan.

Achievements / Awards / Activities

Best Paper Silver Award

ImpAct: Immersive haptic stylus to enable direct touch and manipulation for surface computing at 7th International Conference in Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology (ACE2010) at Taipei. 2010.

Walky: Best Interactive demonstration

Walky project won the best interactive demonstration award in Interaction 2010 conference.

Monbukagakusho MEXT scholarship

Japanese government Monbukagakusho MEXT scholarship for higher education (2009 to 2013)

Dean’s List

Faculty of Engineering University of Moratuwa, Level 1 and 2.