About Me

I am a lecturer at School of Information Technologies, the University of Sydney, Australia. Before joining the university of Sydney, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Saarland Informatics Campus, 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.

Organisational Activities

ACM ISS 2017: Tutorial on Personalized Interactive Surfaces with Printed Electronics

Keynote at ETIS 2017: Embedded Sensing and Actuation for Expressive Tangible Interactions.

Program committee member ACM Augmented Human 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Demo and Poster Co-chair ACM International Conference on Augmented Human.

Contributing to Exhibition at NDC, Singapore - Making Sense, with nZwarm

Giving a talk at Lux Critical forum. Auralities and Luminosities.

Recent Publications

Withana, Groeger, Steimle. (2018). Tacttoo. In Proc. UIST ’18 (to appear).

Multi-Touch Skin. Nittala, Withana. (equal contribution), Pourjafarian and Steimle (2018). CHI'18.

Withana, Steimle. (2017). Personalized Interactive Surfaces with Printed Electronics. In Adj. Proc. of ISS '17.

waveSense. Withana, Ransiri, Kaluarachchi, Singhabahu, Shi, Elvitigala, Nanayakkara. (2016). In Adj. UIST '16. (pp. 139–140).

PostBits. Pablo, Fernando, Sridhar, Withana, Nanayakkara, Steimle, & Maes, (2016). Pers Ubiquit Comput (2016) 20: 1001.