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.



On the way to CHI'15 to present zSense


Presented RippleTouch in AH15, lots of interesting feedback.


Excited to be one of the AH Demo and Poster Co-chairs.


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


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

Recent Publications

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

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

ArmSleeve. Ploderer, Fong, Withana, Klaic, Nair, Crocher, Vetere, and Nanayakkara, (2016). In DIS '16. (pp. 700-711).

Read Bridge lights up for the festive season. Channel NewsAsia, December 2015. Shivaanan Selvasevaran.