Human-computer interaction expert joins University of Auckland

An emerging expert in creating human-computer interfaces and his team will join the University of Auckland’s Bioengineering Institute as part of a new entrepreneurial universities program.

Sri Lankan-born Suranga Nanayakkara works on the development of wearable and sensory devices that can enable deaf people and the vision impaired to perceive and make sense of their environment.

He is currently at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, where he founded the Augmented Human Lab (AHLab) in 2011 and developed a number of innovations, including FingerReader, a wearable device that assists in reading printed text, a speech training aid for the deaf called HapticChair, and Music-Sensory-Substitution (MuSS) Bits, which are small wireless sensor-display pairs that provide real-time feedback on sound.

Dr Nanayakkara will be joined in Auckland by members of his AHLab team, where they will continue their work in developing and commercialising assistive and rehabilitative technologies.

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