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- Human-Computer Interaction
- Human Augmentations
- Wearable Computing
- Ubiquitous Computing
- Haptics


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Don Samitha Elvitigala is a Lecturer in the Exertion Games Lab at Monash

His research investigates novel human augmentations that can enhance human capabilities by implicitly understanding humans' physical and mental behaviours. In particular, he explores how we can utilise everyday clothes and clothing accessories to develop augmented human interfaces.  He has published his work in premier peer-reviewed HCI conferences and journals, such as CHI, UIST, MobileHCI, UbiComp, and ToCHI. Some of his publications have received honourable mention award and best paper award.

Before joining Monash Don Samitha was a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW, Sydney where he co-created HCI BoDi Lab. At UNSW he investigated how a network of human augmentations can serve a community by context and environmental sensing.

He completed his Ph.D. in human-computer interaction (Uncovering the Potential of the Foot for Novel I/O Interfaces) at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) of the University of Auckland, New Zealand in July 2021.  The concept of his Ph.D. dissertation was runner-up for the best presentation at the doctoral colloquium of UbiComp 2018. Also, his thesis won the best thesis award in ABI for 2021, was selected to the Graduate School dean's list, and was nominated for the ACM dissertation award.

Research interests

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Human Augmentations
  • Wearable Computing
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Human-Centered Computing

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Human Computer Interaction, PhD, Uncovering the Potential of the Foot for Novel I/O Interfaces, University of Auckland

1 Mar 20181 Mar 2021

Award Date: 28 Sept 2022

External positions

Visiting Lecturer - School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales (UNSW)

31 May 0001

Research area keywords

  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Wearable Computing
  • Human Augmentations
  • Haptics
  • Ubiquitous Computing

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