Augmented Human Lab

Suranga Nanayakkara: Humanizing technology

The Augmented Human Lab focuses on exploring ways of creating enabling human-computer interfaces as natural extensions of our body, mind and behaviour. We call this "Assistive Augmentation". Creating such assistive augmentations poses a twofold challenge as they require: (1) novel hardware technologies and interfaces that capture relevant sensory information, understanding the physical environment they are used to, while being unobtrusive, and (2) a holistic design approach to increase efficiency, support independence and social acceptance to account for real-world applicability.

We apply the research conducted in the Augmented Human Lab to

  • Assistive and rehabilitative technology
  • Smart health and well-being
  • Independent living for the ageing population
  • Interactive media, communication and collaboration

These application domains particularly pertain to the Lab's vision of enhancing how we live, work & play and humanising the technology.