Anusha Withana

Anusha Withana, graduated from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka with a BSc (Hons.) degree in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering in 2007. He worked as a core network engineer at Dialog Telekom PLC, Sri Lanka for one year before moving to Japan to pursuit his higher studies. He received his Master of Media Design from Keio University in 2010 and start reading for his PhD in Media Design at the same institute. His PhD thesis titled “Integration of Multimodal Interactions for Inter-­Spatial Continuum”, has been accepted by Keio University, Japan, and expected to be graduated in March, 2014.

His main research areas include non-­inclusive and multimodal interfaces, haptic systems, affective computing and ubiquitous computing. During his post-grad studies, he has conducted research on multi modal and cross modal effects on human spatial perception, created new interfaces such as through surface styluses for interacting with 3D content, novel automotive UIs, pseudo haptic interfaces and public haptic display systems. His research has been published in peer reviewed journals and international conference proceedings, and demonstrated in international exhibitions. Furthermore, he has been collaborated and worked as a research assistant in government grant research projects in Japan, including JST ERATO, JST CREST and SCOPE.

Additional to his research work, Anusha is interested in photography, cinema and cooking. He is also a bit of a food adventurist.

Please see my personal web page for more information:


  • Suranga Nanayakkara, Thomas Schroepfer, Lonce Wyse, Aloysius Lian and Anusha Withana. SonicSG: From Floating to Sounding Pixels. In Proceedings of the 8th Augmented Human International Conference (AH'17). ACM, Silicon Valley, LA, USA, (to appear) [PDF]
  • Juan Pablo, J., Fernando, P., Sridhar, P., Withana, A., Nanayakkara, S. C., Steimle, J. and Maes, P. . PostBits: using contextual locations for embedding cloud information in the home. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 2016, (Pages 1-14). [PDF]
  • Anusha Withana, Shanaka Ransiri, Tharindu Kaluarachchi, Chanaka Singhabahu, Yilei Shi, Samitha Elvitigala, Suranga Nanayakkara, waveSense: Ultra Low Power Gesture Sensing Based on Selective Volumetric Illumination, In proceedings of the 29th Annual Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST '16) [PDF] [URL]
  • Bernd Ploderer, Justin Fong, Anusha Withana, Marlena Klaic, Siddharth Nair, Vincent Crocher, Frank Vetere, Suranga Nanayakkara. DIS '16 Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (Pages 700-711 ) [PDF]
  • Anusha Withana, Roshan Peiris, Nipuna Samarasekara, and Suranga Nanayakkara. 2015. zSense: Enabling Shallow Depth Gesture Recognition for Greater Input Expressivity on Smart Wearables. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '15). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 3661-3670. [PDF]
  • Anusha Withana, Shunsuke Koyama, Daniel Saakes, Kouta Minamizawa, Masahiko Inami and Suranga Nanayakkara. RippleTouch: Initial Exploration of a Wave Resonant Based Full Body Haptic Interface. In Proceedings of the 6th Augmented Human International Conference (AH '15). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 61-68. [PDF]
  • Schroepfer, T., Nanayakkara, S. C., A., Wortmann, T., Cornelius, A., Khew, Y.N. and Lian, A., Yeo K.P., Peiris, R.L., Withana, A., Werry. I., Petry, B., Otega, S., Janaka, N., Elvitigala, S., Fernando, P., Samarasekara, N., 2014. iSwarm: a swarm of luminous sea creatures that interact with passers-by. In Singapore iLight 2014 (Marina Bay, Singapore, 7- 30 March, 2014). ​ [webpage]
  • Schroepfer, T., Nanayakkara, S. C., Withana, A., ​Pablo, J., Wortmann, T., Cornelius, A., Khew, Y.N. and Lian, A. 2014. nZwarm: a swarm of luminous sea creatures that interact with passers-by. In Wellington LUX 2014 (Wellington Waterfront, New Zealand, 22 31 August, 2014). ​ [Lux]
  • Schroepfer, T., Nanayakkara, S. C., Withana, A., Wortmann, T. , Cornelius, A., Khew, Y.N., Lian, A. 2014. Keepers & Bees: an interactive light-art installation of interactive critters that visitors can interact with in real time via their smartphones. In Singapore, Archifest 2014 (Keepers: Singapore Designer Collaborative, Orchard Green,Singapore, 26 Sep - 11 October, 2014). [ArchiFest14]
  • Santiago Ortega-Avila, Jochen Huber, Janaka Nanayakkarawasam, Anusha Withana, Piyum Fernando and Suranga Nanayakkara. "SparKubes: Exploring the Interplay between Digital and Physical Spaces with Minimalistic Interfaces". In OzCHI ’14: Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, ACM, 2014. [PDF]