Samitha Elvitigala

Samitha completed his undergraduates in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. In 2016 he joined Augmented Human Lab as Research Assistant and later started pursuing his Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction in Bioengineering Institute of the University of Auckland. In his PhD, his primary focus is to design interactive systems to extract healthcare informatics to assist humans for a better life. His research interests include Human-Computer Interaction, Mobile computing, and Assistive augmentation.

Apart from his research Samitha likes traveling, Hiking and Cycling.


  • Benjamin Petry, Thavishi Illandara, Don Samitha Elvitigala, and Suranga Nanayakkara. 2018. Supporting Rhythm Activities of Deaf Children using Music-Sensory-Substitution Systems. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’18). ACM, New York, NY, USA (to appear).
  • Don Samitha Elvitigala, Roshan Peiris, Erik Wilhelm, Shaohui Foong, and Suranga Nanayakkara. GrabAmps: Grab a wire to sense the current flow. In Proceedings of the 8th Augmented Human International Conference (AH'17). ACM, Silicon Valley, LA, USA, Article No. 30. [PDF]
  • Don Samitha Elvitigala, Daniel Wessolek, Attila Victor Achenbach, Chanaka Singhabahu, Suranga Nanayakkara, SwimSight: Supporting Deaf Users to Participate in Swimming Games. In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction (OzCHI '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 567-570. [PDF] [DOI]
  • 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]
  • 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]