Benjamin Petry

PhD Candidate

Benjamin was the first PhD student in the Augmented Human Lab at SUTD, Singapore. He received his PhD in February 2018 from SUTD. Prior to that Benjamin received his Bachelor and Master degree in Computer Science with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction and Software Engineering from Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany and participated in two internship programs as a User Experience Design Intern at Synaptics Inc. ( in Zug, Switzerland. Currently, Benjamin works as a UX Consultant at Netlight Consulting GmbH in Hamburg, Germany.

His research interests lie in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. He designs, develops, and implements novel interaction concepts and user interfaces in the fields of multimedia appliances and assistive technology. The focus of his current work is on assistive technologies for hearing-impaired people to enhance their music-making experience using visual and vibrotactile feedback.

In his leisure time, Benjamin likes to play Badminton and to improvise on the piano.




Petry, B., Illandara, T., Elvitigala, D.S. and Nanayakkara, S.C., 2018, April. Supporting rhythm activities of deaf children using music-sensory-substitution systems. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1-10).

Petry, B., Huber, J. and Nanayakkara, S.C., 2018. Scaffolding the Music Listening and Music Making Experience for the Deaf. In Assistive Augmentation (pp. 23-48). Springer, Singapore.

Sridhar, P.K., Petry, B., Pakianathan, P.V., Kartolo, A.S. and Nanayakkara, S.C., 2016, November. Towards one-pixel-displays for sound information visualization. In Proceedings of the 28th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (pp. 91-95).

Petry, B., Illandara, T. and Nanayakkara, S.C., 2016, November. MuSS-bits: sensor-display blocks for deaf people to explore musical sounds. In Proceedings of the 28th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (pp. 72-80).

Petry, B., Forero, J.P., Nanayakkara, S.C., 2016, Muss-bits – music-sensory-substitution bits. Singapore Provisional Patent Application: 10201610020P. Filing Date: 29 November 2016.

Petry, B., Illandara, T., Forero, J.P. and Nanayakkara, S.C., 2016, October. Ad-Hoc Access to Musical Sound for Deaf Individuals. In Proceedings of the 18th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (pp. 285-286).

Petry, B. and Huber, J., 2015, March. Towards effective interaction with omnidirectional videos using immersive virtual reality headsets. In Proceedings of the 6th Augmented Human International Conference (pp. 217-218).

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). ​

Petry, B., Ortega-Avila, S., Nanayakkara, S.C., and Foong, S., 2014, Birdie: Towards a true flying experience. In Workshop on Assistive Augmentation, Extended Abstracts of the 32nd Annual SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI14). Toronto, Canada.