Samantha Chan

Samantha is a PhD candidate at the Augmented Human Lab (AHLab) within the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, The University of Auckland. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Engineering Product Development, Electrical Engineering) at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Formerly an undergraduate researcher at SUTD-Massachusetts Institute of Technology International Design Center.

Her PhD topic is titled: “Biosignal-Sensitive Memory Improvement and Support Systems”. Her work explores the use “biosignals” or “physiological signals” (natural body signals and responses), such as heart-rate variability, skin conductance and eye-movements to peer deeper into users’ internal context and cognitive states, providing just-in-time delivery of memory interventions.

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  • Chan, S.W., Sapkota, S., Mathews, R., Zhang, H. and Nanayakkara, S., 2020. Prompto: Investigating Receptivity to Prompts Based on Cognitive Load from Memory Training Conversational Agent. Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, 4(4), pp.1-23. [DOI], [PDF]
  • Chan, S. W. T. 2020. Biosignal-Sensitive Memory Improvement and Support Systems. In Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts (CHI ’20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1–7. [DOI], [PDF]
  • Chan, S. W. T., Buddhika, T., Zhang, H., & Nanayakkara, S. (2019). ProspecFit: In Situ Evaluation of Digital Prospective Memory Training for Older Adults. Proc. ACM Interact. Mob. Wearable Ubiquitous Technol. 3, 3, Article 77 (September 2019), 20 pages. [DOI], [PDF]
  • Sridhar, P. K., Chan, S. W. T., Chua, Y., Quin, Y. W., & Nanayakkara, S. (2019). Going beyond performance scores: Understanding cognitive-affective states in Kindergarteners and application of framework in classrooms, International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, Volume 21, 2019, Pages 37-53, ISSN 2212-8689. [DOI], [PDF]
  • Chan, S. W. T., Zhang, H., & Nanayakkara, S. (2019). Prospero: A Personal Wearable Memory Coach. In Proceedings of the 10th Augmented Human International Conference 2019 (AH2019), 26:1–26:5. ACM. [DOI], [PDF]
  • Buddhika, T., Zhang, H., Chan, S. W. T., Dissanayake, V., Nanayakkara, S., & Zimmermann, R. (2019). fSense: Unlocking the Dimension of Force for Gestural Interactions using Smartwatch PPG Sensor. In Proceedings of the 10th Augmented Human International Conference 2019 (AH2019), 11:1–11:5. ACM. [DOI], [PDF]
  • Elvitigala, D. S., Chan, S. W. T., Howell, N., Matthies, D. J. C., & Nanayakkara, S. (2018). Doodle Daydream: An Interactive Display to Support Playful and Creative Interactions Between Co-workers. In Proceedings of the Symposium on Spatial User Interaction (pp. 186-186). ACM. [DOI], [PDF]
  • Sridhar, P. K., Chan, S. W. T., & Nanayakkara, S. (2018). Going beyond performance scores: understanding cognitive-affective states in kindergarteners. In Proceedings of the 17th ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children (pp. 253-265). ACM. [DOI], [URL], [PDF]