Vipula Dissanayake

Vipula is a PhD candidate at the Augmented Human Lab, University of Auckland. He has completed his masters of engineering degree in bioengineering from the University of Auckland in 2019 and his bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Moratuwa in 2016.
After graduation, he has worked in a software company for one year of design and implementing intelligent software solutions for a travel domain. With an interest in exploring technologies, he had decided to join the Augmented Human Lab.

Apart from his interest in technology, he enjoys traveling and photography, and badminton.


  • Dissanayake, V., Zhang, H., Billinghurst, M. and Nanayakkara, S., 2020. Speech Emotion Recognition ‘in the wild’ Using an Autoencoder. Proc. Interspeech 2020, pp.526-530. [DOI], [PDF]
  • Dissanayake V., Elvitigala D.S., Zhang H., Weerasinghe C., Nanayakkara S. (2019). CompRate: Power Efficient Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability Monitoring on Smart Wearables. In 25th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST ’19), November 12–15, 2019, Parramatta, NSW, Australia. [DOI], [PDF]
  • Chua, Y., Sridhar, P. K., Zhang, H., Dissanayake, V., Nanayakkara, S., "Evaluating IVR in Primary School Classrooms"., in International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality 2019 (ISMAR2019) [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., Matthies, D.J.C., Dissanayaka, V., Weerasinghe, C., & Nanayakkara, S. (2019) 2bit-TactileHand: Evaluating Tactons for On-Body Vibrotactile Displays on the Hand and Wrist. In Augmented Human International Conference 2019 (AH2019), March 11–12, 2019, Reims, France, ACM. [DOI], [PDF]