"We shape technology; thereafter it shapes us."
Viren | Pavithren
PhD Candidate @ LBI DHP | Design Technologist @ Life
PhD (Human-Centred Digital Health) '22 - Present
M.Eng by Research (Inclusive Mobile Privacy and Security) '18 - '21 @ SUTD 🇸🇬
B.Eng - Information System Technology and Design (HCI) '14 to '17 @ SUTD 🇸🇬 & KTH 🇸🇪
Dip. - Computer Engineering with Merit - 2011 @ TP 🇸🇬
Design Thinking Facilitation
Inclusive & Universal Design
Mixed Methods Studies
Hi-Fi & Lo-Fi Prototyping
Empathy & Journey Mapping
Computing & Cloud
Solution Architecture & Migration
Privacy and Security Compliance
Online multiplayer Mahjong with smart tiles.
UI for Elderly Friendly Banking App
Team Members: Chuyi Wu, Alvin Tan, Ardy Samsir Kartolo, Zhao Juan
Project PERI - James Dy Award Winner
Team Members: Ardy Samsir Kartolo, Yi Jiayu, Gelin, Daryl Yeo, Xing Miao
Team Members: Robin Lee, Arjun Singh, Dhanya, William Koh & Alvin Tan
2014 - 2018
Product Design | Assistive Technology
An assistive device for which translates auditory information into visual cues.
National Winner of James Dyson Award 2017
Towards Single Pixel Sound Visualization
Scientific Research | Publication
Coauthored a short paper for OzCHI 2016 on using a single pixel to convey information about sound for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Contribution: Planned and conducted experiments, developed electronic prototype.
Inclusive Mobile Banking
UI | UX Design
Redesign of existing mobile banking applications to increase the elderly's learn-ability and generating a set of heuristics for designing applications or the elderly.
Gardens by the Bay - Mobile Application
UX Design | Application Development
Member of SUTD Team which developed an interactive cross platform application to provide users with a memorable experience while visiting the various exhibits in Gardens by the Bay.
Participatory Design | Making
A 4-part participatory design workshop series for the deaf conducted by a group of passionate engineers, designers and educators. Aimed a equipping the deaf with basic maker skills which could assist them with solving their everyday problems.
Inclusive Design Mentor
Mentored 2 teams - ENpower (Winner) and ReIgnite - consisting of tertiary students and Persons with Disability (PwD) to co-design inclusive spaces in Frasers Property malls in Singapore.
Electronic | Software Prototyping
An internet connected Mahjong gameplay platform consisting 3D printed tiles with integrated display. Aimed at recreating the mahjong gameplay experience in an online context while removing geographical barriers.
Cross Cultural Product Design
UI | UX Design
Designed a grocery shopping application adapted to the shopping habits of Singaporean Chinese and Indians - Foodify
MSD - Digital Health Studio
UI | UX Design | IoT
Designing a multi-functional Executive Briefing Centre (EBC) and Digital Health Studio(DHS) to showcase MSD's healthcare innovation as well as to provide meeting space for employees.
Ring-A-Light - Visual Doorbell for Deaf
Implemented a visual doorbell for the deaf and hard of hearing which provides visual and audio (for hearing) notifications. The system integrates with Philips Hue lights to provide visual alerts using different colors and patterns.
SQuse Me - Singapore Airlines App Challenge
UI Design | Service Design
Identified common pain points faced by travelers. Developed colour-coded digital boarding passes for a seamless boarding experience
2018 - 2021
Post Graduate Research
Inclusive Mobile Privacy and Security
Poster: Towards Inclusive Design for Privacy and Security: Perspectives from an Aging Society @ SOUPS '20, USENIX '20, Link
Report: Towards Universal Digital Access in Singapore, Link. Contribution: Assisted investigators with conducting field studies.
Co-authored Full Paper: Does Mode of Digital Contact Tracing Affect User Willingness to Share Information? A Quantitative Study @ CHI '22: Link