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"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 🇸🇬
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01 SKills


Design Thinking Facilitation

Inclusive & Universal Design

Participatory Design

Mixed Methods Studies

Hi-Fi & Lo-Fi Prototyping

Empathy & Journey Mapping

Usability Testing


Computing & Cloud

AWS Solutions Architecture

Google Cloud Architecture

Adobe Experience Manager

Solution Architecture & Migration

Privacy and Security Compliance

System Administration










Raspberry Pi





02 Experience

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

Project Peri

Product Design | Assistive Technology

An assistive device for which translates auditory information into visual cues.

National Winner of James Dyson Award 2017

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Featured in:

Futurism, Mashable, SpringWise, Straits Times


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.

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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.

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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.


Deaf-A-Loper Workshop

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.

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Inclusive Spaces

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. 

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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

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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.

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Ring-A-Light - Visual Doorbell for Deaf

Electronic Prototyping

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. 

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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

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2018 - 2021

Post Graduate Research
Inclusive Mobile Privacy and Security
  1. Poster: Towards Inclusive Design for Privacy and Security: Perspectives from an Aging Society @ SOUPS '20, USENIX '20, Link

  2. Report: Towards Universal Digital Access in Singapore, Link. Contribution: Assisted investigators with conducting field studies.

  3. Co-authored Full Paper: Does Mode of Digital Contact Tracing Affect User Willingness to Share Information? A Quantitative Study @ CHI '22: Link

Thesis Advisors:

Asst. Prof Simon Perrault

Prof. Jianying Zhou

Asst. Prof Hyowon Lee

Independent Reviewer:

Prof. Sun Sun Lim


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