Samantha Chan

Samantha Chan

PhD Candidate

University of Auckland

About

I am a PhD Candidate at the Augmented Human Lab, University of Auckland. I explore and create technologies which extend human memory and cognition.

I completed my BEng at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Formerly an undergraduate researcher at SUTD-Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) International Design Center in Robotics, Community Design and Additive Manufacturing. During breaks, I make short-films and play the ukulele, acoustic and electric bass guitar.

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Interests
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Cognition-Aware Computing
  • Design
Education
  • PhD, 2018 to Present

    University of Auckland

  • BEng in Engineering Product Development, 2016

    Singapore University of Technology and Design

Vision

My research aims to build the next generation of “memory augmentation” technologies, which use “biosignals” (physiological responses) to peer deeper into people’s cognitive context and states, to give just-in-time memory training and assistance.

The diagram shows 5 nodes. From left, the first node shows examples of biosignals used in my research, namely, heart rate variability, skin conductance and eye movements. This leads to the second node which is titled, cognitive context. Within this node, there is again two examples of the kinds of cognitive contexts I am looking to detect, calm state and the intention to recall. This leads to two separate nodes, memory training and memory assistance. The two nodes lead to the final node which is titled Memory Augmentation 2.0, showing that the ultimate vision is to create a second generation of technologies to augment memory.
Research Vision: Using biosignals to infer cognitive context for just-in-time memory interventions

Project Prospero explores the use of biosignals of heart rate variability and skin conductance to detect calmness (cognitve context) for opportunistic memory training.

Project ProspecFit investigates the digitisation of an effective memory training technique to use on smartphones.

Project MEye (work-in-progress) explores the use of eye-movements and other biosignals to detect intentions to recall information in order to provide adaptive memory assistance.

Key Projects

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Prospero

Prospero

Exploring the use of biosignals to detect calm moments for chat-based memory training

2019

fSense

fSense

Using heart-rate sensors in smartwatches to sense force during gestures and grasps

2018

ProspecFit

ProspecFit

Digitally facilitating an effective memory training technique on smartphones

2018

Beyond Performance

Beyond Performance

Understanding cognitive-affective states in kindergarteners

2017

Saber

Saber

Building personal duel-worthy ‘lightsaber’ for fun and fitness

2017 to 2019

Doodle Daydream

Doodle Daydream

Collaborative display to encourage playful interactions in office spaces

2017

National Library

National Library

Reimagining childrens' green library in Singapore

2016

Salamander

Salamander

Amphibious rolling robot for search-and-rescue and marine biology surveys

2015

Ho Chi Minh Community Design

Ho Chi Minh Community Design

Co-designing community space in Vietnam

2015

Compression Sportswear

Compression Sportswear

Designing modular sportswear to enhance runners' performance and blood circulation

2014

Film

Film

Collection of short-films

2014 to 2019

3D Printers

3D Printers

Designing reliable low-cost 3D printers

2013

Research & Design Projects

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Prospero

Prospero

Exploring the use of biosignals to detect calm moments for chat-based memory training

2019

fSense

fSense

Using heart-rate sensors in smartwatches to sense force during gestures and grasps

2018

ProspecFit

ProspecFit

Digitally facilitating an effective memory training technique on smartphones

2018

Beyond Performance

Beyond Performance

Understanding cognitive-affective states in kindergarteners

2017

Saber

Saber

Building personal duel-worthy ‘lightsaber’ for fun and fitness

2017 to 2019

Doodle Daydream

Doodle Daydream

Collaborative display to encourage playful interactions in office spaces

2017

National Library

National Library

Reimagining childrens' green library in Singapore

2016

Salamander

Salamander

Amphibious rolling robot for search-and-rescue and marine biology surveys

2015

Ho Chi Minh Community Design

Ho Chi Minh Community Design

Co-designing community space in Vietnam

2015

Compression Sportswear

Compression Sportswear

Designing modular sportswear to enhance runners' performance and blood circulation

2014

Film

Film

Collection of short-films

2014 to 2019

3D Printers

3D Printers

Designing reliable low-cost 3D printers

2013

Side Projects

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Prospero

Prospero

Exploring the use of biosignals to detect calm moments for chat-based memory training

2019

fSense

fSense

Using heart-rate sensors in smartwatches to sense force during gestures and grasps

2018

ProspecFit

ProspecFit

Digitally facilitating an effective memory training technique on smartphones

2018

Beyond Performance

Beyond Performance

Understanding cognitive-affective states in kindergarteners

2017

Saber

Saber

Building personal duel-worthy ‘lightsaber’ for fun and fitness

2017 to 2019

Doodle Daydream

Doodle Daydream

Collaborative display to encourage playful interactions in office spaces

2017

National Library

National Library

Reimagining childrens' green library in Singapore

2016

Salamander

Salamander

Amphibious rolling robot for search-and-rescue and marine biology surveys

2015

Ho Chi Minh Community Design

Ho Chi Minh Community Design

Co-designing community space in Vietnam

2015

Compression Sportswear

Compression Sportswear

Designing modular sportswear to enhance runners' performance and blood circulation

2014

Film

Film

Collection of short-films

2014 to 2019

3D Printers

3D Printers

Designing reliable low-cost 3D printers

2013

Experience

 
 
 
 
 
Creative Technologist
Jan 2019 – Nov 2019 Auckland, New Zealand
  • Conducted training for fabrication equipment use (laser-cutters, 3D-printers, CNC machines).
  • Assisted and advised students on developing their creative and entrepreneurial projects.
  • Facilitated workshops on topics including Arduino, Makey-Makey robots, AR/VR in Unity.
 
 
 
 
 
Researcher - Robotics
SUTD-MIT International Design Centre
May 2015 – Aug 2016 Singapore
  • Developed mobile wireless control for amphibious rolling robot via MIT AppInventor and Arduino.
  • Designed flexible 3D-printed sleeve in Solidworks to enhance robot’s land and water movement.
  • Research work resulted in a publication, was demoed in Europe Maker Faire 2015 and featured on Discovery Channel Canada.

Salamander Project

 
 
 
 
 
Researcher - Participatory Action Research
Ho Chi Minh Community Design Project, SUTD
Jan 2015 – Apr 2016 Vietnam and Singapore
  • Conducted community design workshops, feedback and interviews with residents of Phu Xuan.
  • Co-designed and built community space including a bamboo playground with residents, project team and students from local Vietnamese universities.
  • Project resulted in a design report booklet and received the SUTD Humanitarian Award.

Ho Chi Minh Community Design Project

 
 
 
 
 
Industrial Design Intern and Summer Student
Chemtax, Orient Befit and Zhejiang University
May 2014 – Aug 2014 Hangzhou, China
  • Designed compression sportswear prototype, which could enhance runners' performance and blood circulation, using Adobe Illustrator and Rhinoceros 3D software.
  • Work was exhibited in Zhejiang University in 2014, SUTD in 2014 and 2015.

Compression Sportwear Project

 
 
 
 
 
Researcher - Additive Manufacturing
SUTD-MIT International Design Centre
Sep 2013 – Jul 2015 Singapore
  • Built and analysed open-source 3D printer designs to develop reliable and low-cost designs.
  • Developed two prototypes based on findings which were demoed in Singapore Maker Faire 2015.

3D Printers Project

Awards and Honours

🏆 Gold Pin Award
In recognition of the research project Prospero at The Best Design Awards. The Gold Pin is coveted under each category as the best in category (Student Digital Category).
🏅 Honorable Mention, World Changing Ideas Award
In recognition of the project Prospero (Student Category).
🏆 Female Founders Prize by UniServices
In recognition of the project Prospero for outstanding venture idea at Velocity Innovation Challenge.
🎓 Auckland Bioengineering Institute Doctoral Scholarship
Full-scholarship awarded by The University of Auckland to pursue doctoral studies
🎓 SUTD President’s Graduate Fellowship
Full-scholarship awarded by Singapore University of Technology and Design to pursue doctoral studies.
🏆 SUTD Humanitarian Award
Awarded for outstanding humanitarian work in the research project Ho Chi Minh Community Design Project.
🏆 Habitat for Humanity Dedicated Service Award
Awarded for dedicated service as Treasurer of organization’s Campus Chapter in SUTD.

Publications

I publish in premier venues in Human-Computer Interactions such as IMWUT (Ubicomp) and CHI. Filter publications

Contact

I am seeking research internship opportunities. Drop me a note for research/industry collaborations and invited talks: