Dr. Don Samitha Elvitigala recently completed his Ph.D. in human-computer interaction from Augmented Human Lab at Auckland Bioengineering Institute of the University of Auckland. During his Ph.D., he investigated novel wearable foot interfaces that can implicitly understand the physical and mental behaviours of humans. His has been published in premier peer-reviewed HCI conferences and journals, such as CHI, MobileHCI, UbiComp, ToCHI. Some of his publications were given honourable mention award in MobileHCI 2021 and the best student paper award in PETRA 2021, respectively. Also, the concept of his PhD dissertation was runner-up for the best presentation at the doctoral colloquium of UbiComp 2018.In UNSW, he works with Professor Aaron Quigley, focusing on developing novel Wearable Discrete Computing Interfaces. His research interests include Human-Computer Interaction, Discreet Computing, Ubiquitous Computing, and Assistive Augmentation.
Doctor of Philosphy Examination – Dean’s List
My name has been placed on the Dean of Graduate Studies List (Dean’s List) of the University of Auckland, New Zealand in recognition of excellence achieved with my doctoral thesis. This award is made to only a few recipients each year from the large number of doctoral students completing their thesis.
Honorable Mention Award in MobileHCI 2021 (Sept-Oct 2021)
My paper “StressShoe: A DIY Toolkit for just-in-time Personalised Stress Interventions for Office Workers Performing Sedentary Tasks” won the honuorable mention award in MobileHCI 2021 (The ACM International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction).
Best Student Paper Award in PETRA 2021 (June-July 2021)
My paper “GymSoles++: Combining Google Glass withSmart Insoles to Improve Body Posture when Performing Squats.” won the best paper award in PETRA 2021 (PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments Conference)
New Zealand Best Design Awards 2020
GymSoles won New Zealand Best Design Awards Bronze medal in Student Digital Technology Category
Jammify won New Zealand Best Design Awards Silver medal in Student Digital Technology Category
Jammify won New Zealand Best Design Awards Bronze medal in Student Spatial Installations Category
Pride in Lights won New Zealand Best Design Awards Gold medal in Lighting Design Category
Pride in Lights won New Zealand Best Design Awards Gold medal in Exhibition and Temporary Structures Category
Touch me Gently Selected as a finalist in New Zealand Best Design Awards Student Digital Technology Category
Doctoral Colloquium Best Presentation Award Runner-Up (Oct 2018).
My PhD research project presentation won runner-up award at Doctoral Colloquium of UbiComp 2018 (The 2018 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing)
NUS Medical Grand Challenge (Aug 2017).
I was awarded third price in NUS Medical Grand challenge, an inter university students competiton for medical innovation organized by National University of Singapore.
Some of my recent publications are shown below:
Elvitigala, D.S., Boldu, R., Matthies D. J. C. and Nanayakkara, S.C., 2021 TickleFoot: Design, Development and Evaluation of a Novel Foot-tickling Mechanism that Can Evoke Laughter ACM Trans. Comput.-Hum. Interact (Accepted to be published in ToCHI Special issue on Digital Touch).
Elvitigala, D.S. , Scholl, P.M., Suriyaarachchi, H., Dissanayake, V., and Nanayakkara, S. 2021.StressShoe: A DIY Toolkit for just-in-time Personalised Stress Interventions for Office Workers Performing Sedentary Tasks. In MobileHCI’21: The ACM International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction, September 27-30,2021, Touluse, France. ACM. Honorable Mention Award!
Elvitigala, D.S. , Nanayakkara, S. and Huber, J. 2021.Augmented Foot: A Comprehensive Survey of Augmented Foot Interfaces.In Augmented Humans International Conference 2021 (AHs ’21), February22–24, 2021, Rovaniemi, Finland.ACM.
Elvitigala, D.S., Matthies, D.J.C., Weerasinghe, C., and Nanayakkara, S. 2021. GymSoles++: Combining Google Glass withSmart Insoles to Improve Body Posture when Performing Squats. In the 14th PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments Conference (PETRA 2021), June 29-July 2, 2021, Corfu, Greece. ACM. Best Student Paper Award!
Matthies, D.J.C, Elvitigala, D.S., Fu, A. Yin, D., and Nanayakkara, S., 2021. mobiLLD: Exploring the Detection of Leg Length Discrepancy and Altering Gait with Mobile Smart Insoles. In The14th PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments Conference (PETRA 2021), June 29-July 2, 2021, Corfu, Greece.ACM.
Elvitigala, D.S.; Matthies, D.J.; Nanayakkara, S. StressFoot: Uncovering the Potential of the Foot for Acute Stress Sensing in Sitting Posture. Sensors 2020, 20, 2882.
Elvitigala, D.S., Matthies, D.J.C., David, L., Weerasinghe, C., & Nanayakkara, S. (2019). GymSoles: Improving Squats and Dead-Lifts by Visualizing the User’s Center of Pressure. In Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI 2019), May 4–9, 2019, Glasgow, Scotland Uk. ACM.