Introduction – Piyum Fernando

Coming from an Engineering background, I believe that by merging everyday human social behavior and technological practices, it is possible to utilize the greater potential of modern digital technology for public good.

Recently, I was working as an Research Assistant in Singapore in the field of Human computer interaction. It gave me the opportunity to engage in number of scientific projects and HCI based research.

To name a few:

  • I-Draw:
    • An assistive interface to support the drawing process on physical surfaces. In this project I designed a hardware device to guide the hand movement of the artist according to the digital signal from a computer or a mobile device.


  • E-tags:
    • a non-invasive wireless electric current measuring device, based on the induced residual electromagnetic field. The wireless data transmission mechanism for this device was designed by me using the ZigBee protocol.

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  • Post-Bits:
    • Cloud based, portable, low cost information display. Yet to be published publicly 😉

Through this class, I hope to study the prior work in the field of citizen science and gain a systematic knowledge about designing and executing citizen based projects. And some hands on experiences too. 🙂 I wish it will enrich my ambition to create wide- reaching applications that will create a culture of intelligent involvement in public issues through technology.

The project “lillte-bits”, a DIY electronics platform focusing kids is one of the most interesting projects for me. The way this project transformed the complex electronic hardwares to a nice looking, playful and functional bits and pieces is quite exceptional.