ABOUT ME

I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Canterbury in 2015. My supervisors were Prof. Mark Billinghurst, Prof. Andy Cockburn, and Dr. Adrian Clark. During my Ph.D., I was a research assistant to Prof. Billinghurst and Dr. Clark at the Human Interface Laboratory New Zealand (HITLabNZ). Our research focused on developing novel augmented reality (AR) interfaces and exploring natural interaction for AR using advanced interface technology such as combinations of depth sensors and computer vision techniques.

 

My thesis is called “Natural Hand Interaction for Augmented Reality” as I focused on understanding and enhancing natural hand interaction for AR, and creating a novel natural hand interaction technique that enhances the user experience with AR. I identified that there was a lack of interaction techniques to take full advantage of the affordance offered by AR.

 

My previous education includes a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Computer Science from the University of Canterbury and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Asian Institute of Technology. Prior to joining HITLab NZ, I was a commissioned police officer in Office of Police Forensic Science, Royal Thai Police where I worked as a forensic scientist and later a computer forensic specialist.

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RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

EDUCATION

Jun-Sep 2014  Research Intern 

Multimedia, Interaction, and Communication (MIC), Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA.

Mentored by Zicheng Liu, Philip A. Chou, Yinpeng Chen, and Zhengyou Zhang. Co-developed with Keita Higuchi, GoggleWrite, a remote collaborative system using head-mounted display (HMD) in Virtual Reality (VR) for in-the-air and on-the-surface with natural hands.

Jun-Aug 2013  Visiting Scholar

MxR Lab, Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California, CA.

Supervised by Evan A. Suma. Developed software that detects fidgeting or micro movement of the body using vision-based algorithm to identify a subject with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This research was carried out as a part of the Detection and Computational Analysis of Psychological Signals (DCAPS) program led by Albert Rizzo and Louis-Philippe Morency.

2011 - 14  Research Assistant

HIT Lab NZ, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Supervised by Mark Billinghurst and Adrian Clark. Participates in the design, development and evaluation of 3D interfaces and interactions in AR/VR environment.

2009 - 10  Researcher and Sub-committee

Office of Chief Information Officer, Royal Thai Police, Thailand.​

Conducted feasibility study on IT-related projects for the IT Board of Royal Thai Police. 

2007 - 08  Researcher

Information Technology Research Center, Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University, Thailand.​

Responsible for software architecture on “Data eXchange Center (DXC)” project funded by the Department of Justice Administration, Ministry of Justice, Royal Thai Government.​

2011 - 15  Ph.D. in Computer Science

University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Thesis: 

Natural Hand Interaction for Augmented Reality

Supervisors: 

Prof. Mark Billinghurst, Prof. Andy Cockburn, and Dr. Adrian Clark

2006 - 08  M.Sc. in Computer Science

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand

Thesis: 

Hybrid Cache-based Physics Engine for Real-Time Inelastic Deformations and Shadows in 3D Simulations for Mobile Platform
Advisor: 

Prof. Sumanta Guha

2000 - 03  B.Sc. in Physics / Computer Science

University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

WORK EXPERIENCE

Feb 2015 - Present  Unity Director

QuiverVision/Puteko Limited, Tokyo/Christchurch

Unity3D software development AR application on mobile platforms.

2009 - 10  Computer Forensic Specialist (Commissioned Police Officer)

Central Computer Forensic Laboratory, SCDD, Office of Police Forensic Science, Royal Thai Police, Thailand

Unity3D software development AR application on mobile platforms.Participated in the investigation of cybercrimes and conducted examinations of electronic evidence.

2005 - 09  Forensic Scientist (Commissioned Police Officer)

Sub Division of Chemical, Physical, Biological and DNA Examination, SCDD, Office of Police Forensic Science, Royal Thai Police, Thailand

Unity3D Assisted the specialists in the investigations and examinations of incidents involving motor vehicles, electricity etc.

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