Owen Noel Newton Fernando
Owen Noel Newton Fernando is a Senior Researcher and Principle Investigator at the Centre of Social Media Innovations for Communities (COSMIC) in the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he conducts research projects which aim to empower the people in the middle of the pyramid through social media innovations that improve the way they live, work, and play. Before he joined the COSMIC Centre, he worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the CUTE Centre in the National University of Singapore and contributed his knowledge to several projects which were focusing on introducing innovative modes of interactive and digital media. In 2008, he completed a term of six months as a Visiting Research Fellow (Postdoc) at the Academic Centre for Computing and Media Studies of the Kyoto University. He is also an Associate Faculty Member at the SIM University (Singapore) where he teaches computer interactive graphics and virtual reality systems. He has published his works in highly competitive Journals (MIT Press’ journal “Presence,” Oxford Press’ journal “IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems,” and “IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics”) and prestigious conferences (ACM DIS, IEEE ISMAR, and ACM SIGGRAPH). His research has received several international awards, including Nokia Ubimedia MindTrek and Laval Virtual ReVolution. Some of his research achievements received considerable press and media attention. For instance, “Petimo: Safe Social Networking Robot for Children” was broadcast on Science Channel in USA and on Discovery Channel worldwide. He has also been awarded with several highly competitive scholarships, including the prestigious Japanese Government (MEXT: Monbukagakusho) Scholarship.
Biography Updated on 14 October 2012