My name is Soon Hau Chua. I’m a Ph.D. candidate in the NUS-HCI Lab from the National University of Singapore. My research area lies in the intersection between Human-Computer Interaction and Online Learning. My advisor is Shengdong Zhao.
I am currently working on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) research, specifically looking at how students learn from and with each other on the platform and how that interaction can be improved from the interface and pedagogical standpoint. I conducted qualitative interviews and surveys with more than 200 MOOC students to understand their behaviours and motivations, and used those insights to design better discussion interfaces specifically for massive classes at scale.
Apart from online learning research, I also explore the use of novel modalities in developing solutions for colour-blind people. Together with my collaborators, we developed colour-blind techniques that utilise the binocular lustre effect with stereoscopic 3D, as well as haptic feedback on the wristband form factor. The former allows the colour-blind to distinguish colours quickly, while the latter allows them to recognise and compare colours as well. I have also done work on human factors in visual perception, specifically on the impact of display positions on mobile task performances with monocular optical-see-through head mounted displays.
Since starting my Ph.D, I have published in multiple top conferences (CHI, CSCW, Learning at Scale, Chinese CHI) and journals (ACM Transactions on Computer Human Interaction). Because of that, I am very lucky to travel to Toronto, Vancouver, Seoul, and San Jose to present my work. Apart from publication, I am also a committee of CHI 2015, HAI 2016, and referees for CHI (2014, 2015, 2016), MobileHCI (2015,2016), UIST 2016, Ubicomp 2016, and SIGGRAPH (2015,2016).
In my free time, I like to read (my digital bookshelf), write, and design. I write on Medium about design, user behaviour, and the social impact of technology. I’m also an eclectic music listener, and I love watching football (the round one, not the oval one, mind you) and reading about advertising, branding, culture, and arts. You can find my writing on these topics in my Tumblr.