Benjamin Petry

Benjamin was the first PhD student in the Augmented Human Lab at SUTD, Singapore. He received his PhD in February 2018 from SUTD. Prior to that Benjamin received his Bachelor and Master degree in Computer Science with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction and Software Engineering from Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany and participated in two internship programs as a User Experience Design Intern at Synaptics Inc. ( in Zug, Switzerland.

His research interests lie in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. He designs, develops, and implements novel interaction concepts and user interfaces in the fields of multimedia appliances and assistive technology. The focus of his current work is on assistive technologies for hearing-impaired people to enhance their music-making experience using visual and vibrotactile feedback.

In his leisure time, Benjamin likes to play Badminton and to improvise on the piano.


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  • Benjamin Petry, Jochen Huber, and Suranga Nanayakkara. Scaffolding the Music Listening and Music Making Experience for the Deaf. In Assistive Augmentation. Springer, Singapore, 23 - 48. Cognitive Science and Technology Series. 2017. [Link]
  • Benjamin Petry, Juan Pablo Forero, Suranga Nanayakkara. Muss-bits – music-sensory-substitution bits. Singapore Provisional Patent Application: 10201610020P. Filing Date: 29 November 2016.
  • Priya Kamlesh Sridhar, Benjamin Petry, Pavithren V.S. Pakianathan, Ardy Samsir Kartolo, Suranga Nanayakkara. Towards One-Pixel-Displays for Sound Information Visualization. In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction (OzCHI '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 91-95. [PDF] [DOI]
  • Benjamin Petry, Thavishi Illandara, Suranga Nanayakkara. MuSS-Bits: Sensor-Display Blocks for Deaf People to Explore Musical Sounds. In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction (OzCHI '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 72-80. [PDF] [DOI]
  • Benjamin Petry, Thavishi Illandara, Juan Pablo Forero, Suranga Nanayakkara. Ad-Hoc Access to Musical Sound for Deaf Individuals. In Proceedings of the 18th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 285-286. [PDF] [DOI ], [Poster]
  • Benjamin Petry and Jochen Huber. "Towards Effective Interaction with Omnidirectional Videos Using Immersive Virtual Reality Headsets", In Proceedings of the 6th Augmented Human International Conference (AH '15), ACM, New York, NY, USA, 217-218. [PDF]
  • Benjamin Petry, Santiago Ortega-Avila, Suranga Nanayakkara and Shaohui Foong. "Birdie: Towards a true flying experience". In “Workshop on Assistive Augmentation”, Extended Abstracts of the 32nd Annual SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI14). Toronto, Canada. [PDF]
  • Schroepfer, T., Nanayakkara, S. C., A., Wortmann, T., Cornelius, A., Khew, Y.N. and Lian, A., Yeo K.P., Peiris, R.L., Withana, A., Werry. I., Petry, B., Otega, S., Janaka, N., Elvitigala, S., Fernando, P., Samarasekara, N., 2014. iSwarm: a swarm of luminous sea creatures that interact with passers-by. In Singapore iLight 2014 (Marina Bay, Singapore, 7- 30 March, 2014). ​ [webpage]