Aung Pyae, Ph.D.


2014 - 2020     Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Information Technology
                        University of Turku, Finland 

                                         Thesis Title: The Use of Digital Games for Elderly People’s
                                    Physical Activity: A Case of Finland 

2008 - 2012     Master of Information Systems 
                        Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 

                                         Dissertation Title: Designing a Digital Social Activity Space for
                                    Older People in Singapore

2006 - 2007     Graduate Diploma in Systems Analysis
                        National University of Singapore 

2001 - 2005     Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons)
                        University of Computer Studies, Yangon, Myanmar


Work Experience

Dec 2020 - Present      Lecturer, International School of Engineering,
                                     Chulalongkorn University

Oct 2017 - Aug 2020    Lecturer Level B (Assistant Professor),
                                     Swinburne Business School Swinburne University
                                     of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Mar 2017 - Jul 2017     Research Associate (Data Scientist)
                                     Office of Education Research (OER), 
                                     National Institute of Education,
                                     Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Aug 2015 - Apr 2016    Research Assistant, Turku Game Lab,
                                     and Department of Future Technologies

Apr  2014 - Aug 2014   University of Turku & Turku University of
                                     Applied Sciences, Finland

Dec 2011 - Apr 2014    Research Engineer, Health Innovation
                                     Technology Lab, and School of Digital
                                     Media, and Infocomm Technology

Nov 2014 - Aug 2015   Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore

Jul 2010 - Dec 2011     IT-Manager,Estate Buzz Pte Ltd., Singapore

Mar 2008 - Jan 2010    Research Project Officer, Division of Information
                                     Studies, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication
                                     and Information, Nanyang Technological University,

Teaching Experience

Aug - Dec 2020      Guest Lecturer, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology
                               Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand

2017 - 2020            Full-time Lecturer, Swinburne University of Technology,
                               Melbourne, Australia

2016 - 2017            Guest Lecturer, Department of Future Technologies,
                               University of Turku, Finland

2012 - 2015            Guest Lecturer, School of Digital Media and IT,
                               Singapore Polytechnic 

2010                       Guest Lecturer, Nanyang Technological University,


Academic Visits
  • Visiting Researcher, University of Information Technology, Yangon, Myanmar (2018)
  • Research Student, School of ICT, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (2016)
  • Visiting Researcher, Department of Future Technologies, University of Turku, Finland (2015)
  • Visiting Researcher, Turku Game Lab, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland (2014)


2017- 2019     Research Travel Grant, University of Turku, Finland

2015               Graduate Student Scholarship, University of Turku, Finland

2015               Graduate Research Scholarship, Griffith University,
                       Queensland, Australia

2014               Graduate Student Scholarship, University of Turku, Finland


Research Grant

2019    Research Publications Grant, Faculty of Business and Law,
            Swinburne University of Technology 

2018    Early Career Research Grant, Faculty of Business and Law,
            Swinburne University of Technology


Invited Talks

2018               “Gamification for Active Ageing”,
                        Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

2017                “The Use of Digital Games for Older Adults in Finland”,
                        Singapore Management University

2016 - 2017     “Introduction to Gamification”, Gamification Course,
                        Summer School at the University of Turku, Finland 

2012 - 2014     “Introduction to Interaction Design”, DMIT,
                        Singapore Polytechnic


Selected Publications
  • Pyae, A. (2018). Understanding the role of culture and cultural attributes in digital game localization. Entertainment Computing, 26, pp.105-116. (Q1 Scopus/ A*)
  • Nakia, A., Pyae, A., Luimula, M., Hongo, S., Vuola, and Smed. J. (2015). Investigating the effects of motion-based Kinect game system on user cognition. J Multimodal User Interfaces. DOI 10.1007/s12193-015-0197-0 (Q1 Scopus/ A*)
  • Theng, Y. L., & Pyae, A. (2012). Investigating effects of avatars on primary school children’s affective responses to learning. Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces, 5(1), 45-52 (Q1 Scopus/ A*)

A-ranked Conferences
  • Pyae, A. & Scifleet, P. (2019). Investigating the Role of User’s English Language Proficiency in Using a Voice User Interface: A Case of Goolge Home Smart Speaker. SIGCHI 2019, Glasgow, UK.
  • Pyae, A. & Joelsson, T. N. (2018). Investigating the Usability and User Experiences of Voice User Interface: A Case of Google Home Smart Speaker. 20th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI).
  • Pyae, A. (2018). The Use of Digital Games for Older Adults’ Physical Activity: A Case of Finland. CHIPLAY 2018, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Pyae, A., Luimula, M., & Smed, J. (2017b). Investigating Players' Engagement, Immersion, and Experiences in Playing Pokemon Go. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition, Singapore, Singapore

Professional Certifications

2018    Information Visualization (Interaction-Design Org) 

2018    Usability Testing (Interaction-Design Org)

2017    Designing Gamification (Udemy)

2017    Introduction to User Experience Design (Georgia Institute of Technology)


International Collaboration
  • Ghent University, Belgium
  • Sendai-Finland Wellbeing Center, Japan
  • Technology Research Center, Finland
  • Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • University of Information Technology, Yangon, Myanmar

Research Profile