Published on 10 Jan 2022

Using Virtual Technology to solve real-world problems

The Sunday Times, page C12

Imagine playing exercise-based video games to lose a few extra pounds or using a virtual reality (VR) headset to simulate being in a war-torn environment for disaster readiness training. These are just a few examples of how socially conscious researchers like Asst Prof Benjamin Li from NTU’s WKWSCI are harnessing new media and augmented reality technologies to shape behaviours and create awareness of important social issues.

Prof Li had his first brush with research in 2008 when he was working on a final-year project on how youth can protect themselves against cyber bullying. That was when he realised that pursuing research could be a potentially fulfilling career. “You discover what people are thinking and their motivations, and find ways to change perceptions,” he says.