Tamil Selvan

Tamil Selvan

Research Fellow

Tamil Selvan is a master’s student at the Empathic Computing Laboratory, at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, under the supervision of Prof. Mark Billinghurst. His research involves creating an interactive system using multiple radar systems. Prior to his, he worked as a research intern at the Augmented Human Lab at the University of Auckland.
He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering at Vellore Institute of Technology, India.


  • Adapting Fitts’ Law and N-Back to Assess Hand Proprioception
    Tamil Gunasekaran, Ryo Hajika, Chloe Dolma Si Ying Haigh, Yun Suen Pai, Danielle Lottridge, Mark Billinghurst.

    Gunasekaran, T. S., Hajika, R., Haigh, C. D. S. Y., Pai, Y. S., Lottridge, D., & Billinghurst, M. (2021, May). Adapting Fitts’ Law and N-Back to Assess Hand Proprioception. In Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1-7).

    title={Adapting Fitts’ Law and N-Back to Assess Hand Proprioception},
    author={Gunasekaran, Tamil Selvan and Hajika, Ryo and Haigh, Chloe Dolma Si Ying and Pai, Yun Suen and Lottridge, Danielle and Billinghurst, Mark},
    booktitle={Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems},
    Proprioception is the body’s ability to sense the position and movement of each limb, as well as the amount of effort exerted onto or by them. Methods to assess proprioception have been introduced before, yet there is little to no study on assessing the degree of proprioception on body parts for use cases like gesture recognition wearable computing. We propose the use of Fitts’ law coupled with the N-Back task to evaluate proprioception of the hand. We evaluate 15 distinct points at the back of the hand and assess the musing extended 3D Fitts’ law. Our results show that the index of difficulty of tapping point from thumb to pinky increases gradually with a linear regression factor of 0.1144. Additionally, participants perform the tap before performing the N-Back task. From these results, we discuss the fundamental limitations and suggest how Fitts’ law can be further extended to assess proprioception