People: Research Assistants / Engineers

Marissa E

Arun Nagarajan

Marissa E is a Research Assistant at the Multimodal Analysis Lab and is presently working primarily on a project involving the use of Systemic Functional Theory to model social-cultural phenomena. She graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1999 with a B.A. (Hons) in English Langauage, and in 2009 with an M.A. in Language Studies. Her honours thesis was on ideology and political discourse, and during her MA course, she worked on an independent research project exploring the marketization of university education in public discourse using Systemic Functional Theory and Multimodality.


Marissa’s research interests are Multimodal Discourse Analysis, especially with regard to the construction and communication of ideological constructs; Critical Discourse Analysis and aspects of sociolinguistic theories and frameworks. Marissa also has a passion for vocal performance and choral music. She holds an Advanced Performer’s Certificate (Distinction) from Trinity College London and hopes to attain her Associate Diploma in the near future.


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Melany Legaspi

Arun Nagarajan

Melany Legaspi is a Research Assistant of the Multimodal Analysis Lab at National University of Singapore. Her primary responsibility is providing data collection and analysis on research projects. In addition, she provides technical and management support as well as finance-related assistance. She has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Phils. She has great passion for music, outdoor sports and travel.


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Naing Thiha Htoon

Arun Nagarajan

Naing Thiha Htoon received his MSc degree in Electrical Engineering majoring in Communications Engineering from National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2009 January and BEng degree in Electronics from Yangon Technological University in 2006, in which he passed with the first rank. He possesses academic experiences of developing simulation software programs in his Degree courses and implementing customized software systems for small businesses in his Diploma and Advanced Diploma Courses in Computer Studies in the early 2000s at KMD computer center(Yangon) which is in collaboration with NCC Education, UK. Naing Thiha's primary responsibilities as a Research Engineer consist of writing programs and debugging errors for a currently developing digital interface for the project "Events in the World". Pattern Recognition, Signal Analysis, Signal Processing and Real-time Systems are his main research interests that he would like to pursue during his career.


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Liu Lu

Arun Nagarajan

Liu Lu graduated with MSc in Computer Engineering majoring in Digital Media Technology from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Huazhong Normal University, China. Her primary responsibility as a Research Engineer is to implement 3D visualization part of the software.




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Alvin Chua

Arun Nagarajan

Alvin is an artist whose research area is in the field of generative art and design by means of computation. He works with generative systems to create physical representations of data as well as visualisations of digital processes. He graduated from LASALLE, College of the Arts, Singapore with an MA in Design in 2010 and is now a research assistant at the Multimodal Analysis lab.



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Bin (Ong Kian Peng)

Arun Nagarajan

Bin is a Research Assistant in the Multimodal Analysis Lab. He graduated from LASALLE, College of the Arts, Singapore with a B.A. in Interactive Arts in 2009. Bin's artistic interests lies in the representation of data and visualization, as well as engaging
with the environment. He is also interested in creating audio-visual works and performances using generative and
computational processes.



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