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Dr. Carmen Chai Wang Er

PhD in Computer Science(SUTS)
M.Sc. in Research (Computing) (SUTS)
B.Sc. in Computer Science and Software Engineering (SUTS)

Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science

Office No:082-260640
Fax No:+60 82 260 813
Room No: E319
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Dr. Carmen Chai earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Software Engineering in 2012. Subsequently, she gained valuable experience as a programmer with Sarawak Information Systems Sdn Bhd for two years before transitioning to a role as a game developer at Pyxidust Studio. In 2018, she accomplished her Master of Science (Research), focusing on the development of a serious game tailored for children with visual impairment.

Delving further into the realm of serious games, Dr. Chai achieved her Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2022. Her doctoral work focused on creating a motivational serious game designed to empower children battling cancer.

In January 2024, Dr. Chai joined Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak, as a Lecturer (IT) in the Faculty of Engineering, Computing, and Science. Dr. Chai’s research interest lies in exploring the potential of serious games as tools to aid individuals, particularly in education and digital health.

Research Interests

  • Serious Games
  • Digital Health
  • Gamification
  • Educational Games

PhD / Master by Research Opportunities

Potential research higher degree candidates are welcome to enquire about postgraduate opportunities in the areas listed above. Please e-mail for more information.


  • Gold Award, “A Serious Game Intervention for Increasing Motivation of Children with Cancer to Fight Cancer”, Innovation Technology Expo 2022 (InTEX22), Kuching, Sarawak.
  • Gold Award, “A Game-based Spatial Navigation Learning Tool for Children with Visual Impairment”, Innovation Technology Expo 2018 (InTEX18), Kuching, Sarawak.

  • Publications


  • Journal paper Chai, C, Lau, BT & Pan, Z (2019), ‘Hungry Cat-A Serious Game for Conveying Spatial Information to the Visually Impaired’, Multimodal Technologies and Interaction, vol. 3, no. 1, p. 12.
  • Journal paper Chai, CWE, Lau, BT, Tee, MKT & Al Mahmud, A (2022), ‘Evaluating a serious game to improve childhood cancer patients’ treatment adherence’, Digital Health, vol. 2022, no. 8. DOI:10.1177/20552076221134457