Centre for Research-Creation in Digital Media



This Centre (CRCDM) was established in order to foster a media research/creation (R-C) environment at Sunway University. It is a transdisciplinary hub for creative digital media within the University with local and international partners forming collaboratories, both physical and virtual, cutting across time and space. It is aligned with (but not limited to) the School of Arts and related Departments. It has evolved rapidly to be inclusive of other faculties and departments to generate digital media content R&D across the University. CRCDM has assembled a transdisciplinary team of media researchers and creative designers with an extensive background in industry and education, to forge the applications and content required to introduce and support creative digital media initiatives at Sunway University and across the entire Sunway Group.


CRCDM Team Members




Professor / Head of Centre
Harold Thwaites is Head of the Centre for Research-Creation in Digital Media at the School of Arts at Sunway University. Originally from Canada, he was a tenured Associate Professor in the Communication Studies Department at Concordia University in Montreal. His 45 years of transdisciplinary research is in: Communication Studies, Digital Heritage, Experiential Media Arts, Audience/user media impact, Information Design, Digital Media Production and Digital Humanities.

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Senior Research Fellow 
Hilman Nordin is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Arts, Sunway University. With over 10 years of teaching and research experience in engineering higher education, and 6 years in the industry from managing a cultural heritage technology-based start-up, Hilman is passionate in combining technology with the arts. His current interest is in AR/VR, machine learning, app development and prototyping. He is now currently affiliated with the Centre for Research-Creation in Digital Media (CRCDM), Sunway University.




Research Fellow
Giselle Su Hong Gick is Research Fellow at the Centre of Research-Creation in Digital Media, Sunway University. With a background in psychology, she is interested in addressing mental health and social issues through digital media such as Virtual and Augmented Reality. Her master’s degree research-creation project focused on building intergenerational understanding through the use of storytelling and virtual reality narratives. Her research interests include Virtual and Augmented Reality, XR in Learning and Education, and Augmented Narratives and Storytelling.





Program Leader of MA in Visual Communication & Media Studies
Delas is the Centre’s Audio-Visual Content Producer. Delas officially joined CRCDM in November 2015 after completing his appointment term in University Malaya, as the audiovisual producer in Centre for Creative Content and Digital Innovation.

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Graphic Designer
Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Design Communication programme, Lisa is a Lecturer by day and a designer and maker by night, and every other weekend. She splits her time between teaching in the Degree and Masters programmes in the School of Arts, with her role as Graphic Designer with CRCDM. Lisa has been toiling with the concept of sustainable design and heritage preservation through the art of Upcycling, Repurposing and Refashion. She strives daily for the pursuit of making and creating all things beautiful.

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Associate Member
Head of Research, Center for Malaysian Indigenous Studies since 2018 and teaching anthropology courses at the Dept. of Anthropology & Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University Malaya. Research focusing on sustainability, particularly in the interest of retaining traditional and indigenous knowledge as a tool for rural development.



Associate Member
Professor Lizbeth Goodman is Chair of Creative Technology Innovation and Full Professor of Inclusive Design at UCD, and also a Senior Advisor to the Innovation Academy and the Leonardo Panel of the Science Gallery (for TCD). She is Founder/Director of the SMARTlab and the MAGIC (Multimedia and Games Innovation Centre), which was established in its first iteration in 1992 at the Open University BBC, and which has developed and delivered an award winning practice-based PhD Programme and many major research projects since.



Associate Member
Dr Zi Siang See is a full-time interaction design researcher at the School of Creative Industries at the University of Newcastle. His focus has been both in academic research and industrial work - this allows him to disseminate knowledge and to make contributions in the field of media design and creative technologies. His research includes innovation management related to virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). He also specialized in conventional creative advertising and front-end interaction design, producing compelling user experiences in creative technology. His Ph.D. focused on the human-computer interaction aspects of virtual reality.


Colleagues & Collaborators



Dr. Fauzan Mustaffa
Multimedia University


Professor Vincent Gaffney
Bradford University, UK

Professor Eugene Ch’ng
University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China

Professor Sarah Kenderdine
eM+ EPFL, Switzerland

Professor Jeffrey Shaw
City University, Hong Kong.

Professor Lewis Lancaster
ECAI, UC Berkeley, USA

Professor Alonzo C. Addison
VSMM President, UC Berkeley, USA


Contact Us



Centre for Research Creation in Digital Media
School of Arts,
5, Jalan Universiti,
Bandar Sunway,
47500, Petaling Jaya, Selangor




+60374918622 Ext 7498