Centre for Research-Creation in Digital Media

  • Vision
    The Centre seeks to be a cornerstone for transformative
    digital media research, scholarship,transcultural
    collaboration, metadesign and innovation to advance
    Sunway University onto the global new media-scape.
  • Mission
    1. To facilitate synergy in creative media arts and sciences,
    cultivating an innovative media research-creation environment

    2. To create significant transdisciplinary collaborations and
    catalyse new partnerships with key local and international
    centres, labs and institutes

    3. To motivate a new generation of students and researchers
    in the domain of creative digital media, merging core attributes
    of the arts,sciences, humanities, media and technology.
  • Research
    Area 1: Post-Digital Media Research-Creation
    This research theme bears a special relationship to the
    rest as the focus and overall direction for content creation
    is based on this theme.

    Area 2: Digital Heritage and Culture
    This research theme is explored with the components
    of high fidelity image and sound capture, processing,
    post-production re-presentation and
    high definition-immersive display.
  • Research
    Area 3: Digital Humanities — Arts, Teaching and
    This research theme is in partnership with the Master of Arts in
    Visual Communication and Media Studies programme in
    the School of Arts.

    Area 4: Cyberanthropology — Exploring the Cultural Imaginary
    This research theme involves public interactives, new forms
    of content presentation and knowledge mobilisation both
    within and outside Sunway University.


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.



Matthew Sansom is an artist and researcher working across a variety of media and contexts – including sound, video, sculpture, installation, performance, and musical composition.



Kenneth Feinstein is an artist, theorist, curator and writer. He has exhibited creative works internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Chelsea Art Museum, New York City, and the Jogja Nasional Museum, Jogjakarta, Indonesia and group exhibitions at the Millennium Museum in Beijing, the National Visual Art Gallery Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, and the Museum of the World Ocean, Kaliningrad, Russia



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.



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.





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. Peter Woods
Multimedia University, Malaysia

Dr. Khong Chee Weng
Multimedia University

Dr. Fauzan Mustaffa
Multimedia University

Professor Dato‘ Dr. Ghulam- Sarwar Yousof
University of Malaya

Dr. Eric Olmedo, PhD
Principal Research Fellow, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia


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

Professor Emeritus Dr. Jon Baggaley
Athabasca University, Canada

Professor Kimberley Sawchuk
ACT Project & Mobile Media Lab, Concordia University, Canada

Professor David Blundell
National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan.

Associate Professor Andrea Nanetti
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.


Contact Us

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

+60374918622 Ext 7498


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