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Team Vulcan

Team Members

  1. Benjamin Peter CHIA Sim Sen
  2. LOW Wei Ting
  3. YEO Cheng Fu
  4. HENG Kok Chin
  5. CHAN Jing Vin
  6. Gareth Shaun NG Wei Long

Project Description

About SMU Mindfulness Initiative

The vision of the SMU Mindfulness Initiative is to make a positive impact on individuals, organizations and society by conducting research, education, and outreach on mindfulness. The initiative brings together various members of the SMU community (faculty, staff, and students) as well as others passionate about studying, teaching, and practicing mindfulness. The initiative engages in activities such as conducting basic and applied research on mindfulness and mindfulness interventions in business and society, developing courses / modules on mindfulness and offering ideas on integrating mindfulness into other course, and providing evidence-based mindfulness courses to organizations on topics such as mindful leadership, among others.

Project Background

Of late, there has been a lot of interest in the concept of mindfulness and how it can improve well-being and productivity. One way to cultivate mindfulness is through the practice of meditation. Although there is evidence that meditation can reduce stress and depression, much more research is needed—especially research that looks at the effects of meditation in everyday contexts (at home, work, and elsewhere). The Mindfulness Initiative, in collaboration with LiveLabs, has been developing a smartphone app (ReFokus). ReFokus will introduce users to various guided meditation exercises. A novel part of the app is that it doubles as a research assessment tool. Users would be alerted to complete short surveys at various moments through their day. This data would be presented as feedback to the users and help us evaluate whether these exercises really help to improve well-being.

Project Requirements

Our team will be coding an Android app (may or may not go into IOS). Work has already begun on the ReFokus app. There is also a web-based platform for researchers to design survey questions. Our team will further develop key components of the app. Specifically, the app must be able to display the survey questions from the web-based platform, collect and store the data on a server, and later retrieve these data to display feedback (e.g., graphs, statistics) to the user. Other components include a timer for meditation sessions, and scheduling function to control when users are prompted to complete survey questions.


  1. Assistant Professor Will Tov, SMU
  2. Associate Professor Jochen Reb, SMU

(Page to be updated)