Hideyuki ANDO // Junji WATANABE

  • Hideyuki Ando

    Associate Professor, Osaka University
    Researcher on nonverbal interface
    Hideyuki Ando was born in 1974, and he graduated School of Engineering of master's degree in Aichi Institute of Technology  in 1999. In 2000 he worked as a junior research associate at Bio Mimetic Control research center in RIKEN. In 2001 he worked as a researcher at the University of Tokyo, and in 2004, he received a Ph.D. of Information Science and Technology from the University of Tokyo. From 2002 he was a research associate, and from 2007 a research specialist, at NTT Communication Science Laboratories. He is currently an associate professor at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University.  He devotes his research to the study of sensory and motor, new media experience interfaces, and virtual reality.
    Hideyuki ANDO Web Page(Japanese Only)

  • Junji Watanabe

    Researcher on perception
    Junji Watanabe was born in 1976. He graduated from Department of Mathematical Engineering and Information Physics, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo in 2000, and received his Ph. D. in Information Science and Technology from the University of Tokyo in 2005. He studies cognitive science, and its applications to communication devices. His research has been performed not only from an academic viewpoint but also through creative activities in collaboration with artists and designers.
    Junji WATANABE Web Page

Hitoshi Arai

  • Mathematician, Doctor of Science

    Professor, Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences, the University of Tokyo
    Completed the Master’s course at the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University in 1984. In 1986, he became an assistant at the Faculty of Science, Tohoku University, and thereafter served as Visiting Fellow at the Mathematics Department of Princeton University and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Science, Tohoku University. In 1996, he became Professor at the Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University. He was appointed to his current position in 1999, to the present day.
    Main awards: Received the Spring Prize of the Mathematical Society of Japan in 1997, which is the top award in the field of mathematics in Japan. Received the Prize for Science and Technology (Research Category), Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2008.

Dainippon Type Organization ∩ FURUKATA Masahiko

  • FURUKATA Masahiko

    FURUKATA Masahiko is associate professor at the Musashino Art University's Department of Visual Communication Design. His research focuses on incorporating the algorithms necessary in operating a computer into the design field. He was certified as a “Genius Programmer/Super Creator” in the latter half of 2004 by the Exploratory Software Project of the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA).
    Masahiko FURUKATA Web Page (Japanese Only)

  • Dainippon Type Organization

    The Dainippon Type Organization was formed by Hidechika and TSUKADA Tetsuya in 1993. An experimental typography group, it has set out to understand the information contained within letters of the Western alphabet or characters used widely in East Asia by dismantling, assembling, and reconstructing them. The organization has held solo exhibitions in London, Barcelona and Tokyo, as well as released a portfolio, “TYPE CARD PLAY BOOK.”
    Dainippon Type Organization (Japanese Only)

FIRST, Aihara Innovative Mathematical Modelling Project

  • “Mathematical Theory for Modelling Complex Systems and its Transdisciplinary Applications in Science and Technology”

    The purpose of the project is to develop mathematical theory that can facilitate modelling of complex systems and to create its transdisciplinary applications in science and technology. These have been achieved on the basis of advances in mathematical engineering (a discipline originally developed in Japan) and chaos engineering (a field aimed at creating various applications with deterministic chaos, fractals, and complex networks).

  • Kazuyuki Aihara

    Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo /Director, Collaborative Research Center for Innovative Mathematical Modelling, the University of Tokyo / Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo / Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo
    He was born in 1954. He received the Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering in 1982 from the University of Tokyo. He had been Associate Professor at School of Engineering, Tokyo Denki University, Associate Professor and Professor at Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo, and Research Director of ERATO Aihara Complexity Modelling Project, JST. Since 2003, he has been Professor of Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo. He has been Core Researcher of the project entitled "Mathematical Theory for Modelling Complex Systems and its Transdisciplinary Applications in Science and Technology" since 2010.
    FIRST, Aihara Innovative Mathematical Modelling Project

Kazuhiko HACHIYA

Media artist
A native of Saga, he was born in April 18 (appropriately enough, Invention Day), 1966. After graduating from the Faculty for Visual Communication Design, Kyushu Institute of Design, he had worked for a consulting company, and started SMTV, a private TV station unit as his art activity.
His works include the special communication tool series, with Inter Dis-communication Machine and Seeing Is Believing, and many with special function such as AirBoard, a jet-powered skateboard, and OpenSky.
The developer of PostPet e-mail software, he is a representative derector of PetWORKs, engaging in development and direction of PostPet-related software.
Kazuhiko HACHIYA Web Page

JST ERATO IGARASHI Design Interface Project

The ERATO IGARASHI Design Interface Project is supported by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Basic Research Programs. This interface research group is directed by Prof. Takeo Igarashi, Department of Computer Science, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo. The project aims to create new interfaces that allow general users to easily design their world based on their own sense and creativity.
IGARASHI Design Interface Project


Professor, Department of General Systems Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Completed Doctoral Course (Majoring in Physics), Gradual Department of School of Science, The University of Tokyo in 1989 (Doctor of Science). Served as Postdoctoral Researcher at Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University; Assumed Position of Research Associate at Natural Science & Technology, Kobe University; Employed as Associate Professor at General System Studies Major Course.

Masahiko INAMI

Professor in the School of Media Design at the Keio University (KMD), Japan.
His research interest is human I/O enhancement technology including HCI and robotics.
He completed a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Tokyo. He joined the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Tokyo in 1999, and in 2003 he moved to the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Intelligent Systems at the University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo), Japan, where he served as a professor. He was also a visiting scientist at MIT CSAIL in 2005. In 2008, he joined the Keio University.
Prof. Inami is one of the directors of the Virtual Reality Society of Japan (VRSJ) and Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association of Japan (CESA).
One of his scientific achievements is the invention and development of Retro-reflective Projection Technology (RPT). One of the applications of RPT is optical camouflage, which was chosen among the Time Magazine “Coolest Inventions 2003”. He has exhibited over 20 installations at SIGGRAPH/SIGGRAPH Asia Emerging Technologies from 1997 through 2009.
Inami Laboratory, the School of Media Design at the Keio University (KMD)

Tadao Isaka

Professor and Dean, College of Sport and Health Science, Ritsumeikan University Research Leader
“Active For All” of The Center of Innovation (COI) Program (MEXT and JST)
Aiming to establish Exercise Guidance and Continuation System, in cooperation with various academic areas around Sports Science. Developing progressive training machines applicable to athletes and rehabilitation in collaboration with engineering researchers.


Professor, Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba
Hiroo Iwata is a professor in the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering of the University of Tsukuba, where he is teaching human interface and leading research projects on virtual reality. His research interests include haptic interface, locomotion interface and spatially immersive display. He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree in engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1981, 1983 and 1986, respectively.
He exhibited his work at the Emerging Technologies venue of the SIGGRAPH for 14 years since 1994. As well as Ars Electronica Festival 96,97,99, and 2001. He won honorary mentions in Prix Ars Electronica 96 and 2001.
Virtual Reality Laboratory, University of Tsukuba

Sachiko KODAMA

Artist, Associate Professor at the University of Electro-Communications
After graduating Physics course at Hokkaido University, Sachiko matriculated in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Tsukuba, studying Plastic Art and Mixed Media. In 2000, Sachiko began work on a ferrofluid art project that she named “Protrude, Flow”.
In 2008, she made a spectacular and poetic installation 'Protrude, Flow 2008' for the Reina Sofia National Museum in Madrid. After that, she stayed and exhibited her works in New York with a grant from the Agency for Cultural Affairs. Sachiko has been working on her 'dynamic sculpture' works, interactive installations, video works exploring the potential of combining new digital media and material by designing transformable, sensitive surface.
Sachiko KODAMA Web Page


Media artist
After studying modern art and media art, in 1998 he began to use electronics to produce works that examine the varied phenomena occurring on the borders of the analog and the digital, man and machinery, sender and recipient.He was awarded prizes at Ars Electronica in 2002 and 2003, and won the Grand Prize in the Arts Division at the Agency for Cultural Affairs' Japan Media Arts Festival in 2003. His best-known works include Bitman (a collaboration with Maywa Denki), Video Valve and PLX. He was involved in the development of Block Jam, a project of the Sony CSL Interaction Lab.
Ryota KUWAKUBO Web Page (Japanese Only)

JST ERATO Minato Discrete Structure Manipulation System Project

  • The JST ERATO Minato Discrete Structure Manipulation System Project is one of the Strategic Basic Research Programs led by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), an independent administrative agency. The project researches “algorithm technology” that enables mathematical condensation and efficient processing of complicated computations. It aims to build a technical platform for processing large-scale practical problems in various fields.
    JST ERATO Minato Discrete Structure Manipulation System Project

  • Shinichi Minato (Research Director, ERATO / Professor, Laboratory for Algorithmics, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Hokkaido University / Ph.D, Engineering)

    NTT Laboratories (1990 - 2004), Visiting Scholar at Stanford University (1997), Associate Professor at Hokkaido University (2004), Professor at Hokkaido University (2010 to present)

Takeshi Naemura

Professor, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, The University of Tokyo (Concurrently served for the Department of Information & Communication Engineering at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, and for the Information & Communication Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering)
Research Director, JST CREST Harmonized Inter-Personal Display Based on Position and Direction Control Project
Earned his PhD. in Engineering at the University of Tokyo in 1997. After experiencing time as a Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University (as an overseas research associate of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science), among other positions, he began his current position in April of 2013. He is presently involved in researching Real World Oriented Information Environment, Mixed Reality, Media + Content, Image-Based Rendering, Art & Entertainment.

Creation of Human-Harmonized Information Technology for Convivial Society
(Research Supervisor: Yoh'ichi Tohkura)

Naemura Lab @The Univ. of Tokyo (Japanese Only)

Kokichi Sugihara

  • Doctor of Engineering

    Professor, Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences, Meiji University
    Kokichi Sugihara graduated from the Graduate School of Engineering of the University of Tokyo in 1973 and received Dr. Eng. in mathematical engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1980. He worked at Electrotechnical Laboratory of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Japan since 1973, Nagoya University since 1981, the University of Tokyo since 1986, and is a professor of Meiji University since 2009.
    He won the first prize of the Illusion of the Year Contest in 2010 and 2013, and the second prize in 2015 and 2016.


Professor, Keio University
Born in Sapporo City, Hokkaido Prefecture. His motto is “research from the two aspects of technology and society.” He took graduate and doctoral level courses on engineering at the University of Tokyo, and conducted research and development on wide area 3D scan systems through images. He finally received his doctorate in engineering in the field of social engineering.

Kazushige TOUHARA

Professor, Department of Applied Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, and the research director of the JST ERATO Touhara Chemosensory Signal Project

Novmichi TOSA

April 1967, Born in Hyogo Prefecture
March 1992, The Department of Arts Study, Postgraduate Course, Tsukuba University, Awarded Master's Degree
1993, Maywa Denki is organized as an art unit.
Maywa Denki is an art unit produced by Novmichi Tosa.
The costume is designed as a typical working uniform of Japanese electric stores, symbolizing small/medium-sized enterprises that had once supported Japan's economy during its high-growth period. Its unique style is indicated by a term he uses: for example, each piece of Maywa Denki's work is called “a product” and a live performance or exhibition is held as “a product demonstration.” The products produced so far include “NAKI Series,” fish-motif nonsense machines, “Tsukuba Series,” original musical instruments. Although Maywa Denki is known and appreciated as an artist, its promotion strategies are full of variety: exhibition, live stages, performances, producing music, videos, writing, merchandising toys, stationery, and electric devices. Currently the new project called “VOICE program” is in progress. It features the theme of “Can machines sing as a human being”?


Professor, Kwansei Gakuin University/ Director of the Researcher Center for Kansei Value Creation
She became employed at Mitsubishi Electric in 1983. She worked on research regarding application of measuring systems for color data processing and sensitivity information processing at the applied equipment laboratory and the industrial systems laboratory. She completed a PhD program at the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University in 1996. Her specialties include Kansei engineering and media engineering.

Yasushi Yagi

Executive Vice President, Osaka University / Department of Intelligent Media, the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (ISIR), Osaka University
He received his Master of Engineering (Control Engineering) from Osaka University in 1985, and then his Doctor of Engineering. After working as a researcher for Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, and a research associate and associate professor at Osaka University, he became a professor of the Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (ISIR) in 2003. In 2012, he became director of the ISIR. He specializes in research on processing visual information. He has developed an omnidirectional camera that can observe 360° around it, and an AI system to provide advanced visual functions to robots.
Department of Intelligent Media (Yagi Laboratory), The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka Univ.

Yuichiro Yoshikawa

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University
Project Coordinator and Group Leader of Autonomous Robot Research Group, JST ERATO ISHIGURO Symbiotic Human-Robot Interaction Project
He received his Ph.D. (Eng.) degree in engineering from Osaka University in 2005. His previous position includes Researcher in Intelligent Robotics Communication Laboratories, ATR, Researcher in JST ERATO ASADA Synergistic Intelligence Project.
He is interested in the research of Communication Robots such as conversational multiple robots and robots for treatment and education for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, and Cognitive Developmental Robotics.