• Ken Nakagaki

    Interaction Designer / HCI Researcher @UChicago CS

  • 'Actuated Experience'

    I invent and speculate on the gap between our fingertips and the physical world, with means of physical computing, robotics, and HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) research. I investigate the future of the physical environment and materials coupled with computation for novel tangible and embodied experiences.

     

    Currently, as an assistant professor at the University of Chicago, I direct Actuated Experience Lab - AxLab, where we invent and design the future User Experience based on actuated User Interface technology that shape-change and physic reconfigures.

  • [New] I've launched AxLab's Web!

    I have released my lab's webpage at axlab.cs.uchicago.edu.

     

    My latest projects will be updated on the lab's webpage.

     

    Please check AxLab's Twitter and Instagram as well!

    Research Summary

    Presentation

    Originally created for MIT Technology Review's Innovators Under 35 Japan Award Ceremony.

     

    *Japanese Version: こちら

  • Selected Research

    See Full Portfolio here

    (Dis)Appearables

    Making TUIs Appear and Disappear with Stages

    [CHI '22, Nakagaki et al]

    PDF | ACM | Video | Web

    OmniFiber

    Pneumatic Muscle Fiber Interaction Toolkit

    [UIST '21, Kilic et al]]

    PDF | ACM | Video | Web

    HERMITS

    Mechanical Shell Add-ons for Robotic TUIs

    [UIST '20, Nakagaki et al]

    Japan Media Arts Festival - Jury Selections

    PDF | ACM | Video | Web

    Venous Materials

    Interactive Fluidic Mechanism

    [CHI '20, Mor et al]

    FastCo Innovation by Design Awards

    PDF | ACM | Video | Web

    TRANS-DOCK

    Shape Displays with Interchangeable Transducers

    [TEI '20, Nakagaki et al]

    PDF | ACM | Video | Web

    inFORCE

    Bi-directional 'Force' Shape Display

    [TEI '19, Nakagaki et al]

    Honorable Mention Award

    PDF | ACM | Video | Web

    Force Jacket

    Pneumatically-Actuated Jacket for Embodied Haptic Experiences

    [CHI '18, Delazio et al]

    PDF | ACM | Video | Web

    AnimaStage

    Animated Craft on Shape Display

    [DIS '17, Nakagaki et al]

    PDF | ACM | Video | Web

    ChainFORM

    Modular Line-based Shape Changing UIs

    [UIST '16, Nakagaki et al]

    YouFab Award - Finalist

    PDF | ACM | Video | Web

    Materiable

    Representing Material Property with Shape Changing UIs

    [CHI '16, Nakagaki et al]

    Honorable Mention Award

    PDF | ACM | Video | Web

    LineFORM

    Line-based Shape Changing UIs

    [UIST '15, Nakagaki et al]

    Golden A' Design Award

    PDF | ACM | Video | Web

    TRANSFORM

    Dynamic and Adaptive Furniture

    [CHI '15 EA, Vink et al]

    Golden Mouse Award

    PDF | ACM | Video | Web  

    COMP*PASS

    Digitally Augmented Compass

    [CHI '14 Interactivity, Nakagaki et al]

    James Dyson Award - TOP20

    PDF | ACM | Video

    Petanko Roller

    Rolling Pin-based Haptic Interface

    [ACE '13, Nakagaki et al]

    Japan Media Arts Festival - Jury Selections

    PDF | Springer | Video
  • Career and Education

    View the Full CV here

    The University of Chicago

    Assistant Prof. of Computer Science Department

    Chicago, IL, USA
    Jan 2022 - 

    Director of AxLab

    MIT Media Lab

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Cambridge, MA USA

    Sep 2021 - Dec 2021

    MIT Media Lab

    M.S and Ph.D & Research Assistant

    Cambridge, MA USA

    Sep 2014 - Aug 2021

    Advisor: Prof. H. Ishii

    Disney Research Pittsburgh

    Research Associate (Intern)

    Pittsburgh, PA USA

    May - Aug 2017

    Advisor: Dr. A. Sample

    Keio University SFC

    B.A. and M.M.G

    Kanagawa, JAPAN

    Apr 2009 - Aug 2014

    Advisor: Prof. Y. Kakehi

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