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    Ken Nakagaki

    Interaction Designer / HCI Researcher

    Ken Nakagaki (中垣 拳) is an interaction designer and HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) researcher from Japan. He is an incoming assistant professor at the University of Chicago, Computer Science Department starting January 2022.


    As a postdoc researcher in the Tangible Media Group of the MIT Media Lab, he focuses on inventing novel user interface technologies that seamlessly combine dynamic digital information or computational aids into daily physical tools and materials. He is passionate about creating novel physical embodied experiences using such interfaces through curiosity-driven tangible prototyping processes.


    Before joining the Media Lab, he received Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in interaction design from Keio University. His research has been presented in top HCI conferences (ACM CHI, UIST, TEI) including 9 full paper publications (two of them received the Honorable Mention Award). His works were also demonstrated in international exhibitions and museums such as the Ars Electronica Festival and Laval Virtual. He has received numerous awards, including the MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 Japan, the Japan Media Arts Festival, and James Dyson Award.

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  • Profile in Japanese - 日本語紹介文

    インタラクションデザイナー・HCI(ヒューマンコンピュータインタフェース)研究者。MIT Media Lab 博士課程に在籍、Tangible Media Groupに所属。デジタル情報やコンピュータによる支援をディスプレイの中から解放し、フィジカルな道具や素材にシームレスに融合するインタフェース及び、そのようなインタフェースによる人の身体的知覚・体験のデザインに好奇心を持つ。ACM CHI、UIST、TEIなどの学会や、Ars Electronicaなどのアートフェスティバルで研究の発表・展示を行う。主な受賞に、Innovators Under 35 Japan (2020)、 Golden A’ Design Award(2016)、文化庁メディア芸術祭 審査委員会推薦作品(2012)、国際学生対抗バーチャルリアリティコンテスト(IVRC2011) 総合優勝など。

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