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RESEARCH STATEMENT

Superception – 超知覚-

Perception refers to recognizing meaning and organizing it into information via the inputs of sensory organs such as eyes, ears and somatosensory organs, as a basis for actions and constructing the self.  I call my research“Superception,”to represent a research framework that uses computer technology to intervene in the human sensory process, or interconnect human senses, in order to create an engineered augmentation and/or transformation of human perception and cognition. I believe that“Superception”will make it possible to augment perceptual capabilities, engage in collaborative perception with others, consciously control one’s own unconscious perceptions, and more. In our world of accelerating technological progress, I envision that“Superception”may lead to abilities for conscious control of perceptions and empower us to co-evolve with technology in the areas of perception, consciousness, and knowledge in an unprecedented and exciting way.

知覚は我々が持つ視覚、聴覚、触覚や運動感覚器官などの入力から意味を認識、情報として形成して、我々の判断や行動を生み出す、人間の行動の根源であると同時に、「自分」自身を形成する重要な役割を持っています。私は「Superception(超知覚)」という、コンピュータ技術を用いて人間の感覚に介入したり、人間の知覚を接続することで、工学的に知覚や認知を拡張・変容させる研究をしています。Superceptionにより知覚能力の強化、他者との共感や、自分の無自覚な感覚の自覚的な制御を実現できると考えています。加速的に進化するテクノロジーに包囲された社会で、我々人間が自分の感覚や意識を自覚的に制御できる能力を持つことで、人間の感覚・意識・知性とテクノロジーの共進化を可能にしていきたいと考えています。

Superception / Shared Experience / Perception / Embodiment / Communication / Augmentation


PROFILE

 

I completed my master’s degree in at Waseda University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering in 2008. I joined Sony the same year, where he worked as a user interface research engineer. I spent 2012 as an affiliate researcher at the MIT Media Lab, and since 2014 I’ve been a researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratories. I completed Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Information Studies from the University of Tokyo. My research interests include technologies to enable sharing of first-person experiences and computational control and extension of human perception. I am exploring those research under a concept “Superception”. My work has been presented at international conferences including SIGGRAPH, UIST and CHI, and the same time, I’ve been working for deploying technologies into society. My activities include but not limited to art, technology and science.