Prof. Dr. Michitaka Hirose graduated at Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo (1979) and received the Doctor of Engineering from Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo (1982). His research interests include human interfaces, interactive computer graphics, wearable computers and virtual reality. He is in a position of leadership on Japanese virtual reality research community, and has been investigator of number of international and national research and development projects. For example, he was a project leader of Scalable Virtual Reality Project of TAO (Telecommunications Advancement Organization of Japan, is the predecessor of NICT) and developed a tele-immersion communication system which connects between CAVE-type immersive environments through the large-bandwidth gigabit communication network. He is a member of the ACM, IEEE and the former president of Virtual Reality Society of Japan (VRSJ).
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Dr. Tomohiro Tanikawa graduated at Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo (1998) and received the Ph.D (Engineering) from Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo (2001) ,focusing at image-based 3D reconstruction and rendering methods. His research interests include image-based rendering, interactive computer graphics, virtual reality and augmented reality. He has participated in a lot of international and national research and development projects and has developed image-based rendering algorithms to generate high quality images in real-time for the virtual environments and remote collaboration.
Dr. Takuji Narumi is a lecturer at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo. His research interests broadly include perceptual modification and human augmentation with virtual reality and augmented reality technologies. He invented a novel haptic display, olfactory display, taste display and satiety display by utilizing cross-modal interactions. More recently, he also invented affective interface which evokes specific emotions through pseudo-generated body reactions. He received BE and ME degree from the University of Tokyo in 2006 and 2008 respectively. He also received his Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 2011. He received awards including ACE 2014 Gold Paper Award, ICAT 2012 Best Paper Award, Augmented Human 2016 Third Best Paper Award, ACM SUI2015 Short paper honorable mention and IEEE VR 2015 Best Demo Award.