Takashi Matsumoto is a media designer. His special field is design of social Interaction bridging tangible objects, real-world experiences, and network services. He designs digital gadgets and contents to give new experiences in urban life with tangible operations of information and multimedia replesentation of hyperlinked things. He takes an approach of integrated design with two different types of design works: Product Design (PD) and Content Design (CD).
His representative PD work is Pileus: The Internet Umbrella. Pileus is an interactive medium to make city exploring fun giving natural interactions for web services with a large display and embedded sensors on the umbrella. Pileus was awarded "Prix de l'innovation" at Laval Virtual 2007, where the largest Virtual Reality conference in Europe. The project was invited to events worldwide including a public art museum, a fashion tradeshow, and science festivals. He worked for its concept creations, prototype design, and strategy planning.
He also designed "Z-agon: a cubic video player with turning interface" at Keio University, "Post-Bit: a hybrid tangible-graphical interface of e-paper memo stickies" at FXPAL (FX Palo Alto Laboratory) internship, "Responsive Mirror" at PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) internship, "Cat Android-Arduino Project" at NUS (National University of Singapore), etc. Post-Bit was awarded FXPAL Best Vision Video at ACM Multimedia 2005. Several patents have been granted for some of those projects.
He recently works on CD projects, which are related to foundation of digital archiving of physical things. The 3D Data Collection of the Kyushu University Museum is a project collaborating with Kyushu University MMC to distribute museum's 3D data under MTA (Material-Transfer Agreement). This is a challenge to understand the nature of intellectural property of data-of-things. For archival metadata, to reveal provenance of physical objects such as medical equipments and modern architectural ornaments, he researches design history of the objects using digital and traditional archives. He also researches techniques to utilize digital 3D technology for preservation of cultural properties by request from Itoshima City.
He served as an Assistant Professor of Kyushu University Institute for Advanced Study from 2012 to 2017. He pursues CD projects at the Kyushu University Museum and teaches courses at Kyushu University School of Design. In 2014, he co-produced a joint exhibition between the museum and the School of Design. In his museum lab, students from School of Design, School of Letters and School of Agriculture joined as student staffs occasionally.
Previously he has assumed a part time lecturer of the Open University of Japan from 2015 to 2016. Before he moved to Kyushu, he was a senior research fellow at NUS (National University of Singapore) School of Computing from 2010 to 2011. He worked for a summer internship in Ubiquitous Computing team of PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) Computer Science Laboratory in 2007. He worked as a research assistant of JST-CREST Ubiquitous Content project at Keio Media Design in 2005-2007. He designed Post-Bit during a long-term internship at FXPAL (FX Palo Alto Laboratory) Interactive Media group in 2004-2005. In academic societies, he was a committee member of TVX2014, APCHI2012, TEI'10, TEI '09 and Ubicomp 2006.
He earned his Ph.D. with a doctoral dissertation entitled "Embodied Web Interaction" (March 2008: supervisor Dr. Naohito Okude) at Keio SFC Media Design program. He was awarded Keio President's Encourage Prize for excellence of his research operations in 2006. He earned his master's degree in Media and Governance from Keio with Summa Cum Laude and Keio Dr. Aiso Award (Sept. 2005). He earned BA in Environmental Information from Keio with Summa Cum Laude and the Keio SFC Student Award for the Z-agon project (Sept. 2003).
As his background, he studied managements of experience branding and intellectual properties in his bachelor's study. He is thoughtful about balanced relationships between people, cultures, arts, and industries in an urban city. He had taken an specialistic education of Piano at Toho Gakuen School of Music - The Music School for Children during 1983-1995.
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