Takashi Matsumoto is a media designer. His special field is design of social Interaction bridging tangible objects, real-world experiences, and network services. He has been designing unique digital gadgets to give new experiences in urban life with tangible operations of information.
His representative 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 (e.g. SFAC Gallery of City of San Francisco, Modefabriek in Amsterdam Fashion Week, Enter3 by Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Next no.5 in Århus Denmark, InternetEguna in Dia de Internet by Spain Basque Government, and Campus Party in Valencia Spain). He is mainly working 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), and "ipodj: a mobile DJ mixer" with his highschool friends. Post-bit was awarded FXPAL Best Vision Video at ACM Multimedia 2005. Several Japanese and US patents have been granted for some of those projects.
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).
He is currently an Assistant Professor of Kyushu University Institute for Advanced Study / The Kyushu University Museum. Previously he has assumed a senior research fellow at NUS (National University of Singapore) School of Computing from 2010 to 2011. During his stay in Singapore, he provided guest lectures and talks at NUS FASS (Faculty of Ars and Social Sciences), NTU ADM (Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media), IIT Bombay IDC (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Industrial Design Centre), and UNESCO-supported MobilePlus-India Conference. 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. He has been a committee member of APCHI2012, TEI'10, TEI '09 and Ubicomp 2006. He is a member of IIID since 2012 and a member of ACM since 2004.
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, as he has grown up in Harajuku district in Tokyo since his teen-age. He is playfully acting on a classic youtube video "Mac Sabers". He plays DJ for his friend's parties sometimes. 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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