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Kumiyo Nakakoji is a Full Professor at Future University Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan, since April, 2019. She worked as a professor at Kyoto University Design School between July 2013 and March, 2019. She was formerly a Full Professor at Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), University of Tokyo, Japan, where she co-directed the Knowledge Interaction Design Laboratory with Yasuhiro Yamamoto, Director at Key Technology Laboratory, Software Research Associates, Inc., Japan, adjunct associate professor at Nara Science Institute of Technology, Nara, Japan, and adjoint associate professor at University of Colorado, Boulder, USA.

She received the B.A. degree in computer science from Osaka University, Japan, in 1986, and the M.S. degree in 1990 and the Ph.D. degree in 1993, both in computer science from University of Colorado, Boulder, certified in Institute of Cognitive Science. Her advisor was Gerhard Fischer at the Center for LifeLong Learning and Design.

She has served as chairs, editors, and committee members for a number of research communities, journals, and conferences, in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (such as CHI), Software Engineering (such as ICSE and FSE), and Design and Creative Knowledge Work Support (such as C&C), both locally and internationally. She was Chair of IPSJ SIGHCI, Japan. She was awarded CHI2002 Recognition Service Award from ACM SIGCHI in 2002, Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from College of Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2006, and JSAI Distinguished Service Award from the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence in 2010.

Her research interests include human-computer interaction design and collective creativity, specifically Knowledge Interaction Design, which is a framework for the design and development of computational tools for creative knowledge work. Her previous work addresses cognitive and social factors of software development as knowledge-intensive collective creative tasks, and the current projects include visual interactivity design for data engagement, and design inspirational services at museums.

  • Department of Media Architecture, School of System Information Science, Future University Hakodate

    Research Projects:

    Design of Visual Interactivity for Supporting Sense-Making in Data Engagement (co-PI)

      "Data Particlization for Next Generation Data Mining" project (Takeaki Uno, NII)

      Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology (CREST) Program, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

      October 2014 - March 2020

    Museum Experiences and Service Science (PI)

      Service Science, Solutions and Foundation Integrated Research Program, RISTEX, JST
      October 2012 - September 2015

      Our project looks at a museum as a place where people get inspired through a life-long learning experience; like cabinets of curiosities, which are precursors to museums. We call such type of service a museum provides the inspirational service. The goal of our project is to build a model to represent, compare, evaluate and evolve what mechanisms and instruments would nurture rich inspirational museum experiences, and how museum visitors and a wide variety of stakeholders would be mutually inspired through them.

    Interaction Design for Sense-Centric Application Systems (co-PI)

      "Elucidation of Perceptual Illusion and Development of Sense-Centered Human Interface" project (Yasuharu Koike, TITECH)

      Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology (CREST) Program, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

      October 2009 - March 2015

    • K. Nakakoji, Y. Yamamoto, N. Matsubara, TCieX: An Environment for Designing and Experiencing A Variety of Visuo-Haptic Sensory Conflicts, Proceedings of the 3rd IEEE VR2011 Workshop on Perceptual Illusions in Virtual Environments (PIVE 2011), pp.23-26, Singapore, March, 2011.

    Enriching Text Editing Environments by Dynamically Overlaying Rhetorical, Statistical, and Grammatical Information (PI)

      Challenging Exploratory Research Program, Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, JSPS, MEXT

      April, 2011 - March, 2014

    DPS (Design Practice Streams): Tools for Re-experiencing Design Elaboration Processes through Temporal Transcription and Unfolding of Multiple Streams of Media Data

    • K. Nakakoji, Y. Yamamoto, N. Matsubara, Y. Shirai, Toward Unweaving Streams of Thought for Reflection in Early Stages of Software Design, IEEE Software, Special Issue on Studying Professional Software Design, Vol.29, No.1, pp.34-38, January/February, 2012.




    • Knowledge Interaction Design
    • Collective Creativity
    • Creative Knowledge Work
    • The-World-of-Making and The-World-of-Using in Software Design
    • Expertise Communication (E-Comm) and Coordination Communication (C-Comm) in Software Development


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