Designing to provoke, motivate, and inspire

“Aspirational computing” refers to the creation and study of influential, motivational, and provocative technologies for achieving a virtuous cycle of personal betterment and social good in the face of radical uncertainty. Working from a solid foundation in ergonomics and psychology, we promote innovative research on attitude and behavior change methods realized through interactive agents, interfaces, and experiences that embrace human sociality and diversity. Specialties include gamification and serious games, mixed reality and physical computing, and “eldertech.” Working in the lab involves a combination of critical thinking and problem solving, engineering and design ability, and mixed methods research with human subjects.

Research themes


Human Factors Engineering


Exploring the human factor in interfaces, interactions, and experiences


Serious Games & Gamification


Applying playful strategies and crafting games for serious pursuits


Inclusive Design


Designing and refining to support diversity, from age to disability and beyond


Attitude & Behaviour Change Methods


Considering psychosocial and cognitive factors for human betterment



Below are my research projects at Tokyo Tech. For my previous research, please see my personal website. 以下は東工大での研究プロジェクトです。これまでの研究については、私の個人サイトをご覧ください。



Our goal is to create and study Elemi, an “exoskeleton for the mind.” Elemi will be an AI-based intelligent support system designed to augment metacognition in everyday situations. Built with and for the public, it aims to help people with a range of everyday challenges in the information age.


September 2020+

Prof. Jacqueline Urakami (Tokyo Tech)
Prof. Hiroki Oura (Tokyo Tech)

Funding: DLab Challenge Grant 2020


Latest news

Monday February 1st, 2021

Created and taught a new graduate course: Computers in Society

Friday October 2nd, 2020

Received competitive "DLab Challenge" grant with Professors Urakami and Oura

Tuesday August 18th, 2020

Collaborative research with the University of Tokyo and RIKEN published to PLOS ONE

Wednesday May 20th, 2020

Interviewed for Industrial Engineering and Economics News

Tuesday May 19th, 2020

Released this website

Wednesday April 1st, 2020

Joined Tokyo Tech as an Associate Professor


Department of Industrial Engineering and Economics
Tokyo Institute of Technology

2-12-1 Ookayama, Meguru-ku, Tokyo
152-8552 JAPAN

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