I am interested in broad area of Human-Computer Interaction, but have been especially focused on interactions between human and the real world through computers, their input modalities, and their development methods. My current focus is on designing tools for programming interactive media content. In my future vision, everyone can be a weekend carpenter who makes his/her everyday life easy and comfortable with help of information technology, i.e., end-user programming { of | in } the real world.

My resume is available for download.

My photo taken by my good friend at Microsoft Research Asia is also available.

Recent updates

03/20/2015Served as an organizing committee member for a special event named IPSJ-ONE. It gatherd 19 top-notch researchers in Information Processing (computer science, information science, that sort of thing) from all over Japan, each of them giving 5-minutes talk introducing their work with their passion to research.
03/02/2015My paper about TextAlive, an integrated design environment that helps creating Kinetic Typography videos with live programming, is accepted to ACM CHI 2015. It wins the Best of CHI Honorable Mention award! See you in Korea :)
12/06/2014Will hold a symposium on Emerging Japanese HCI Research Collection at CHI 2015. If you are interested in hiring Japan-based young researchers, opening Ph.D positions for students, or visiting Japan, you are welcomed to participate in the symposium! Stay tuned for more updates on the symposium website.
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Research projects since 2009 in reverse chronological order. Labels with show terms for active development.

Side Projects

Projects not meant to be published as research paper in reverse chronological order. Labels with show terms for active development.




'06-08 Toolkit

arX MusicPlayer


arX Launcher



Media Interaction Group, ITRI, AIST
Central 2, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8568, Japan.
P: +81 29-862-6622
F: +81 29-861-3313
Jun Kato