Updated: 11/6/2014

Jun Kato

PhD in Computer Science. Researcher, Media Interaction Group, Information Technology Research Institute (ITRI), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

E-mail
i@junkato.jp
URL
http://junkato.jp

Research Interest

Human-Computer Interaction, Human-Robot Interaction, Human Computation, Real-world Programming (Prototyping toolkits and integrated development environments for programming interactive media content)

Professional Experience

Principal Investigator, Microsoft IJARC CORE Program (April 2011 - March 2012)

Funded for a year as a principal investigator of a research project.

JSPS Research Fellowships for Young Scientists (DC1) (April 2011 - March 2014)

Funded for three years as a research fellow.

Project Leader, IPA MITOH Program (December 2008 - August 2009)

Funded for half a year as a project leader of an exploratory software project. Developed a software toolkit for prototyping robot applications.

Work Experience

Researcher, Media Interaction Group, Information Technology Research Institute (ITRI), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) (April 2014 - present)

Leading research projects to be published as academic papers and collaborating with companies to impact the society.

Research Intern, Adobe Research CTL (August 2013 - November 2013)

Worked with Jovan Popović and Joel Brandt. Led a research project to be integrated into a new product.

Research Intern, Microsoft Research Redmond RiSE Group (June 2012 - September 2012)

Worked with Sebastian Burckhardt and Michał Moskal. Led a research project to be published as a paper at PLDI'13. Outcome integrated into a public WIDE, TouchDevelop.

Research Intern, Microsoft Research Asia HCI Group (January 2012 - April 2012)

Worked with Xiang Cao and Sean McDirmid. Led a research project to be published as a paper at UIST'12.

Intern, The University of Tokyo Edge Capital (July 2010 - August 2010)

Led a team of 3 students. Surveyed previous effort of the industry on home automation and proposed a new business plan with simple prototype implementation.

Software Development Engineer Intern, Microsoft (August 2009 - September 2009)

Implemented an online code reviewing tool to improve the team's productivity.

Assistant Researcher, JST ERATO IGARASHI Design UI Project (April 2008 - March 2013)

Implemented a GUI simulator for mobile robots. Made a FTIR multi-touch display, etc.

Website design and system contractor (2005 - present)

Designed and made websites from scratch such as UT-Life, SCI and digitalmuseum.

Education

PhD Computer Science, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo Japan (April 2011 - March 2014)

Concentration: Integrated development environment with graphical representations for development of programs with real-world input and output,
Igarashi Lab.

MS Computer Science, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo Japan (April 2009 - March 2011)

Concentration: Prototyping toolkit for robotic things,
Igarashi Lab.

BS Information Science, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo Japan (April 2005 - March 2009)

Concentration: User interface for mobile robots,
Igarashi Lab.

Publications

Journal paper

Andy: A Toolkit for Developing Mobile Robot Applications with a Ceiling-mounted Camera and Visual Markers

Jun Kato, Daisuke Sakamoto, Masahiko Inami and Takeo Igarashi, Andy: A Toolkit for Developing Mobile Robot Applications with a Ceiling-mounted Camera and Visual Markers. In Transactions of Information Processing Society of Japan (2011). IPSJ, Vol. 52, No. 4, 1425-1437.

Refereed international conference and workshop paper

Sharedo: To-do List Interface for Human-agent Task Sharing

HAI'14

Jun Kato, Daisuke Sakamoto, Takeo Igarashi and Masataka Goto. In Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (Tsukuba, Japan, October 7 - 9, 2014). ACM, New York, NY, 345-351.

VisionSketch: Integrated Support for Example-Centric Programming of Image Processing Applications

GI'14

Jun Kato and Takeo Igarashi. In Proceedings of the 2014 Graphics Interface Conference (Montreal, QC, Canada, May 7 - 9, 2014). Canadian Information Processing Society, Toronto, ON, Canada, 115-122.

CapStudio: An Interactive Screencast for Visual Application Development

ACM CHI'14 extended abstracts

Koumei Fukahori, Daisuke Sakamoto, Jun Kato and Takeo Igarashi. In CHI '09 EA: Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Toronto, ON, Canada, April 26 - May 1, 2014). ACM, New York, NY, 1435-1458.

OpenPool: Community-based Prototyping of Digitally-augmented Billiard Table

IEEE GCCE'13

Jun Kato, Takashi Nakashima, Hideki Takeoka, Kazunori Ogasawara, Kazuma Murao, Toshinari Shimokawa and Masaaki Sugimoto. In Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE Global Conference on Consumer Electronics (Tokyo, Japan, October 1 - 4, 2013). IEEE, 175-176.

It's Alive! Continuous Feedback in UI Programming

ACM PLDI'13 (acceptance rate: 17%)

Sebastian Burckhardt, Manuel Fahndrich, Peli de Halleux, Jun Kato, Sean McDirmid, Michal Moskal and Nikolai Tillmann.In Proceedings of the 34th ACM SIGPLAN conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation (Seattle, WA, USA, June 16 - 19, 2013). ACM, New York, NY, 95-104.

Picode: Inline Photos Representing Posture Data in Source Code

ACM CHI'13 (acceptance rate: 20%)

Jun Kato, Daisuke Sakamoto and Takeo Igarashi. In Proceedings of CHI '13: Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Paris, France, April 27 - May 2, 2013). ACM, New York, NY, 3097-3100.

DejaVu: Integrated Support for Developing Interactive Camera-Based Programs

ACM UIST'12 (acceptance rate: 22%)

Jun Kato, Sean McDirmid and Xiang Cao. In Proceedings of the 25th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology (Boston, NY, USA, October 7 - 10, 2012). ACM, New York, NY, 189-196.

Phybots: A Toolkit for Prototyping Robotic Things

ACM DIS'12 (acceptance rate: 20%)

Jun Kato, Daisuke Sakamoto and Takeo Igarashi. In Proceedings of the 9th conference on Designing Interactive Systems (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, June 11 - 15, 2012). ACM, New York, NY, 248-257.

Surfboard: Keyboard with Microphone as a Low-cost Interactive Surface

ACM UIST'10 demonstration

Jun Kato, Daisuke Sakamoto and Takeo Igarashi. In Adjunct proceedings of the 23nd annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology (New York, NY, USA, October 1 - 3, 2010). ACM, New York, NY, 387-388.

A Toolkit for Easy Development of Mobile Robot Applications with Visual Markers and a Ceiling Camera

ACM UIST'09 poster

Daisuke Sakamoto, Jun Kato, Masahiko Inami and Takeo Igarashi. 22nd Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (Victoria, BC, Canada, October 4 - 7, 2009).

CRISTAL: Control of Remotely Interfaced Systems Using Touch-Based Actions in Living Spaces

ACM SIGGRAPH'09 demonstration

Thomas Seifried, Christian Rendl, Florian Perteneder, Jakob Leitner, Michael Haller, Daisuke Sakamoto, Jun Kato, Masahiko Inami and Stacey Scott. SIGGRAPH 2009 Emerging Technologies (New Orleans, USA, August 3 - 7, 2009).

Multi-touch Interface for Controlling Multiple Mobile Robots

ACM CHI'09 student reseach competition

Jun Kato, Daisuke Sakamoto, Masahiko Inami and Takeo Igarashi. In CHI '09 EA: Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Boston, MA, USA, April 4 - 9, 2009). ACM, New York, NY, 3443-3448.

Honors

Best Paper Nominee at HAI 2014

Presented Sharedo, a web-based interface for sharing tasks between humans and agents.

Best Presentation Award at IPSJ 104th SIGMUS

Presented TextAlive. English information is not publicly available at this moment regarding an ongoing anonymous submission.

JDP Good Design Award 2013

For the collaborative project OpenPool for which I worked as one of the main programmers.

Finalist in ACM Student Research Competition at PLDI 2013

Presented VisionSketch, a live programming environment for image processing.

Best Paper Honorable Mention Award at CHI 2013

Presented Picode, a text-based development environment integrated with inline photos.

Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship 2012 Award

Won the fellowship (10 recipients out of 94 candidates) for outstanding contributions of the DejaVu project.

Best Research and Development Award at 4th Rakuten R&D Symposium

Presented a web service for sharing tasks between humans and robots described in Publications. Rakuten, Inc. is a famous Japan-based company of internet services.

Best of Emerging Technology Award in ACM SIGGRAPH 2009 Emerging Technologies

Presented a multi-touch interface for controlling home appliances described in Publications.

1st Place in ACM Student Research Competition at CHI 2009

Presented a multi-touch interface for controlling multiple mobile robots described in Publications.

Academic Services

Conference Organizer

Reviewer

Teaching Assistant

Miscellaneous

Skills

Language Skills

Japanese
Native
English
TOEFL iBT score 94 (2008)

Computer Skills

Languages
Java, C#, C, PHP, MySQL, (X)HTML, JavaScript, TypeScript, Processing, Scheme, ...
Platforms
Windows, OS X, Linux

Reference

Prof. Takeo Igarashi

Dept. of Computer Science, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo Japan