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Kumiyo Nakakoji is the Director at Key Technology Laboratory, Software Research Associates, Inc., Japan. She was 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.

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, Software Engineering, and Design and Creative Knowledge Work Support, 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 latest work addresses cognitive and social factors of software development as knowledge-intensive collective creative tasks.

Key Technology Laboratory,  Software Research Associate (SRA) Inc., Japan

Research Projects:

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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