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About Hiroshi Ishii : Prof. Hiroshi Ishii is a visionary of HCI (Human-Computer Interaction). In order to go beyond the current dominant paradigm of “Painted Bits” or Graphical User Interface (GUI), he presented the visions of “Tangible Bits” in 1997 and "Radical Atoms" in 2012. He explores the Tangible Bits & Radical Atoms visions to seamlessly couple the dual world of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation.
Looking back through the history of HCI (Human-Computer Interaction), we see that quantum leaps have rarely resulted from studies on user needs or market research; they have come from the passion and dreams of visionaries such as Douglas Engelbart. We believe that vision-driven design is critical in fostering quantum leaps, and it complements needs-driven and technology-driven design by looking beyond current-day limits. TRANSFORM is the latest example of our vision "Radical Atoms," a computationally transformable and reconfigurable future material. With Radical Atoms we seek new guiding principles and concepts so that we see the world of bits and atoms with new eyes to trail blaze a new realm in interaction design. There are three approaches in design: technology-driven, needs-driven, and vision-driven. The reason why I focus on the vision-driven approach is its lifespan. We know technologies become obsolete in ~1 year, and user needs change quickly and applications become obsolete in ~10 years. However, we believe that strong visions can last beyond our lifespan. Even though we may need to wait decades before atom hackers can invent the enabling technologies for our vision of Radical Atoms, we believe the exploration of interaction design can begin today.
MIT Media Lab
Researcher, all other subjects Education, research, training
He received B. E. degree in electronic engineering, M. E. and Ph. D. degrees in computer engineering from Hokkaido University, Japan, in 1978, 1980 and 1992, respectively.
1995 - present MIT Media Lab, Associate Director, Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Arts and Sciences
1980 - 1995 NTT Human Interface Laboratories, Research Engineer
1993 - 1994 Visiting Professor at University of Toronto
1986 - 1987 Visiting Researcher at GMD (Gesellschaft für Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung mbH) in Bonn, Germany
2014 "TRANSFORM", LEXUS DESIGN AMAZING 2014 MILAN, Milan/Italy
2001-04 "Getting in Touch", Ars Electronica Center, Linz/Austria
2000 "Tangible Bits", NTT ICC, Tokyo/Japan
2014-15 "inFORM", Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, New York/USA
2013-14 "inTouch", Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo/Japan
2008 "PingPongPlus", Centre Pompidou, Paris/France
2005 "PingPongPlus", Victoria and Albert Museum, London/UK
2014 IDSA IDEA Award Bronze - inFORM, USA
2014 Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards Winner - inFORM, USA
2014 Red Dot Award: Best of the Best, Design Concept - inFORM, Germany
2014 Laval Virtual 2014 Award - inFORM, France
2013 UIST 2013 Best Paper Award - "PneUI", St. Andrews/UK
2012 UIST 2012 Best Paper Award - "Jamming UI", Cambridge/USA
2000 IDEA Design Exploration Silver Award - "musicBottles"
2000 Frank E. Perkins Award, MIT, Cambridge/USA
2014 "TRANSFORM", The VERGE, FAST COMPANY CO.DESIGN, UrDesign, SLASH GEAR, EMAG.CO.UK, HYPEBEAST, GIZMOD, Pixable, PHYS ORG, Engadget Germany, psfk, WIRED, Dezeen,...
2013 'inFORM", FAST COMPANY CO.DESIGN, Popular Mechanics, Wire UK, Creative Applications, Dezeen, Boston Magazine,...
2015 "TRANSFORM", ACM CHI 2015, Seoul/Korea
2014 "Physical Telepresence", ACM UIST 2014, Honolulu/USA
2013 "inFORM", ACM UIST 2013, St. Andrews/UK
2013 "PneUI", ACM UIST 2013, St. Andrews/UK
2013 "Jamming UI", ACM UIST 2012, Cambridge/USA
2012 "Radical Atoms", ACM INTERACTIONS Magazine, New York/USA
2011 "ZeroN", ACM UIST 2011, New York/USA
2004 "Bottles", IEICE Transactions on Information and Systems, Tokyo/Japan
2004 "I/O Brush", ACM CHI 2004, New York/USA
1997 "Tangible Bits", ACM CHI 1997, New York/USA
1995 "Bricks", CHI 1995, New York/USA
1993 "ClearBoard", ACM TOIS, New York/USA
1992 "ClearBoard", ACM CHI 1992, New York/USA
2000 "Tangible Bits", NTT ICC Exhibition Catalogue, NTT Publishing, Tokyo/Japan, ISBN4-7571-0035-3
Japanese (Native), English (Advanced), FORTRAN (Intermediate)
FORTRAN, PL/I, ALGOL, PASCAL, GPSS, DYNAMO, LISP, C, C++, BASIC, ASSEMBLER,...
COURSES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS::
2000-2014 MAS.834 Tangible Interfaces, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge/USA
SYMPOSIUMS AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCES::
2015 Meet the Media Guru, Keynote, Milan/Italy
2014 PopTech 2014 Closing Keynote, Camden/USA
2014 NIME 2014, Keynote, London/UK
2014 SOLID 2014, San Francisco/USA
2014 AWE 2014, Keynote, San Jose/USA
2013 TDW 2013, Tokyo/Japan
2013 Aspen Ideas Festival, Colorado/USA
Prix Ars Electronica (Interactive Art)
LEXUS International, TOYOTA, DNP, NEC, Fujitsu, NTT
United States of America
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