I am an assistant professor in the domains of human-robot interaction (HRI) and brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) at Tilburg university.
I completed my PhD in one of the most well-known robotic laboratories in Japan, Intelligent Robotics Laboratory– Ishiguro Lab., Osaka University. This laboratory is particularly famous for developing humanlike android robots that represent humans in a remote interaction.
During my graduate program, I worked as a research affiliate at Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), where I launched a new project for integration of a BCI with the robot’s control system. My doctoral research particularly focused on the sense of embodiment (including cognitive mechanism and effects) that operators experienced toward the robot’s body when they used different operational interfaces and introduced a new neurofeedback training paradigm that could improve their learning of a motor imagery task. The studies I conducted at ATR received high recognition from the institute and I received an “Outstanding Research Award” in year 2015.
After completing my PhD, I received a JSPS postdoctoral fellowship (which is a highly prestigious fellowship in Japan) to conduct research at the University of Tokyo. There, I worked on a slightly different project (an ImPACT project entitled "Actualize Energetic Life by Creating Brain Information Industries".) that aimed at development of a BCI-controlled robot for the purpose of therapy and interaction. This robot performed a user-specific therapeutic intervention while monitoring the user’s brain activities and evaluating his/her mood and mental state in real time.