I am an associate 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 an ImPACT project entitled "Actualize Energetic Life by Creating Brain Information Industries") funded by the Japanese Council for Science, Technology and Innovation. This project sought to develop a BCI-driven social robot that performed a user-specific therapeutic intervention based on real-time monitoring of user's brain activity and prediction of his/her cognitive state changes.