Takeshi SAGA

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together", from African Proverb


Born in 1997 in Aomori, Japan.Graduated National Institute of Technology, Hachinohe College (NIT, HC), 2013 - 2020.Received master's degree from Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), 2022.Doctor candidate at Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST, Augmented Human Communication Lab.).
2013 - 2020 : Undergraduate of National Institute of Technology, Hachinohe College2020 - 2022 : Master candidate of Nara Institute of Science and Technology2020 - 2022 : RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project(AIP)2022 - Present : Doctor candidate of Nara Institute of Science and Technology

Research Interest

Keywords : Multimodal interaction, communication support

Currently Working : Automated System of Social Skills Training

Every single day, we use languages, body gestures, and facial expressions to communicate with other people. Although it is crucial to live in this world, unfortunately, we have to learn such skills after we born. But as you know, even for adult people, communication can be difficult and annoying. Especially, communication in working place or with your friends is troublesome. However, we don't learn about it in elementary or junior high, which is very strange for me. Then, where can we learn about it?
At this moment, one solution is social skills training (SST) which is a type of behavioral therapy. But unfortunately, the number of therapist is not enough to provide SST for everybody who want to take it. Therefore, currently, I'm working on its automation.Especially, I'm interested in human sensing part.
In the near future, I think Information Technology can provide better solutions to you, which is my lifespan dream.My dream is to develop virtual(or mechanical) partner which can be my(your) best friend. He might comfort you, or make you happy, or help you to improve your skills in any kinds.Whatever you want, I hope he can help the owner to achieve it unless he never harm anybody and anything.Don't you wanna live in such a wonderful world?I want!!

Awards and Activities

Best interactive student presenter(優秀学生インタラクティブ発表賞) at HCG-symposium (Domestic), 2020

Best presentation award at graduation research presentation in NIT, HC, 2017 and 2019

6th TOBITATE (JP, EN) student brand manager at NIT, HC, 2018 - 2019

Student Council President at Junior High School, 2012 - 2013

English Proficiency

Test of English and International Communication (TOEIC) 810 points, 2018

Society for Testing English Proficiency (Eiken) grade 2

Programming Languages

Python, C++, C, Scratch (for Arduino)

Completed Programs

Internship at Active and Attentive Vision laboratory in York University (Canada) with John Tsotsos, '18 Sep. - '19 Mar.

8th period member of TOBITATE young ambassador program, '18-'19

Tradition and Communication Cultural program in Singapore, March 2015 and September 2016

Internship at NTT-ME, focusing on Fibre Optic Cables, 2016

Cool Japan Seminar (Joined as a member of organizers), 2015

And more.

Cultural and Sport activities

Track and Field Captain in NIT, HC, 2017

2 Time Tohoku Track and Field 800m top eight finalist

International Friendship Club Vice President in NIT, HC, 2017

3 Time Cultural Ambassador for visiting Malaysian and Singaporean students

Professional Societies

The Association for Natural Language Processing (言語処理学会)

The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (電子情報通信学会)

Contact & Links

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Laboratory HP

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