Hiroshi Ishii

Tangible Media
  • Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Arts and Sciences
  • Head, Tangible Media Group
  • Associate Director, MIT Media Lab

Hiroshi Ishii is Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, where he is the Director of the Tangible Media Group, and the Associate Director of the Media Lab. 

The Tangible Media Group 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. The goal is to go beyond the current mainstream of Painted Bits (pixels) to enrich human interactions and to take advantage of the multimodal human senses and dexterous skills developed through a lifetime of interaction with the physical world.

Ishii and his team have presented the Tangible Bits and Radical Atoms visions at a variety of academic, design, and artistic venues such as ACM SIGCHI and SIGGRAPH, Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA), AIGA, Ars Electronica, ICC, Centre Pompidou, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. A display of many of the group's projects took place at the "Tangible Bits" exhibition (2000) at the NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC),  at the "Get in Touch" exhibition (2001-2004) and… View full description

Hiroshi Ishii is Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, where he is the Director of the Tangible Media Group, and the Associate Director of the Media Lab. 

The Tangible Media Group 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. The goal is to go beyond the current mainstream of Painted Bits (pixels) to enrich human interactions and to take advantage of the multimodal human senses and dexterous skills developed through a lifetime of interaction with the physical world.

Ishii and his team have presented the Tangible Bits and Radical Atoms visions at a variety of academic, design, and artistic venues such as ACM SIGCHI and SIGGRAPH, Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA), AIGA, Ars Electronica, ICC, Centre Pompidou, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. A display of many of the group's projects took place at the "Tangible Bits" exhibition (2000) at the NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC),  at the "Get in Touch" exhibition (2001-2004) and at the "Radical Atoms" exhibition (2016-2018)  at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria.

Prior to joining the Media Lab in 1995, Ishii led a CSCW (Computer-Supported Cooperative Work) research group at NTT Human Interface Laboratories, where he and his team invented TeamWorkStation and ClearBoard. He was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Toronto in 1993 and 1994. Ishii received his BE degree in electronic engineering, ME and PhD degrees in computer engineering from Hokkaido University, Japan, in 1978, 1980, and 1992, respectively.