Past Member

Ken Nakagaki

Former Research Assistant
  • Tangible Media

Ken Nakagaki is an interaction designer and HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) researcher from Japan. He is an incoming assistant professor at the University of Chicago, Computer Science Department starting January 2022. He will found and direct 'Actuated Experience Lab' [AxLab] there. [Check here to learn more about Ax Lab.]

As a postdoc researcher in the Tangible Media Group of the MIT Media Lab, he focuses on inventing novel user interface technologies that seamlessly combine dynamic digital information or computational aids into daily physical tools and materials. He is passionate about creating novel physical embodied experiences using such interfaces through curiosity-driven tangible prototyping processes.

Before joining the Media Lab, he received Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in interaction design from Keio University. His research has been presented in top HCI conferences (ACM CHI, UIST, TEI). His works were also demonstrated in international exhibitions and museums such as the Ars Electronica Festival and Laval Virtual. He has received numerous awards, including the MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 Japan & Asia Pacific, the Japan Media Arts Festival, and James Dyson Award.

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