Emi Tamaki

Emi Tamaki Photo

Associate Professor,  Waseda University, Research Map Web(Japanese) 

Co-founder, H2L, Inc.

Nationality: Japan, Year of acquiring PhD degree: 2011 at University of Tokyo

PROFILE
Emi Tamaki is researching to interact haptic sensation and physical sensation between computer and human. Her goal is to share rich body experiences by facilitating information exchange between humans and computers. She received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Informatics from the University of Tokyo in 2012. She also received President’s Award of the University of Tokyo.Her research and development of PossessedHand controls human hands from computers, which was selected as one of the 50 Best Inventions by TIME Magazine. In 2012, she co-founded H2L, Inc. H2L developed a product UnlimitedHand that is a version of PossessedHand for sales. UnlimitedHand allows users input and output their hand gestures to computers. At Tech Crunch SF 2016,  a virtual reality controller, “UnlimitedHand” is published. On a Kickstarter that is a crowdfunding site, UnlimitedHand reached the campaign goal in only 22 hours. She was selected for 2016 WIRED Audi Innovation Award, Nikkei Business 100 people making next generation Award. She was appointed Ambassador to WINDS (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan) 2017 and STEM Girls Ambassador (Cabinet Office of Japan).  New product “FirstVR” ,which corroborates with NTT docomo 5G,  is released in 2019.
EXPERIENCE
Developer, Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA)
Exploratory IT Human Resources Project (The MITOU Program)
— 2008

Fellow,  Japan Society for The Promotion of Science Research Fellowships for Young Scientists(DC2)
— 2009-2010

Intern,  Disney Research, Pittsburgh
— 2010-2011

Researcher, The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
— 2011-2012

Co-founder,H2L, Inc.
— 2012-Present

Assistant Professor(Fixed Term),Waseda University, Faculty of Human Sciences
— 2013-2016

Researcher, Japan of Science and Technology Agency, The Presto Program
— 2013-2016

Associate Professor(Fixed Term),Waseda University, Faculty of Sciences and Engineering
— 2017-Present

AWARDS (Selected)
[1]Augmented Human2020,  Special Recognition Award, 
  PossesedHand: A Hand Gesture Manipulation System using Electrical Stimuli, 
Emi Tamaki, Takashi Miyaki, Jun Rekimoto (Augmented Human 2010), 2020

[2] Best Presentation, Emi Tamaki, Satoshi Hosono, and Ken Iwasaki, “FirstVR: A Muscle Deformation Sensors Array Device to Detect Finger Gestures 
and Noise Reduction Case”, The 2nd edition of International Conference 
on Electronics, Communications and Control Engineering(ICECC 2019), 2019.

[3] NewsWeek Magazine,  Japanese Women Leading the Way-Tech Innovator, 2018

[4]Wearable Technologies Innovation World Cup 2017,    
  Gaming & Lifestyle “UnlimitedHand”,2017

[5]WIRED Audi Innovation Award 2016,WIRED JAPAN,2016.

[6]The 50 Best Inventions,TIME Magazine,2011

EXPERIENCE
Developer, Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA)
Exploratory IT Human Resources Project (The MITOU Program)
— 2008

Fellow,  Japan Society for The Promotion of Science Research Fellowships for Young Scientists(DC2)
— 2009-2010

Intern,  Disney Research, Pittsburgh
— 2010-2011

Researcher, The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
— 2011-2012

Co-founder,H2L, Inc.
— 2012-Present

Assistant Professor(Fixed Term),Waseda University, Faculty of Human Sciences
— 2013-2016

Researcher, Japan of Science and Technology Agency, The Presto Program
— 2013-2016

Associate Professor(Fixed Term),Waseda University, Faculty of Sciences and Engineering
— 2017-Present

EDUCATION
The University of Ryukyus — bachelor of engineering -2006
University of Tsukuba — Master of Computer Science -2008
The University of Tokyo — Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Information Studie -2011