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TSUMURA, Takahiro

TSUMURA, Takahiro

Enrolled in 2019, Five-year Ph.D. course, Department of Informatics, School of Multidisciplinary Sciences, SOKENDAI
Main supervisor: Prof. YAMADA, Seiji

Tracing students' knowledge states over time for intelligent educationHuman-Agent Interaction is a research area that designs interactions between humans and anthropomorphic agents and robots. Especially, my research focuses on agent's social advancement through empathy between humans and agents.

One of the ways to improve anxiety and discomfort toward agents, which are becoming increasingly familiar to society, is to improve impressions of agents by focusing on empathy.

This research develops the conventional human-to-human relationship into a human-to-agent relationship. I investigate the influence of empathy between humans and agents based on various factors such as appearance, self-disclosure, and task. My research is expected to extend human empathy and help agents acquire empathy.

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WAGA, Masaki

WAGA, Masaki

2018-2020 3-year Ph.D course, Department of Informatics, SOKENDAI

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University He is working on quality assurance of cyber-physical systems using lightweight formal methods.

After finishing my master's program, I entered the Graduate University for Advanced Studies, SOKENDAI for the third year due to the transfer of my supervisor, Professor Ichiro Hasuo. In SOKENDAI, I studied the quality assurance of cyber-physical systems requiring high reliability, such as automobiles. In my research, I utilized mathematical methods such as logic and automata to improve reliability. Currently, I am an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University. I am continuing my research on improving the reliability of cyber-physical systems.

In the Department of Informatics at SOKENDAI, all students are hired as research assistants at the National Institute of Informatics (NII) except for MEXT scholarship students and working students. Moreover, there is a special research assistant program for outstanding students. The qualified students can receive a higher salary. These financial supports by employment, which are unfortunately not very common in Japanese universities, are very helpful for full-time students.

At SOKENDAI, there are a lot of opportunities to have a discussion with many other researchers. The Open House of NII is one of such opportunities. The Open House is an annual event of NII to present the research to the public, including researchers in other fields, researchers in industry, and the general public. The students in this department have an opportunity to present their research at this event and discuss their research with various people. Such an opportunity is helpful in looking at our own research from other viewpoints.

Another fruitful opportunity to broaden the scope is a discussion with various students, many of them are from abroad. There are many international students and internship students at SOKENDAI. We can broaden our research scope through discussion with them, which is, in my experience, quite helpful to the research. We can also improve our English skills and learn about different cultures through daily conversations with them.

Overall, there are many opportunities to broaden the research perspectives as well as many other supports by SOKENDAI. I believe that broadening the research perspectives is highly helpful in deepening our research, and thus, the environment in SOKENDAI is very attractive.

(The Graduate University
for Advanced Studies)
School of Multidisciplinary Sciences,
Department of Informatics

国立大学法人 総合研究大学院大学 大学共同利用機関法人 情報・システム研究機構 国立情報学研究所 / National Institute of Informatics