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Ken Nakagaki

Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science and the College

Ken Nakagaki is an interaction designer and human-computer interaction (HCI) researcher. His research focuses on inventing novel actuated user interface technologies that combine dynamic digital information and robotic actuation into daily physical tools and materials. He creates novel physical embodied experiences using such interfaces through curiosity-driven tangible prototyping processes.

His research in actuated user interfaces has been presented at top HCI conferences sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery, including the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, the Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, and the Annual Conference on Tangible Embedded and Embodied Interaction. His works were also demonstrated in such international exhibitions and museums as the Ars Electronica Festival and Laval Virtual. He has received numerous awards across disciplines, including MIT Technology Review Innovators under 35 Japan.

Nakagaki’s study of interaction design began at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, and continued at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a PhD in media arts and sciences. He will join the faculty of the University of Chicago in January 2022.

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