Faculty Members

Yasutoshi Makino/Associate Professor/Division of Transdisciplinary Sciences

Department of Complexity Science and Engineering//Haptic Interface

Career Summary

2002: Graduated from Faculty of Engineering (University of Tokyo)
2004: Received Master's degree in Information Physics and Technology from the University of Tokyo
2007: Received Ph.D. in Information Physics and Technology from the University of Tokyo
2008-09: Project researcher at the University of Tokyo
2009-12: Project assistant professor (Keio University)
2013: Project lecturer (Keio University)
2013: Lecturer (University of Tokyo)

Educational Activities

Undergraduate school: Applied Acoustics
Graduate school: Advanced Robotics and Virtual Reality Systems

Research Activities

We have developed interface systems that use the surface of human skin as an input field. In these systems, a userfs forearm can be used as a lateral motion sensor, or the back of a userfs hand can be changed into a touch panel. We have also developed systems that enrich input techniques for smartphones.

The system detects lateral force applied to the forearm.

The sense of touch is an emotional modality. If we design a touch situation appropriately, we can enhance emotional perception. For example, one of our systems, called PINOKY, changes a stuffed animal into a robot and activates the arms/legs of the stuffed animal from outside. The userfs attachment to the animal is used to enrich the contact experience.

PINOKY: A ring-shaped device that changes a stuffed animal into a robot.


1) Y. Makino, Y. Sugiura, M. Ogata, and M. Inami: gTangential force sensing system on forearm,h Proceedings of the 4th Augmented Human International Conference (AH '13).
2) K. Nakatsuma, H. Shinoda, Y. Makino, K. Sato, and T. Maeno, gTouch Interface on Back of the Hand,h SIGGRAPH Emerging Technologies Demo, 2011.
3) Y. Sugiura, C. Lee, M. Ogata, A. Withana, Y. Makino, D. Sakamoto, M. Inami, and T. Igarashi, gPINOKY: A ring that animates your plush toys,h Proceedings of the 2012 ACM Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '12), pp. 725-734, 2012.

Other Activities

The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE)
Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ)
The Virtual Reality Society of Japan (VRSJ) spacer

Future Plan

We want to develop new tools that enable people to unconsciously and comfortably change their actions through haptic (sense of touch) modality. We believe haptics is one of the strongest modalities affecting human activity and that it has the potential to change our future.

Messages to Students

Your time at graduate school is going to pass far more quickly than you imagine. I hope that all of you will have a fruitful time in our laboratory. I will provide you with a stimulating environment to encourage your research.