Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo:
- Makoto Takemiya (doctoral)
- Yiren Zhou (master's)
- Kodai Ishijima (master's)
- Hikaru Maki (master's)
- Jue Wang (master's)
Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies:
- Yumiko Nagatake (MS, 2016)
- Melvin Charles Dy (MS, 2015)
- Kumiko Aoyama (MS, 2013)
- Norio Nagayama (MS, 2013)
- Junichirou Fujii (MS, 2013)
- Kazunori Takahashi (MS, 2012)
Department of Socio-Cultural Environmental Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences:
- HueYen Yang (MS, 2015)
- Yuta Kozeni (MS, 2014)
- Moemi Kawauchi (MS, 2013)
- Uiko Nakamura (MS, 2010)
- Kohei Ota (MS, 2009)
- Arito Hikida (MS, 2009)
- Tetsuo Yamazaki (MS, 2009)
Department of Psychology, University of Tokyo:
- Gengen He (University of Tennessee, NSF EAPSI Program, June–August 2013)
- Heather Burte (University of California, Santa Barbara, NSF-Funded Joint Conference Grant & Research Fellowship, August 2012)
- Kai-Florian Richter (University of Melbourne, Global Engagement Strategic Mobility Grants Scheme, June 2012)
I also work with students in the Department of Urban Engineering, University of Tokyo.
Students conduct research on various issues of spatial cognition and behavior, with the view to examining (a) spaces that humans perceive, conceive, and remember; and (b) methods of presenting spatial information and their effectiveness.
Possible topics for research in my lab include, but are not limited to:
- What is the structure of maps in the head?
- Why do some people easily get lost and not others?
- Is there a good way to improve sense of direction?
- What types of objects or buildings are used as landmarks in the environment?
- What are the characteristics of residential environments that attract people?
- How can we design effective navigation systems, especially for people with a poor sense of direction?
- Good maps for route navigation—Which landmarks or streets should be shown?
- Maps or verbal instructions—Which is a better presentation format for navigational aids?
- Turn to the left or to the west—Which types of verbal navigational directions are good?
- Location-based services from the user's perspective—Are there differences or similarities in behavior by users of a mobile system and a guidebook?
- Are 3-D visualizations or animations better than static representations? If so, for what purposes?
- How should we envision a ubiquitous spatial information society in the future?
We welcome people who have interest in any aspects of the interaction between space, humans, and information, and want to examine empirically "why." In terms of academic background, knowledge about any one of the three would be an asset: space (e.g., geography, planning, architecture, or civil engineering), humans (e.g., psychology, linguistics, or philosophy), or information (e.g., computer science or informatics).
We hope that people with various backgrounds join the lab and set out on a scientific mental-spatial journey with us.