IEEE VR 2018

Hi. D2 Oral is here.

From March 17th to 22nd, we visited Reutlingen in Germany to participate IEEE VR 2018. Me and Akiyama had a poster presentation and Nicko introduced his work in the form of a conference paper.  Overall I believe it was a valuable experience for all of us to learn about new technologies and create connections with researchers from all around the world.

The conference took place in Stadthalle Reutlingen for a total of five days; two for workshops and tutorials, three for the actual conference. Although the name of the conference is VR, it included research focusing on MR, AR, haptics or distinct interaction technologies. I was mostly interested in “Tutorial on Cutting-Edge VR/AR Display Technologies” due to its focus on “Motion-Aware Displays”.

As always, I will cut it short and let pictures do the talking about this episode of my studies. Detailed info on conference and awards given will probably be shared by my colleagues anyways… 😉


Stadthalle Reutlingen

You can always learn new laws

Spätzle and Weissbier

You can always listen an acquaintance’s presentation

Super computer at Max Planck Institute

Somebody is doing cycling research?

A nice work on tactile cues

Nicko’s presentation



Internship at University of Oulu

I’m Shuichi Otani,M1 student.I’ve finished one month internship at University of Oulu,and came back last week. I would like to make a report on it.

First of all, I’ll report about contents I tackled at the University of Oulu.In this internship, I belonged to Tapio Seppanen and Professor Tiina Seppanen ‘s Physiological Signal Analysis Group in CMVS (The Center for Machine Vision and Signal Analysis).I analyzed data of Respiratory Effort Belts which is the research theme of Professor Tiina.The reason for choosing this theme is that it is in common with my research at NAIST in terms of fusion of information technology and medicine, so I thought there might be something that could be applied to my research.

Prof.Tiina with me

Respiratory Effort Belts can estimate various information on breathing, such as pace of respiration, flow rate, etc., from chest and belly movements.In this internship, I analyzed the relationship between the accurate value measured by spirometer and the estimated value measured by Respiratory Effort Belts.The data used for the analysis is what measured real allergic patients at the hospital, and treating such data was a very valuable experience.


I used software called SPSS for analysis. It was my first time for using that software, so I had a difficulty at the beginning.Thanks of the roommates’ help, I finally managed to submit results to Professor Tiina somehow.
This internship gained me new knowledge and it was also a good opportunity to deepen understanding of my research.


Next I will write about Finland.
First of all, it was so cold anyhow. It fell to a minimum of -23 ℃ during my stay.

However, except for the low temperature, the life in Finland was very comfortable and wonderful.
The streets are beautiful, the food is delicious, there is also a shopping center near the hotel, which made my life like I spend in Japan.

Pictures in Oulu city

Also I met Ilyas who had been an internship at IMD lab last year.
I had a really good time with him during this internship. At the last weekend he took me to Kemi’s Snow Castle. Thanks of him it has been a very pleasant internship.

Pictures with Ilyas

Although it was a short period, I had a valuable experience. I would like to engage in research by taking advantage of experience in Oulu.
Finally, I would like to thank to the professors of University of Oulu and the Interactive Media Design Laboratory who supported me in this internship.

Kiitos !!

ISCA 2017

Hello, I’m Yuto Inamitsu, M2 student.

happy New Year.
This is the first post in 2018.
Did everyone have a good New Year?

Speaking of New Year, dreams seen from January 1st to 2nd are called first dreams.
I am born and have never seen the first dream, but I am hoping that I can see the first dream this year tonight.

Aside from that, I’d like to report about attending to ISCA 2017 held at the Grand front Osaka Knowledge Capital Event Lab on December 1 and 2.

ISCA (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CREATIVE AWARD) is an international creative award for students from universities, graduate schools and vocational schools both in Japan and overseas.

There are three categories, “Domestic Video Content Section”, “Overseas Video Content Section” and “Digital Content Section”.

When I submitted my own research “AR Yōkai: A Situated Augmented Reality Ghost Story” at the “Digital Content Division”, it was selected as a nomination work for this examination, and it came in with the carrying of the exhibition.

On the first day of the event, there was a review of nominated works by various jury members and an announcement of winning works.

On the day, I also made presentations of my work before the judges, I became nervous.

I was thinking “Would it be possible to win the prize?” while I participated in the award presentation, but my work was selected as an excellent prize!

This time’s excellent prize was not gained by my own power, it was the result that I could accomplish thanks to everyone who cooperated in this research.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you! Thank you very much!

Also, the judges received encouraging words.

I am pleased to have an honorable prize!

After the ceremony, work screenings of “Domestic Video Content Section” and “Overseas Video Content Section” were held.
I’m taking storytelling as the theme of my research.
So I was impressed with quality quite contradictory to which work is not professional work, it was skillful to tell the story clearly, the beauty of the image, the cleverness of the production.

Also in the “Digital Content Division”, an application called “Mitugibako”, in which a smartphone Novell game scenario is unlocked at the same time as saving money, by linking a piggy bank with a smartphone app.
It was so unique.
And information on dead people worldwide to the virtual earth There are many impressive works, such as media art such as “Leaves” to display on infographics on top, and it inspired my own desire for creation.

Unlike my field, it is not surprising that people who regret their talent are gathering and presenting their works.
This time ISCA2017 has become an invaluable experience for ourselves.

In order not to be ashamed of the result of this time, I will try my best to work harder.

ACE 2017 at London

Hello everyone.

D2 Oral Kaplan is here.

I was in London from December 14th to 16th to take part in this year’s Advancements in Computer Entertainment (ACE) conference. Aside from presenting my own ideas on improving exercise motivation, I was also the chair of session two. I have to admit, it was a very pleasant experience which allows one to grow professionally. Couldn’t be happier! 🙂

The overall quality of presentations were quite high; some being highly intuitive in presentation style and others with quite interesting topics. In general, I believe I learned new things that I can hopefully utilize for my own research goals.

Below you can see a couple of photos taken by me or the professors who accompanied me to one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Please enjoy, and let’s do our best together to make this world a better place for everyone.


Just before the glorious Tower Bridge…

Facing the glorious Tower Bridge

one of the glorious towers of the glorious Tower Bridge!

conference venue; The Shard, as viewed from far

when they raise the bridge

Buckingham Palace

found a plate that looks like me

The Amazing Chairman!

The Amazing Chairman! cannot say your school’s name!

During my presentation

Library of the Royal Institution

Library of the Royal Institution

Library of the Royal Institution

Sometimes your professor might act distant…

…but actually he is very close to you…

…and closer, closer, and closer. 🙂

ICAT-EGVE’2017 at Adelaide, Australia

Hello, everyone.
I’m Haruka Matsumura, an M1 student.

Last week, I and Taketomi-sensei went to Adelaide in Australia and we attended ICAT-EGVE’2017.
This was first time trip to the foreign country for me.
I felt Adelaide is nice townscape and scotch steak is very delicious.

The conference’s keynote talk was “Small, Lightweight and Fast: A Near Future of On-the-go AR and Wearables”. The speaker is Professor Thad Starner.
He is a wearable computing pioneer, a Professor of Computing at Georgia Tech and a Technical Lead on Google Glass.
We could listen to interesting talk about current and future of AR and wearable.

Keynote talk by Prof. Thad Starner

In oral presentations, there was the sum of 33 presentations (full paper and short paper) in 8 sessions.
The study related to “Eyes” won awards of best full paper and best short paper.


Taketomi-sensei explaining his poster

In poster presentations, there were 17 posters, and I and Taketomi-sensei presented.
It’s a study of using AR for a practice of athletes in a sport.
I could receive several pieces of advice and some comments like “It’s an interesting study” from people, so I’m happy.
But, unfortunately, I spoke haltingly and explanation was a few words…
I strongly think I have to more learn English to good communication.

Me explaining the poster


The banquet venue

In the banquet, we had went to winery and I could purchase a wine by discount as souvenir for my family.
The next conference will be held in Limassol, Cyprus.

I think this trip was a good experience for me.

SIG-MR 2017 in Kitami, Hokkaido

Hello everyone. I’m Ryo Akiyama, doctoral student.

We attended the 53rd SIG-MR workshop on October 19th and 20th. This time, the conference is held at Kitami Institute of Technology. Kitami is the city in Hokkaido, and it takes about 1 hour from Shin-chitose airport by plane. I felt Hokkaido was already winter at that time. My clothes was not thick enough for enduing cold temperature. From our lab, Matsumura and I attended and presented our work at this conference.

As an invited talk, Prof. Suzuki presented his work. He invented new ski boots for Japanese pro skiers to improve their skill based on analyzed data.

Presentation by Prof. Suzuki







In oral session, there are many presentations for two days. Matsumura presented at first day, and I presented at second day. Matsumura presented her work about face swapping technology for sports image training. And I presented about controlling object color by light projection based on human perceived color.

Presentation by Matsumura







Presentation by ME







I felt that there are many questions, comments, and discussion throughout the conference. We got some as well. We will use these comments effectively for our future research.

Thanks for reading !!

IMD Lab. 10th Anniversary

Hello everyone. I’m Mizuki Ando, M2 student.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Interactive Media Design Laboratory.

Congratulations, Kato-sensei!!

We organized a reception on August 26th which was held in Tennoji, Osaka. Approximately 50 people attended the reception; including current and previous lab members. It was incredibly exciting to listen various stories and watch old classmates reunite after a very long time.
There was also a short presentation where we had a glimpse of our laboratory’s past.

Party venue

During the second half, we presented gifts to both Kato-sensei and our beloved secretary; Ueno-san. We present Kato-sensei with a figure skating ticket and Ueno-san with a travel ticket.

Kato-Sensei is talking about figure skate enthusiastically.

Finally, we took a group photo before the end.

Group photo

We will take over tradition what seniors have made up. And from the 10th anniversary, we would like to keep up as a member of IMD ahead. Kato-Sensei and everyone in IMD Lab, we look forward to working with you.

MIRU 2017 at Hiroshima

This is Qirui Zhang, a D3 student. I am reporting my experience in MIRU 2017 at Hiroshima.

Hiroshima is a very peaceful city. There is a river running through, which makes the summer not so unbearable hot.

The cover photo of MIRU signboard is “A-bomb dome”

MIRU meeting is held near the site of famous “ A-Bomb Dome“, where a lot of tourists gather around middle of August anniversarily in memory of victims of Little Boy.









Hiroshima is also famous for its seafood.

Taketomi-Sensei treated me conger bowl(穴子丼).

In 3 days stay I ate 13 fried oysters(カキフライ) in total.






My poster presentation was at the third day, 8.10.

I am holding a Macbook, standing near my poster, waiting for audience to come, cheerfully.

It’s about refine upsampled depth image using re-weighted l1 minimization.

There are quite some visitors.

Most of them asked deep details of the algorithm, which made each conversation very long.

They also provided some advice from the view I never took before. Communication is really important in research.





I am satisfied with this trip.



APMAR 2017 at Beijing


I am Qirui Zhang, D3.

On 2nd July we (Taketomi Sensei, Akiyama Kun, me) arrived at Beijing to attend APMAR 2017. The taxi driver was good at talking and knew everything except Beijing map.  We reached hotel at 1:00 pm then we spent 1 hour at registration. After that we were led to the only restaurant still providing meal at that time and had lunch.

lunch at 2/7/2017

Purple dressing on the creamy stuff was dessert typically served before other dishes. Foreigners were usually surprised by such serving sequence. The red color pot was tomato juice boiled beef.




The other day afternoon I had a presentation. I realized I didn’t put enough description of my method in the slides after that.

Presentation of mine

The hall and seats were very Chinese style, very big chairs with tea serving. Old men at top who decide Chinese fate also have meetings in the same style.

And the big red stripe of APMAR hanging below the celling. Very nostalgic to me.



A presentation of prostate in augmented reality.

This is an interesting talk about how to realize a prostate in augmented reality. It was unlike main stream to render things with graphic technique that this research really physically builds a real simulator of prostate for touch check training of doctors. I didn’t remember the presenter’s name.

A talk of using curve features in SFM.




This presentation is about a research using Bezier-Splines to interpolate 3D points reconstructed form SFM and minimizing rep-rojection errors of such interpolated 3d points.

It’s my favorite presentation. I talked this the presenter Laurent Kneip and paper author Zhirui Wang outside of the meeting hall afterwards.


Beijing Duck

Last day in Beijing we spent most of our time eating. We ate Beijing Duck. Beijing Duck looked good.








Chinese Breakfast.

I happened to meet a staff from BIT dinning hall, who is from my hometown and makes meat buns(NIKU MAN) for breakfast there. I liked the meat buns.





Tian-an-men Square

it was Akiyama’s first visit to China. So we went to take pictures of Tian-an-men. It is the symbol of Beijing. On the building there is a slogan says “The Union of people from all of the world lasts long!”




After all, APMAR was a interesting meeting. I met researchers sharing common interests, and it was very nostalgic trip for me to visit BIT again since I graduated there.

APMAR 2017

Hello everyone. I’m Ryo Akiyama, D1 student.

We attended APMAR 2017 (Asia Pacific Workshop on Mixed and Augmented Reality) on 3rd July. This year, APMAR was held in Beijing Institute of Technology. From IMD lab, Qirui and I attended to this conference this year.

group photo






The conference began with Keynote Speech by Prof. Nassir Navab. The talk was about Augmented Reality(AR) application for medical field. Recently, many high quality medical equipments have been invented, but their interfaces are too complex and difficult to use freely. Prof. Navab thinks AR interfaces are very powerful for solving this problem. In addition, we can visualize inside of our body by using AR, and it is helpful for surgery or education.

Keynote speech by Prof. Nassir Navab







In oral session, we listened to many talks about recent AR, MR research. There are 22 oral presentation and 6 posters, and both Qirui and I also presented in oral session. I presented about AR interfaces for IoT applications which we discussed in workshop between NAIST and KAIST. Qirui presented about his own research about depth map regularization using curvelet domain.

Presentation by Qirui







I felt that APMAR is suitable conference for sharing research information and discussing. Next APMAR in 2018 will be held in Taiwan. I will do my research project hard in order to attend next APMAR.

Thank you for reading!!