Hiroshi Ishii

Hiroshi Ishii's research focuses upon the design of seamless interfaces between humans, digital information, and the physical environment. Hiroshi Ishii joined the MIT Media Laboratory as an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences in October 1995. He founded and directs the Tangible Media Group at the Media Lab pursuing a new vision of Human Computer Interaction (HCI): "Tangible Bits." His team seeks to change the "painted bits" of GUIs to "tangible bits" by giving physical form to digital information. Prior to MIT, from 1988-1994, he led a CSCW research group at the NTT Human Interface Laboratories, where his team invented TeamWorkStation and ClearBoard. In 1993 and 1994, he was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Toronto, Canada. He received B. E. degree in electronic engineering, M. E. and Ph. D. degrees in computer engineering from Hokkaido University, Japan, in 1978, 1980 and 1992, respectively.