Prof. Takeo Igarashi elected to CHI Academy

February 19, 2019

On February 11, 2019, Professor Takeo Igarashi of the Department of Creative Informatics, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, was elected to the CHI Academy.

The CHI Academy is an honorary group of individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field of human-computer interaction.

Elected by ACM SIGCHI (Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group in Computer-Human Interaction), these are the principal leaders of the field, whose efforts have shaped the disciplines and/or industry, and led the research and/or innovation in human-computer interaction.

Takeo Igarashi made significant contributions in both interactive computer graphics and interaction techniques. In the field of computer graphics, he is known for the development of design tools for casual users. The most significant achievement in his early career is a 3D sketching system called Teddy. Another important contribution is a 2D shape manipulation technique, which is now widely used in various applications. He and his colleagues later developed interactive design systems for fabricating functional physical objects such as plush toys, garments, musical instruments, furniture, and paper gliders.

In the field of human-computer interaction, his group developed various innovative interaction techniques such as beautification and suggestions for drawing, speed-dependent automatic zooming, multiple cursor pointing for large screens, spatial grouping of desktop icons, and non-verbal vocal control. His group later developed various interactive robotic systems such as card-based control for home robots, an actuated manikin, an interactive plush toy, and carpet drawing.
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