Masahiko Inami is a professor in the School of Media Design at the Keio University (KMD), Japan. His research interest is in human I/O enhancement technologies including bioengineering, HCI and robotics. He received BE and MS degrees in bioengineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and PhD in 1999 from the University of Tokyo. His research exploits all five senses for interaction. He proposed the concept of haptic augmented reality via projects such as SmartTools and SmartFinger. His team invented a galvanic vestibular stimulation-based interface to manipulate sensation of balance and walking trajectory. His scientific achievements include the Retro-reflective Projection Technology (RPT) known as "Optical Camouflage," which was chosen as one of the coolest inventions of 2003 by TIME magazine. His research has appeared at the Siggraph Emerging Technologies via 24 installations from 1997 through 2010. His installations have appeared at Ars Electronica.
2000 - 2001 WEB Co-Chair IEEE Virtual Reality
1999 - 2001 Local Arrangement Committee International Conference on Artificial Reality and Telexistence
Professor Graduate School of Media Design Keio University
Group Leader JST ERATO Igarashi Design Interface Project