Special Interest Groups

Human Communication Science (HCS)

Human Communication Science is a basic research group which intends to understand human communication and discuss future communication technologies for humans. This group provides interdisciplinary forums. These research fields are acceptable such as welfare studies for human well-being, psychology and cognitive science for basic human information processing, social science and linguistics for inter-personal communication, information engineering for communication technology, and other disciplines related to human communication.

Chair: Yukiko Nakano

Human Information Processingļ¼ˆHIP)

Understanding the mechanisms and functions of human information processing is the key issue to develop new and attractive information systems around us. This group has five regular meetings and other activities to discuss the researches related to human information processing, which include basic topics, such as visual and auditory perception, multisensory integration, perception and action, and also include application technologies such as virtual reality system, stereoscopic display and interface.

Chair: Masahiro Ishii

Media Experience and Virtual Environment (MVE)

The focus of this group is an extended paradigm of multimedia, which includes intelligent human-computer and/or human-human communications based on human senses and actions. We are interested in interactions in the real world, virtual worlds, and mixture of these, so that human abilities of communication are enhanced by information technologies. Our interest also covers fundamental research on devices and human senses, system development and evaluation, and applications. This group organizes five meetings a year to provide opportunities to present and discuss technologies in above fields.

Chair: Yoshinari Kameda

Well-being Information Technology (WIT)

Our research field include various kinds of technologies related to information and communication for challenged and elderly, such as information devices, information technologies, and systems for assistance for those people.

Chair: Kiyohiko Nunokawa

Assistance for Developmental Disorder (ADD)

Special needs education is one of important issues in the field of education and medical treatment. Assistance for those rehabilitation activities from the view point of effective usage of information and/or communication technology is expected as an alternative method other than conventional education process. This group discuss this assitive technology with researchers and people concerned in the education. It has several meetings including tutorial or observation of rehabilitation activity every year.

Chair: Masahiko Nawate

Human Probes (HPB)

Human Probes(HPB) Research Group deals with technical issues about mobile sensing and location based technologies, mobile communications, social networks, amounts of observational data. Every year, our group holds several seminars and a symposium for sharing original research results.

Chair: Masaki Ito

Cooking and Eating Activities (CEA)

Cooking is one of the most fundamental activities of humankind. It is not only connected with the joy of eating but also deeply affects various aspects of human life such as health, dietary, safety of food, culinary art, entertainment, human communication, and so on. Many people who cook at home require supports for cooking because it requires experience and knowledge. They may also need support for food-logging and menu planning for the health of their family. Needless to say, support for a good and enjoyable meal would improve the quality of life. Systematic cooking / eating support for elderly or physically challenged people is also significantly important. This group holds around four meetings, some jointly with SIG-MVE, SIG-DB, SIG-PRMU, and HCG symposium to provide opportunities for presentations and discussions in the related fields. Additionally, they have been organizing an international workshop series for Cooking and Eating Activities (CEA) in conjunction with ACM Multimedia or IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia.

Chair: Ichiro Ide

Informatics Science on Cognition and Behaviors (ICB)


Chair: Hideki Kashioka

Verbal and Nonverbal Communication (VNV)

Multimodality is one of key concepts necessary for developing information processing technology which enhances human-computer interaction and supports communication between humans such as multiparty conversation. This group discusses the multimodal integration process of interaction composed of verbal and nonverbal behaviors such as language use, gaze, gestures and postures, from cross disciplinary perspectives including cognitive science, informatics, sociology, linguistics,psychology and anthropology, and so forth.

Chair: Kazuhiro Otsuka