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Yoichi Ochiai

Media Artist

PhD(Applied Computer Science)

Pixie Dust Technologies.Inc CEO


University of Tsukuba

Advisor to President.

Director of Strategic Research Platform toward Digital Nature powered by Pixie Dust Technologies

Associate Professor


Visiting Professor, Osaka Art University

Visiting Professor, Digital Hollywood University

Board Member of VR consortium

Board Member of Mito Foundation

Media Alchemist, Dentsu ISID

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B.1987, PhD (Applied Computer Science / University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies in 2 years the fastest record), From 2015, joined University of Tsukuba, School of Library Information and Media Studies as Assistant Professor. He is the head of Digital Nature Laboratory. CEO of Pixie Dust Technologies.inc, via JSPS Research Fellow DC1 and Research Intern on Microsoft Research Redmond. From 2017, he work as Advisor to President of University of Tsukuba, Visiting Professor of Osaka University of Art, and Visiting Professor of Digital Hollywood University. From 2017, he established Strategic Research Platform toward Digital Nature and became Director of Platform and Associate Professor of University of Tsukuba.

His interests on CG, HCI, VR, visual / audio / tactile presentation method, digital fabrication, automatic driving and human control. He wrote several books "The century of Enchantment (Planets)" and "Survival strategy of super AI era (Daiwa Shobo)".  He got many award such as World Technology Award 2015 from the WTN in 2015, Prix Ars Electronica from Ars Electronica in 2016, STARTS Prize from EU (European Union), the Laval Virtual Award from Europe's largest VR festival Laval Virtual for the fourth consecutive year until 2017. In Japan, won the Good Design Award, Media Arts Festival of Agency for Cultural Affairs, Innovative Technologies of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Certified as genius programmer / super creator certification from Information Promotion Agency Japan, Prize of Innovative Technologies from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Japan 3 consecutive yearly, selected as Inno-vation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Japan. Also,Awarded in Asia Digital Art Award, Best Paper Award in ACE, Springer, ACM Augmented Human, Chosen as Best Video by Newscientist magazine in 2012, Best SIGGRAPH Paper selected by CG Channel in 2014. He has been featured in BBC, CNN, CNBC, Discovery, AP, Reuters, Daily Mail Paper, Telegraph Paper, Russian State Broadcasting, French National Broadcasting etc. and has been featured in more than 100 famous newspapers, magazines, television and web media all over the world. He held  "Image and Matter (Malaysia · Kuala Lumpur, 2016)" and "Imago et Materia (Tokyo Roppongi, 2017)"  as a solo exhibition. There are also a lot of media exposures including magazines, television, radio, etc., Covering the cover of design and art magazines such as design magazine Axis and media art journal Leonardo and cover page of Nature Index 2017 which is a research report on the extra work published by Nature magazine in the UK, such as magazines, televisions, and radio There are also many media exposures.  Many lectures were given at universities both in Japan and abroad and at symposiums such as TEDxTokyo, and at SEMICON Japan which is a large-scale conference of semiconductor technology, he served as the keynote speaker at the youngest ever in history in 40 years. As the group exhibition, he participated in "Ars Electronica Festival", "SIGGRAPH Art Gallery", “Kempoku Arts Festival" and "Media Ambition Tokyo". He worked on the collaborative works with famous brands and artists such as Sekai No Owari, Dom Perignon, Lexus, TDK, ONE OK ROCK, Kanahei and Sword Art Online theatrical version, etc. He had collaboration research projects with many business operators such as Toyota, Aisin Seiki, Denso, BMW, Fujitsu SSL, Dentsu, Hakuhodo, ADK, etc.


Kaisei High School (2003-2006)

B.S.(Media Art and Sciences) University of Tsukuba (2007-2011)

M.S.(Applied Computer Science) University of Tokyo  (2011-2013)

JSPS Research Fellow DC1  (2013-2015)

Microsoft Research Research Intern  (2014)

PhD.(Applied Computer Science), University of Tokyo  (2013-2015)

Pixie Dust Technologies CEO (2015-)

Assistant Professor, University of Tsukuba, Head of Digital Nature Group, Faculty of SLIS(2015-2017)

Advisor to President, University of Tsukuba(2017-)

Visiting Professor, Osaka University of Arts(2017-)

Visiting Professor, Digital Hollywood University(2017-)

Director of Strategic Research Platform toward Digital Nature (2017-)

Associate Professor, Head of Digital Nature Group (2017-)


Super Creator Certificated / METI (2009)

Inno-vation / MIAC (2014)

World Economic Forum Global Shapers(2017.7-)

Vision Advisory Board, Tokyo(2017.1-)

Culture Strategy Conference(2017.4-)

Chair of IPSJ-ONE(1st,2nd)

CHI CrossFabWS Organizer(2016)

ACC Jury(2016-)

ACM, IPS(2011-)

Award and Honor

World Technology Award 2015 IT Hardware Winner

(Annual Award for Technologist)

Prix Ars Electronica 2016, Honarary Mention

St Gallen Symposium Leader of Tommorow 200

St Gallen Symposium Best Knowledge Pool 40

EU STARTS Prize 2016, Honarary Mention

Laval Virtual Award 2014, 2015, 2016,2017 (3 years in 4 section)

Good Design Award 2014, 2015

Asia Digital Art Award 2015 Excellence Award

METI Japan Innovative Technologies,2014,2015,2016

 (3 years in 4 section)

University of Tsukuba, Young Researche Award

MIAC Japan, Inno-vation (2014)

125 people that encourage Japan by Bungei Shunju(Feb,2016)

Best Demo Award Honorable Mention, Eurohaptics 2014

WIRED Creative Hack Award 2015 Grand Prix

The best of SIGGRAPH 2014 technical papers, (cgchannel.com)

Best Paper Award From Augmented Human 2017

Japan Media Art Festival Jury Selection

(2017,Art Division, Entertainment Division)

Springer Diamond Award for Best Research 2013(ACE Best Paper)

Dean Award University of Tokyo, 2013

Japan Manifesto Award Special Prize 2013

President Award, University of Tsukuba 2011

Super Creator / Genious Programmer Certificated by METI Japan 2010