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BCNM faculty, Kimiko Ryokai, wins Google Faculty Research Award

27 Feb, 2013

BCNM faculty, Kimiko Ryokai, wins Google Faculty Research Award

Assistant professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information and BCNM faculty member, Kimiko Ryokai, has been awarded a Google Faculty Research Award for her proposal "Mobile Augmented Reality Learning Tool to Simulate Experts' Perspectives in the Field."

The award is a one year grant that supports the work of world-class full-time faculty members at top universities around the world. The intent of the Google Research Awards is to support cutting-edge research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields. Kimiko's award allows her to officially collaborate with the Google Glass team to apply state of the art mobile augmented reality technologies for out of classroom learning.

Kimiko's research focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of beyond-desktop computational media and how they affect creativity and learning in an increasingly mobile environment.

Her work on technologies to support creativity and learning has been funded by NSF, Nokia, and Google, and has been presented at the premier HCI conferences including CHI, SIGGRAPH, Creativity & Cognition, IDC, Ubicomp, and CSCL, winning several best paper awards. Kimiko is also an award-winning designer and inventor (IDSA Gold Award) and has exhibited at international venues such as Ars Electronica, Children's Museum Kyoto Japan, AIGA, and IDSA. Kimiko received her MS and PhD in Media Arts & Sciences from MIT in 1999 and 2005 respectively. Before joining UC Berkeley, Kimiko worked at IDEO as an interaction design and human factors specialist.

Visit her website here to learn more about her work.