DepartmentDepartment of Media Architecture
Specialized FieldsKnowledge Interaction Design,
Collective Creativity
Data Engagement Design
Design Composition Theories
Subjects in Charge
Academic BackgroundProfessor, Kyoto University, Collaborative Graduate Program in Design (Kyoto University Design School)
DegreePh.D. in Computer Science, Certified in Cognitive Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Personal HistoryShe received the B.A. degree in computer science from Osaka University, Japan, in 1986, and the M.S. degree in 1990 and the Ph.D. degree in 1993, in computer science from University of Colorado, Boulder, certified in Institute of Cognitive Science. Her advisor was Gerhard Fischer at the Center for LifeLong Learning and Design. After serving as Adjunct Associate Professor at Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Professor at Research Center for Advanced Research and Technology, and Professor at Leading Graduate School of Design at Kyoto University, Japan, she took a position as Professor at Future University Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan.
Starting Time of EmploymentApril 2019

Research Contents

Her research interests include human-computer interaction design and collective creativity, specifically Knowledge Interaction Design, which is a framework for the design and development of computational tools for creative knowledge work. Her latest work addresses cognitive and social factors of software development as knowledge-intensive collective creative tasks.

Attractive Factors of My Research


She has served as chairs, editors, and committee members for a number of research communities, journals, and conferences, in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction, Software Engineering, and Design and Creative Knowledge Work Support, both locally and internationally. She was awarded Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from College of Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder in 2006.

Major Books and Papers

Yasuhiro Yamamoto, Kumiyo Nakakoji, Visual Interactivity to Make Sense of Heterogeneous Streams of Design Activity Data, Proceedings of Design Computing and Cognition DCC'18, J.S. Gero (Ed.), Springer, pp.745-763, Lecco, Italy, July 2018.

Kumiyo Nakakoji, Instrumenting Interaction for Inspiration and Imagination, Keynote, ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference 2017, Singapore, June 28, 2017.

Toru Ishida, Tetsuo Sawaragi, Kumiyo Nakakoji, Takushi Sogo, Interdisciplinary Education for Design Innovation -Challenges in Kyoto University Design School-, IEEE Computer, Special Issue on Learning Technologies, Vol.50, Issue 5, pp.42-52, IEEE Computer Society, May 10, 2017.

Kumiyo Nakakoji, Yasuhiro Yamamoto, Yusuke Kita, Visual Interaction Design for Experiencing and Engaging with a Large Chronological Table, Proceedings of the 3rd HistoInformatics Workshop on Computational History (HistoInformatics 2016), pp.47-51, Krakow, Poland, July 11, 2016.

Y. Yamamoto, K. Nakakoji, Interaction Design of Tools for Fostering Creativity in the Early Stages of Information Design, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (IJHCS), Special Issue on Creativity L. Candy, E. Edmonds (Eds.), Vol.63, No.4-5, pp.513-535, October, 2005.

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