MIMA, Yoshiaki

DepartmentDepartment of Media Architecture
Specialized FieldsInteractive System, Art and Computer Science
Subjects in Charge
Academic BackgroundGraduate School of Engineering
DegreePh.D (Engineering)
Personal HistoryIBM Tokyo Research Laboratory (1984-1999)
Starting Time of EmploymentApril 2000

Research Contents

My research interest has been interactive and user friendly computer applications including the field of office document system, collaboration tool, mobile agent system on internet, tool for education, and interactive art.

Attractive Factors of My Research

Finding factors on creative activities of human is interesting. We still have many unknown aspects of human creativities.


After joining Future University Hakodate, I started collaborative works with researchers, who have back ground of fine arts. Three invited exhibitions have presented. As a member of ThinkingSketch Unit, I designed and implemented the S/W system and the electronic controller. (See also ThinkingSketch site. http://sketch.jp/)

Major Books and Papers

Followings are publications issued in English.

Idea Generation with Stochastic Methods
Yoshiaki Mima, Designing User Interface for Algorithmic Design, ALGODE TOKYO 2011, Nov. 2011

Yoshiaki Mima, On Designing "Stochastic Idea Generator", The First International Conference on Design Creativity conference Proceedings, Nov. 2010

Service Innovation Design
Yoshiaki Mima, Kunio Iwata, Misako Nambu, Nam-gyu Kang, Educating Service Innovation Design for Undergraduate Students, 2nd International Service Innovation Design Conference, Oct. 2010

Education Support
Miki Ito Yokoyama, Kei Ito, Yoshiaki Mima, Sadayoshi Mikami, Making Teaching Visible: Developing a Web-based Course Support System to Facilitate Teaching and Learning Activities, Hawaii International Conference on Education (HICE2006), Jan. 2006

Idea Creation Support
Yoshiaki Mima, Ken-ichi Kimura, Hidekatsu Yanagi, ThinkingSketch - A Proposal for Creation Supporting tool, Hierarchies of Communication pp. 158-175, ZKM, Jul. 2003

Yoshiaki Mima, Kein-ichi Kimura, Hidekatsu Yanagi, ThinkingSketch: A reflection tool for drawing pictures on computer, ADC2001, Oct. 2001

Printable Icon
Itiro Siio, Yoshiaki Mima, IconStickers: Converting Computer Icons into Real Paper Icons, Human Computer Interaction '99, Aug. 1999

Desktop for Mobile Agent
Yoshiaki Mima, Bali: A Desktop for Mobile Agent, APCHI'98, Jul. 1998

Takashi Sakairi, Itiro Siio, Yoshiaki Mima, Amane Nakajima, Shiro Ando, Yohnosuke Furui, A Remote Multimedia Presentation System Using a Direct Pointing Stick, Proc. IEEE 3rd International Workshop on Robot and Human Communication, Jul. 1994.

Visual Language
Yoshiaki Mima, A Visual Programming Environment for Programming by Example, IEEE Proc. Workshop on Visual Languages, Oct. 1991

Windowing System, Multi-font Management System
Makoto Kobayashi and Yoshiaki Mima, Multi-font Handling for Large Character Set on Workstations, IEEE Office Automation Symposium, Apr. 1987

Message to Students

I am wating for those students who are interested in both computer and human, or in expression using computer.