tomoko yonezawa

T. Yonezawa, Ph.D. (Information Science)

Focusing on communication media design especially on virtual presence and virtual environment related to our real world. The keywords related to our research is Human-robot (Human-agent) Communication, Multimodal expressions, Community Design in VR environment etc.

  • Warm interaction between human and stuffed-toy robot
  • Social community design adopting intermediating agent
  • Ambient information environment and interactions using voice/sonic/music expression or localized sounds
  • Paralell communication with human-human communication via overlapping AR media
  • Professor in Faculty of Informatics

    Has lectures of Human Agent Interaction (anthropomorphic system design of human-robot and human-agent interaction with internal/external states and input/output channels) Human Interface (basic theory of human computer interactions and human information processing with applications in VR, ubiquitous computing, CSCW, ambient interface, etc.), and practicum of Sound Interaction (programming sound and music with GUI pd-extended with electric works),

    Since Apr. 2011, she began having a laboratory as an associate professor in Faculty of Informatics, Kansai University. Now she is a professor in Kansai University since Apr. 2017.


    of Human Communication Design with using robotics, virtual agents, overlapping virtual reality as environmental intelligence, and so on.

    Her main field is based on human-robot multimodal interaction including gaze, voice and touch.

    She was intrinsically interested in musical expressions especially about the primitives of the music such as code and melody generation since she was a pops composer for not only personal but also commercial purposes. Accordingly, her past original field was related to music and expressiveness.

    Our Laboratory of Virtual Communication Design

    This laboratory started in 2011 when Dr. Tomoko Yonezawa became an associate professor from ATR IRC Laboratories but not named as above at that time. Currently, we have doctor and master course students with undergraduate students from 3rd to 4th grades. Research contents are spread into various topics, but basically, the main topic is artificial but virtual and realistic communication systems and media for human-human interactions. Therefore, we treat virtual agents and robotics as expressive presence with environmental AR (augmented reality) for comprehensive communication environment.