Munehiko Sato is a PhD candidate at Department of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Graduate School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo. He is currently working toward a PhD degree in the Cyber Interface Lab (Hirose Tanikawa Lab) under the supervision of Prof. Michitaka Hirose.
He obtained B.E. in Engineering Synthesis (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Tokyo in 2006, and M.S. in Mechano-Informatics from Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo in 2009. He also studied as an exchange student at Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Helsinki University of Technology (reformed as Aalto University in 2011) in 2006-2007 academic year. At HUT, he worked in a 3D virtual reality research group under the supervision of Prof. Tapio Takala. Throughout 2011, Munehiko worked as a research intern at the Interaction Group of Disney Research, Pittsburgh with Dr. Ivan Poupyrev.
His research interests are focused on Human Computer Interaction, Human Interface, and Virtual Reality. His work specializes in interactions with large visual displays, and gesture-sensing technology on ordinary objects and human bodies. Munehiko is working on various projects to link humans and computers to provide people with improved means of interacting with the world, exercising his background in computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and design thinking. He takes two approaches toward this goal: empowering the environment with information technology, and integrating human and computer/information technologies. Mune also enjoys working with artists and designers.