Kinya Tagawa (Takram)
Design engineer with expertise in a wide range of fields from hardware, software to interactive arts. His main projects include the UI design for “NS4” of Toyota Motors, prototyping of the Japanese government’s big data visualization system – “RESAS-Regional Economy Society Analyzing System”, and the art direction of “Mimicries” of NHK E-tele. His Japanese input device “tagtype” made the permanent collection at MOMA. Graduated from Department of Information and Communication Engineering, University of Tokyo and has the master’s degree from Royal College of Art, Industrial Design Engineering in the UK. After working for LEADING EDGE DESIGN, he founded his own company which he still works. He is also a visiting professor at Royal College of Art in the UK.
Akira Wakita (Professor, Keio University)
He develops his own software based on the fluid mechanics and thermal dynamics models, and has been focusing on the visualization that reveals the “stunning vista hidden in daily lives”. He is the border-crosser of arts and science – he has presented his media art works at Ars Electronica Center, WRO Art Center, SIGGRAPH, and Media Arts Festival of Agency for Cultural Affairs while providing the visualization of the oceanic current to Geo-Prism, the AR system at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Professor at the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University. PhD in politics and media.
Chief editor /『WIRED』Japanese Edition
Born in 1971. Spends his early childhood in London and New York. After graduating from Waseda University’s Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences (his major was in French literature), joins Heibonsha, a publishing company. Through editing for the company’s monthly magazine ‘Taiyo (sun)’, he becomes affiliated with Japan’s traditional cultures including cooking, architecture, design and literature. Becomes independent as a freelance editor in year 2000 and thereon works on editorial production for magazines, free-papers, corporate PR brochures, as well as editing exhibition illustration books and other written works. He is also active as a music journalist and edits music-related articles ranging from free jazz to K-pop. Is also a consultant for music labels, Editor-in-Chief for WIRED JAPAN since 2011.