Professor Takashi Ikegami

Professor and principal investigator of the lab. Takashi Ikegami is a professor in the Department of General Systems Sciences at the University of Tokyo. His works encompasses both the arts and sciences and deal with complex systems and artificial life. He received his doctorate in physics from the University of Tokyo in 1989. Currently, he is a professor at the Department of General System Studies, at the University of Tokyo. His research is centered on complex systems and artificial life, a field which aims to build a possible form of life using computer simulations, chemical experiments and robots. Some of these results have been published in ”Life Emerges in Motion” from Seido Book Publishers in 2007. Takashi Ikegami most frequently attends the International Conference on Artificial Life, and gave the keynote address at the 20th Anniversary of Artificial Life conference in Winchester, UK. He is also a member and the editorial boards of Artificial Life, Adaptive Behaviors, BioSystems and Interaction Studies.

Julien Hubert

Julien Hubert is originally a computer scientist, he moved to cognitive science with the goal of understanding how to create a system as intelligent as the animals we see in Nature. He believes that learning is the key to reaching that goal. As such, the main focus of his research is to understand how a general learning system can be implemented from the neural mechanisms neuroscientists uncovered. He rely for that on models of the brain known as spiking neural networks combined with algorithms reproducing Darwinian evolution in order to create intelligent behaviors in simulated robots.

Olaf Witkowski

Olaf Witkowski is a posdoctoral researcher at the Ikegami Lab. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Tokyo. His main goal of research is to understand the mathematical foundations of cooperation and coordinated behavior, the evolution of cognition and the origins of life. In his work, he studies evolutionary models of cooperation, computational simulations of swarming behavior and the emergence of cognition and language. Prior to coming to the Ikegami Lab, Olaf originally graduated as a Civil Engineer specialized in AI at the University of Louvain (UCL) in Belgium, and was a co-founder and Chief Research Officer at Commentag LLC.

Yhoichi Mototake

Yhoichi Mototake is a postdoc at Ikegami Lab. He is interested in self organization, neural networks and reinforcement learning. Now he focuses on Deep learning, and tries to answer the question "why deep learning self-organizes the hierarchical representations". He graduated from department of Physics, Hokkaido University in 2010.

Dr. Mizuki Oka

Dr. Mizuki Oka recieved the International Baccalaureate at the United World College of the Adriatic in 1998. Studied computer science at the University of Tsukuba where she obtained the Doctor of Engineering in 2008. Served also as a research fellow for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science from 2005 to 2008. Currently working as a post-doc at the Center for Knowledge Structuring at the University of Tokyo in Japan. During her studies, she worked as an intern at several research institutes and companies including Google Inc. (2005.8-2005.9), and Microsoft Research Asia (2007.4-2007.9) and engaged in several projects related to extraction of knowledge from the Web. Currently, she is interested in applying Aritificial Life to understanding the dynamics of a Web system.

Dr. Alex Woodward

Dr. Alexander Woodward obtained a PhD majoring in Computer Science from the University of Auckland. During this time his main focus was on Computer Vision and real-time stereo 3D reconstruction. He is currently a Post-doctoral fellow at the Ikegami lab where he has collaborated with Takashi Ikegami on video-feedback systems sustained by recurrent neural network dynamics. His interests revolve around the study of complex systems, artificial life, parallel processing, machine learning, the brain, robotics, audio and music synthesis. Feel free to contact him to discuss any of these topics!

Dr. Ken Suzuki

Dr. Alex Penn

Norihiro Maruyama

Norihiro Maruyama is a PhD student at Ikegami laboratory. He is interested in the mind underlying sensing behavior by the system (human, animal or artificial life) in open environment. His research is conducted by wireless sensor network comprised of autonomous sensing nodes. Current works are making wireless sensor network, simulation of it and experiment in open space.

Jakob Fischer

Jakob Fischer is a visiting PhD student at Ikegami Lab. He graduated as a physicist at the Dresden University of Technology in Germany and has now shifted his interests to complex systems, network theory and artificial life. Jakob's focus are thermodynamic properties of artificial chemistries and applications of reaction networks in Earth system science. The aim of his work is to show that artificial chemistries have properties similar to ecosystems and reaction pathways may be understood as a formal analogon to biogeochemical cycles.

Toshiki Abe

Toshiki Abe is a master student conducting research on the boundary between society and person, especially the personal decision making based on brain activity. His main research are the re-organization of behavior based on the analysis of monkey’s brain activity using ECoG data and the analysis of communication in mailing list of many project teams of his association. His unique perspective and method are the constructive approach to simulate society in real world to understand what society is. He consider the society as Life and try to know the mechanism of self-organization of society and human communication.

Tetsuro Hokumura

Itsuki Doi

Born 1989 in Hyogo, Japan. He is a master student at Ikegami Lab. He studied about molecular biology and neuroscience at Tokyo University of Science as undergraduate. His main research is the relation between individual behaviors and the social atmosphere focusing on behaviors of honey bees. He has also been working as sound artist. He puts special interest on the inside of sounds and rhythm.

Atsushi Masumori

Atsushi Masumori is a master student at Ikegami laboratory. He is interested in an embodied mind. His current main research is a learning and memory on embodied cultured biological neural cells using closed-loop system where the cultured neural cells and an external device (for example, a robot) are interconnected. He is also working on a cognitive experiment using HMD (head-mounted display), headphone or other sensing devices. He is also interested in an artificial self-assembly system and developing some self-assembly systems; for example, a passively foldable self-folding device.

Lana Sinapayen

Lana Sinapayen is a PhD student at Ikegami Lab. She is interested in Artificial Intelligence, Radical Embodied Cognition and Ethology. Her current research interest is the implementation of radically embodied cognitive systems using artificial neural networks. She completed her Master Degree in Computer and Mathematical sciences at Tohoku University, and her Master Degree of Science in Engineering in the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon.

Hiroki Kojima

Hiroki Kojima is a PhD student in ikegami laboratory. He is interested in unconsciousness in human being, especially how unconsciousness affects behaviors. He is currently conducting research on life-logging in order to capture unconsciousness from large subjective dataset. Also he is analyzing perceptual crossing experiment and trying to understand what is happening when you feel someone’s existence.

Kanjin Yoneda

Kanjin Yoneda is a master student at Ikegami Lab. He studied physics in undergraduate. Now his interest is changing to general complex system. He wants to know which dynamics make difference between life and non-life and mechanics of learning both in machine and organisms.

Miyake Masanori

Masanori Miyake is an undergraduate student at Ikegami laboratory. He is majoring in Computer science and Informatics at the College of Arts and Sciences, and trying to comprehend the phenomena of life by means of machine learning. He is interested in ensemble learning such as boosting, and now developing the ideas for his research.

Year Name
2016Badrinath Singhal
2014Federico Da Rold
2014Miguel Aguilera
2014Lana Sinapayen
Year Name Current Affiliation
2013Alex Woodward Ph.D.
2013Mizuki Oka Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Tsukuba University
2012Tom Froese Ph.D.
2012Geoff Nitschke Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Capetown University
2011Ryoko UNO Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
2009Marieke ROHDE Ph.D.Department of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Bielefeld
Hiroyuki IIZUKA Ph.D.Associate professor, Department of Electronics and Information Engineering, Hokkaido University
Dowman MIKE Ph.D.Image Scope
Jean-Julien AUCOURUTURIER Ph.D.LEAD lab, University of Burgundy, Dijon, France.
Hiroshi ITOH Ph.D.
Year Name Current Affiliation
2016Yhoichi Mototake
2015Julien Hubert
2015Olaf Witkowski
2013Eiko MATSUDA Ph.DResearch fellow at Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo.
2013Frédéric DABANSENS
2013Yoshiaki SENDA
2012Yuki SATO Ph.DGreen Computing systems research organization Global Robot Academia, Waseda University
2011Yuta OGAI Ph.D. Asistant Professor in Department of Electronics and Mechatronics, Faculty of Engineering, Tokyo Polytechnic University
Kenta SUZUKI Ph.D.
Duraid MADINA Ph.D.Research Scientist at RIKEN
2009Kohei NAKAJIMA Ph.D.Assistant Professor, The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University
Ken SUZUKI Ph.D.Sargasso Inc. The University of Tokyo
2008Hiroki MATSUNO Ph.D.
2007Keisuke SUZUKI Ph.D.Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
Gentaro MORIMOTO Ph.D.RIKEN, HPCI Program for Computational Life Sciences
Etsushi NAMEDA Ph.D.
2005Kazutoshi SASAHARA Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Nagoya University
2004Hiroyuki IIZUKA Ph.D.Associate professor, Department of Electronics and Information Engineering, Hokkaido University
2003Gen MASUMOTO Ph.D.RIKEN, Advanced Center for Computing and Communication
Naoaki ONO Ph.D.
Ichiro IGARI Ph.D.
2000Yuzuru SATO Ph.D.Associate Professor, RIES Complex Systems Research Group / Department of Mathematics, Hokkaido University
1999Shin I. NISHIMURA Ph.D. Department of Mathematical and Life Sciences, Graduate School of Science, Hiroshima University
1997Eken S. YOSHIKAWA Ph.D.
1995Takashi HASHIMOTO Ph.D. Professor, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Year Name Current Affiliation
2012Sayaka ISHIHARA Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Life Science, Hasegawa and Saito Lab, The University of Tokyo
2010Kaisen TAKAYUKI
2008椎名 真
2007Toshiyuki HORIE
田中 成幸
2006Masaki GOTO
2005Masumi NASUKAWA
渡士 誠教
2003Tomoha IWATA
2002Kenshi SHOJAKU
Hidenori AWAYA
Junichi TANAKA
Taiga ABE