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OKANOYA Emotional Information

Research Director: Dr. Kazuo Okanoya
Professor,The University of Tokyo Graduate School and Arts and Sciences

Research Term 2008-2013

Outline of Research

  “Emotional Information” refers to information that conveys our state of mind such as joy, distress, surprise, and anger. Similar to language, we assume our emotions follow a specific set of rules (emotion syntax). Based on evolutionary and developmental analyses of emotional processes, we seek a computational coding schema for emotional information. For this, we investigate psycho-biological properties of emotional information in animals that rely heavily on vocal communication such as birds and rodents, as well as pre-linguistic infants, language-acquiring children, and adults.
  The value of emotional information has been recognized but largely neglected in modern information technology. Based on studies of biological mechanisms of emotion, this research program aims to invent and develop a coding schema for emotional information. When successfully applied, such techniques should tremendously enhance the utility of human telecommunication. Possible applications include Internet browsers, human-friendly robots, and web applications with emotional information.

Research Director
Dr. Kazuo Okanoya

Research Groups
Emotion Integration
Group Leader:
 Kazuo Okanoya
 Yoshiko Arimoto
 Maki Ikebuchi
 Yoshitaka Matsuda
 Tomomi Fujimura
 Tohru Kurotani
 Yoshimasa Seki
Research Assistant:
 Hidefumi Omura
 Yuri Nonaka
 Takayuki Hamano
 Kenta Suzuki
Emotion Modelling
Group Leader:
 Masato Okada
 Kentaro Katahira
Emotion Interface
Group Leader:
 Masako Myowa
 Yutaka Fuchino
 Minoru Shibata
 Nozomi Naoi
Emotion Development
Group Leader:
 Nobuyuki Kawai
 Ritsuko Nishimura
 Kenta Kubo
 Daiki Ikeda

Research Advisor
Senior Research Advisor
Research Advisor:
 Yukuo Konishi
 Masahiko Kawai

Project Office
413, Main Research Bldg., RIKEN,
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama, 351-0198, JAPAN
Research Manager:
Tsuyoshi Fujita
Administrative Manager:
Kunihiro Furuya
Tomiko Koseki

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