Yutaka Tokuda is a Microsoft Research Intern in the Applied Sciences Group. Yutaka is crazy about 3D floating display and holography to realize genuine mixed reality world where real objects and virtual objects can interact each other without special wearable apparatus. His dream is to activate his home village, Mitsue-mura in Japan, of decreasing population with mixed reality system.
Yutaka is a currently a PhD candidate from the University of Tokyo, working at Anohito Laboratory under Professor Michitaka Hirose's guidance. He received his B.S. in Physics from Purdue University and M.S. in Mechano-Informatics from the University of Tokyo. Prior to joining Microsoft, Yutaka worked as a Research Assistant of Japan Science and Technology Agency(JST) in the "Digital Public Art" project. He joined Panasonic Design Group as a rapid prototype developer for future home appliances, and also worked at Google as Rich Media Specialist for interactive advertisement as an FTE while in school. He has developed four kinds of interactive holographic displays and presented the prototypes at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation(Miraikan), Asiagraph, Haneda International Airport, and SIGGRPAH 2008 Student Research Competition as Semi Finalist. He won the best paper award at International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia (IEEE VSMM 2010) with a work of "Vortex ring based display". He loves optics, math, fluid dynamics, procam, tennis, media art, and anime so much.
Currently, he is interested in creating holographic living things with robot and 3D display.