Koji Yatani

I am an associate researcher at the HCI group in Microsoft Research Asia.


I received my Ph.D. at University of Toronto under the supervision by Prof. Khai N. Truong at Dynamic Graphics Project.My research interests lie in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and ubiquitous computing. More specifically, I am interested in developing new sensing technologies to support user interactions in mobile/ubiquitous computing environments, and interactive systems with computational linguistics methods. I am also interested in deeply evaluating interactive systems through quantitative and qualitative approaches. Besides HCI and ubiquitous computing, I am interested in machine learning, statistical analysis, computational linguistics, psychology, and physiology.


For more details about my work and publications, please visit my personal website.

I am currently looking for passionate research interns who like challenging themselves to hard-but-interesting problems. If you are interested in coming to the most vibrant city in the world, and working on the following topics (but not limited to), please feel free to drop me an email along with your CV.
  • Developing an interactive system using computational linguistics methods (such as text summarization, translation, or information retrieval)
  • Developing new wearable sensing technologies,
  • Exploring new output modalities (such as haptics, temperature, smell, etc),
  • Building interfaces using speech recognition and audio processing,
  • Developing a visual analytic tool for various text data,
  • Building an intelligent interface using machine learning techniques to handle large-scale data, and/or
  • Anything you are passionate about and you believe that could change the world :).

Office: Microsoft Asia Beijing West Campus, Tower 2, No. 5, Dan Ling St., Haidian District, Beijing, PRC, 100080.
e-mail: [my_first_name]@microsoft.com

Please find my publications here.


Dr. Koji Yatani (http://yatani.jp) is an Associate Researcher in Human-Computer Interaction Group at Microsoft Research Asia. He is also a Visiting Associate Professor in Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, at The University of Tokyo. His main research interests lie in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and its intersections with Ubiquitous Computing and Computational Linguistics. More specifically, he is interested in designing new forms of interacting with mobile devices, and developing new hardware and sensing technologies to support user interactions in mobile/ubiquitous computing environments. He is also interested in developing interactive systems and exploring new applications using computational linguistics methods.

He received B.Eng. and M.Sci. from University of Tokyo in 2003 and 2005, respectively, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Toronto in 2011. On November 2011, he joined HCI group at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing. On October 2013, he started to work in Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, at The University of Tokyo, as a Visiting Associate Professor. He was a recipient of NTT Docomo Scholarship (October 2003 -- March 2005), and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research Fellowship for Young Scientists (April 2005 -- March 2006). He received the Best Paper Award at CHI 2011. He served as a program committee on major international conferences in the field of HCI, Ubiquitous computing and Haptics, including CHI (2013), Ubicomp (2012, 2013), UIST (2013) and WHC (2013). He also served as a Video co-chair on Ubicomp (2013) and a Mentoring co-chair on ITS (2012).

Publications (after I joined MSRA)