I graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Art & Design and minors in Biological Anthropology and History of Art. After graduating, I moved to Kyoto, Japan to live for two years as a researcher of Noh Theater and Masks. Briefly came back to the States for a year to relearn English before returning to Japan to pursue a masters in Media Design at Keio University in Tokyo.
In undergraduate, I studied a range of design and craft techniques. I also took full advantage of my University as a research facility and pursued other academic disciplines.
But in researching Noh, I gained unexpected skills. My initial language limitations allowed me to hone my observation skills and due to its emotional nature, prepared me to become a design researcher.
Outside of the design, I am an avid hiker and Zumba enthusiast. I also love animals and initially wanted to become a veterinarian when I entered college.
ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest, 3rd Prize in the Photography Section
ITO Foundation Scholarship Recipient
MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) Scholarship Recipient [Detroit Consulate General of Japan Nominee]
1st Prize in CHI 2019 Student Design Competition
Czech, E., Shibasaki, M., & Tsuchiya, K. (2019). Haptic Remembrance Book Series.
Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing
Systems - CHI EA 19. https://doi.org/10.1145/3290607.3309685
Czech, E., Shibasaki, M., Tsuchiya, K., Peiris, R., & Minamizawa, K. (2019). Multi-modal
Design to Promote Social Engagement with Dementia Patients. 2019 IEEE World Haptics
Conference (WHC). https://doi.org/10.1109/whc.2019.8816108
Czech, E., Shibasaki, M., Tsuchiya, K., Peiris, R., & Minamizawa, K. (2020). Discovering
narratives: Multi-sensory approach towards designing with people with dementia.
Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing
Systems - CHI EA 20. https://doi.org/10.1145/3334480.3375209
Shirota, S.,Uju, M., Chandra, Y., Czech, E., Peiris, R., and Minamizawa, K. (2020). Design of Altered Cognition with Reshaped Bodies. In Proceedings of the Augmented Humans International Conference (AHs '20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 22, 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1145/3384657.3384773
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