Shunichi Kasahara

Perception refers to recognizing meaning and organizing it into information via the inputs of sensory organs such as eyes, ears and somatosensory organs, as a basis for actions and constructing the self.  I call my research "Superception", to represent a research framework that uses computer technology to intervene in the human sensory process, or interconnect human senses, in order to create an engineered augmentation and/or transformation of human perception and cognition. The term "Superception" is a portmanteau of "super" (i.e., "ultra", beyond normal, greater than a singular organism, "meta") with "perception." I believe that "Superception" will make it possible to augment perceptual capabilities, engage in collaborative perception with others, consciously control one's own unconscious perceptions, and more. In our world of accelerating technological progress, I envision that "Superception" may lead to abilities for conscious control of perceptions and empower us to co-evolve with technology in the areas of perception, consciousness, and knowledge in an unprecedented and exciting way.

[Keywords]
Superception / Shared Experience / Perception / Embodiment / Communication / Augmentation

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Shunichi Kasahara, Jun Nishida, and Pedro Lopes. 2019. Preemptive Action: Accelerating Human Reaction using Electrical Muscle Stimulation Without Compromising Agency, In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI 2019), May 4-9, 2019, Glasgow, Scotland Uk. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 15 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3290605.3300873

Kasahara, Shunichi and Konno, Keina and Owaki, Richi and Nishi, Tsubasa and Takeshita, Akiko and Ito, Takayuki and Kasuga, Shoko and Ushiba, Junichi Malleable Embodiment: Changing Sense of Embodiment by Spatial-Temporal Deformation of Virtual Human Body Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems ISBN:978-1-4503-4655-9 DOI:10.1145/3025453.3025962 pages6438-6448 May 2017 ACM

Kasahara, Shunichi and Ando, Mitsuhito and Suganuma, Kiyoshi and Rekimoto, Jun Parallel Eyes: Exploring Human Capability and Behaviors with Paralleled First Person View Sharing Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems ISBN:978-1-4503-3362-7 DOI:10.1145/2858036.2858495 pages1561-1572 May 2016 ACM

Profile

Associate Researcher, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. Project Assistant Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo. Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Information Studies from the University of Tokyo in 2017. Joined Sony Corporation in 2008. Affiliate researcher at MIT media lab in 2012. Joined Sony CSL in 2014. Leading "Superception" research: computational control and extension of human perception. The result of his research has been presented at the major international conferences in the fields of computer graphics, human-computer interaction, and media technology festivals. He also conducts interactive exhibitions and social implementation.

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