Masashi Nakatani, Ph.D.

Masashi Nakatani, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Born1979
Degrees Ph.D. in Information Science and Technology (University of Tokyo)
Other Positions Currently Held2016-2020 JST PRESTO Researcher [Social Infomation Infrastructure]
Short Biography[Education]
1998 Graduate from Syonan High School, Fujisawa, Kanagawa, Japan
2003 Department of Mathematical Engineering and Information Physics, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo
2008 Ph.D. in Department of Information Physics and Computing, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, University of Tokyo

[Employment and Fellowship]
2005-2007 JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientists [DC1)]
2005-2006 Research Assistant (Visiting student), Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University [BioRobotics Lab]
2008-2012 Researcher, Shiseido Co. Ltd.
2009-2010 Senior Visiting Researcher, Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University [Tachi Lab]
2012-2015 Visiting Researcher, Graduate School of System Design and Management, Keio University [Maeno Lab]
2012-2014 JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientists [Superlative Postdoctoral Fellow, SPD]
2012-2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Dermatology, Columbia University Medical Center [Lumpkin Lab]
2015-2016 Research Scientist, Institute of Gerontology, University of Tokyo [Tachi lab]
2015-2016 Part-time Associate Professor, Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University
2016-2017 Researcher, Research Institute for Electric Science, Hokkaido University [Nagayama lab]
2016-2020 JST PRESTO Researcher
2016-Present Researcher, NTT Communication Science Laboratories, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation [Shin'ya Nishida Group]
2017-Present Associate Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University [Principal Investigator, SFC TOUCH LAB]

Areas of ExpertiseHaptics, Sensor engineering
Courses TaughtMATHEMATICAL MODELS [DS2],TOUCH AS SOCIAL MEDIA,HAPTIC SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (GIGA/GI),SEMINAR(Touch Lab 1: Touch Fab),SEMINAR(Touch Lab 2: Touch Science),SEMINAR(Touch Gym: Workshop design on embodied experience for kids),SEMINAR(Touch Fab: Embodiment Design in public exhibitions),SEMINAR(Touch Edu: Introduction to clinical pedagogy | What is to understand other people, experience, and an event),SEMINAR(Touch Science: Gastrophysics -Food psychology and fabrication technology -),ACADEMIC PROJECT (Cognitive Mechanism of Development and Learning)
AffiliationsThe Virtual Reality Society of Japan
Society for Neuroscience
Selected Publications【Books】
『Haptics 101』(Asahi Press)
『Creating Haptic impressions -- TECHTILE』(Iwanami Science Library)

【Representative papers】
Maksimovic, S.*, Nakatani, M.*, Baba, Y.*, Nelson, A.M., Marshall, K.L., Wellnitz, S.A., Firozi, P., Woo, S., Ranade, S., Patapoutian, A., Lumpkin, E.A. Epidermal Merkel cells are mechanosensory cells that tune mammalian touch receptors. Nature, 509, pp 617-621, 2014. PMID: 24717432. doi:10.1038/nature13250. (* Equal contribution)

Kumamoto, J.*, Nakatani, M.*, Tsutsumi, M., Goto, M., Denda, S., Takei, K., Denda, M. Coculture system of keratinocytes and dorsal-root-ganglion-derived cells for screening neurotrophic factors involved in guidance of neuronal axon growth in the skin. Exp Dermatol. Wiley-Blackwell, 23(1), pp. 58-60, 2014. PMID: 24267269. (*Equal contribution)

Nakatani, M., Fukuda, T., Sasamoto, H., Arakawa, N., Otaka, H., Kawasoe, T., and Omata, S. Relationship between perceived softness of bilayered skin models and their mechanical properties measured with a dual-sensor probe. Int J Cosmet Sci., Wiley-Blackwell, 35 (1), pp. 84–88, 2013. PMID: 22970777.

Nakatani, M., Fukuda, T., Arakawa, N., Kawasoe, T., and Omata, S. Softness sensor system for simultaneously measuring the mechanical properties of superficial skin layer and whole skin. Skin Res Technol. 19 (1), pp. e332–e338, 2013. PMID: 22672219.

Nakatani, M., Howe, RD., and Tachi, S. Surface texture can bias tactile form perception. Exp Brain Res., Springer, 208(1), pp. 151-6, 2011. PMID: 20981539.
Message to StudentsMeet with people of diverse backgrounds and ways of thinking while you are in the college and graduate school. That helps you establish the positive imagery of what your own values.
Project Web Pagehttp://touchlab.sfc.keio.ac.jp/
Home Pagehttp://www.merkel.jp/
Office HourSpring Term:Thursday 13:00 〜 15:00@ iota Building, 3F, ι306(It would be appreciated if you could contact me before coming to the office. )
Contact Information5322 Endo Fujisawa, Kanagawa 252-0882 Japan
Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus iota Building, 3F, ι306