Shoya Ishimaru

Shoya Ishimaru

Dr.-Ing. Shoya Ishimaru is a Senior Researcher at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). His research interests are to invent new technologies augmenting abilities of human begins and investigating influences of the augmentations to human minds [publications, Google Scholar]. After receiving Bachelor and Master degrees in Engineering from Osaka Prefecture University in 2014 and 2016, he defended his PhD in Engineering at the University of Kaiserslautern in 2019 (Doktor der Ingenieurwissenschaften mit auszeichnung summa cum laude).

He is also a software developer [software]. He likes not only programming but designing beautiful software. As an internship/part-time engineer, he worked for many IT companies including paperboy&co., Hatena, and Recruit. In 2016, he received a title of MITOU Super Creator by Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry in Japan by developing a system for visualizing the mental state. He gave a number of invited talks at universities, high schools, and TEDx. His mission in life is to invent amazing applications and to satisfy people all over the world.

Work Experience

2019-*   Senior Researcher, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
2016-2019Researcher, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Part-Time Job, Internship, and Service

2020-*   Mentor (PM), Mitou Junior
2016-*   Visiting researcher, Osaka Prefecture University
2014-*   Researcher, Keio Media Design Research Institute
2016-2019Research associate, University of Kaiserslautern
2013-2015Engineering mentor, Life is Tech, Inc.
     2015Internship, Recruit Holdings Co.
     2014Engineering internship, Livesense Inc.
     2014Engineering internship, Cookpad Inc.
2012-2013Software engineer, Campus. Inc.
     2012Part-time software engineer, Paperboy&co. Inc
     2012Engineering internship, Hatena Co.


2016-2019PhD in Engineering, University of Kaiserslautern
2014-2016Master of Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University
└Visited University of La Rochelle for 1 month
2010-2014Bachelor of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University
└Visited University of Kaiserslautern for 6 months


2020-2022Co-investigator, JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)
2017-2019Co-investigator, JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)
2017-2019Representative, JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B)
     2015Creator, IPA MITOU Exploratory IT Human Resources Project


2020.03Program Co-Chair for Augmented Humans 2020
2019.09Co-Organizer for EyeWild 2019
2019.03Program Committee for PerPersuasion 2019
2019.03Program Committee for READ 2018
2015.03Co-Organizer for Application Developer Festival 2015
ReviewerIMWUT, IJDAR, CHI ‘20, MobileHCI ‘20, PerPersuasion ‘19, READ ‘18, HDI ‘17


2020.04Best Presentation at Asian CHI Symposium 2020
2019.102nd Place at Learning Innovation Grand Prix
2019.05PhD with an award summa cum laude (with highest praise)
2018.10Poster Track Honorable Mention at UbiComp/ISWC 2018
2016.06Certificated as Super Creator by METI and IPA Japan
2015.11President's Honor in Osaka Prefecture University
2015.11Semifinal stage of MashupAwards11
2015.09Best Presentation Award at Poster Presentation in Osaka Prefecture University:
2015.08Champion at 2Weeks US Workshop 2015 by Recruit Holdings Co.
2015.07Champion at JINS MEME HACKATHON Powered by Mashup Awards
2015.04Best 3 at Japan preliminary round at Imagine Cup 2015 Innovation Path
2014.06Best Presentation Award at MIRU2014 Young Researchers’ Program
2014.06Audience Award at MIRU2014 Young Researchers’ Program
2013.053rd place at Super Hackathon 2013 in Osaka
2012.12Champion at Kyoto Hackathon
2012.11President's Honor in Osaka Prefecture University
2012.11Semifinal stage of MashupAwards8
2012.08Champion at Prototyping Lab, KLab Inc
2012.06Final stage of Mock App Planning Contest, CyberAgent Inc
2012.01Champion at Tech-Tokyo, Application Development Contest for Students