Hill Hiroki Kobayashi

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Most Recent Affiliation:

  • University of Tokyo, Center for Spatial Information Science (CSIS), Associate Professor


  • Tokyo, Japan


  • Dr. Hill Hiroki Kobayashi is an Associate Professor, at Center for Spatial Information Science (CSIS), The University of Tokyo, Japan. He also works at Japan Science And Technology Agency (JST) as PRESTO Researcher (2015-). He received M.S (2007) and Ph.D (2010) in engineering from The University of Tokyo, Japan. He worked for the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) as Project Director (2000). His doctoral study “Wearable Forest (2008)” received 1st Juried Design Exhibition Jury Award First Place (2008), 12th IEEE ISWC, accepted ACM MULTIMEDIA, interactive art (2008) and ACM SIGGRAPH slow art (2008). “Tele Echo Tube (2010)” was accepted ACM MULTIMEDIA art (2013) and ACM TEI art (2015). “Tele Echo Tube” received the Encouragement Prize (2015) from the Telecommunications Advancement Foundation, Japan, Arte Laguna Prize (2016) and A’ Design Award (2018). “Radioactive Live Soundscape” received Arte Laguna Prize (2017), German Design Award (2018), and Good Design Award (2018).

Writings and Presentations:

  • Title: Wearable Forest Clothing System: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction
    Writing Type: Paper
    Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 2009: BioLogic: A Natural History of Digital Life
    Abstract Summary:

    Wearable Forest is a garment that bioacoustically interacts with distant wildlife in a remote forest through a networked remote-controlled speaker and microphone. It expresses the unique bioacoustic beauty of nature and allows users to interact with a forest in real time through a network to acoustically experience a distant forest soundscape, thus merging humans and nature without great environmental impact. This novel interactive sound system can create a sense of unity between users and a remote soundscape, enabling users to feel a sense of belonging to nature even in the midst of a city. This paper describes the theory of interaction between the Human and the Biosphere through the design process of the Wearable Forest concept.