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Naoko Tosa
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Archive of Digital Art (ADA). “Naoko Tosa – artist profile”. (retrieved 2013-14-08). @online{ADAartistprofile, author = {Archive of Digital Art (ADA)}, title = {Naoko Tosa artist profile}, url = {}, urldate = {retrieved 2013-14-08}
Born in the Japanese city of Fukuoka, media artist Naoko Tosa was awarded a PhD for Art and Technology research by the University of Tokyo in 1999. She gained experience as a lecturer at Musashino Art University in Tokyo from 1989 to 1994. After working as senior researcher at Media Integration & Communication Research Labs from 1995 to 2001, Tosa became a fellow at the Centre for Advanced Visual Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since 2005 she holds a professorship at the Academic Centre for Computing and Media Studies at Kyoto University. Additionally Tosa is a visiting research professor at the National University of Singapore.

According to the artist’s homepage, Naoko Tosa’s heterogeneous oeuvre consists of “Photography Art”, “Media Art”, “Sculpture & Scroll”, “Software Art” and “Video Art”. Amongst her latest works are photographic pieces like “Sanctuary”, “Private Identity: John Lennon” or “Private Identity: Michael Jacson” and the three-minute computer graphics movie “Under water Sansui with Four Gods”, which was shown to a wider audience at the Korean Expo Digital Gallery in 2012.

Sources: (02.08.2013); (02.08.2013); (02.08.2013); (02.08.2013); (02.08.2013, also the Curriculum Vitae PDF).

2009 Visiting professor at the National University of Singapore
2005 Professor at Kyoto University
2004 Second prize for Nabi Digital Storytelling Competition of Intangible Heritage
2002 - 2004 Artist follow at the Centre for Advanced Visual Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
2002 - 2003 Visiting professor at Kyusyu University
2000 Approval for the ARS Electronica’s Interactive Art section
1999 PhD for Art and Technology Research from the University of Tokyo
1997 First prize from the L'Oreal Grand Prix for Research Combining Art and Science Award
1996 Best paper award from the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia
1995 - 2001 Senior researcher at Media Integration & Communications Research Labs (ATR)
1989 - 1994 Lecturer at Musashino Art University
1961 Born on October 22nd in Fukuoka

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Publications & References
Tosa, Naoko and Ryohei Nakatsu and Joy Nicholson. »Emotion Recognition and its Application to Computer Agents with Spontaneous Interactive Capabilities.« In Workshop on Emotion-Based Agent Architectures (EBAA’99), edited by , 84-93. : 1999.