Yukiyasu Kamitani (Department Head)

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Head of Department of Neuroinformatics, ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories
Professor, Nara Institute of Science and Technology

Preprint of our dream decoding paper can be downloaded from Publications (Click “Preprint” in Horikawa et al.Science 2013)

Time series of visual dream contents decoded from brain activity in higher visual cortex during sleep (two dream samples) . The movie displays superimposed stimulus images of 18 different semantic categories used for decoder training. The contrasts were modulated according to the decoder outputs (continuous “scores”) for each category at each time point. The images for each category were randomly picked from the stimulus image set collected from web databases. The tag cloud illustrates the names of the categories. The sizes also vary with the output scores. The verbal reports upon awakening are shown at the end. The movie is not meant to be a reconstruction of shape or color seen in the dreams. The images indicate what kind of objects or scenes (semantic categories) were likely to be present in the dreams, or what kind of images would produce similar brain activity in higher visual cortex, the brain area known to have response selectivity to visual semantic categories.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Computation and Neural Systems, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA, 2001
  • M.S. in Philosophy of Science, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, 1995
  • B.A. in Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, 1993

Professional Experience

  • Head of Department of Neuroinformatics, 2008-Present: ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories, Kyoto, Japan
  • Professor, 2011-Present: Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Nara, Japan
  • Senior Research Scientist, 2007-2008: ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories, Kyoto, Japan
  • Associate Professor, 2006-Present: Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Nara, Japan
  • Researcher, 2004-2007: ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories, Kyoto, Japan
  • Visiting Research Stuff, 2003-2004: Princeton University, Princeton, MA, USA
  • Research Fellow (SPD), 2003-2004: University of Tokyo, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo, Japan
  • Research Fellow, 2001-2003: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Awards

  • World Technology Award, Finalist, 2014
  • JSPS Award, Japan Society for the Promption of Science, 2014
  • The Tsukahara Memorial Award, The Brain Science Foundation, 2013
  • Hiruma-Wagner Award, Research Foundation for Opto-Science and Technology, 2010
  • Young Investigator Award , Japan Neuroscience Society, 2009
  • Asahi 21 Square Award, Asahi Shinbunsha, 2009
  • Paper Award of Japanese Neural Network Society, 2009
  • Research Award of Japanese Neural Network Society, 2006
  • Scientific American 50 (named “Research Reader in Neural Imaging”), 2005

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