Nobuhiro Furuyama

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Name
Nobuhiro Furuyama
E-mail
furuyamawaseda.jp
Affiliation
Waseda University
Section
Faculty of Human Sciences
Job title
Professor
Degree
Ph.D in psychology(The University of Chicago)

Profile

Nobuhiro Furuyama was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1967. He received a Mater degree in Human Science from Waseda University in 1993, and Ph.D. in Psychology from The University of Chicago in 2001.

His research interest is to understand embodied nature of perception and action in practical and/or communicative action. To give you a flavor of what's going on in our lab, here's a few concrete examples of our research:

- Intra- and inter-personal inter-limb coordination of tapping movements:
The aim is to examine HKB model (after Haken, Kelso, and Bunz) and understand the phenomenon in terms of perception-action systems, the idea originally proposed by J.J. Gibson and developed further by people who followed Gibson's proposal.

- Microslips on gesture:
Microslips are action slips which are corrected before they become fatal error, a phenomenon originally discussed by the late Edward Reed for coffee making task.

- Gesture and discourse:
Reference can be very ambiguous due to subject drops, particle drops, etc. Here, we are looking at how repetitive use of gesture (called catchment) can help the speaker disambiguate reference. However, once a series of similar gestures are used for a particular referent(s), it can affect what to talk about, the choice usually thought to be made by the speaker's own free will.

- Gestures and home positions:
The boundary between gesture and home position is not always clear. This might be due to their definitions, because the definition of gesture refers to home position, while that of home position refers to gesture. We need to understand this not only for academic reasons, but also for meeting increasing demands of detecting gesture automatically.

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Academic & Professional Experience

 
Apr 2014
 - 
Today
Professor, Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University
 
Apr 2010
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Mar 2014
Visiting Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Department of Computational Intelligence and Systems Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology
 
Apr 2007
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Mar 2014
Associate Professor, National Institute of Informatics, Research Organization of Information and Systems
 
Apr 2007
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Mar 2014
Associate Professor (Joint Appointment), School of Multidisciplinary Sciences, Department of Informatics, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies
 
Apr 2006
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Mar 2007
Associate Professor, National Institute of Informatics, Research Organization of Information and Systems
 
Apr 2001
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Mar 2006
Associate Professor, National Institute of Informatics
 

Awards & Honors

 
Mar 2013
12th Tokugawa Award (2012), The Japanese Association of Sociolinguistic Science
Winner: Nobuhiro Furuyama, Hiroyasu Massaki, Kazuya Sekine
 
Jun 2000
William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship, The University of Chicago
 

Published Papers

 
Gesture or home position? ─Manual movements synchronized with speech but not treated as gesture
Ryosaku Makino & Nobuhiro Furuyama
paper presented at 5th conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies 2012      2012   [Refereed]
Drivers’ Visual Trigger to Control Braking in Closing Situations.
T. Kondoh, T. Hirose, T. Sawada, N. Furuyama, and Y. Miyake
Proceedings of First International Symposium on Future Active Safety Technology toward zero-traffic-accident (FAST-zero'11) (accepted)..      Sep 2011   [Refereed]
A study on driving behavior from an ecological approach in car-following situations.
T. Kondoh, N. Furuyama, Y. Akatsu, & Y. Miyake
Studies in Perception and Action XI (Eric Charles & Jay Smart (eds.)) (accepted)      Jul 2011   [Refereed]
Utility of Gestural Cues in Indexing Semantic Miscommunication
INOUE, Masashi; OGIRHARA, Mitsunori; HANADA, Ryoko; FURUYAMA, Nobuhiro
The 2010 International Workshop on Multimedia and Semantic Technologies (MUST 2010), Busan Korea   1-6   May 2010   [Refereed]
Developmental change of discourse cohesion in speech and gestures among Japanese elementary school children.
Sekine K. & Furuyama, N.
Rivista di psicolinguistica applicata   10(3) 97-116   2010   [Refereed]

Books etc

 
Cambridge University Press   Jan 2010   ISBN:0511620853
John Benjamins Publishing Company   Jun 2007   ISBN:9027228418
Cambridge University Press   Sep 2006   ISBN:0521833345

Conference Activities & Talks

 
Where does gesture start and what type of speech does gesture accompany? : A new insight from home-position preceding gesture
Ryosaku Makino, Nobuhiro Furuyama
2nd Workshop on Multimodality in Multispace Interaction   Nov 2012   
Perception-Action Systems Underlying Communication
Nobuhiro Furuyama
icpeal2012 (The 14th International Conference on the Processing of East Asian Languages)   Oct 2012   
Gesture or home position? ─Manual movements synchronized with speech but not treated as gesture
Ryosaku Makino, Nobuhiro Furuyama
5th conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies   Jul 2012   
The effect of the number of oscillators on the stability of finger-tapping movement: A comparison between intra- and inter-personal coordination systems
Kentaro Kodama and Nobuhiro Furuyama
12th European Workshop on Ecological Psychology (June 27-30, 2012, held at Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid, Spain)   Jun 2012   
To merge, or not to merge? Ecologizing an index of merging decision in highway driving behavior
Nobuhiro Furuyama, Takayuki Kondoh, and Tomoharu Nakano
12th European Workshop on Ecological Psychology (June 27-30, 2012, held at Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid, Spain)   Jun 2012   

Education

 
Oct 1994
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Mar 2001
Department of Psychology, Division of Social Science, The University of Chicago