Message from Advisor

To help realize our mission to expand humanity’s potential by offering new abilities through avatars, we are proud to announce the appointment of four global leaders to avatarin’s advisory board.

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Even as our world becomes increasingly connected, distance and human mobility still constrain us.

avatarin has a novel approach and a bold vision to overcome this obstacle. What stands out about this grand plan is that it came from the minds of two young innovators working for an airline. It’s not every day that you see such win-win models coming from intrapreneurs working for large corporations. This company has a unique chance to forge a new business model by leveraging the strong assets and network of a large corporation with the speed needed for innovation to thrive. I look forward to seeing this company grow to address the largest challenges facing our global society.

YOKO ISHIKURA

YOKO ISHIKURA

Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University / Specializes in business strategy, competition, and global talent. Yoko earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Virginia, and her Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from Harvard University. From 1985, she worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company before she was appointed at Aoyama Gakuin University as a Professor of International Political Science and Economics in 1992. From 2000, she served as a Professor at Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy and later taught as a Professor at Keio University Graduate School of Media Design from 2011. She is an external Director of the Board for Shiseido and Sekisui Chemical and is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Expert Network. Additionally, she runs the “Global Agenda Seminar” and “SINCA – Sharing Innovative & Creative Action-” programs. Major publications by Yoko include "Strategy Shift" (Toyo Keizai Inc.), "Small Habits of People Active in the World" (Nikkei Business Jin Bunko), "Talpiot-Israel’s Elite Training Program" (co-authored by Nihon Keizai Shimbun Publishing Co.), and "Global Career" (Toyo Keizai Inc.), "How to Create a World-class Career" (Co-author, Toyo Keizai Inc.).

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Deep learning technology is expanding its reach into the realm of robotics, leading to the creation of advanced new intelligent technologies and industrial services.

If we can apply this technology to avatar robots, it will enable us to obtain new physical skills through the robot to give us countless new capabilities. Furthermore, we will also be able to acquire the actions and interactions of operators controlling these avatars and leverage this experiential data to further advance the intelligence of robotic systems.

TETSUYA OGATA

TETSUYA OGATA

Professor, Fundamental Science and Engineering, Waseda University / Graduated from Waseda University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1993. After serving multiple roles as a postdoctoral fellow at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, an assistant at Waseda University, a researcher at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, and an associate professor at the Graduate School of Informatics in Kyoto University, he went on to be professor at the Department of Intermedia Art and Science at Waseda University from 2012. From 2009 to 2015, he served as a researcher at the Japan Science and Technology Agency. In 2017, he was appointed as a Special Fellow (joint appointment) at the Artificial Intelligence Research Center in the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. He specializes in cognitive robotics and robot intelligence through deep learning. He served as Director of the Robotics Society of Japan from 2013 to 2014 and was the Director of the Artificial Intelligence Society from 2016 to 2018. From 2017, he has served as Director of the Japan Deep Learning Association.

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Avatars will create new experiences by transcending the bounds of space and time.

AI robots will eventually integrate into society, optimizing every industry and facet of our lives. In this future, I also believe people will be free from the limitations of distance and time. avatarin is the startup that will create this future and enable us to overcome societal problems within Japan like the aging population crisis and declining workforce, as well as the global challenges of socio-economic disparity and natural disasters. avatarin is a novel example of a large corporation catalyzing a start-up capable of bringing awe-inspiring innovation to life. I pledge my full support to this new venture.

TOMIHISA KAMADA

TOMIHISA KAMADA

CEO and Founder of TomyK Ltd. / Co-founder of ACCESS Co., Ltd. Tomy earned his Doctorate degree in Computer Science from the University of Tokyo. He founded ACCESS Co., Ltd, a software venture company, while studying at the University of Tokyo and developed embedded TCP / IP communication software as well as the world‘s first web browser for mobile phones. He lead the technological innovation of the mobile Internet by proposing his compact HTML specification “Compact HTML” for mobile phones to the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). In 2001, he took his company public on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and expanded the business globally. After his retirement in 2011, he established TomyK Ltd. to support new startup businesses including the robot venture SCHAFT (later acquired by Google). Currently, he continues to support technology startups in the fields of robotics, AI, IoT, human augmentation, space, genetics, and healthcare. He explains his entrepreneurial mindset in his book “Technology Startups Create the Future -Aim for Tech Entrepreneurs-” (University of Tokyo Press).

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avatarin will help satisfy humanity’s curiosity in the unknown which has been the key to our evolution

I have spent my professional life researching Space. Space is a place where satellites observe the Earth and where advanced technological advancements increase our knowledge of life. It is also a place where humanity will inevitably live and evolve. That is what makes the concept of Space so attractive and romantic to us here on Earth. Yet the current cost and dangers associated with Space make it impractical for humans to venture into this new world and I believe it will be years before we are fully able to enjoy and fully understand what Space has to offer. But avatars are a tool that will help us connect with this new frontier. By using this innovative technology, we will be able to emulate the experience of living in Space. I look forward to this new capability and will provide my support to make it a reality.

SHINICHI NAKASUKA

SHINICHI NAKASUKA

Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo / Graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1983 and went on to earn his Doctoral degree in engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1988. That same year, he joined IBM Research-Tokyo. He has been a lecturer and associate professor at the University of Tokyo since 1990, and a professor of aerospace engineering since 2004. Members of the Japan Aerospace Society, SICE, IAA, etc., former director of IFAC Division, former president of UNISEC, Chairman of UNISEC-GLOBAL since its establishment. Engaged in research and education on micro-satellites, intelligent and autonomous space systems, innovative space systems, and navigation, guidance and control of spacecraft. Successfully developed and launched 12 micro-satellites including the world's first CubeSat. Member of the Government Space Development Committee.