Our projects are supported by the following grants.
Our Pipeline circulating Research, Development, Education
Outcomes of the research and development on Musical Dynaformics are compiled and implemented into our physical education program; "PEAC" (Physical Education for Artists Curriculum). This educational package consists of lectures, physical coaching, and technology-based supports for musicians. Both lectures and coaching are based on evidences derived from research and scientific theories, whereas tech-based physical supports make use of our states-of-art sensing & training systems developed by our group, colleagues, and others.
The PEAC program is deployed into our academy program hosted by Sony CSL, NeuroPiano, and others, which is our educational platform for young promising pianists. We believe PEAC will be a de facto standard of music education as a way of making synergy with various conventional education. Also, a part of the PEAC program has been and will be provided to music conservatories and other educational opportunities for musicians in different countries (e.g. HMTM Hannover, Hamamatsu Piano Academy).
Here, you can find further details of our pipeline circulating research, development, and deployment.
Circulating Research, Development, Education
Sensorimotor skills for musical excellence
Optimal Musical Practice
Neural, Biomechanical, & Cognitive Mechanisms
probing & enhancing Musicians' expertise
Dark-Side of Music Practice
Pathophysiology ＆prevention of musicians' injuries
Rehab. & Retraining for musicians' disorders
Mechanism & Training for Choking Under Pressure of musicians
Journal Articles (peer-reviewed)
*: equally-contributed co-first authors
Beyond the limits of Human Sensory-Motor-Cognitive Skills
”surmounting the ceiling effect"
Multimodal Bio-/Neuro-feedback, Hand Exoskeleton, Haptic Interface, VR/AR training, AI-based recommendation
Online & Offline Learning, Memory consolidation & interference, Neuroplasticity, Practice regime, Supervised/Reinforcement learning, Internal model, Imagery training
MoCap, Data Glove, EMG, Force & position sensors, Robotics, Data science & Machine learning
Psychophysics, Sensory assessment, Multimodal integration, EEG, TMS, peripheral nerve stimulation, Perceptual Learning
Injury Prevention & Retraining
Epidemiology, Biomechanics, Intervention, Rehabilitation, Exoskeleton, Haptic device, Machine Learning
Focal Dystonia, Stage Fright
tDCS, TMS, EEG, Machine Learning, Multivariate analysis, Hand exo-skeleton, choking under pressure
Researchers, Engineers, Evangelists
Ph.D. candidate and Evangelist
Evidence-based physical education for pianists
Physical Therapist (PT)
Research Assistants (RA) & Internship Students
part-time student members
Keitaro Murakami (Tokyo Univ.)
Ryo Nakabayashi (Tokyo Univ.)
Yuli Kamiya (Tokyo Univ.)
Yori Namioka (Tokyo Univ. of the Arts)
Yukiya Mita (Tokyo Univ.)
Hidetaka Katsuyama (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Kosei Matsuyama (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Daiki Usami (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Erwin Wu (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Masaki Yasuhara (Nagaoka University of Technology)
Kengo Matsuzaka (Waseda Univ.)
Yosuke Kawasaki (Keio Univ.)
Junya Koguchi (Meiji Univ.)
Liu Ruofan (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Tamaka Harada (Tokyo Univ.)
Shu Sakamoto (McMaster University, Canada)
Mai Akahoshi (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Reigo Ban (Tokyo Univ., Japan)
Satoshi Takimoto (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
Taisuke Matsushiro (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Manabu Endo (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Akira Kobayashi (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Takaharu Suzuki (Tokyo Univ.)
Current External Collaborators
Past members (grad students from Sophia University)
Bachelor & Master (2016~2019)
Robotics-based training for musicians
Bachelor & Master (2016~2019)
Optimal practice for acquiring musical virtuosity
Bachelor & Master (2016~2019)
Human interface for musicians
Bachelor & Master, JSPS DC1 (2015~2019)
Metaplasticity of auditory-motor system in musicians
Bachelor & Master (2015~2018)
Hand motor control under mental pressure
Bachelor & Master (2015~2018)
Sensory-motor coupling in musicians
Exoskeleton for hand motor training
Online visuomotor coordination in musical performance
Impacts of variable practice on muscular synergy in musical performance
Hand synergy in musician's dystonia
Development of piano-embedded sensors
Identification of musician's dystonia using deep neural network and random forest
Machine learning approach for characterizing musician's dystonia
Introduction of "Musical Dynaformics" on Sony Stories
Musical Dynaformics: R&D for enhancing expertise and preventing injury
PEAC: Technology-based support for musicians
PEAC: Physical Education for Artists Curriculum
Neuro-rehabilitation for Musicians' Dystonia @ RTL (in German)
Joint Event with Lang Lang @ SONY Explora Science (in Japanese)
Sony CSL Stories (3oth year anniversary)
An overview of activities of Sony CSL incl. a brief introduction of our research
TEDxSophia 2016 "Harmonizing Science with Musicians"
Introduction of Music Excellence Project (in Japanese)
Opportunities to Join MED Lab
For students and post-docs
Students & Internship
I can only accept some students who get involved in our research projects as a paid project-based part-time member (e.g. RA and internship who assists running experiments and data analysis as well as other activities related to research and development). The part-time members are required to have some expertise (e.g. programming, prototyping, human experiment), and will be selected through our formal selection process. Please feel free to contact me about the details. You can join us as a part of our JST CREST project or Sony CSL internship program. I have/had accepted students from Tokyo Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo, pre-med student from the United States, master students from University of London Goldsmiths, and a physical therapist (PT). Your workplace will be Sony CSL Tokyo. So please keep in mind that you are required to stay in Tokyo during this period. We will provide financial supports based on your expertise and what projects you get involved in.
If your supervisor formally agrees with my co-supervision of your research, I'm willing to accept it, based on mutual consent after a formal interview process. I have/had supervised students from different universities in this way (e.g. Kwansei Gakuin University, Hannover Medical University (MHH), Sophia University, Tokyo University of the Arts, the University of Tokyo, Nagaoka Institute of Technology). Currently, I have been co-supervising 2 PhD students.
If you are an international student/scholar, you can also work with us temporarily (e.g. 3-6 months) as an internship student/scholar, if you can come to and work at Tokyo. If you are a graduate student, I do recommend you to obtain a permission of your formal mentor. Our company, Sony CSL, has an international internship program covering cost of your flight and accommodation (there's a max. limit of the coverage), which you may want to apply for (email here). Apart from our company's program, Japanese government has some fellowships for temporally-visiting scholars, which can fund your trip and stay (e.g. JSPS).
In any case, we particularly welcome students with basic skills and knowledge of computer programming (e.g. Matlab, R, Python, and/or C++) and statistics.
If you are interested in working with us as a post-doc, please get in touch.
Your country may offer fellowships supporting your research activities in Japan (e.g. Alexander von Humboldt, DFG, Marie Curie, Fulbright). Also, the Japanese government (JSPS) provides a fellowship for young foreign researchers (max. 2 yrs, recommended!).
We have a space, equipment, and projects for post-docs in my team (SONY CSL at Tokyo), and can provide unique opportunities of investigating a lot of expert musicians and musicians with focal dystonia with neurophysiological, robotic, VR/AR, and psychophysic techniques. Our institute has many international scholars, and all of the researchers and staffs communicate in English. You may have opportunities of networking and collaborating with our research colleagues in Tokyo and Kyoto/Osaka, because I have some grants collaborating with the other scholars in different cities.
Post-docs are strongly encouraged to have fundamental knowledge/skill of both statistics (e.g. R) and programming (e.g. Matlab, Python). People with experience of programming (C++, C#, JAVA, Python, LabView, and/or Unity), haptic interface, human psychophysics, physiological measurement such as TMS/EEG/EMG, robotics, and/or machine learning are also highly welcomed. Although we study musicians, our primary focus in research is neuroplasticity of sensorimotor skills and training to overcome limits of experts' expertise.