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Before joining the Immersive Analytics Lab at Monash in 2022, Benjamin was a postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne from 2019 to 2022. He researched ways to quantify and understand human emotion and cognition as well as Human-AI Interaction.

Benjamin received his Ph.D. on "Cognitive State Assessments through Monitoring Physiological Signals on the Face" in March 2019 from Keio University, Japan.

Benjamin is researching ways to quantify and understand human emotions and cognition by combining methods from the fields of cognitive psychology and ubiquitous computing. He is specifically interested in deploying commodity devices (e.g., smartphones) in everyday settings to enable comprehensive long-term mental state assessments.
Through his research, Benjamin contributes to the design of new computing systems that adapt to their users, intervene, support information processing, and improve user experience and well-being.

Research interests

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Affective Computing
  • Context-Aware Systems
  • Human-AI Interaction

Supervision interests

I am intersted in supervising students who want to work on questions concerned with the quantification of human behavior, cognition, and emotion through mixed-method research.

In general this requires expertise in any or several of the following fields:

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Data Science
  • Psychology
  • Cognitive Science


Education/Academic qualification

Human-Computer Interaction, Ph.D., Keio University

Award Date: 28 Mar 2019

Media Design, M.A., Keio University

Award Date: 27 Mar 2014

English Language and Literature, B.A., Freie Universität Berlin (Free University of Berlin)

Award Date: 30 Sep 2009

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

18 Nov 2022 → …

Associate Lecturer, University of Melbourne

1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020

Postdcotroal Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

23 May 201917 Nov 2022

Associate Researcher, Keio University

1 May 2019 → …

Associate Researcher, Osaka Metropolitan University

1 May 2019 → …

Research Assistant, Osaka Prefecture University

1 Oct 201831 Mar 2019

Chief Production Officer, Co-Founder, P9 Productions Ltd.

1 Jun 201831 Aug 2020

Research Assistant, Agency for Cultural Affairs (Japan)

1 Jan 201831 Aug 2018

Research Assistant, Keio University

1 Dec 201630 Sep 2018

Research area keywords

  • Affective Computing
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Emotion
  • Cognition


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