Keio University (Japan), Master in Mechanical and System Engineering
Areas of Interest:
Social Networks, Cooperation, Experimental Study, and Organization Management with Technology
Hirokazu Shirado is a researcher in the field of social networks and human-machine interactions. In particular, he has been committed to the experimental study of cooperative behaviors within interactions between people (and machines) taking place within social networks.
He has also studied at the Human Nature Lab at the Yale Institute for Network Science. Prior to Yale, he spents eight years as an engineering researcher at Sony Corporation. At Sony, his group specialized in robotics for personal use and he lead the development of human-robot interaction systems and field research to explore genuine customer value. When he did a field test of personal robots at a nursing home, he realized that what ultimately supports people is interpersonal bonds, rather than high-technology gadgets themselves. Through the field experience, he gets started seeking a mechanism that can help building social reciprocities, and his research focus has changed to include social networks.
He believes a unified understanding of social behavior helps us to discover innovative solutions about human resource management, networking technology, and community design. His unusual background and skills will contribute to build a bridge between theory and application, between humans and machines.