xDiversity Project

Yoichi Ochiai (JP), JST CREST xDiversity Project Colleagues (JP)


Life and Death in Digital Mimicry

This project aims to explore AI-assisted human-machine integration techniques for overcoming impairments and disabilities. By connecting assistive hardware and auditory/visual/tactile sensors and actuators with a user-adaptive and interactive learning framework, we propose and develop a proof of concept of our “xDiversity AI platform” to meet the various abilities, needs, and demands in our society. Our final goal is a social design and deployment of the assistive technologies towards an inclusive society.

Project Credits:

  • The JST CREST xDiversity project team consists of Yoichi Ochiai, Tatsuya Honda, Yusuke Sugano, Ken Endo and other colleagues


Dr. Yoichi Ochiai, born in 1987, is a media artist and Associate Professor at the University of Tsukuba. He received his Ph.D in Applied Computer Science from the University of Tokyo. 

His work has been widely exhibited, including in the solo exhibitions “Image and Matter”, Kuala Lumpur, 2016, “Sehnsucht Nach Masse”, Tokyo Amana Square, 2019, and “Yoichi Ochiai, Beauty of National Resolution ∽ End to End Transformation of Material Things ∽ Digital Nature,” in Omotesando, Tokyo, which delved into the aesthetics of eastern philosophy. His work has also been shown in group exhibitions, including the Ars Electronica Festival, SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, Kempoku Arts Festival and Media Ambition Tokyo.

Yoichi has received numerous awards, including a World Technology Award in 2015, the Prix Ars Electronica 2016, an Honorary Mention in the EU STARTS Prizes 2016, and Laval Virtual Awards in 2014-17. He was included in the Best Knowledge Pool at the St. Gallen Symposium and the Global Shapers at the World Economic Forum.

He has been widely featured in the media, including in magazines and on television and radio, as well as on the cover of numerous design and art magazines, including Axis, Leonardo, and Nature Index 2017. He has given many lectures at universities both in Japan and abroad and at symposiums such as TEDxTokyo. At SEMICON Japan, a major semiconductor technology conference, Yoichi was the youngest ever keynote speaker in its 40-year history.