Faculty of Engineering


Dr. Hiroshi Kawakami

Hiroshi Kawakami is a Professor at the KUAS Faculty of Engineering and a Program-specific Professor at Kyoto University in Japan. He received his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Dr. Eng. degrees from Kyoto University. He started his career at Okayama University as an assistant professor, after which he joined Kyoto University, where he was an Associate Professor of the Graduate School of Informatics. His research interests include systems design, in which he has proposed a design methodology called “FUBEN-EKI” which is a Japanese neologism meaning "the benefits of inconvenience".

He has received multiple best paper awards from Transactions of the Society of Instrument and Control Engineering (1990, 2001, 2013), Transactions of Human Interface Society (2009, 2018), and the Journal of Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan (2014).

He is the author of several books, including Fuben kara umareru dezain: Kōgaku ga ikasu jōshiki o koeta hassō (Design Born from Inconvenience: Engineering Off-the-Wall Ideas) and Fuben’eki no susume (In Praise of the Benefits of Inconvenience).

Learn more: http://fuben-eki.jp/en/

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