Institute of Innovative Research, 
Tokyo Institute of Technology.



Yasuhiro Inukai(Koike Lab) receives MEXT Minister’s Award

  • Award Winner: Yasuhiro Inukai(M2)
  • Conferrer: Computer Graphic Arts Society (CG-ARTS)
  • Award: MEXT Minister's Award
  • Award date: May 16, 2016

Comments from Mr. Inukai

It is an honor to receive this award. During my undergraduate days, I created hand-drawn animations together with other Tokyo Institute of Technology Animation Society members. There, I also got a chance to try out some free 3D computer graphics software. Trying to produce something that resembled cel animation productions was a trial and error process that didn’t go well, and I felt I needed to learn the principles and theoretical aspects of 3D computer graphics. The textbook I read was one by CG-ARTS, and since I had already done the tough part, I thought I might as well take the test to see what I know.

Recently, full CG animation movies such as Expelled from Paradise are gaining popularity, and those that combine CG with hand-drawn work like Girls und Panzer and Aikatsu! are on the rise, so the importance of CG technology in animation can only increase. Additionally, computer graphics are spreading from the screen to other aspects of life with the emergence of equipment such as 3D printers.

The Koike Lab, where I am based, is not directly involved in CG research, but instead focuses on themes such as human-computer interaction and information visualization. I hope I can indirectly apply my CG knowledge to contribute to these areas.