Yu Ukai

Postgraduate student for Computing in Education MA at Kings College London

yu.ukai@kcl.ac.uk


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I'm currently a postgraduate student for Computing in Education MA program at Kings College London. I received my first master's degree in Arts and Science from The University of Tokyo, and bachelor's degree in Environmental and Information from Keio University in Japan. My research interest was Human-Computer Interaction, more particularly swimming education using underwater robot. (The video used in the article from New Scientists well explains what I made.) As a result, I was recognized by the Japanese government for innovative programming skills and was awarded the prestigious Super Creator certification.

After I graduate from The University of Tokyo, I was working for Microsoft for 4 years as a Program Manager in Office and Minecraft Education engineering teams in Tokyo and Seattle. I PMed many educational products ranging from Office Lens, Office Sway, Minecraft Hour of Code Designer, and Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition. My passion has been always on Products and Education, and now I'm currently pursuing to conduct a research on computer science education.

Work Experience

  • Program Manager 2, Office engineering team, Microsoft, Tokyo, Japan, March 2017 - July 2017
  • Program Manager, Office engineering team, Microsoft, Tokyo, Japan, November 2016 - March 2017
  • Producer, Minecraft Education engineering team, Microsoft, Seattle, USA, April 2016 - November 2016
  • Program Manager, Office engineering team, Microsoft, Tokyo, Japan, April 2013 - April 2016

Education

  • M.A.Sc., Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, The University of Tokyo, Japan, April 2011 - March 2013
  • B.A., Environment and Information Studies, Keio University, Japan, April 2007 - March 2011

Publications

  • 1. Yu Ukai, Jun Rekimoto: Swimoid: A Swim Support System using An Underwater Buddy Robot, Full Paper, 4th International Conference in Cooperation with ACM SIGCHI(AH2013), March 2013
  • 2. Yu Ukai, Jun Rekimoto: Swimoid: Interacting with An Underwater Buddy Robot, Late Breaking Report & Video, 8th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction(HRI2013), March 2013

Awards

  • Microsoft FY15 Circle of Excellence – Asia Gold Club, August 2015
  • MITOU Super Creator certification (outstanding IT talent) from the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan, November 2012