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Nao Tokui

Nao Tokui, PhD
Artist / DJ / Researcher
Founder & CEO, Qosmo Inc. / Associate Professor at Keio University

Born in 1976 in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Tokui received his Ph.D. from The University of Tokyo, on his researches on Human-Computer Interaction using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance human creativity.

After pursuing his research and creative interest as a visiting research fellow at Sony Computer Science Laboratories in Paris, Tokui founded Qosmo in 2009. With the motto, “Computational Creativity and Beyond,” Qosmo became a unique creative studio focusing on the application of AI in the creative field.

Tokui, himself, has been exploring the potential expansion of creativity through the symbiosis between AI and humans. His recent works include a music video of a song by Brian Eno, using AI.
In addition, Tokui has continued to present live performances titled AI DJ Project in Japan and overseas. These performances feature an AI DJ playing alongside a human DJ (Tokui, himself), taking turns selecting and playing one song at a time.

In April 2019, he started his professorship at Keio University and founded Computational Creativity Lab.