Members

Shuntaro Sasai
Research Team Leader

Shuntaro is a Team Leader of the Neurotechnology R&D unit at Araya Inc. After graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tokyo in 2008, he received his Ph.D. in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Tokyo in 2013. Since 2013, he is a member of the Center for Sleep and Consciousness at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His research interests are in understanding the brain-consciousness relationship and developing brain-machine interface techniques enabling cross-brain communications. Currently, he focuses on modeling the brain’s wiring architectures supporting conscious experience and cognitive functions.

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Arthur Juliani
Senior Researcher

Arthur Juliani is a Senior Research Scientist at Araya Inc. In 2020, he received his PhD from the University of Oregon in Cognitive Neuroscience. Before that, he worked as a Research Engineer at Unity Technologies, where he co-founded the ML-Agents projects, a popular open-source toolkit for training artificial agents in virtual environments. His research focus is the development of biologically inspired and phenomenologically grounded neural network models of perception, cognition, and action.

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Leonardo Barbosa
Senior Researcher

Leonardo is a senior researcher at Araya. He has a BSc and MSc in physics from the University of Sao Paulo, and a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from the Ecole Normale Superieure (PSL). His main research interest is consciousness. More specifically, he is interested in building better scientific explanations of phenomenal consciousness through the use of mathematical models, which informs experiments and allows a better understanding of the neural mechanisms underpinning conscious experience. He is also interested in how we can use this knowledge in order to build artificial intelligence that enhances and extends both cognitive functions and conscious experience.

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Motoshige Sato
Intern

Motoshige is Ph.D. student at the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the University of Tokyo. He is interested in Brain-AI symbiosis. He is currently working on brain decoding.

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Yasuo Kabe
Intern

Yasuo is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Mechano-Informatics at the University of Tokyo. His research interest is in developing design principles for human augmentation based on neuroscience.

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