Ken Takaki(高木 健)

Ken Takaki is a Ph.D. student advised by the Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. His research focuses on improving the lives of people with hearing impairments. He is exploring new approaches for wearable devices, bone conduction, and speech processing.

Ken received his Master's degree in information science and technology and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 2021 and 2019.

He has single-sided deafness, which led him to create asEars, a glasses-type device for people with hearing loss in one ear. He is also involved in the management of Kikoiro, a community for people with hearing loss in one ear, in order to improve the lives of people with hearing loss in one ear.

E-mail: takaki<at>akg.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Address: Room #112C1 Bldg. 2, Faculty of Eng. The Univ. of Tokyo 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-8656 JAPAN

(Japanese below)

私は、東京大学大学院工学系研究科の博士課程に在籍し、聴覚障害者のQoL向上を目指して研究しています。そのために、ウェアラブルデバイス、骨伝導、音声処理などの新しいアプローチを模索しています。

東京大学で2021年に情報理工学系研究科の修士課程を修了し、2019年に工学部電気電子工学科を卒業しました。

私自身が片耳難聴であることをきっかけに、2017年に片耳難聴者向けのメガネ型デバイス「asEars」の開発を始めました。また、片耳難聴者の生活をより良くするために、片耳難聴者コミュニティ「きこいろ」の運営にも携わっています。


Recent news

Dec, 2021

I gave an invited talk at the University of Kitakyushu.

ディープラーニングによる聴覚拡張の研究という題目で北九州市立大学に招待講演をしました

Dec, 2021

I was covered by the media of the University of Tokyo.

東京大学大学院工学系研究科

広報室に取材されました

Mar, 2021

I was awarded the president's award from the University of Tokyo.

東京大学総長賞

受賞しました

Mar, 2021

I received my Master in information science and technology from the University of Tokyo, and entered the doctoral program.

東京大学大学院

修士課程卒業 博士課程進学

Featured projects

asEars sound glasses provide enjoyable communication for people with single-sided deafness (SSD). People suffering from SSD have trouble listening to others in noisy situations, and find it difficult to enjoy their conversation. asEars collects the sound that comes from the deaf side by a pair of microphones and transmits it to the other side by a bone conduction speaker. This enables them to listen to others more clearly and enjoy communication better than ever.

Related publications

  • work in progress

Supporting selective listening between online and offline speakers by focusing on the cocktail party effect

Online conferencing is taking the form of having conversations with people in remote locations, and sometimes with people around them. As a result, it is becoming more and more important for users to be able to concentrate on listening only to what they are interested in from the audio of online and offline speakers. In this research, we focus on the cocktail party effect and propose a speech processing method that facilitates this effect, and realize a system that facilitates selective listening to both online and offline speakers.

Project grant website (Japanese)

Related publications

  • 高木 健,齋藤大輔,川原圭博,"畳み込みニューラルネットワークによる複数話者音声の選択的聴取性向上," 電子情報通信学会ソサイエティ大会,A-5-4,オンライン,Sept. 2021.


Coil design for wireless power transfer and communication over hinges of smart glasses

To make smart glasses foldable, we need wiring within the hinges for interconnecting the sensors and displays. This structure, however, degrades the appearance and durability of smart glasses. To solve this problem, we proposed embedding coils in the hinge’s vicinity for wireless power transfer and communication. This method can safely supply 2 W of power with 50% efficiency and can communicate at the speed of 1.7 Mbps, therefore, it can be used for eyeglass devices that present images and sounds to the user.

Related publications

Acoustic Length Sensor for Soft Extensible Pneumatic Actuators With a Frequency Characteristics Model

Soft robots are safe and suitable for interaction with people. On the other hand, they are easily deformed when subjected to an external force. Hence, appropriate control is necessary for their use, based on the state of the actuators represented by their length. However, conventional sensors cannot sense a broad range of length, and they have a non-linear property since they rely on the physical deformation of the sensor itself. We proposed a length sensor that can accurately measure a wide range of lengths by utilizing the acoustic characteristics of the air column inside the actuators.

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A method for estimating the bone-conducted transfer function by observing the sound radiated into the ear canal

The measurement of bone conduction hearing requires intensive operation by the user and a long measurement time, making it impractical to measure every time. In this study, we established a method to measure the bone conduction hearing every time the user wears a bone conduction device by using the bone conduction sound radiated into the ear canal. This enabled us to develop a measurement method that is quick and does not involve any manipulation by the user.

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