After living in Japan during my High School years, I attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated with B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences in May 1993. I then moved to back to Japan thanks to an MIT-Japan Program internship at NTT. In the Visual Media Group of the Human Interface Research Laboratories, I served as a software developer/researcher for the group, co-developing a large scale, real-time, virtual reality communications environment called Interspace.
I left NTT after one year, and founded one of the first web development companies in Japan, Eccosys Co, Ltd. (1994 – 1997), doing over 20 projects, including: building one of the first content sites in Japan, the Asahi Shinbun Magazine Web Site, one of the first permission marketing sites in Japan, Admall (in partnership with Hakuhodo), producing a large Internet event called the Junior Summit, sponsored by Mr. Okawa of CSK, and producing parts of the Internet Work Expo in Japan in 1996.
In a 1997 merger, Eccosys became part of Digital Garage Inc., and from that point on, I served as member of board of directors, involved in defining DG’s technological direction and international business strategy. I managed many diverse projects.
In March of 2001, I moved to New York City and formed Tomigaia Inc., a New York corporation. Tomigaia Inc. is a consulting practice advising international clients on Japanese business strategies, both on technology and business models.
In Oct of 2003, I moved to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In 2004, I began my graduate studies at the University of Alberta. I completed my Master’s and Doctoral programs in psychology between 2004 and 2012.
From 2012 until 2015 I was a post-doc in Harald Baayen’s lab at the University of Tuebingen.
Since 2015 I have been working at Landmark College.
Specialties: Cooking, photography, noisy guitar playing