What inspired you to get involved with robotic algorithms:
Throughout history, art has been admired and respected around the world. I’m from Japan and grew up with calligraphy being a big deal. However, no one knows exactly how Picasso, or any other artist, painted their paintings. Considering that, I thought it would be amazing to contribute to the creation of an algorithm in which a robot could learn to produce the exact brush strokes.   
You were chosen to be on ProMazo’s list of Most Interesting Students for a reason. Do you have any advice for other students hoping to create their own success:
Anyone can get a degree, do research, and secure their life financially – but it is extremely important to have a reason. Once you have a reason, you can start the journey that you desire, regardless of what society wants. That being said, I’m still working on finding my own reason. 
Biggest role models or inspirations:
My biggest inspiration is rather unconventional. To start, I grew up in Tokyo – a super fast-paced city where everything and everyone always seems to be in a rush. In the midst of everything, I think it’s easy to forget who you are. However, having a special place, one in which I can share my philosophy with the environment, reminds me of the person that I am and enables me to reflect on the person that I want to become. With that, HOTO, a cafe in Tokyo, is my biggest inspiration.
Career path:
I don’t know what my future will look like, but I’m looking into continuing my education after Brown with a PhD program. And of course, I will keep working with algorithms and robots!
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