Kensho Miyoshi / About

Kensho Miyoshi

Kensho is a Japanese designer and researcher with a background in aerospace engineering. He holds BEng (2013) and MEng (2015) degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Tokyo, where he explored the interactivity of indoor aerial robots which can navigate without the aid of external sensors or computation resources. His practice also includes several art and design works which embrace the element of physical movement as the core of its aesthetics. In 2014 Kensho was certified as Super Creator by IPA (Information Technology Promotion Agency) and METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) of Japan. His works have been presented at conferences and exhibitions such as SIGGRAPH and Milan Design Week. For his PhD at School of Design Research of Royal College of Art, he develops the pervasive interest underlying his prior works in both technological and creative domains and concentrates on the aesthetic and empathic potential of motion in the context of design.

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PhD (RCA) in Innovation Design Engineering
School of Design Research
Royal College of Art, London, UK

MEng (UTokyo) in Aeronautics and Astronautics
Dissertation: “Close-range interaction of human and a small quadcopter with onboard sensors"
The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

BEng (UTokyo) in Aeronautics and Astronautics
Dissertation: “Minimum Function Blimp as Performance Media”
The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan


Contemporary Arts Grant
Terumo Foundation for Life Sciences and Arts, Japan

Arts and Culture Grant 2018
Nomura Foundation, Japan

Arts and Culture Grant 2017
Nomura Foundation, Japan
November 2017

Arts and Culture Grant 2016
Nomura Foundation, Japan
Oct-Dec 2016

PhD Scholarship
Nakajima Foundation, Japan

Jury Selection
Entertainment Division, 18th Japan Media Arts Festival

Graduation Works Support Program for MILANO SALONE 2015
Japan Design Associations NPO

Bronze Award
A’ Design Award and Competition 2013-2014 (Italy)
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category

Super Creator Certification
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan + Information Promotion Technology Agency

Visiting Researcher Support Program
International Information Science Foundation (Japan)


Work-in-progress Show 2018
School of Design Research, Royal College of Art
London, UK
19-21 Jan 2018

An exhibit of art and life 2017
Osaka, Japan
Sep 14 2017 - Jul 1 2018 (extended)

Work-in-progress Show 2016
Design Research, Royal College of Art
London, UK
27-31 Jan 2016

Tokyo Design Week in Milan 2015
Supported by Japan Design Associations NPO
Milano Italy
Apr 2015

"Chocogito no tokeru koro (When cho-cogito melts)", Stage setting
Ryo Konishi Large Ensemble
Ekoda Buddy (Tokyo)
Mar 2015

PUWANTS [solo]
Factotum Gallery
Tokyo Japan
Nov-Dec 2014

THE MIRROR -Hold the Mirror up to nature-
Ginza Nagoya Shokokaikan
Tokyo Japan

Parallel Nature
Toyama Japan

A' Design Award Winners Exhibition
Como Cathedral
Como Italy

The 15th iiiExhibition
The University of Tokyo
Tokyo Japan

The 15th iiiExhibition Extra
The University of Tokyo
Tokyo Japan


"Objects in Motion: Designing Kinesthetic Empathy" (forthcoming)
Miyoshi. K.
*** (Eds.), BIRD (Board of International Research in Design), Birkhäuser

"Where Kinesthetic Empathy meets Kinetic Design"
Miyoshi. K.
5th International Conference on Movement and Computing (MOCO’18)
Genoa Italy
June 2018

"Entertainment Multi-rotor Robot that realises Direct and Multimodal Interaction"
Miyoshi. K., Konomura. R., Hori. K.
BCS The 28th British HCI Conference
Southport UK
Sep 2014

"Above Your Hand: direct and natural interaction with an aerial robot"
Miyoshi. K., Konomura. R., Hori. K.
SIGGRAPH 2014, Emerging Technologies
Vancouver Canada
Aug 2014

"Onboard Sound Recognition of Small Aerial Robot" (in Japanese)
Miyoshi. K., Hori. K.
The Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence, The 28th Conference
Matsuyama, Japan
May 2014

"Minimum Function Blimp as Performance Media" (in Japanese)
Miyoshi. K., Hori. K.
The Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence, The 27th Conference
Toyama Japan
June 2013


Lecture at Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau (invitation)
Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Design Research COOP
Dessau, Germany
June 2018

NERD2GO (New Experimental Research in Design Conference) (invitation)
Organised by BIRD (Board of International Research in Design), Birkhäuser
Hildesheim, Germany
June 2018

Poetic Curiosity (talk session with Yusuke Aonuma)
School of Design, Tokyo University of the Arts
Tokyo Japan
May 2018

Design, Affect, Materials and Materiality Symposium (invitation)
School of Design Research
London UK
Mar 2018

Visualization Conference (invitation)
The Visualization Society of Japan
Tokyo Japan
Nov 2014

ACM SIGGRAPH Tokyo (invitation)
Tokyo Japan
Sep 2014

Future Technology Design (invitation)
Japan Society for Software Society and Technology 31st Conference
Nagoya Japan
Aug 2014


MITOH Program (Explanatory IT Human Resources Program), Tokyo
Project title: Palm-sized quadcopter system for both hobby and practical use
Oct 2013 - Jun 2014


"Phenox Makes A Drone More of A Companion by Dropping the Controller
Tech Crunch (US)
May 2014

Plus others