Ko Watanabe

Ko Watanabe received his Master's degree in Computer Science from NAIST (Nara Institute of Science and Technology) in Japan on 2019 specialized in HCI/Ubiquitous-Computing field. After working as a software engineer for 2 years in Japan, he moved to Germany and start as a working Ph.D. Researcher in DFKI from March 2021.

His topic of research is "Accelerating Knowledge Transfer by Sensing and Actuating Social-Cognitive States". It is focused on investigating how can software actuation can accelerate transfer of knowledge between humans. His major objective is to examine state-of-the-art software system and provide a novel technique for successfully assessing knowledge transfer between humans. He is working under the guidance of Dr. Shoya Ishimaru and Prof. Dr. Prof. h.c. Andreas Dengel.



  1. Jihed Makhlouf, Yutaka Arakawa and Ko Watanabe. “A Privacy-aware Browser Extension to Track User Search Behavior for Programming Course Supplement”. In The Fourth International Workshop on Mobile Ubiquitous Systems, Infrastructures, Communications and AppLications (MUSICAL) In conjunction with Mobiquitous 2021, 2021.
  2. Ko Watanabe, Yusuke Soneda, Yuki Matsuda, Yugo Nakamura, Yutaka Arakawa, Andreas Dengel and Shoya Ishimaru. “DisCaaS: Micro Behavior Analysis on Discussion by Camera as a Sensor”. Sensors 21 (17), p. 5719, 2021.
  3. Shoya Ishimaru, Ko Watanabe, Nicolas Großmann, Carina Heisel, Pascal Klein, Yutaka Arakawa, Jochen Kuhn and Andreas Dengel. “HyperMind Builder: Pervasive User Interface to Create Intelligent Interactive Documents”. In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing: Adjunct Publication (UbiComp '18 Adjunct), pp. 357–360, 2018.
  4. Akpa Akpro Elder Hippocrate, Edith Talina Luhanga, Takata Masashi, Ko Watanabe and Keiichi Yasumoto. “Smart Gyms Need Smart Mirrors: Design of a Smart Gym Concept through Contextual Inquiry”. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (UbiComp '17), p. 658–661, 2017.