Michitaka Hirose is a professor of human interface and systems engineering in the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, University of Tokyo. He was born in 1954 in Kamakura, Japan. He received BE, ME, PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tokyo, in 1977, 1979, 1982, respectively. Since then, he has been in several positions such as Associate Professor and Professor at the University of Tokyo. His research interests cover Multimedia, Human Interface and Virtual Reality. He is known as a pioneer of Japanese Virtual Reality research. He served as project leaders of many national R&D projects such as "Digital Museum", "Digital Public Art" and "Multimedia Virtual Laboratory". He was awarded with various prizes such as IEEE VGTC 2015 Virtual Reality Career Award, Tokyo Techno-Forum Gold Medal Prize and Okawa Publishing Prize etc.