Prof. Dr. Sho Tsuji, Principal Investigator

Sho is the principal investigator of the IRCN babylab. She is fascinated by the question of why babies are so good at learning language. She came to University of Tokyo after studying Psychology and language acquisition in Germany, the Netherlands, France, and the USA.

Dr. Monica Barbir, Postdoc

Monica is a postdoctoral researcher at the IRCN babylab. She is interested in the cognitive mechanisms that make learning language easy for babies but hard for adults. Her goal is to innovate novel language learning methods that would ultimately allow adults to learn language as well as babies. Monica studied language acquisition at the University of Toronto and the Ecole Normale Supérieure, taught English as a foreign language with the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme, and designed novel tools for learning language during her MA in comic book design.

Dr. Irena Lovcevic, Postdoc

Irena is a Posdoctoral Researcher at the IRCN BabyLab. She is interested in how different family and environmental factors influence language acquisition in infants. Irena completed her PhD at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, Western Sydney University, investigating early language development in infants with hearing loss.

Dr. Hiromichi Hagihara, Postdoc

Hiromichi is a postdoctoral researcher at the IRCN BabyLab. He is interested in how word meanings emerge and change along with childhood development. He completed his Ph.D. at the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Japan. He is also an occupational therapist and a certified public psychologist, engaging in developmental support for children with special needs. Twitter

Li Jiarui, Project Academic Specialist (with Yazaki-Sugiyama lab and Tsuji lab)

My research focuses on analyzing and modeling the data of cognitive development, social intelligence, and human factors in machine learning. In my research, I try to explore the formation and development of the brain’s learning mechanism according to age. Also, I am interested in the influence of social factors during the cognitive development process. The acquired theories are hoped to be applied in the applications of artificial intelligence.

Cécile Crimon, PhD candidate

Cécile works on the role of social environment in the language acquisition process, doing an intervention study in daycares. She is a PhD candidate at the Cognitive Science and Psycholinguistics Lab, at ENS, Paris.

Tomoko Takashima, Lab Manager

Tomoko has a Master of Management of Technology (MOT). After working as an IT engineer, she have experience in research of providing information to parents on the childhood injury prevention research Team. She is also interested in data analysis and holds a Senior Web Analytics Consultant qualification.

Rie Ono, Lab Manager

Rie obtained a kindergarten teacher license at university.
Experience as a university employee and working in a nursery school.

Sara El-Shawa, Intern

Sara is an IRCN research intern interested in infant-robot interaction.
She completed her undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Biology at the University of Toronto.