Areas of Specializationinteractive art and technology; computer animation; computer-mediated arts
Dr. Kitagawa's research interests include introduction of new technologies into K-16 STEM/STEAM education and outreach, visualization, simulation, modeling, motion capture, procedural methods, VR/AR, 2D/3D animation and studio arts.
Dr. Kitagawa received over a million dollar from the National Science Foundation for the 3-year project titled Learning Physics in a Synergistic Scaffolded Programming Environment in 2017. The project’s goal is to create an interactive environment for high school students to learn physics, conceptual modeling and computational thinking in a synergistic manner.
Dr. Kitagawa published Mocap for Artists: Workflow and Techniques for Motion Capture in 2008 and has been teaching courses on motion capture and procedural methods.
Ph.D. in Architecture (Emphasis: Visualization Science), Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Dissertation title: Boolean Operations on Polygon Meshes
M.A. in Art Education (Emphasis: Computer Graphics and Animation), Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Thesis title: Branching Object Generations for Computer Graphics and Animation
B.F.A. in Painting, Joshibi University (formerly Women’s College of Fine Arts) in Tokyo, Japan