Yukie Nagai is a Project Professor at International Research Center for Neurointelligence, the University of Tokyo. She received her Ph.D. in Engineering from Osaka University in 2004 and worked as a Postdoc Researcher at National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) and at Bielefeld University for five years. She then became a Specially Appointed Associate Professor at Osaka University in 2009 and a Senior Researcher at NICT in 2017. Since April 2019, she is working with the University of Tokyo.
Yukie Nagai has been investigating underlying neural mechanisms for social cognitive development by means of computational approaches. She designs neural network models for robots to learn to acquire cognitive functions such as self-other cognition, estimation of others’ intention and emotion, altruism, and so on based on the theory of predictive coding. The simulator reproducing atypical perception in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which has been developed by her group, greatly impacts the society as it enables people with and without ASD to better understand potential causes for social difficulties. She serves as the research director of JST CREST Cognitive Mirroring since December 2016.