Action & Design Lab

Miho Nishizaki, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Faculty of Software and Information Science, Iwate Prefectural University

Address: 152-52 Sugo, Takizawa city, Iwate 020-0693, JAPAN

Email: miho_n[at]

Research Areas

Design, Ecological Psychology, Application Development


Ph.D., Education, University of Tokyo

M.A., Education, University of Tokyo

B.A., Art and Design, Musashino Art University, Tokyo

Design & Development


(AR App)

Baby Database





  • 2009 University of Tokyo Akachan Project (led by Prof. Masato Sasaki) Academic Film Expo 2009 Academic Film Competition Award

  • 2009 Tokyo TDC, The Best in International Typography & Design Award

  • 2009 The Japanese Association of Qualitative Psychology Excellent Frontier Paper Award

  • 2008 Tokyo ADC, Tokyo Art Directors Club Award

  • 2007 Japan Student Services Organization, Independent Administrative Institute Ph.D. Scholarship


Nishizaki, M. (2016). Drawings and traces: development and emergence of depiction on the surfaces. Tokyo, Japan: Taga Press. (in Japanese).

Nishizaki, M. (2008). Development of infants from ecological point of view. In M. Sasaki (Eds.), Affordances in Infant Development. 72-83. Tokyo, Japan: Shougakukan. (in Japanese).

Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  1. Nishizaki, M. (2018). Visualizing Affordances of Everyday Objects Using Mobile Augmented Reality to Promote Safer and More Flexible Home Environments for Infants, Advances in Science, Technology and Engineering Systems Journal, 3(6), 74-82.

  2. Nishizaki, M., Nonaka, T., & Sasaki, M. (2011). Creative process involved in drawing: role of visual perception in changes of posture. Japanese Journal of Qualitative Psychology, 10, 64-78. (in Japanese).

  3. Nonaka, T., Nishizaki, M., & Sasaki, M. (2010). Dynamics of the act of drawing from life. Cognitive Studies, 17(4), 691-712. (in Japanese).

  4. Nishizaki, M. (2007). The act of trace-making in infancy: fundamental graphic/plastic act before scribbling. Japanese Journal of Qualitative Psychology, 6, 41-55. (in Japanese). [Winner of the Excellent Paper Award 2007-2009]

  5. Nishizaki, M. (2005). Trace-making in infancy. Journal of Ecological Psychology, 1(1), 135-140. (in Japanese).

  6. Nishizaki, M., & Imai, M. (2001). Research on color and finishing on the skyway,Japan Society for Finishings Technology, 12(1), 161-164. (in Japanese).

Conference Papers

  1. Nishizaki M. (2019) Visualization of Infants’ Behavior at Home Using Augmented Reality for Promotion of Development and Prevention of Accidents. In: Cocchiarella L. (eds) ICGG 2018 - Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Geometry and Graphics. ICGG 2018. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 809. Springer, Cham

  2. Nishizaki, M. (2017). Visualizing Positive and Negative Affordances in infancy Using Mobile Augmented Reality. In Proceedings of Intelligent Systems Conference. 1136-1140. September 2017, London, UK.

  3. Nishizaki, M. (2017). Visualizing Positive and Negative Affordances in the Home Environments from the View of Infants Using Mobile Augmented Reality. The 48th Environmental Design Research Association Conference. 339. June 2017, Madison, USA.

  4. Nishizaki, M. (2015). Visualizing a Positive and Negative Affordances in the Home Environment During the First Year of Life Using Augmented Reality. Proceedings of EuroAsianPacific Joint Conference on Cognitive Science (4th European Conference on Cognitive Science 10th International Conference on Cognitive Science), 582−586, September 2015, Turin, Italy.

Participate in our studies

You and your child can participate in our studies right from your own home!

We are studying how children perceive and act, and how they move in their home environment through interactions with objects. Based on theses observations, we design and develop applications to promote more child-friendly environments.

We are currently looking for 3- to 4-month-old infants to participate in our longitudinal study. Every child receives a special gift and you receive compensation for your time.

If you would like to participate in our studies or to be added into our database for future studies, you can fill out the short form below or email us at miho_n[at]