Akira Wakita conducted studies regarding the theme of “physicality,” focusing on real time images produced by physical simulation on one hand and materials that can control colors on the other hand.
In recent years, he developed original software based on fluid-dynamic and thermodynamic models, striving for visualization across science and art. Before attaining his position at the university, his employment responsibilities at Lattice Technology, Co., Ltd. included development of a 3D CAD solid modeling kernel and standardization of a lightweight 3D data format. At the same time, he engaged in doctoral studies, earning a Ph.D.in Media and Governance from Keio University’s Graduate School of Media and Governance in 2002; his thesis research was focused on the generation of lightweight, 3D data for medical use (e.g., CT/MRI).
He worked on a 3D user interface project for several years as a freelancer and was appointed to Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC) to manage the “Design Language” subject group in the basic design curriculum; in 2014, he was appointed as a professor in the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies.