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Visiting researcher


Tokyo Tech Emeritus Prof. Koichi MIKAMI

Research area

  • Asymmetric Synthesis
  • Drug Design
  • Organofluorine
  • Organometalic
  • Material Design

Research technology

  • Asymmetric Catalysis
  • Fluorinated Drug Design
  • Asymmetric Organofluorine
  • Asymmetric Reaction Design
  • Organometalic and/or Fluorinated Material
  • Ionic Liquids

Visiting researcher 

Dr. May Kristine Jonson CARLON (May)

Dr. May is a Filipino postdoctoral visiting researcher studying ways to improve the online learning experience through the use of metacognitive tutoring, adaptive learning, and harvesting of implicit feedback through natural language processing. You can learn more about her academic work through her website,


Personalized Online Adaptive Learning System (POALS)

POALS is a web-based system designed to help learners succeed in online learning environments. To succeed in online learning environments where instructor support might be less compared to face-to-face instruction, learners must be trained to be autonomous by equipping them with metacognitive skills. However, teaching metacognition inevitably introduces cognitive strain, which can vary among individuals. Thus, we introduce adaptive learning to personalize each learning experience. We tap into the teachers as learning facilitators by creating an analytics dashboard to give implicit feedback to teachers that they can use to provide interventions if necessary. This research is supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) via Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) grant (Kakenhi 20H01719) from April 2020 to March 2025. This serves as the bulk of May’s doctoral dissertation and postdoctoral research.


  • Personalized Online Adaptive Learning System (POALS)


  • 2018 – 2021, Doctor of Philosophy, Global Engineering for Development, Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo, Japan)
    • Tokyo Tech Tsubame Scholarship for Doctoral Students (Special Scholarship)
  • 2016 – 2017, Master of Science in Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia, USA - Online)
    • Specialization: Computational Perception and Robotics
  • 2002 – 2006, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, University of the Philippines (Quezon City, Philippines)
    • Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute Merit Scholarship


  • From May 2023, Technical Staff I, Social Value and Decision Making Lab, Center for Brain Science, RIKEN
  • April 2022 to present, Part-time Lecturer, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, Hosei University
  • February 2015 – May 2023, Software Engineer, Wisdom Incorporated
  • October 2022 – March 2023, Educational Specialist, Online Content Research and Development Section, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • October 2021 – March 2023, Postdoctoral Researcher, Cross Laboratory, Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering, School of Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • December 2006 – June 2014, Quality Assurance, Canon Information Technologies Philippines, Inc.
    • ​April 2012 – June 2014, Principal Engineer
    • February 2012 – January 2013, Intracompany Assignee
    • April 2010 – March 2012, Senior Engineer
    • October 2008 – March 2010, Engineer
    • December 2006 – September 2008, Associate Engineer


  • Best Student Paper Award, IEEE Teaching, Assessment, and Learning in Engineering (TALE) Conference 2021
  • Excellent Presentation Award, Tokyo Tech Multidisciplinary International Student Workshop (MISW) 2019
  • Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) for Women in Computing Student Scholarship 2019
  • Google Women Techmakers (WTM) Scholarship for Asia-Pacific Region 2019
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