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DSI Fall 2020 Fast Track Students Announced

Yuka Fukuoka

Yuka Fukuoka’s Stacha device featured on Wareable.com

Yuka Fukuoka, ’18, is featured in an article about her project, Stacha, a device to create empathy and awareness for people who stutter. Read the full article here. Both inside and outside of the program, DSI students create change, disrupt the status quo and use their own powers of creativity to bring something to life…

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DSI students fund thesis projects with SVA Alumni Society scholarships

Congratulations to DSI students Amanda Finuccio and Yuka Fukuoka, who earned scholarships from the SVA Alumni Society! The Alumni Scholarship Awards funding will help both students to complete their thesis projects. This year, SVA selected 66 students, who will collectively receive over $64,000. We’re excited to have DSI represented in this talented lineup. Learn more…

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Yuka Fukuoka, ’18, Selected as Microsoft US Imagine Cup Finalist

Yuka Fukuoka, ’18, is helping people who stutter overcome their social anxiety with VRbal. On May 5, she’ll compete as a finalist in the Microsoft US Imagine Cup, a competition where student developers solve world challenges. Yuka and her Microsoft teammates developed VRbal to help users who stutter practice for an upcoming presentation. Unlike role-playing…

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Yuka Fukuoka (2018) A step-by-step approach to building confidence and reducing anxiety in people who stutter, particularly in stressful situations, such as job interviews. Process Paper: (PDF)

Yuka Fukuoka, ’18, Presents Her Thesis Project at the Games for Change Festival

Yuka Fukuoka, ’18, is using virtual reality to help people who stutter navigate social anxiety. And today, she’ll exhibit her work at the 15th annual Games for Change Festival. VRbal, Yuka’s thesis project, is designed to guide those who stutter through the job-seeking process. While preparing for interviews or public speaking events, some people turn…

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A Move for Hunger Hackathon with DSI Students

This past weekend DSI students Sandy Ng, Hrudaya Yanamandala, and Yuka Fukuoka participated in the NBCUniversal Social Hack, a two day event bringing together developers, designers and data scientists to help prototype solutions for real-world problems. Taking 4th place, the team found the experience to be a great success with hopes their idea may be…

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Yuka Fukuoka ’18 Will Present Speech Disorder Device at SXSW

This March DSI student Yuka Fukuoka will be presenting STACHA, a wearable device aimed at educating people on the difficulties of stuttering, at the SXSW’s Interactive Festival. Motivated by her personal journey, STACHA was designed with a team from both her home country of Japan, and the US. The collar-like device, which simulates the speech barrier and induces the physical response of stuttering, hopes…

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Yuka Fukuoka

Yuka Fukuoka is from Japan, and studied Information and Service Design at Tama Art University, Japan. After graduating she worked at Yahoo! Japan as a designer and then attended the University of Tokyo’s Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies as a research student. She is interested in changing the general publics perspective on people with disabilities.

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