Naoko Tosa is a Media Artist & Researcher in the ATR Media Integration & Communications Research Laboratories. She is also a guest professor in the graduate school of Science and Technology at Kobe University and a visiting lecturer at Musashino Art University's Department of Media Art & Science.
She received Ph.D. of engineering for Art and Technology research from University of Tokyo. In particular, she focused on the topic of communication and used computers, video and electronics to design art work that relates to the intelligence of emotions, consciousness and unconsciousness. She specializes in the creation of experimental film, video art, computer graphics animation, and interactive arts.
Neuro-Baby is an autonomous computer agent with automatic facial expression and behavior synthesis that can respond to the human voice through recognizing emotions and feelings. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art New York, the New York Metropolitan Art Museum, SIGGRAPH, Ars ELECTRONICA, the Long Beach Museum, and other locations worldwide. Her works are also part of the collections at the Japan Foundation, the American Film Association, the Japan Film Culture Center, the Nagoya Prefecture Modern Art Museum, the International Art Museum of Japan, the O Art Museum, the Toyama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, and the Takamatsu City Art Museum. In 1996, she received the best paper award from the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia. In 1997, the L'Oreal Grand Prix for research combining art and science awarded her first prize.