Natalia Polouliakh was born in Russia. She completed her undergraduate studies in the Oriental Languages Department of Irkutsk State Linguistic University. In 1997, she began a master's degree program in the Graduate School of Science and Technology, Hirosaki University, specializing in bioinformatics, and in 2004, she received a Ph.D. from the Institute of Medical Science at Tokyo University. Natalia joined Sony CSL in 2006. She is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. course at the Medical School of Yokohama City University, and she is working on uncovering the mechanisms of skin aging using original data-driven approaches. Her hobbies include yoga, the arts, and fashion.
Ken Mogi conducts research into the origin of consciousness from the approach of cognitive neurosciences. The research themes covered include, but are not limited to, qualia, attention, decision-making, temporal perception, memory, body image, and emotion. Efforts are made to construct a consistent model of consciousness from the cell to the brain, with emphasis on the role of sensory overflow as a constraint on the evolution of consciousness. In addition, such aspects of brain's cognition as communication, creativity, and social interactions are investigated.