Ryota Kanai

Board Member

kanaiRyota Kanai (Founder & CEO of ARAYA Brain Imaging, Tokyo): After serving as a Reader (associate professor) at Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science in the University of Sussex, Dr. Kanai founded a Tokyo-based startup Araya Brain Imaging in 2014 with the mission to build synthetic consciousness. He aims to discover computational principles underlying consciousness and apply them in designing new forms of artificial intelligence, which can feel and ponder upon its own existence.


Ryota’s current research takes place within the activities of his
company, Araya.


  • Consciousness Studies
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuroscience