*First broadcast on June 2, 2022. Claudio Feliciani is a Swiss-Italian scientist whose main interest is the movement of crowds. He worked alongside three Japanese scientists on a study that examined why people bump into each other when some of them are looking at a smartphone. It won an Ig Nobel Prize, which honors research that first makes you laugh, then makes you think. In a Japanophiles interview, Feliciani tells Peter Barakan how he ended up in Japan, and why he finds crowds so fascinating.
Claudio Feliciani talks about winning an Ig Nobel Prize
Feliciani works alongside Professor Nishinari Katsuhiro of the University of Tokyo
Their prizewinning study examined why people bump into each other when some of them are looking at a smartphone