Naoko Abe is a sociologist, specialising in social interaction and human movement, with a research focus in Robotics. She obtained a PhD in Sociology from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris in 2012. In 2011, she graduated in kinetography Laban from the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMDP). In 2015, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems – French National Centre for Scientific Research (LAAS-CNRS) in Toulouse. In 2016-2017, she was a Renault-Junior International Research Fellow at the EHESS France-Japan Foundation (FFJ). Since July 2018, she has been a Research Fellow at the Centre for Robotics and Intelligent Systems, the University of Sydney.