Masashi Sugiyama
Director, RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project

Masashi Sugiyama received the degrees of Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Engineering, and Doctor of Engineering in Computer Science from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in 1997, 1999, and 2001, respectively. In 2001, he was appointed Assistant Professor in the same institute, and he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003. He moved to the University of Tokyo as Professor in 2014. Since 2016, he has concurrently served as Director of RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project. He received an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship and researched at Fraunhofer Institute, Berlin, Germany, from 2003 to 2004. In 2006, he received European Commission Program Erasmus Mundus Scholarship and researched at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK. He received the Faculty Award from IBM in 2007 for his contribution to machine learning under non-stationarity, the Nagao Special Researcher Award from the Information Processing Society of Japan in 2011 and the Young Scientists’ Prize for the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Japan in 2014 for his contribution to the density-ratio paradigm of machine learning, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Award and the Japan Academy Medal in 2017 for his series of machine learning research. His research interests include theories and algorithms of machine learning and data mining, and a wide range of applications such as signal processing, image processing, and robot control.

Naonori Ueda
Deputy Director, RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project

Naonori Ueda received the B.S., M.S., and Ph D degrees from Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, in 1982, 1984, and 1992, respectively. In 1984, he joined the Electrical Communication Laboratories, NTT, Japan, where he was engaged in research on image processing, pattern recognition, and computer vision. In 1991, he joined the NTT Communication Science Laboratories. From 1993 to 1994, he was a visiting scholar at Purdue University, USA. In 2010-2013, Director of NTT Communication Science Laboratories. Head of NTT Machine Learning & Data Science Center since 2014, and Director of Ueda Research Laboratory since 2016 (NTT Fellow). In 2010-2014, Sub-Project Leader of Funding Program (FIRST Program), for World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology, Cabinet Office. Engaged in research on image processing, pattern recognition, statistical machine learning, and data mining. He received the Telecommunications Promotion Foundation Award, the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers Achievement Award, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award (Science and Technology Award) and other awards. Since 2016, he is a Deputy Director, Center for Advanced Intelligence Project, RIKEN, where he engaged in AI research on medical science, weather, natural sciences such as disaster prevention and reduction, and social science based on machine learning technology. He is a Research Supervisor, Mathematical Information Platform, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) CREST, and is a visiting professor at Kyoto University Graduate School of Informatics and Kobe University Graduate School of System Informatics.

Masato Nakamura
Deputy Director, RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project

Masato Nakamura graduated with a Bachelor from the College of Engineering Sciences of the Third Cluster of Colleges in the University of Tsukuba in March 1984. In April of the same year, entered the Science and Technology Agency. Engaged mainly in the promotion of science and technology in the field of nuclear, space science, and earth science and technology. During this time, went on secondment to the Aomori prefectural government, Embassy of Japan in Australia, and the Graduate School/Faculty of Engineering in Hokkaido University. In recent years, served as the Deputy Director General in the Office of National Space Policy of the Cabinet Office since 2014 and has participated in compiling the former Basic Plan on Space Policy. From April 2016, held roles of Vice President of the National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST), and Vice President of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) where he has overseen several efforts and pertinent departments including General Affairs, Human Resources, Procurement, Finance, Business Development and Industrial Relations, International Relations and Research, Public Affairs, Evaluations, and Audits. Started current position from September 2020.