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.

Shigeo Okaya (Shig)
Deputy Executive Director, RIKEN
Deputy Director, RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project

Shigeo Okaya earned an MS in engineering at Kyoto University, and MBA at Stanford University. He participated in management of research institutes in Japan and abroad, including ITER in France and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tsukuba, Japan. He also engaged in implementing international research programs such as the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) and the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS).
He assumed many positions in ministries of the Japanese government (MEXT, METI, Ministry of the Environment) and Science/Nuclear Attaché at the Japanese Embassy in the USA. He has engaged in management of the supercomputer Fugaku project since 2015. He also worked as Deputy Executive Director of RIKEN and Deputy Director of RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS) from 2017 to July 2019. He was appointed current positions in July 2019.