Opening in 1982, IBM’s research lab in Tokyo was its fourth – and first in Asia. IBM saw Japan as an important market to invest in research where information science and advanced computer technologies were emerging as hot research topics for major IT companies.
Past IBM Research – Tokyo Directors
1982-86 Hisashi Kobayashi
1986-95 Norihisa Suzuki
1995-2000 Kazuo Iwano
2004-06 Kazushi Kuse
2006-09 Hiroshi Maruyama
Hisashi Kobayashi, who was working at IBM Research’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, was appointed director of the new lab (initially called the IBM Japan Science Institute). Dr. Kobayashi placed a keen focus on natural language processing to develop a kana-kanji conversion program, and Japanese speech recognition and handwritten kanji character recognition technologies.
But the lab also expanded into computer science, engineering and manufacturing technologies – including image and graphics processing technology, kanji-input system, communication networks, software engineering, VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) design, parallel processing architecture, advanced workstation and artificial intelligence.
I am the lab’s seventh director. And 30 years later, we’re still making innovative moves — sometimes literally.For example, in June of this year, we moved from Yamato City in Kanagawa Prefecture to a new office in Toyosu, Tokyo to be closer to our clients and partner institutions. Our science and technology team also just moved to Shin-Kawasaki (close to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport) to advance research collaboration in nano-devices with The University of Tokyo.
Our text mining technology is used across industries such as manufacturing, finance, insurance, broadcast, telecommunication and retail. In the era of mobile communication, social networking and Big Data, we are broadening our accessibility research scope to study how analytics and collaboration technologies help advance the information access capabilities of elderly, illiterate, and disabled people to help them take an active role in our society.
I look forward to what our lab will continue to accomplish for our clients and the world.
As March 8, 2018 marks International Women’s Day, this year’s campaign is a #PressforProgress – focusing on gender parity in the community and in the workplace. Since early days at IBM, we have always been led by Thomas J. Watson Jr.’s famous 1953 memo: “It is the policy of this organization to hire people who […]
Real life is taking a step closer to The Sims video game series. This week at SuperComputing 17 in Denver, Colorado, the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) is introducing series of demos, including new research from IBM scientists in Japan which can simulate social situations such as shopping at the mall or an emergency […]