Realizing a barrier-free society


Field experiment at a busy shopping district in Tokyo Tokyo’s underground consists of miles of pedestrian walkways, extensive shopping arcades and a subway network. It stretches for hundreds of kilometers...

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February 14, 2017

The mechanisms of intelligence


Yasunori Yamada, a computational neuroscientist at IBM Research – Tokyo, has long been fascinated by human intelligence, consciousness and robots. “We humans can learn autonomously, behave flexibly, and exploit and...

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July 18, 2016

Bot with wooden body keeps lectures lively


Hand-made telepresence robot helps improve classroom communication “Today’s lecture is about cognitive computing, and its impact on… blah, blah, blah…” The lecturer begins to drone on. And, worse, the students...

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May 23, 2016

Serving up sake bistro analysis


BM Research-Tokyo’s Tetsuya Nasukawa is known as the inventor of TAKMI. It is a cognitive technology that mines unstructured data to identify hidden knowledge and give insights to businesses for...

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February 25, 2016

Tired of answering questions? Let a smart machine help.


Koichi Kamijo, a scientist at IBM’s research lab in Tokyo was only 20 questions into a 300-question life insurance form. And he was already exhausted. There had to be an...

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November 20, 2015

Mimicking Neurons With Math


Dr. Takayuki Osogami Artificial neural networks have long been studied with the hope of achieving a machine with the human capability to learn. Today’s attempts at artificial neural networks are...

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September 16, 2015

IBM researchers receive IPSJ Kiyasu Special Industrial Achievement Award 2012


At its annual meeting this month, the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ) recognized IBM Research – Tokyo'sKoichi Takeda and Hiroshi Kanayama with the 2012 Kiyasu Special Industrial Achievement Award...

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June 7, 2013

IBM Fellow Chieko Asakawa awarded Medal of Honor


Awarded in Japan's Emperor's name, the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon is given to outstanding contributors in valuable invention, creation, and modernization in academic and artistic fields. IBM Fellow...

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April 29, 2013

Seeing the potential in digitized Braille


IBM Fellow Chieko Asakawa recalls the painstaking process of translating her textbooks to Braille when she was in college. No Braille textbooks were available, so family members read while Chieko...

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November 21, 2012

30 Years in Japan


Editor's note: This article is by IBM Research - TokyoDirector Norishige (Noly) Morimoto. Opening in 1982, IBM's research lab in Tokyo was its fourth – and first in Asia. IBM...

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November 1, 2012

IBM's pioneering text mining research effort honored in Japan


In 1997, a team of researchers at IBM Research - Tokyoinvented TAKMI, a technology that can read and uncover trends from the avalanche of information in natural language format. The...

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May 9, 2012