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Articles related to people and projects from IBM Research-Tokyo.

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 between more than 200 subway stations. Even with a map and a good sense of direction, it is not necessarily an easy place to navigate. […]

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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 adapt to an environment. But understanding the mechanisms of intelligence is no easy task,” Yasunori said. When Yasunori was in high school, he discovered Franz […]

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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 and lecturer are not physically in the same classroom. But such is life in today’s era of remote, video conference-style higher education options. Without a […]

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Serving up sake bistro analysis

Don’t let a sea of unstructured data hide good sake What makes a good Japanese sake? Sake is sensitive to temperature. Flavor changes as it is served cold, room temperature, heated warm or hot. Particularly, heating sake to a preferred temperature in a precise amount of time is no easy task to master. Oh, and […]

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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 easier way to answer these questions. So, he got together with his colleagues, Ryo Kawahara, Takayuki Osogami, Masaki Ono and Shunichi Amano to come up […]

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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 built upon Hebb’s rule, which Dr. Donald Hebb proposed in 1949 as how neurons adjust the strength of their connections. Since Hebb, other “rules” of […]

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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 for their achievements in the research and development of Question Answering (QA) technology. The award, funded by a donation from the family of the late […]

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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 Chieko Asakawa The government of Japan awarded the 2013 Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon to IBM Fellow Chieko Asakawa for her outstanding contributions to […]

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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 translated using a Braille typewriter. Translating an English textbook required her family members to spell out each word – which could take 20 to 30 […]

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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 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 […]

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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 Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan recently honored the research team for its contribution in pioneering text mining technology with the […]

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Japan Braille Library digitizing books for the blind

The Japan Braille Library is creating digital versions of international standards-based Braille books, and audio books to improve accessibility for the visually impaired who may not have access to printed materials. Each year, more than 9,000 accessible books are added to the Sapie Library collection, a nationwide online library managed by the Japan Braille Library […]

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