Laureates of the Japan Prize

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Dr. Makoto Nagao

2005 (21st) Japan Prize Laureate

Field
Information and Media Technology
Achievement
Pioneering contributions to natural language processing and intelligent image processing
Commemorative Lecture
Striving to achieve "Human" information processing
Nationality: Japan
Date of Birth: October 4 1936
Academic Degrees:
1959 B. in Engineering, Kyoto University
1961 M. in Engineering, Kyoto University
1966 Ph.D. in Engineering, Kyoto University
Professional Career:
1961 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
1967 Lecture, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
1968 Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
1969-70 Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Informatics Grenoble University
1973 Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
1986-90 Director, Data Processing Center, Kyoto University
1995-97 Director, University Library, Kyoto University
1997 Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
1997-03 President, Kyoto University
2001-03 President, The Japan Association of National Universities
2004-Present President, National Institute of Information and Communications
Technology (NICT), Incorporated Administrative Agency, Japan
Title: President, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
Major Publications:

Books in English

  1. Nagao, M., Matsuyama, T. (1980) A Structural Analysis of Complex Aerial Photographs, Plenum Pub Corp. (co-authored)
  2. Nagao, M. (1989) Machine Translation: How Far Can it Go? Oxford University Press
  3. Nagao, M. (1990) Knowledge and Inference, Academic Press

Books in Japanese

  1. Engineering for Pattern Recognition and Language Understanding. Corona Publishing Co., Ltd. (1989)
  2. Artificial Intelligence and Human, Iwanami Shoten (1992)
  3. Digital Library, Iwanami Shoten (1994)
  4. Natural Language Processing, Iwanami Shoten (co-authored) (1996)
  5. What is "Understanding", Iwanami Shoten (2001)
Major Awards Received:
  • IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award (1993)
  • Culture Prize, " Bunka-shou" honored by Kyoto Shimbun (1994)
  • Distinguished Achievement and Contributions Award (IEICE) (1997)
  • IPSJ Contributions Award (1997)
  • Medal of Honor (IAMT) (1997)
  • Purple Ribbon Medal honored by Japan Government (1997)
  • JSAI Achievement Award (1998)
  • NHK Broadcast Cultural Award (1998)
  • Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science, The University of Nottingham (1999)
  • C&C Prize (1999)
  • Memorial Award, "Takayanagi Kinen-shou" (2000)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Association for Computational Linguistics (2003)
Membership in Academic Institutions and Societies:
  • President, Japanese Cognitive Science Society (1988-90)
  • President, International Association for Machine Translation (IAMT) (1991-93)
  • President, Asia-Pacific Association for Machine Translation (AAMT) (1992-96)
  • President, The Association for National Language Processing (NLP) (1994-96)
  • President, The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE) (1998-99)
  • President, Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ) (1999-00)
  • IEEE Fellow (1999)
  • Member of Science Council of Japan (18th Term) (2000-03)
  • President, Japan Library Association (2002-Present)

( At the time of receipt of the Prize )

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