Laureates of the Japan Prize


Dr. Hiroyuki Yoshikawa

1997 Japan Prize Laureate

Systems Engineering for an Artifactual Environment
Establishment of the robot industry and creation of a techno-global paradigm
Commemorative Lecture
General Design Theory and Environment
Nationality: Japan
Date of Birth: August 5, 1933
Academic Degrees:
1956 B.S. Department of Precision Engineering, The University of Tokyo
1964 Ph.D. in Precision Machinery Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Professional Career:
1956-66 Institute of Physical and Chemical Research
1966-78 Associate Professor, Dept. of Precision Machinery Engineering The University of Tokyo
1967-68 Senior Visiting Staff, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham, U.K.
1977-78 Guest Professor of Technical University of Norway in Trondheim
1978 Professor of the Department of Precision Machinery Engineering
1989-91 Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
1993-Present President of The University of Tokyo present
Title: Former President, The University of Tokyo
Major Publications and Scientific Papers:
  1. Flexible Manufacturing Complex Provided with Laser-A National R & D, Proc. of the Intl. Symposium on Factory in Future (Amsterdam), 1979.
  2. General Design Theory and A CAD Systems, in T. Sata and E. Warman (eds.): Man-machine Communication in CAD/CAM, Proc. of the IFIP WG5.2-5.3 Working Conference (Tokyo), North-Holland, Amsterdam, 35-53, 1980.
  3. Designer's designing Models, International Conference on Engineering Design, Proc. of ICED 83 (Kobenhavn), 337-344, 1983.
  4. Automation of Thinking in design, in E. Warman (eds.): Computer Applications in Production and Engineering, Proc. of CAPE, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 405-417, 1983.
  5. Necessity and Potential of Maintenance Technology-Automation of Maintenance, Proc. of the 7th Congress of Europe. Fed. Nat. Maintenance Societies, 1984.
  6. Introduction to General Design Theory; Intelligent Manufacturing Systems,International Summer Seminar (Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia), 1985.
  7. General Design Theory as a Formal Theory of Design, in H. Yoshikawa and D. Gossard (eds.): Intelligent CAD, I, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 51-61, 1989.
  8. Design Philosophy: The State of the Art, Proc. of the 39th CIRP General Assembly (Trondheim, Norway), Annals of the CIRP, Vol.38, No.2, 579-586, 1989.
  9. Manufacturing and the 21st Century-Intelligent Manufacturing Systems and the Renaissance of the Manufacturing Industry, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, North-Holland, Vol.49, No.2, 195-213, 1995.
Major Awards and Honors Received:
  • Silver Core Medal, International Federation of Information Processing (1991)
  • 53rd Noteworthy Inventions, Science and Technology Agency (1994)
  • Education Award, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (1995)
  • Hasunuma Award, Society for Precision Engineering (1995)
  • Honorary Degree of Doctor, University of Strathclyde, U.K. Honorary Doctor, Twente University of Technology, Netherlands (1996)
Membership in Academic Institutions and Societies:
  • 1957- Member, Japan Society for Precision Engineering
  • 1965- Member, Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 1968-88 Corresponding member, International Institution for Production Engineering Research (CIRP)
  • 1980- Member, Society of Information Processing
  • 1983- Member, Japan Society of Robotics
  • 1985- Member, Artificial Intelligence Society
  • 1986- Member, IFIP WG 5.2 (CAD)
  • 1988-90 Vice-President, Society for Precision Engineering
  • 1988- Full member, CIRP
  • 1989-91 Director, CIRP
  • 1990- Editorial board, "Robotics and Automation Systems" Editorial board, "Design Engineering"
  • 1992-94 President, Society for Precision Engineering
  • 1992-93 Vice-President, CIRP 1993-95 President, CIRP
  • 1985- Member, Japanese Industrial Standards Committee, Ministry of International Trade and Industry
  • 1987- Councilor, Science and Technology Agency
  • 1989- Member, Council of Industrial Technology, Ministry of International Trade and Industry
  • 1991- Member, Science Council, Ministry of Education
  • 1993- Member, University Council, Ministry of Education

( At the time of receipt of the Prize )

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