Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Dr. Makoto Nagao

Dr. Makoto Nagao

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  • Date of Birth:
    4 October 1936

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 2005 Japan Prize

Major Awards Received

1993 IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award
1994 Culture Prize, “Bunka-shou” honored by Kyoto Shimbun
1997 Distinguished Achievement and Contributions Award (IEICE)
1997 IPSJ Contributions Award
1997 Medal of Honor (IAMT)
1997 Purple Ribbon Medal honored by Japan Government
1998 JSAI Achievement Award
1998 NHK Broadcast Cultural Award
1999 Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science, The University of Nottingham
1999 C&C Prize
2000 Memorial Award, “Takayanagi Kinen-shou”
2003 Lifetime Achievement Award, Association for Computational Linguistics

Membership in Academic Institutions and Societies

1988-90 President, Japanese Cognitive Science Society
1991-93 President, International Association for Machine Translation (IAMT)
1992-96 President, Asia-Pacific Association for Machine Translation (AAMT)
1994-96 President, The Association for National Language Processing (NLP)
1998-99 President, The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE)
1999-00 President, Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ)
1999 IEEE Fellow
2000-03 Member of Science Council of Japan (18th Term)
2002-Present President, Japan Library Association

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


  • President, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology

Books in English

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

Books in Japanese

  • Engineering for Pattern Recognition and Language Understanding. Corona Publishing Co., Ltd. (1989)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Human, Iwanami Shoten (1992)
  • Digital Library, Iwanami Shoten (1994)
  • Natural Language Processing, Iwanami Shoten (co-authored) (1996)
  • What is “Understanding”, Iwanami Shoten (2001)
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