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Kentaro Torisawa

Director General
Data-driven Intelligent System Research Center,
Universal Communication Research Institute, NICT
Visiting Professor, Data-driven Knowledge Processing Laboratory, NAIST
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I am supervising the Data-driven Intelligent System Research Center (DIRECT), NICT. In this research center, we conduct research on the following three topics. As the final goal, we aim to develop genuinely intelligent systems by leveraging the auto-generated language resources and knowledge, and analyzing the structure of knowledge hidden behind language, in the form of the huge body of text available on the Web. Our major research results in the last few years include the following two systems.

We think these two systems can form the basis for intelligent Web services/applications and spoken dialog systems. In addition, we plan to make these resources available to researchers in universities and private companies.

Short Bio

Kentaro Torisawa graduated from University of Tokyo in 1992 (BSc in computer science). After receiving MSc in Computer science from Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo, he became an assistant professor in the same school in 1995. In 2001, he was appointed associate professor in School of Information Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. From 2008, he is working at NICT and currently serving as the director general of the Data-Driven Intelligent Research Center (DIRECT). He has been awarded many awards/grants including the JSPS prize, the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Docomo Mobile Science Award, and Twitter Data Grants. Now, he is also a visiting professor of the Nara Advance Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) and a member of the Science Council of Japan.