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 IT companies.
Past IBM Research - Tokyo Directors
2004-06 Kazushi Kuse
Kobayashi, who was working at IBM Research's Thomas J. Watson Research
Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, was appointed director of the new lab
(initially called the IBM Japan Science Institute). Dr. Kobayashi placed a keen
focus on natural language processing to develop a kana-kanji conversion
program, and Japanese speech recognition and handwritten kanji character
But the lab also expanded into computer science,
engineering and manufacturing technologies – including image and graphics
processing technology, kanji-input system, communication networks, software
engineering, VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) design, parallel processing
architecture, advanced workstation and artificial intelligence.
I am the lab's seventh director. And 30 years later, we're
still making innovative moves -- sometimes literally.For example, in
June of this year, we moved from Yamato City in Kanagawa Prefecture to a new
office in Toyosu, Tokyo to be closer to our clients and partner institutions.
and technology team also just moved to Shin-Kawasaki (close to Tokyo's
Haneda Airport) to advance research collaboration in nano-devices with The
University of Tokyo.
mining technology is used across industries such as manufacturing, finance,
insurance, broadcast, telecommunication and retail. In the era of mobile communication,
social networking and Big Data, we are broadening our accessibility research
scope to study how analytics and collaboration technologies help advance the
information access capabilities of elderly, illiterate, and disabled people to
help them take an active role in our society.
I look forward to what our lab will continue to accomplish
for our clients and the world.