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Toru Ishida

Professor, Laboratory for Global Information Network, Department of Social Informatics, Kyoto University

Toru Ishida

Toru Ishida
Department of Social Informatics,
Kyoto University

Organization, Department, Job Title

Kyoto University, Graduate School of Informatics, Department of Social Informatics, Professor.

Research Field

Artificial Intelligence, Multiagent System, Intercultural Collaboration.

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Toru Ishida has been a professor of Kyoto University since 1993. He gained his B.Eng., and M.Eng. Degrees from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, in 1976, 1978, and subsequently became a research scientist at NTT Laboratories, where he was engaged in research and development of software engineering and knowledge processing until 1993. In 1989, he received his PhD in engineering degree from Kyoto University.

His academic paths include visiting scientist/professor positions at Department of Computer Science, Columbia University, Institut fuer Informatik, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Le Laboratoire d’Informatique de Paris 6, Pierre et Marie Curie,Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Maryland,Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Computer Science and Technology Department, Tsinghua University. Between 1998 and 2004, he was appointed as a research professor at NTT Communication Science Laboratories. Since 2006 to up until now, he has been a project leader of NICT Language Grid Project . He is also a fellow of IEEE, IPSJ, and IEICE since 2002, 2005, and 2008.

His research interest lies with autonomous agents and multiagent systems, and he has been working on this theme for more than twenty years. He is a co-founder of MACC/JAWS (Japanese), PRIMA (Asia/Pacific) and ICMAS/AAMAS (International), conferences on autonomous agents and multiagent systems. He served as a program co-chair of the second ICMAS, a chair of the first PRIMA, and a general co-chair of the first AAMAS. He was also an editor-in-chief of Journal on Web Semantics (Elsevier) and an associate editor of IEEE PAMI, and Journal on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (Springer). He was a board member of the International Foundation on Autonomous Agent and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS).

He has also started workshop/conference on Digital Cities and Intercultural Collaboration. In 2006, he began the Language Grid project. Basic software for the Language Grid has been studied and developed at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). For trial operation, however, Department of Social Informatics, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University takes on the role as the Language Grid Operator. He is currently a board member of Web Science Research Initiative.

Research Topics

  • Language Grid Project

    The Language Grid and Intercultural Collaboration Using collective intelligence to cross over the "Language Barrier" Integrating machine translation and dictionary services on the Internet