2017 SXSW Featured Speakers
Dr. Ryuichiro Higashinaka is a Senior Research Scientist at the Audio, Speech, and Language Media Laboratory, a part of the NTT Media Intelligence Laboratories. He received a B.A. in environmental information, a Master of Media and Governance, and a PhD from Keio University, Kanagawa in 1999, 2001, and 2008 respectively. He joined NTT in 2001. His research interests include building question answering systems and spoken dialogue systems. From November 2004 to March 2006, he was a visiting researcher at the University of Sheffield in the UK. In 2014, he received the Maejima Hisoka Award, a recognition given to persons with outstanding achievements in telecommunication and innovations related to ICT. He is a member of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence, Information Processing Society of Japan, and the Japan Neuro Linguistic Programming Association.
Hiroshi Ishiguro received a D.Eng. in systems engineering from the Osaka University, Japan in 1991. He is currently Professor in the Department of Systems Innovation at the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University (2009-) and Distinguished Professor of Osaka University (2013-). He is also Visiting Director (2014-) (group leader: 2002-2013) of Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute and an ATR fellow. He was previously an Associate Professor (1998–2000) in the Department of Social Informatics at Kyoto University. He was also Visiting Scholar (1998–1999) at the University of California, San Diego, USA. He then moved to the Department of Adaptive Machine Systems in the Graduate School of Engineering at Osaka University as a Professor (2002-2009). His research interests include distributed sensor systems, interactive robotics, and android science.