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Computers have become a common tool in our daily life. Are you satifsied to use them? We have been investigating new computer systems which are usable and useful to all of us. Let's think outside the box - it will give you a different idea!

Why don't you join us in Shimane for a challenge to development of much smarter computers?


masahito.jpgDr. Masahito Hirakawa graduated from Hiroshima Institute of Technology, Japan in 1979, and received his M.E. and D.E. degrees from Hiroshima University, Japan in 1981 and 1984, respectively. He became a Research Associate of Information Systems Laboratory (ISL) at Hiroshima University on completion of his doctoral study, and an Associate Professor in 1991. He has been a professor at Shimane University since 2002. From 2004 through 2007, he was a director of the General Information Processing Center of Shimane University. He was a director of the Shimane University Library and a council member of the university from 2007 to 2011.

He joined the Information Systems Research Project at the Computer Science Department of the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle in summer of 1982. He was a visiting researcher at FOA (National Defense Research Institute), Linkoping, Sweden, in summer of 1990. From September 1999 to March 2000, he visited the VIP (Visual Information Processing) laboratory at University of Florence, as a Monbusho (Japanese Ministry of Education) research scholar.

He was a principal investigator of the ARES project organized in the early 80's, where a relational database system capable of accepting ambiguous queries was developed. After that, he was involved in a project for developing a multimedia database system based on an object-oriented data model named MORE. In addition, he directed the HI-VISUAL project of developing an iconic programming system, which was known as one of the pioneering works in this area. Now his interests include augmented reality and multimodal interfaces, and information visualization.

He received Meritorious Service Award in 1996 and Golden Core Member recognition in 1997 both from IEEE Computer Society. He also received the Most Influential Paper Award from IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing in 2008. He was awarded the Outstanding Research in Shimane University in 2009. He is a senior member of IEEE.