Honorary Member


Toru ISHIDA  Dr. Toru Ishida graduated from the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University in 1978. Thereupon, he joined Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (now NTT). In 1993, he became a professor in the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University. In 1989, he received a doctorate of engineering from the same university. He became a professor in the Department of Social Informatics, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University in 1998, and retired from the university in March 2019. In the meantime, he served as a visiting professor in the Technical University of Munich, Le Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6, the University of Maryland, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tsinghua University, Hong Kong Baptist University, and Xinjiang University. Since April 2019, he has been conducting education and research at Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University.
  Throughout his long career, Dr. Ishida has been engaged in education and research on artificial intelligence - in particular, multiagent systems. He has also driven research projects that link information technology, such as digital cities and Language Grid, with society and produced many pioneering research results.
  For example, he studied digital cities with the aim of integrating physical space in a city and information activity. His interdisciplinary activity, called gDigital City Kyotoh led to the establishment of a community forum in which more than 100 persons from industry, academia, government and citizens participated. The forum was the first in Japan to reproduce a city in a 3D virtual space. This research was conducted as part of CREST, guniversal design of a digital city.h His activities had an impact on digital city activities around the world.
  He also led the R&D of the Language Grid, a multilingual service platform on the Internet. Since the Language Grid was put into service by the Department of Social Informatics of Kyoto University in December 2007, it has grown into a project that many education and research institutions and NPO take part in. As of November 2018, 183 organizations from 24 countries were participating in the project.
  He has also made efforts to apply his research results to society. For example, as part of an initiative in which Japanese experts provide support for farming in Vietnam, he carried out a field trial of linguistic support for 16 months for farmers in a farming district in Vinh Long Province located in the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam, NPO Pangaea, and the University of Tokyo.
  He has contributed to the development of IEICE by serving as president of the Information and Systems Society, and vice-president of the institute. Outside IEICE, he was the research supervisor of JST PRESTO Information Environments and Humans, and a member of Science Council of Japan. Outside Japan, he strove to merge three agent-related international conferences, resulting in the establishment of the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS). He was a general co-chair of the first AAMAS conference. H was a board member of the International Foundation on Autonomous Agent and Multiagent Systems, which oversees this research field, and of its predecessor for ten years. He was designated a fellow by IEEE. In this way, he has devoted himself to many public service activities.
  In recognition of the above-mentioned achievements, Dr. Ishida has received an Achievement Award and a Distinguished Achievement and Contributions Award from IEICE. He is also a recipient of a Telecommunications Advancement Foundation Award (Telecommunications System Technology Award), and of a MEXT Commendation for Science and Technology (Research category). He also was appointed a fellow of IEICE and of the Information Processing Society of Japan.
  In light of his outstanding contributions to the electronics, information and communication field through his research in multiagent systems and a variety of research projects that link information technology with society, we wholeheartedly recommend that Dr. Ishida be designated a fellow, honorary member of IEICE.