Honorary Member

Miwako DOI

Miwako DOI  Dr. Miwako Doi graduated from the Department of Electronics Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo in 1977, and completed her masterfs degree in electronics, Graduate School of Engineering of the same university in 1979. Immediately thereafter, she joined Tokyo Shibaura Electric Company (currently Toshiba Corporation). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo in 2002. She was Chief Fellow, Corporate Research and Development Center, Toshiba from 2008. She is now auditor of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, executive director of the Nara Institute of Science and Technology, and outside director of the Nomura Research Institute. Since 2012, she has been professor in residence in Information Science, Graduate School, Osaka University, visiting professor in Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, and a member of the Transport Safety Board of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Her achievements as a researcher in the commercial sector are noteworthy. As a female researcher, she has been a true pioneer in the fields of electronics, information and communication.
  Aware that an era was dawning when it would be taken for granted that large numbers of ordinary people would be using computers, Dr. Doi drove research and development of human interface (HI) technology in Toshiba, and developed an HI technology that makes it easy to create, translate, or otherwise handle documents and presentation materials using a computer without any need for programming.
  Among her research results, the figure/table anchoring technology drives an anchor in each paragraph that refers to figures or tables so that, when the paragraphfs position in the document is changed, the figures and tables referred to by the paragraph will automatically move to the new position. The document structure extraction technology analyzes a given document, and automatically adjusts chapter number formats and bullet point symbols. This technology has been incorporated into the widely used auto-format function. The machine translation editing technology arranges the original sentence and the translated sentence side by side so that the translation can be checked and edited easily.
  These pioneering technologies are not confined to Toshibafs products but are also found in products outside Japan, such as Microsoft Office, other documentation software compatible with it, and Webpage production software. By developing useful services, such as ekitan.com, which is the first pedestrian navigation service available on a mobile phone, and by obtaining 165 patents in Japan and 172 overseas, she has also made significant contributions to promoting HI technology.
  In IEICE, she served as a member of its Strategic Planning Committee for many years. As the leader of the Working Group on the Shift to Chargeable Electronic Journals within the committee, she promoted an initiative for paid electronic journals, which was implemented in 2005. In addition, as director of Conferences, Student Activities and Education, director of General Affairs, Auditor, and vice-chair of the Technical Committee on Cloud Network Robots, she has devoted herself to operation and revitalization of IEICE activities. She has taken a variety of important positions in councils that promote science and technology, such as vice president of the Information Processing Society of Japan, vice president of the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan, and president of the Institute Image Information and Television Engineers. She was also a member of the Information and Communications Council, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication, a council member of the 20th, 22nd and 23rd Science Council of Japan, and secretary and then deputy director of Section III of the same Council.
  The figure/table anchoring technology that she developed was the first software technology for which the National Invention Award was conferred. For her contributions to progress in information processing, she has received a total of 22 awards and commendations. They include the Information and Communications Month Award from Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Science and Technology Award from Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, ITU Association of Japan Special Award, an Achievement Award from IEICE and a Distinguished Achievement and Contributions Award from both IEICE and the Information Processing Society of Japan. She has been made a fellow of IEICE, the Information Processing Society of Japan, and IEEE.
  As stated above, her research achievements in human interface design, and contributions to the development of both IEICE and the electronics, information and communication fields are outstanding, and we recommend that she be designated as a fellow, honorary member of the IEICE.