Distinguished Educational Practitioners Award

Authoring educational books and textbooks on the subject of electronic information and contributing to human resource development

Tomoyoshi ITO (Chiba University)
Tomoyoshi ITO

Tomoyoshi Ito is a world-renowned researcher who has developed GRAPE, a computer dedicated to N-body simulation, and a special-purpose computer called HORN, for holography. At the same time, he is the well-known author of manga that are based on his scientific expertise. Using the knowledge gained through the development of these dedicated computers, he gives back to society through the channel of his educational books and manga.

His illuminating books include "Creating a Supercomputer for 200,000 Yen", and his manga include "BRAINS: The Men Who Bet on Computers", "Eternal Move: 2030, the Challenge of Computer Shogi" and "Geniuses Without Glory", all of which have been highly acclaimed.

These are renowned as educational books that introduce people to specialist fields by making use of his talents as a storyteller, while their educational impact goes far beyond that of textbooks.

He has also written a number of more specialized textbooks, including "Simulation on Dedicated Computers", "Introduction to GPU Programming", "Introduction to Holography: 3D Imaging and Measurement Using Computers" and the English textbook "Computer Holography".

He can also be credited with notable achievements in the education of his students. One example of his educational skills in teaching LSI design is the success of his students in the LSI Design Contest, an international contest held since 2003 under the sponsorship of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE). To date, he has led his students to 24 first and second prizes.

He has also provided outstanding guidance in his research field. Twenty-five of the students he has supervised have gone on to complete their PhDs and are active in academia and industry. His students have received more than 140 awards for their research publications.

Particularly noteworthy is the fact that a supervised student has received the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Ikushi Award, the highest award for doctoral students in Japan, as well as the JSPS Prize, both of which are external confirmation of his outstanding educational abilities.

These achievements in the area of education make him a well deserving recipient of your award, and I whole-heartedly recommend him.