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Kazuo Yano

Hitachi, Ltd.
Corporate Officer and Corporate Chief Scientist
- Winner of the Rakuten Technology & Innovation Award Concept Prize: Head (AI and big data) -

Dr. Kazuo Yano is a Corporate Officer and Corporate Chief Scientist at Hitachi, Ltd. Yano has been recognized for his innovative work in the semiconductor field, such as developing the world’s first room-temperature single-electron memories in 1993. In 2003, he pioneered the measurement and analysis of social big data, especially with the usage of wearable sensors. The sensor was featured as one of the innovative evolving wearable technologies in “Wearable Devices: A History” in the Harvard Business Review. Yano has been on the innovative forefront and contributing to this field from times much earlier than when “big data” was coined and became a ubiquitous term. His work on quantifying happiness is used in over 20 companies and widely quoted in the media. His recent work on the multiple-purpose artificial intelligence, which has been applied to over 57 cases in 14 domains, has attracted interest in a wide variety of businesses. Yano has applied for over 350 patents and his papers are cited by over 2500 papers. His book, An Invisible Hand of Data, is cited as one of the Top 10 Business Books in 2014 in Japan. Yano received the 1994 IEEE Paul Rappaport Award, 1996 IEEE Lewis Winner Award, 1998 IEEE Jack Raper Award, Hitachi Henjinkai Kujin Award 1995, 2007 MBE Erice Prize, and the Best Paper Award at the ASE/IEEE International Conference on Social Informatics in 2012. Yano is an IEEE Fellow, and a member of the Japan Society of Applied Physics, the Physical Society of Japan, the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence and the IEICE of Japan. He served on the External Advisory Board of the IEEE Spectrum and served on Technical Program Committees at IEDM, DAC, ASSCC, ASP-DAC, SPOTS and EmNet. He was the Co-Chairman/Chairman of the Symposium on VLSI Circuits in 2008 and 2009. He is an Executive Member of the Hitachi Henjinkai. Yano received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Waseda University, Japan. He was a Visiting Scientist at Arizona State University from 1991 to 1992.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, October 28

3:00pm JST