I am Professor of Text Mining at the University of Manchester, UK and Director of the Artificial Intelligence Research Center (AIRC) in Tokyo, Japan.
My first degree, from Kyoto University, was in Electronics and I have an MSc and a PhD from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Kyoto University. I was Associate Professor at Kyoto University from 1979 to 1988 with a break at CNRS Grenoble, France as invited senior researcher in 1981-1982. I was Professor of Computational Linguistics of University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in the UK from 1988 to 1995, where I kept the position of Research Professor until 2001. I was appoined as a professor in the Tokyo University Graduate School in 1995, and, prior to taking on my current position, I was a principal researcher for Microsoft Research Asia (Beijing) from 2011 onwards.