My life work is to bridge over the cognitive/perceptual gap between human and macines, by making machines more human. Here is my personal view about so-called multi-media.

Personal Details:
Citizenship: Japanese
Age: 53
Faculty of Systems Engineering, Wakayama University
930 Sakae-dani, Wakayama, Wakayama, 640-8510 Japan
Phone: +81-73-457-8461 Facsimile: +81-73-457-8112 E-mail: kawahara@sys.wakayama-u.ac.jp
Ph.D. Hokkaido University
Linear Predictive Analysis of Japanese Vowels, (March, 1977)
1972-1977 Department of Electrical Engineering
Graduate School of Hokkaido University
1968-1972 Hokkaido University
Research and Job Experience:
1977-1981 Researcher of Musashino Electrical Communications Laboratories
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation, (NTT, now) (Here is a historical photo of the days.)
Modeling Telephone Transmission Quality Assessment by Human Experts.
1981-1983 Senior Researcher of Yokosuka ECL, (Yokosuka Research Center, now)
Broad-Band Telecommunication Systems Planning, (B-ISDN, now)
1983-1984 Senior Researcher of Musashino ECL, (Musashino Research Center, now)
Simultaneous Masking of Short Burst by Vowel Sounds
1984-1986 Management Staff of Musashino ECL
Assistant Director of Information Science Department
1986-1992 Senior Researcher Supervisor of NTT Basic Research Laboratories
Neural Network Modeling of Auditory Perception
1992-1997 Research Manager, ATR
Human Information Processing Research Laboratories, (ATR-HIP)
Head of Auditory Analysis and Speech Communications Group (Department 1)
1997 March Senior Researcher Supervisor of NTT Basic Research Laboratories
c/o ATR Human Information Processing Research Laboratories.
1997 April- Professor, Wakayama University
Media Design Informatics Group, Design Information Sciences Department, Faculty of Systems Engineering
1997 May- Invited researcher (part time), ATR
ATR Human Information Processing Research Laboratories
1997 October- Principal invstigator, CREST project under Brain Science program
Funded by Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST)
Teaching Experience:
1987-1992 Part Time Lecturer, Chiba University
Entropy and Speech Communications
1988 Part Time Lecturer, Osaka University
Neural Networks for Speech Information Processing
1992-1993 Part Time Lecturer, Kitami Institute of Technology
Basics of Speech Information Processing
1995 Part Time Lecturer, Nagoya University
Speech and Auditory Information Processing
Academic Societies
The Acoustical Society of America, (ASA)
The Acoustical Society of Japan, (ASJ), editor, chair of Hearing Technical Committee
AVIRG, (Auditory and Visual Information Research Group), secretary general (1989)
IEEE, (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), senior member
Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, (IEICE)
The International Neural Network Society, (INNS), action editor
IPSJ, (Information Processing Society of Japan)
The Japanese Cognitive Science Society
The Japanese Neural Network Society
Commercial Product:
Onsei Koubou, (PC9801 Software, NTT Advanced Technology, 1989)
Originally designed to promote auditory and speech perception research. The original version has been used since 1986, in NTT Basic Research Laboratories. It was written in "Turbo Pascal (c)" of Boland Inc.. It was called as SPARK (SPeech and Auditory perception Research Kernel). (Here are a temporal view and a spectral view of SPARK display.)
Free Ware:
Oekaki (Color painting program for PC-9801), 1986.
Originally designed for my daughters. I found that children under age of 6 are very good debugging experts for GUI. The programming and design technique acquired by this experience was used to develop my comercial product later.

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