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[訃報] アドバイザリーボード メンバー 古井貞熙氏のご逝去について [In Memoriam] On the passing of a member of our advisory board, Dr. Sadaoki FURUI

国立情報学研究所 研究総主幹、豊田工業大学シカゴ校元学長、同校元理事長、東京工業大学名誉教授・栄誉教授で、2020年より東京大学 Beyond AI 研究推進機構のアドバイザリーボードのメンバーを務められた古井貞熙博士が、2022年(令和4年)7月31日にご逝去されました。

古井博士は、コンピューターによる音声認識研究の先駆者であり、学術のみならず広く社会への貢献により科学技術庁長官賞、文化功労賞、紫綬褒章、IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Awardなどを含む数多くの高名な賞を受賞されました。又、日本音響学会 会長、IEEE 理事、International Speech Communication Association 会長など内外で委員を歴任されるなど、長年に渡り人工知能分野の研究と教育において国際的に活躍されました。

そのご経験を生かし、本機構の設立時にはアドバイザリーボードのチェアをお引き受けいただき、アドバイザリーボードの組織作りに大変ご尽力いただきました。又、本機構の展望と国際戦略に関するご支援に加え、毎月開催される研究セミナーに毎回のようにご出席され、常に示唆に富んだ助言をいただくなど本機構が推進する各研究プロジェクトに対して、的確なご助言を継続してご提供いただきました。

Beyond AI 研究推進機構として古井博士の当機構への多大なご支援に感謝を申し上げます。又、人工知能研究・教育への優れた功績に敬意と感謝の意を表しますとともに、謹んでご冥福をお祈りいたします。

東京大学 Beyond AI 研究推進機構
機構長 萩谷 昌巳

The Institute for AI and Beyond mourns the loss of Dr. Sadaoki FURUI, Professor Emeritus at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Chief Research Director at National Institute of Informatics (NII), former President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC), and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Institute for AI and Beyond since 2020, who passed away on 31 July 2022.

Dr. Furui was a pioneer and a leader in the field of computerized speech recognition and has made a wide range of contributions throughout his distinguished carrier, not only to academic research and education in information technology related to artificial intelligence but also to society at large. As a result, he received numerous awards and honors such as the Science and Technology Agency's Director-General's Award, Cultural Achievement Award, “Medal with Purple Ribbon”, and the IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award to mention a few. He has also shown his dedication to the field by serving on various academic committees and organizations in Japan and abroad including the Acoustical Society of Japan, the IEEE and International Speech Communication Association.

We were extremely grateful for his contribution and generous support to our organization as the institute’s first chair of the International Advisory Board and his effort in the creation of the board itself. With his operational knowledge at an international research university in the US as well as his network of contacts at other top research institutions, research communities and prominent researchers in the field of AI at home and elsewhere, he kept giving sound advice to our management team on the prospects and international strategy of the institute. His timely and thoughtful advices to the researchers of the institute on their research projects have greatly been appreciated, not to mentioned that he was the frequent questioner and a thought-provoking advisor at the research seminars held regularly within the institute.

With the respect and thankfulness for his outstanding accomplishments to artificial intelligence research and education, the Institute for AI and Beyond of the University of Tokyo extends its deepest condolences to his family, his colleagues, and all who cherished their lives by knowing Dr. Furui.

Masami HAGIYA, Ph. D.
Director, Institute for AI and Beyond