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academic administrator , engineering educator

Makoto Nagao, Japanese academic administrator, engineering educator.


Nagao, Makoto was born on October 4, 1936 in Ise City, Japan. Son of Kaoru and Yukie Nagao.


Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan, 1959. Master of Science in Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan, 1961. Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan, 1966.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Nottingham University, England, 1999.


Assistant professor engineering Kyoto University, 1961—1967, lecture engineering, 1967, associate professor engineering, 1968-1973, professor electrical engineering, 1973-1997, director, data processing center, 1986—1990, director library, 1995-1997, dean faculty engineering, 1997, vice president, 1996-1997, president, 1997—2003, National Institute Information and Communications Technology, Japan, 2004—2007, National Diet Library., since 2007. Visiting associate professor, department informatics, Grenoble University, 1969-1970. Professor National Museum Ethnology, Osaka, Japan, 1976-1994.

Honorary professor Beijing University Posts and Telecomms., 2006.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: Knowledge and Inference, 1988, English translation, 1990, Machine Translation, How Far Can It Go?, 1986, English translation, 1989, (Japanese Books) Engineering for Pattern Recognition and Language Understanding, 1989, Artificial Intelligence and Human, 1992, Digital Library, 1994, (co-author) Natural Language Processing, 1996, What is Understanding, 2001. Editor Encyclopedia Computer Science, 1990, Multimedia Digital Library., 1994, Natural Language Processing, 1996, Basis of Multimedia Information Processing, 1999.


Fellow: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Emanuel R. Piore award 1993). Member: Asia-Pacific Association for Machine Translation (president 1992-1996), Japan Library. Association 2002-2007, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Japan Council (chair 2005-2007), Japan Association National Universities (president 2001-2003), Association Natural Language Processing 1994-1996, Information Processing Society Japan 1999—2001, (Contributions award 1997), International Association Pattern Recognition (vice president 1986-1988), Cognitive Science Society Japan (president 1988-1990), International Association Machine Translation 1991-1993, (Medal of Honor 1997), Institute Electronics Information Communications Engineering Japan (vice president 1993-1998, president 1998-1999, Distinguished Achievement and Contributions award 1997), Japan Science Council of Japan.


  • Other Interests

    Reading, golf, Chinese calligraphy, classical music, walking.


Married Mikiko Nagao, December 5, 1964. Children: Noriko, Fumiko, Takashi.

Kaoru Nagao

Yukie Nagao

Mikiko Nagao

Noriko Nagao

Fumiko Nagao

Takashi Nagao