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Norihiro SUZUKI, Ph.D.
Vice President, CTO,
GM of Research & Development Group
As Vice President and CTO of Hitachi, Ltd., Suzuki is responsible for research and development in the Hitachi Group, intellectual property, standardization and corporate venturing activities to accelerate innovation, as well as leading the Research & Development Group of Hitachi, Ltd. Suzuki is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of Hitachi America, Ltd.
Suzuki joined the Central Research Laboratory of Hitachi, Ltd. in 1986 after completing his M.Eng. at the University of Tokyo. He began his research career in video signal processing, later leading research in Japan as well as the Americas. He became the first General Manager of the new Global Center for Social Innovation, established to lead collaborative creation activities worldwide, in April 2015. He was appointed to his current position as head of the Research & Development Group in April 2016.
Suzuki received his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo in 1995, and was a visiting scholar at Columbia University, USA from 1995-96. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE) and the Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers (ITE).
Technology Strategy Office
Shigetoshi SAMESHIMA, Ph.D.
General Manager, Technology Strategy Office
Responsible for proposing research strategies, and technology management of the Research & Development Group.
Sameshima joined the Systems Development Laboratory of Hitachi, Ltd. as a researcher to work on autonomous decentralized systems for societal infrastructure like power & energy, transportation and industry, and international standardization of the technology after completing his M.Eng (Aeronautics) at the University of Tokyo in 1993. He moved to business side of Hitachi in 2016, to lead system solutions business in public infrastructure systems and their digitalization. In 2017, he returned to the Research & Development Group to take up his current position.
Sameshima received his Ph.D. in Information Science & Technology from the University of Tokyo. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan (IEEJ), the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE) and the Institute of Systems, Control and Information Engineers (ISCIE).
Center for Technology Innovation (CTI)
Naohiro KUSUMI, Ph.D.
General Manager, CSU
Responsible for technology innovation initiatives in energy, mobility, industry, and production engineering fields aimed at realization of a sustainable society.
Kusumi joined Hitachi, Ltd. in 1999 as a researcher after completing his Ph.D. in electrical and electonics systems at the Graduate School of Information Science and Electrical Engineering, Kyushu University. As a researcher, he worked on the development of support systems for the control and design power plants, power transmission and distribution equipment at the Power & Industrial Systems R&D Laboratory, Energy & Environmental Systems Laboratory and the Hitachi Research Laboratory. In 2018, he was appointed to lead energy research as the General Manager of the Center for Technology Innovation – Energy and served as a Research Director at the European R&D Centre, Hitachi Europe Ltd. in 2021 before assuming his current position in 2022.
Kusumi is a member of IEEE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE), Atomic Energy Society of Japan (AESJ) and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan (IEEJ).
Center for Digital Services (CDS)
Itaru NISHIZAWA, Ph.D., P.E.
General Manager, CDS
Responsible for R&D for technology innovation with a special focus on digital technologies supporting social innovation business.
Nishizawa joined Hitachi after completing his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Tokyo in 1996 as a researcher to work on query optimization and heterogeneous data source access mechanisms of parallel database management systems, and later on middleware systems including file systems, database management systems, and stream data management systems. At the IT Platform Division from 2014-2015, he worked on the business side of developing real-time data management solutions for the global market. In 2016, he returned to the research side to lead customer co-creation projects in CME (communications, media, and entertainment) and finance vertical. In 2018, he was appointed to lead digital technology research as the General Manager of the Center for Technology Innovation (CTI) – Digital, and served as a Deputy GM of CTI in 2020 before assuming his current position in 2022.
Nishizawa received his doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1996. He was a visiting scholar in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University from 2002-2003. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2018.
He is a member of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ), and Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE).
Center for Exploratory Research
Shinji NISHIMURA, Ph.D.
General Manager, CER
Responsible for vision-driven exploratory research for the Hitachi R&D group. This includes fundamental and frontier research in information sciences, physical sciences, life sciences and environment sciences, as well establishing new areas of research to address challenges faced by society.
Nishimura joined the Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd., in 1991 and as a researcher worked on optical device, network equipment, parallel processing system, sensing electronics system and edge computing for IoT.
He assumed his current position in April 2019.
Nishimura received his M.Eng. and Ph.D. in electronics engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1991 and 2001, respectively.
He is an IEEE Senior Member and a member of IEICE.
Yuichiro NAKAYA, Ph.D.
Sr. Vice President and CTO,
General Manager, Research & Development Division,
Hitachi America, Ltd.
Responsible for R&D strategy development, technology development, collaborative creation with customers, and open innovation in North America.
Nakaya joined the Central Research Laboratory of Hitachi, Ltd. in 1993 as a researcher in the area of video coding after completing his Ph.D. in electronics engineering at the University of Tokyo. He brings a wealth of research, management and business creation experience to his current position which he assumed in April 2022, after serving as Project Leader and Deputy General Manger of the Future Investment Division (2017-2022), General Manager of the Global Center for Social Innovation (2016), and research and management positions in the areas of digital media processing, robotics, wireless communications, biotechnology, production engineering, IT platform, physical security, etc. in both the US and Japan.
Nakaya is a member of IEEE, Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers (ITE), Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE) and Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ).
Kazuyuki SUGIMURA, Ph.D.
CTO and General Manager, European R&D Centre,
Hitachi Europe Ltd.
Responsible for R&D in Europe, participation into local community, creation of Social Innovation Business and cutting-edge technology development.
Sugimura joined the Mechanical Engineering Research Laboratory of Hitachi, Ltd. in 1996. As a researcher, he was engaged in research for simulation, numerical optimization and data mining technologies targeting home appliances, railway rolling stock and industrial compressors. In 2001, he was a visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge. He assumed his current role in April 2020 after working in corporate technology strategy development, management of mechanical engineering research at Hitachi, and completing the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Sugimura is a member of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Vice President, Hitachi (China) Ltd.
Senior General Manager, Hitachi China Research Laboratory
Responsible for R&D strategy, technology development, collaborative creation with customers and open innovation in China.
Chen joined Hitachi (China) Ltd. in 1998. From 2000, she played a key role in the establishment of Hitachi (China) Research & Development Corporation, and was appointed its President in 2014. From October 2021, Chen assumed the position of Vice President of Hitachi (China) Ltd. as well as Senior General Manager of the Hitachi China Research Laboratory. She is responsible for R&D strategy, technology development, co-creation with customers, and open innovation in China.
Chen received her Masters degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Jilin University of Technology (current, Jilin University), and Executive MBA from Tsinghua University. She is also a certified Senior Engineer in China.
Kingshuk BANERJEE, Ph.D.
Director, and Head of the Research & Development Centre,
Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd.
Responsible for global digital platform development and engineering.
Banerjee is a specialist in the development and deployment of artificial intelligence systems. Prior to his current role, Banerjee was a Partner in IBM Services where he led the delivery of Cognitive-Business-Decision-Support (CBDS) services worldwide. A computer science graduate by training, he earned his Doctorate in Engineering Management from George Washington University, USA.
Banerjee is certified by Cornell and Harvard University in Executive Leadership and Change Management. He loves traveling, Net-surfing and meeting the "new" that includes people, culture and technology.
Southeast Asia & Australia
General Manager, R&D Center,
Hitachi Asia Ltd.
Responsible for R&D strategy, technology development, collaborative creation with customers and open innovation in Southeast Asia and Australia.
Kitagawa joined the Design Center of Hitachi, Ltd. after completing his M.Eng. (Industrial Design) at Chiba University in 1992. As an industrial designer, Kitagawa engaged in the development of enterprise systems for financial institutions. In 2009, he used a design thinking approach to systematize the highly upstream process methodology for system development as “Ex-approach,” experience-oriented approach in the Information and Telecommunication Systems Company of Hitachi, Ltd. He also led the development of the collaborative creation methodology, “NEXPERIENCE,” in the Design Division in 2012. From 2017 until 2019, Kitagawa promoted collaborative creation projects utilizing NEXPERIENCE, product design and vision design activities as the General Manager of the Center for Social Innovation - Tokyo. He assumed his current position in 2020.
He is a member of the Japanese Society for the Science of Design (JSSD), and an advisory committee member for the Design School at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).