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Norihiro Suzuki, Ph.D.
Vice President, CTO,
GM of Research & Development Group,
GM of Corporate Venturing Office
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 member of IEEE, IEICE and the Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers.
Technology Strategy Office
Asako KOIKE, Ph.D.
General Manager, Technology Strategy Office
Responsible for proposing research strategies, and technology management of the Research & Development Group.
Koike joined Hitachi after completing her M.Sc. at Kyoto University in 1994. At the Central Research Laboratory, she was involved in the development of biomedical knowledge processing and genome analytics before focusing on technology development and productization of medical diagnostic equipment. After working in the business side of Hitachi in the Government & Public Corporation Information Systems Division, and in the Future Investment Division at Head Office, she assumed her current position as head of the Technology Strategy Office.
Koike received her Ph.D. from the University of Kyoto in 1999. She has also held several positions in academia including visiting associate professor from 2003-2005 at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, and more recently, a visiting professor at Tohoku University from 2014-2018. She is a member of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG).
Global Center for Social Innovation (CSI)
Masakatsu MORI, Ph.D.
General Manager, CSI
(concurrently) General Manager, CSI-Tokyo
Responsible for open co-innovation worldwide, leading to the creation of novel digital solutions in various sectors, including industry, mobility, energy, IT/financial services, and smart life.
Mori joined the Systems Development Laboratory of Hitachi, Ltd. after completing his M. Eng. (Electrical engineering) at Kyoto University in 1994. As a researcher, he worked on new services and solutions using cutting-edge digital technologies. He was also a visiting scholar at University of California, San Diego from 2003 to 2004. After leading the Planning Office at the Yokohama Research Laboratory and Production engineering R&D, he was appointed to lead European R&D as Corporate CTO and General Manager of European R&D Centre of Hitachi Europe, Ltd. in 2018. He was appointed to his current position in April 2020.
Mori received his Ph.D. (Information Science and Technology) from Osaka University in 2015. He is a member of the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ) and the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE).
Center for Technology Innovation (CTI)
Shigetoshi SAMESHIMA, Ph.D.
General Manager, CTI
General Manager, Yokohama Research Laboratory (YRL)
Responsible for CTI strategy worldwide as well as directing in the research in Systems Engineering and Production Engineering. As General Manager of the Yokohama Research Laboratory, he is also responsible for site operations.
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) and the Institute of Systems, Control and Information Engineers (ISCIE).
Center for Technology Innovation (CTI)
Itaru NISHIZAWA, Ph.D., P.E.
Deputy General Manager, CTI
General Manager, Central Research Laboratory (CRL)
Responsible for directing research in the technology platforms for digital technology, electronics and healthcare. As General Manager of the Hitachi Central Research Laboratory (CRL), he is also responsible for site operations.
Nishizawa joined CRL 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. Prior to his current position, Nishizawa served as the GM of Digital Technology Innovation Center of CTI, directing research in AI, media processing, data science, services computing, and data storage systems from 2018-2020.
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 Technology Innovation (CTI)
Ayumu MORITA, Ph.D.
Deputy General Manager, CTI
General Manager, Hitachi Research Laboratory (HRL)
Responsible for directing research in the technology platforms for energy, materials, mechanical engineering and controls, as well as operations of the Hitachi Research Laboratory.
Morita joined Hitachi after completing his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Tokyo. As a researcher, he worked at the Power & Industrial Systems R&D Laboratory, Energy & Environmental Systems Research Laboratory, and the Hitachi Research Laboratory on power transmission and distribution equipment and systems. In 2015, he was appointed to lead Power & Energy R&D as head of Center for Technology Innovation – Energy. He assumed his current position in 2018.
Morita is a member of IEEE, CIGRE, and the Institute of Electrical Engineers, Japan (IEEJ).
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.
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.
Hitachi (China) R&D Corporation
Responsible for R&D strategy, technology development, collaborative creation with customers and open innovation in China.
Chen joined Hitachi (China) Ltd. in 1998, and from 2000, contributed to the establishment of Hitachi (China) R&D Corporation. After being appointed as the Vice President of Hitachi (China) R&D Corporation in 2005, she assumed her current position as President in 2014. 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.
Hisashi IKEDA, Ph.D.
CTO, and General Manager of the R&D Centre,
Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd.
Responsible for R&D strategy, technology development, collaborative creation with customers and open innovation in India.
Ikeda joined Hitachi, Ltd. in 1993 as a researcher, working on projects in the areas of artificial intelligence such as document recognition, image analytics. He was also a visiting scholar at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) from 2002 to 2003.
Ikeda received his M.Eng. (Computer Science) in 1993 from Kyoto University and his Ph.D. (Information Science and Technology) from Osaka University in 2016.
He is a member of IEEE, ACM, the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence (JSAI), the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ) and IEICE.
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).