IAMT Award of Honor
As of September 19th 2017 at MT Summit XVI, IAMT Award of Honor is conferred to Dr. Jun’ichi Tsujii (Director at Artificial Intelligence Research Center, and Former President of IAMT and AAMT) for the outstanding contribution to the promotion and development of machine translation and to the aims and objectives of IAMT.
Dr. JUN’ICHI TSUJII received his Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Engineering and Ph.D degrees in electrical engineering from Kyoto University in 1971, 1973, and 1978 respectively. He was Assistant Professor and Associate Professor at Kyoto University, before accepting a position as Professor of Computational Linguistics at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in 1988. He has been a permanent member of the International Committee on Computational Linguistics (ICCL) since 1992.
Since May 2015, Tsujii has been the director of the Artificial Intelligence Research Center at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan. Tsuji was previously a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA). Before joining MSRA, he was a professor at the University of Tokyo, where he belonged to both the School of Inter-faculty Initiative on Informatics and the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology. Tsuji is also a Visiting Professor and Scientific Advisor at the National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM) at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.
On 14 May 2010, Tsuji was awarded the Medals of Honor with Purple Ribbon, one of Japan’s highest awards, presented to influential contributors in the fields of art, academics or sports. In September 2014, Tsuji was awarded the FUNAI Achievement Award at the Forum on Information Technology (FIT), which took place at the University of Tsukuba. The award is presented to distinguished individuals engaged in research or related business activities in the field of Information Technology who have produced excellent achievements in the field, are still active in leading positions and have strong impact on young students and researchers.
In December 2014, Tsuji was named as an ACL Fellow, in recognition of his significant contributions to MT, parsing by unification-based grammar and text mining for biology.