Dr. Ryuichiro Higashinaka is a Senior Research Scientist at the Audio, Speech, and Language Media Laboratory, a part of the NTT Media Intelligence Laboratories. He received a B.A. in environmental information, a Master of Media and Governance, and a PhD from Keio University, Kanagawa in 1999, 2001, and 2008 respectively. He joined NTT in 2001. His research interests include building question answering systems and spoken dialogue systems. From November 2004 to March 2006, he was a visiting researcher at the University of Sheffield in the UK. In 2014, he received the Maejima Hisoka Award, a recognition given to persons with outstanding achievements in telecommunication and innovations related to ICT. He is a member of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence, Information Processing Society of Japan, and the Japan Neuro Linguistic Programming Association.
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