Kumiko Tanaka-Ishii is a professor at the
Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology,
University of Tokyo.
The goal of her research is to gain understanding of the nature of
communication, through studying the computational/mathematical
structure of language and the meaningful signs. She pursues the goal
in the domains of computational linguistics and semiotics, natural
language processing, information retrieval, and media studies. In
computational linguistics, she is currently interested in formalizing
the complexity of language data and also in finding the relationship
between linguistic syntactic/semantic structures and statistical
information bias underlying language data. In semiotics, her major
work is on the semiotics of computer programs, resulting in the
publication of journal papers, later collected into a book published
by Cambridge University Press. Applying such fundamental research, she
enjoys implementing language software applicaitons with students,
which could aid human language processing and communication. Some of
her students are CEOs and CTOs of the successful companies,
established based on their research results.
She received her Ph.D. (1997, natural language processing), M.E.(1993,
functional programming language), and B.E.(1991, mathematical
informatics) from the University of Tokyo. During the period 1995-1996, she was
an invited researcher at LIMSI-CNRS in France. She worked for the
Electrotechnical Laboratory for three years before becoming a faculty
member of the University of Tokyo in 2000 where she worked
for 12 years. She was a professor of Kyushu University during 2012-2016
and then moved to the current working place.
She is a mother of boy and girl twins.