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Osamu WATANABE

Executive Vice President for Research

Osamu WATANABE, Executive Vice President for Research

Osamu Watanabe has been executive vice president for research at Tokyo Tech since April 1, 2018.

After earning his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from Tokyo Tech's Department of Information Science in 1980, 1982, and 1987 respectively, Watanabe joined the University of California, Santa Barbara as a Ky Fan visiting associate professor. He returned to Tokyo Tech in 1989 as lecturer in the School of Engineering, becoming associate professor in 1990. Beginning in 1995, Watanabe spent two years at Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as senior scientific research specialist while concurrently lecturing at Tokyo Tech. He was appointed professor at the Graduate School of Information Science and Engineering in 1997.

From 2007 to 2011, Watanabe headed the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center (GSIC). He was a member of the Educational and Research Council from 2015 to 2016, and professor and dean at the School of Computing for the two years prior to his current appointment. Throughout his career, Watanabe has helped organize 14 annual programming contests for high school students utilizing Tokyo Tech's supercomputer.

An editor of Theory of Computing Systems since 1991, Watanabe also edited Theoretical Computer Science from 1992 to 2016. He has been the president of the European Association of Theoretical Computer Science, Japan Chapter since 2010, and served on the board of trustees of the Computational Complexity Foundation Inc. from 2016 to 2017.

April 2018
Executive Vice President for Research
April 2016 - March 2018
Dean, School of Computing
April 2016
Professor, School of Computing
March 2015 - March 2016
Member, Educational and Research Council, Tokyo Institute of Technology
April 2007 - March 2011
Director, Global Scientific Information and Computing Center (GSIC), Tokyo Institute of Technology
October 1997
Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
August 1995 - July 1997
Senior Scientific Research Specialist, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
June 1990
Associate Professor, School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
March 1989
Lecturer, School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
August 1987 - August 1988
Ky Fan Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of California, Santa Barbara
May 1987
Doctor of Engineering, Department of Information Science, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
August 1986
Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
July 1982
Assistant Professor, School of Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology
March 1982
Master of Science, Department of Information Science, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
March 1980
Bachelor of Science, Department of Information Science, School of Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology