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 mathematical nature of
language, sign systems, and communication. She pursues the goal
in the domains of computational linguistics, statistical physics
and natural language processing. In computational linguistics, she is currently interested in formalizing
the complexity of language
from a viewpoint of reflexivity, and also in finding the relationship
between linguistic syntactic/semantic structures and statistical
information bias underlying language.
As a philosophical basis, she has some
work on the semiotics of sign systems,
partly archived in a book published
by Cambridge University Press. Applying such fundamental research, she
enjoys discussion about language
with students and implementing
software applicaitons, 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.