Noriko Arai

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Noriko Arai
Alternative names
Noriko H. Arai
National Institute of Informatics
Information and Society Research Division
Job title
Doctor in Science
Other affiliation
The Graduate University for Advanced Studies


Noriko Arai received her doctoral degree in science from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1998.
Her research interests are mathematical logic, math education and computer supported collaborative learning, and she has been serving as program committee members in many international conferences in these research areas.
As the director of the center of Research Center for Community Knowledge at National Institute of Informatics (Japan), she is leading several projects. Netcommons Project and Researchmap Project.
NetCommons is the most popular content management system used in Japanese schools. More than 5,000 schools are now using NetCommons as their homepages or groupwares. She leads an AI project "Can an AI pass the entrance exams of the University of Tokyo (Todai Robot Project" since 2011, and also "Reading Skill Test Project" which measures basic reading skills for youth.
She was awarded Prizes for Science and Technology, the Commendation for Science and Technology by Ministry of Education and Technology in 2010, and Nexplo Awards in 2016.

Academic & Professional Experience

Jul 2017
Director, Research Institute of Science for Education
Feb 2008
Director, Research Center for Community Knowledge, National Institute of Informatics
Apr 2006
Professor, Information and Society Research Division, National Institute of Informatics
Jan 2001
Mar 2006
Associate Professor, National Institute of Informatics
Dec 1999
Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton

Awards & Honors

Feb 2016
Todai Robot Project, Netexplo Award 2016, Netexplo
Apr 2010
Public Understanding Promotion Category, Prizes for Science and Technology, the Commendation for Science and Technology, The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Winner: Noriko H Arai,Ryuji Masukawa
Oct 2009
Japan Open Source Software Award, Information-Technology Promotion Agency, Japan
Winner: Noriko H Arai
Dec 2008
Nistep Award, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy
Winner: Noriko H Arai
Oct 2007
The winner of the 3rd International Software Competition (Beijing), IASTED
Jan 1985
MAGNA CUM LAUDE, University of Illinois

Published Papers

Semantic Parsing of Pre-university Math Problems
Takuya Matsuzaki, Takumi Ito, Hidenao Iwane, Hirokazu Anai, Noriko H. Arai
Proceedings of the 55th annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL2017)   2131-2141   Jul 2017   [Refereed]
Reading Skill Test to Diagnose Basic Language Skills in Comparison to Machines
Noriko H. Arai, Naoya Todo, Teiko Arai, Kyosuke Bunji, Shingo Sugawara, Miwa Inuzuka, Takuya Matsuzaki, Koken Ozaki
Proceedings of the 39th Annual Cognitive Science Society Meeting (CogSci 2017)   1556-1561   Jul 2017   [Refereed]
日本内科学会雑誌   106 103   Feb 2017
Akira Fujita, Naoya Todo, Shingo Sugawara, Kyo Kageura, Noriko H. Arai
Proceedings - IEEE 8th International Conference on Technology for Education, T4E 2016   156-159   Jan 2017   [Refereed]
© 2016 IEEE.We are developing a Reading Skill Test (RST), which measures basic language skills relevant to reading (reading skills). In order to make the test maximally useful, we are developing it primarily as a tablet app. To examine the potenti...
Takuya Matsuzaki, Munehiro Kobayashi, and Noriko H. Arai
Proceedings of the 38th Annual Cognitive Science Society Meeting (CogSci 2016)   2297-2302   Aug 2016   [Refereed]
Takuya Matsuzaki, Hidenao Iwane, Munehiro Kobayashi, Yiyang Zhan, Ryoya Fukasaku, Jumma Kudo, Hirokazu Anai, and Noriko H. Arai
Proceedings of the 8th International Joint Conference on Automated Reasoning (IJCAR 2016)   9706 213-227   Jul 2016   [Refereed]
Y. Wada, T. Matsuzaki, A. Terui, N.H. Arai
Lecture Notes in Computer Science   9725 82-89   Jul 2016   [Refereed]
Takuya Matsuzaki, Akira Fujita, Naoya Todo, Noriko H. Arai
Proceedings of the 10th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC2016)      May 2016   [Refereed]
This paper reports on an experiment where 795 human participants answered to the questions taken from second language proficiency tests that were translated to their native language. The output of three machine translation systems and two differen...
Yumi Wada, Takuya Matsuzaki, Akira Terui, Noriko H. Arai
Proceedings of Mathematical Software - ICMS 2016 - 5th International Conference   9725 82-89   Jul 2015   [Refereed]
Takuya Matsuzaki, Akira Fujita, Naoya Todo and Noriko H. Arai
Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL2015)   145-149   Jul 2015   [Refereed]

Books etc

イースト・プレス   Oct 2011   ISBN:4781690149
新井 紀子, 平塚 知真子, 松本 太佳司 (Part:Joint Work)
近代科学社   Aug 2011   ISBN:476490411X
新井 紀子
イースト・プレス   Jul 2011   ISBN:478169005X
新井 紀子
日本経済新聞出版社   Dec 2010   ISBN:4532316707
新井 紀子, 新井 敏康 (Part:Joint Work)
東京図書   Oct 2009   ISBN:4489020546
新井 紀子
東京図書   Sep 2009   ISBN:4489020538
新井 紀子, 松本 太佳司, 平塚 知真子, 加藤 和幸, 永原 篤, 橋本 俊秀, 藤原 りか
近代科学社   Aug 2009   ISBN:476490375X
半藤 一利, 新井 紀子, 常盤 豊, 岡田 誠太郎, 妹尾 彰, 山根 基世 (Part:Joint Work)
五月書房   Oct 2007   ISBN:4772704655
講談社   Feb 2005   ISBN:4062574683
重松 清
筑摩書房   Apr 2004   ISBN:9784480863553


JMS   (245) 8‐11   Apr 2017
日本看護管理学会学術集会抄録集   20th 90   Aug 2016
和田優未, 松崎拓也, 照井章, 新井紀子
京都大学数理解析研究所講究録      2017
Yamaguchi Takahira, Arai Noriko, Hashida Koiti, Takeda Koichi
journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence   30(6) 756-757   Nov 2015
言語処理学会年次大会発表論文集(Web)   21st E7-5 (WEB ONLY)   2015
電子情報通信学会技術研究報告   114(366(NLC2014 34-43)) 17-21   Dec 2014
電子情報通信学会技術研究報告   114(292(KBSE2014 28-38)) 31-36   Oct 2014
情報処理学会全国大会講演論文集   76th(3) 3.77-3.78   Mar 2014
言語処理学会年次大会発表論文集(Web)   20th B3-1 (WEB ONLY)   2014

Conference Activities & Talks

Noriko Arai
Third annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals   5 Jun 2018   The United Nations
Noriko Arai
AI Summit in Paris, AI for Humanity   29 Mar 2018   President of France
Noriko Arai
TED Conference 2017   25 Apr 2017   TED
Meet Todai Robot, an AI project that performed in the top 20 percent of students on the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo -- without actually understanding a thing. While it's not matriculating anytime soon, Todai Robot's success raises al...
Can A Robot Get Into the University of Tokyo? [Invited]
Noriko Arai
IB Global Conference   30 Mar 2017   国際バカロレア機構
An automated deduction and its implementation for solving problem of sequence at university entrance examination
Y. Wada, T. Matsuzaki, A. Terui, N.H. Arai
The 5th International Congress on Mathematical Software (ICMS 2016)   11 Jul 2016   
Noriko Arai
The 12th NTCIR Conference   9 Jun 2016   
Can a machine solve university entrance exam math problems automatically? [Invited]
Noriko H. Arai
The first Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Theorem Proving (AITP2016)   5 Apr 2016   
Noriko H. Arai
Netexplo Award 2016   10 Feb 2016   Netexplo Award
"Arrival of Artificial Intelligence that Can Pass University Entrance Examinations: What will happen to the labor market? [Invited]
Noriko H. Arai
BBL Seminar   18 Aug 2015   Research Institute of Economy, Trade & Industry, IAA
New ideas that will make the next decade [Invited]
Noriko H. Arai
The 20th International Conference for Women in Business   26 Jul 2015   
What's new in Artificial Intelligence [Invited]
Noriko H. Arai
The 20th International Conference for Women in Business   26 Jul 2015   イー・ウーマン
Todai Robot Project [Invited]
Noriko H. Arai
Kick-Off meeting of "Humanoid Intelligence Based On Big Data"   21 Jul 2015   iflytek
中国では、2015年より3か年計画で大学入試をベンチマークとした人工知能プロジェクト"Humanoid Intelligence Based On Big Data"が国家プロジェクト863として開始された。そのキックオフ会議で、先行するプロジェクトである「ロボットは東大に入れるか」に関して基調講演を行った。
Noriko H. Arai
ASP-DAC ( twentieth annual international conference on VLSI design automation in Asia and South Pacific region)   22 Jan 2015   
The current rise of AI has mainly two origins. The first one is, of course, the invention of machine learning. Statistics and optimization deliver their theories to the machine learning. The combination of the big data and the massively parallel c...
Noriko H. Arai
The 22nd International Conference on Computers in Education   2 Dec 2014   
Noriko H. Arai
10th Global Meeting of Women's Forum   16 Oct 2014   Women's Forum for the Economy and Society
Noriko H. Arai
IEEE 3rd Global Conference on Consumer Electronics (GCCE 2014)   8 Oct 2014   
Noriko H. Arai
The International Symposium on Symbolic and Algebraic Computation 2014   23 Jul 2014   
Can an AI get into the University of Tokyo? [Invited]
Noriko H. Arai
IEEE Japan Council Women in Engineering 2014   5 Jul 2014   
AI grand challenge: Todai Robot Project [Invited]
Noriko H. Arai
QCon2014, International Software Development Conference   30 Apr 2014   
Artificial Intelligence Challenge
Noriko H. Arai
5 Mar 2014   IBM Global Research


Development of Reading Skill Test
Noriko Arai   Educational Materials   Feb 2016 - Today
Noriko H. Arai   Software   Mar 2009 - Today
Noriko H. Arai   Software   Aug 2008 - Today
Noriko H. Arai   Software   Aug 2005 - Today

Social Contribution

[Media coverage cooperation]  UniversityWorldNews  UniversityWorldNews  25 Mar 2016
[TV or radio appearance, Media coverage cooperation]  NHK  NHK World, Newsline  7 Jan 2016
[Interviewee, Media coverage cooperation]  The Japan Times  The Japan Times  (Business | 'Summer Davos' Special 2015)  9 Sep 2015
[Interviewee, Media coverage cooperation]  The Japan Times  5 Mar 2014
[Media coverage cooperation]  The New York Times  (Asia, Pacific, International Education)  29 Dec 2013
Can AI robot pass Todai entrance examination?
[Informant]  読売新聞海外版  3 Nov 2013
Aiming to develop an artificial intelligence robot smart enough to pass a University of Tokyo entrance exam, a group of researchers has been working on a project to find out its standard score and ascertain its chances of entering the nation’s top...
[Interviewee, Media coverage cooperation]  Fortune  30 Oct 2013
[Interviewee, Media coverage cooperation]  IEEE  Spectrum  21 Aug 2013

Research Areas


Research Grants & Projects

Todai Robot Project
Project Year: Jan 2011       Investigator(s): Noriko Arai

Committee Memberships

IASTED  CATE 2010 Program Committee
IASTED  IMSA 2007 Program Committee
IASTED  CATE 2007 Program Committee
IASTED  TABLEAUX 2000 Program Committee
IEEE  ICFEM 1997 Local Organizing Chair