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Joint Support-Center for Data Science Research, Research Organization of Information and Systems
Center for Open Data in the Humanities
Job title
Doctor of Engineering
Other affiliation
National Institute of InformaticsThe Graduate University for Advanced Studies
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Asanobu KITMOTO earned his Ph.D. in electronic engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1997. He is now Director of Center for Open Data in the Humanities (CODH), Joint Support-Center for Data Science Research, Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS), Associate Professor of National Institute of Informatics, and SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies). His main technical interest is image processing, but he also extends the approach of data-driven science into a wide range of disciplines such as humanities, earth science and environment, and disaster reduction. He received Japan Media Arts Festival Jury Recommended Works, IPSJ Yamashita Award, and others. He is also interested in trans-disciplinary collaboration for the promotion of open science.
I am interested in developing "data-driven science," or an approach to create value from analysis of large scale data, in various academic disciplines. My goal is to discover new knowledge or create new communities through the construction of relevant research infrastructure including large-scale databases by developing data analysis, search, and visualization algorithms based on visual and spatial information processing technology adapted to the characteristics of target data. For example, in the field of meteorology, I built one of the largest databases about data related to typhoon and meteorological disasters from the past to the current with seamless search and access to heterogeneous and massive data, which is now considered as real-time disaster information service based on big data technology, attracting a large number of people. In addition, I have been extending the data-driven science approach to a wide range of disciplines such as global environment and humanities domains, and from now on, I am planning to apply it to research infrastructure for humanities as a part of the activity in Center for Open Data in the Humanities (CODH) at Joint Support-Center for Data Science Research, Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS). This kind of research is related to “open science” movement, which promotes openness and sharing of scholarly information across disciplines as leverage to transform the style of academic research, so I am also involved in research projects based on trans-disciplinary collaboration.

Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2017
Director, Center for Open Data in the Humanities, Research Organization of Information and Systems, Joint Support-Center for Data Science Research
Apr 2016
Mar 2017
Director, Center for Open Data in the Humanities, Research Organization of Information and Systems, Joint Support-Center for Data Science Research
Apr 2015
Mar 2017
Visiting Associate Professor, Center for Integrated Area Studies (CIAS), Kyoto University
Apr 2004
Associate Professor, National Institute of Informatics
Oct 2009
Mar 2013
JST PRESTO Researcher
Apr 1997
Research Associate, National Center for Science Information Systems

Awards & Honors

Mar 2017
Opening Digital Data on Pre-Modern Japanese Books, 'Katte' Award, General Incorporated Association "Vitalizing Local Economy Organization by Open Data & Big Data"
Winner: National Institute of Japanese Literature; Center for Open Data in the Humanities, Joint Support-Center for Data Science Research, Research Organization of Information and Systems
Jan 2017
絲綢之路遺址之重新定位与遺址数拠庫之建立, 『陝西師範大学学報』,2016年優秀論文, 陝西師範大学
Winner: Yoko NISHIMURA, Asanobu KITAMOTO
Jan 2016
Digital Criticism Platform for Supporting Evidence-based Interpretation of Sources, Best Paper Award, Organizing Committee of Jinmoncom Sympojium 2015
Winner: Asanobu KITAMOTO, Yoko NISHIMURA
Jul 2015
Media and Intelligent Information, IPSJ Yamashita SIG Research Award, Information Processing Society of Japan
Winner: Asanobu KITAMOTO
Mar 2014
GeoNLP, Best Award, Infrastructure Division, Committee of LOD Challenge
Winner: GeoNLP Development Team (Leader: Asanobu KITAMOTO)
Nov 2013
GeoNLP - Toponym Information System for the Automatic Mapping of Text, Geo Activity Fiesta / Prize for Encouragement, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism / Geospatial Information Authority of Japan
Winner: GeoNLP Development Team (Leader: Asanobu KITAMOTO)
Jun 2013
Contribution as a member of review committee, ISS Review Contribution Award, The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers
Mar 2013
Electrical Japan, Excellence Award, Visualization Division, Committee of LOD Challenge
Mar 2013
Electrical Japan, Softbank Telecom Award, Open Data Promotion Consortium
Dec 2012
311 Memories, 16th Japan Media Arts Festival, Jury Recommended Works, Agency for Cultural Affairs
Winner: KITAMOTO Asanobu, OGATA Hisato
Nov 2011
GeoNLP: Toward Intelligent Geo-Tagging for Natural Language Text, CSIS Days 2011 Best Presentation Award, Center for Spatial Information Science, The University of Tokyo
Winner: Asanobu KITAMOTO, Takeshi SAGARA, Masatoshi ARIKAWA
Nov 2010
Architectural Heritage Online: Ontology-Driven Website Generation for World Heritage Sites in Danger, Best Paper Award, Euromed 2010
Winner: Elham Andaroodi and KITAMOTO Asanobu
Dec 2008
Information Infrastructure of Beijing Historical Space Using Google Earth and Complete Map of Peking, Qianlong Period, IPSJ SIG Computers and the Humanities Symposium 2008 Best Paper Award, Information Processing Society of Japan
Winner: Yoko Nishimura, Asanobu KITAMOTO
Apr 2008
Typhoon Front, AC+C'04 Award 2007 Silver Prize in Academic Education Division + Prize of Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Web Development and Web Marketing Consortium
Winner: Asanobu KITAMOTO
Dec 2007
Typhoon Front, 11th Japan Media Arts Festival, Art Division Jury Recommended Works, Agency for Cultural Affairs
Winner: Asanobu KITAMOTO

Published Papers

Structuring Time-Series Historical Sources by Human-Machine Specialization: Toward the Construction of Edo Information Platform Referring to “Bukan”
Asanobu KITAMOTO, Hiroshi HORII, Misato HORII, Chikahiko SUZUKI, Kazuaki YAMAMOTO
IPSJ SIG Computers and the Humanities Symposium 2017   273-280   Dec 2017   [Refereed]
Experience of historical climatology as a material in Digital Humanities
Mika ICHINO, Kooiti MASUDA, Asanobu KITAMOTO, Junpei HIRANO, Kenjiro SHO
IPSJ SIG Computers and the Humanities Symposium 2017   139-146   Dec 2017   [Refereed]
IIIF Curation Viewer brings about “detail” and “reproducibility” for Art History - A Study of Eiribon / Emaki at Edo period with IIIF
IPSJ SIG Computers and the Humanities Symposium 2017   157-164   Dec 2017   [Refereed]
Open Data in the Humanities: Data Sharing and Publication for Triadic Co-Creation
International Workshop on Sharing, Citation and Publication of Scientific Data across Disciplines   38-39   Dec 2017
Situational Awareness from Social Media Photographs Using Automated Image Captioning
The 4th IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (DSAA 2017)   203-211   Oct 2017   [Refereed]
FAIRness for Citizens: Workflow and Platform for Open Data with a Case Study on Edo Cooking Recipes"
Seventh Annual Conference of the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities (JADH2017)   14-16   Sep 2017   [Refereed]
Rediscovery of the Ruins in Silk Road using Digital Criticism
Science Journal Kagaku   87(10) 934-935   Sep 2017   [Invited]
MemoryGraph: Digital Critique of Old Photographs Using a Mobile App that Enhances the Interpretation of Landscape
Digital Humanities 2017   1-3   Aug 2017   [Refereed]
Humanities Research Toward Openness - Challenges of Center for Open Data in the Humanities (CODH)
Report Kasama   (62) 16-18   May 2017   [Invited]
Co-creation in digital humanities and the trend of open science
Technical Report of IPSJ   2017-CH-114(10) 1-7   May 2017   [Invited]

Conference Activities & Talks

Informatics Meets Humanities - From Digital Silk Road to Center for Open Data in the Humanities [Invited]
"Digital Humanities Now" Twenty years anniversary seminar of Information Resources Center in The Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies   15 Feb 2018   
Digital Humanities of/by/for "East Asia" [Invited]
The 6th International Symposium on Fusion Technology   26 Jan 2018   
西方探険隊与黄文弼地図:其共同性与学術価値 [Invited]
北京大学与絲綢之路:中国西北科学考察団九十周年高峰論壇   23 Dec 2017   
复旦大学中古中国研究席明纳   11 Dec 2017   
Data Integration and Analysis System (DIAS)
Fifth CODH Seminar / Second DIAS Open Science Seminar / First Meeting of RDUF SIG "Construction of Network among Domain Repositories in Japan": Trustworthy Data Repositories - Forum for Sharing Practical Information about CoreTrustSeal Certification -   4 Dec 2017   
Digital Typhoon: Digital Archive of "Observation Spirit" [Invited]
Digital Archive Forum for Industry-Academia-Government -Toward Digital Archive Society-   14 Nov 2017   
Digital Archive and Research Data: Perspectives on Usage in Humanities [Invited]
“Digital Archive” meets “Research Data” Symposium - Challenges of Librarians and Archivists toward Data Preservation and Usage   6 Nov 2017   
Typhoon Intensity Estimate and Prediction using Deep Learning
Koki KASE, Hironori FUDEYASU, Asanobu KITAMOTO, Danlan CHEN, Syouta YAMAZAKI
2017 Autumn Meeting of The Meteorological Society of Japan   2 Nov 2017   
IIIF Curation Viewer: Development and Usage
IIIF Japan Symposium - New Trend of Image Delivery in Digital Archives   17 Oct 2017   
Typhoon Intensity Estimate and Prediction using Deep Learning
Koki KASE, Hironori FUDEYASU, Asanobu KITAMOTO, Danlan CHEN, Syouta YAMAZAKI
2017 Typhoon Seminar at Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University   28 Sep 2017   

Books etc

The Ruins of Kocho: Traces of Wooden Architecture on the Ancient Silk Road
Yoko NISHIMURA, Erika Forte, Asanobu KITAMOTO (Part:Contributor, A new method for re-identifying ancient excavated structures on the Silk Road: the case of Kocho)
Dec 2016   
京都大学人文科学研究所所蔵 華北交通写真資料集成 論考編,
Yoko NISHIMURA, Asanobu KITAMOTO (Part:Contributor, 「華北交通アーカイブ」の構築)
Kokushokankokai   Nov 2016   
Yoko NISHIMURA, Erika Forte, Asanobu KITAMOTO, ZHANG Yong (Part:Contributor, Identification of ancient remains at Karakhoja site: integration and criticism of maps, photographs, and satellite images)
Cultural Relics Press   Dec 2015   
What is Digital Archive? - Theory and Practice
KITAMOTO Asanobu (Part:Contributor, Strengthening Digital Archives - Methodology for Driving Continuous Improvement Starting from the Release)
Bensei Shuppan   Jun 2015   
Kadokawa Course-Internet 8, New Horizon of Search
KITAMOTO Asanobu (Part:Contributor, Search Linked to the Real World - Searching Time and Space)
Kadokawa Gakugei Shuppan   Apr 2015   
Historical GIS Perspective in Japan - Landscape Reconstruction, Environment and Regional Structure
Yoko NISHIMURA, Asanobu KITAMOTO (Part:Contributor, 『乾隆京城全図』と古写真を用いた北京古景観の再現)
Bensei Shuppan   Mar 2012   
Information Technology for Chance Discovery -- Decision Making Support in the Era of Post Data Mining
Y. OSAWA (Eds.) (Part:Contributor, Chance Discovery in Natural Phenomena)
Tokyo Denki University Press   Sep 2003   ISBN:4-501-53640-3
Multimedia Mining
Djeraba, C. (Eds.) (Part:Contributor, IMET: Image Mining Environment for Typhoon Analysis and Prediction)
Kluwer Academic Publishers   Nov 2002   ISBN:1-4020-7247-3


Open Science to Promote Data-Driven Research: Cases for Humanities and Earth Science
   Mar 2018   [Invited]
Book Review: Christine L. Borgman, Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World
The Book Review Press   (3340) 5   Feb 2018   [Invited]
Datasets Related to Pre-Modern Japanese Text from Center for Open Data in the Humanities
Workshop for Open Data on Pre-Modern Japanese Text      Dec 2016   [Invited]
Sophisitication of Search for Japanese Pre-modern Books and a Vision toward Spcriptome Analysis"
Fumi   6 4-5   Jun 2016   [Invited]
How Will Digital Technology Transform the Activity of "Reading"?
Monthly Magazine of Digital Humanities   (31)    Feb 2014   [Refereed][Invited]
Crisis Informatics - How information technology can be used during crises such as disasters?
2012 NII Public Lectures      Jul 2012
Remarks from former students : Professor Takagi's Influence on My Research
IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2007)      Jul 2007
Typhoon Information - How information technology changes media for typhoon information?
2006 NII Public Lectures, the 4th Lecture      Sep 2006


Asanobu KITAMOTO   Database   Nov 2017
Asanobu KITAMOTO   Database   Jan 2017
Asanobu KITAMOTO, Yoko Nishimura   Database   Nov 2016
Asanobu KITAMOTO   Database   Nov 2016
Asanobu KITAMOTO   Database   Nov 2016
Asanobu KITAMOTO   Database   Nov 2016
Asanobu KITAMOTO, Jun HOMMA   Software   Nov 2016
KITAMOTO Asanobu   Web Service   Dec 2014
Asanobu KITAMOTO   Database   Apr 2014
Asanobu KITAMOTO   Web Service   Apr 2014
Asanobu KITAMOTO   Artistic Activity   Mar 2013
KITAMOTO Asanobu, OGATA Hisato   Artistic Activity   Sep 2012
KITAMOTO Asanobu   Database   Jan 2012
KITAMOTO Asanobu   Web Service   Nov 2011
KITAMOTO Asanobu   Artistic Activity   Oct 2011
KITAMOTO Asanobu   Artistic Activity   Jul 2011
KITAMOTO Asanobu   Database   Mar 2011
Asanobu KITAMOTO   Artistic Activity   Oct 2010
Asanobu KITAMOTO   Database   Jul 2010
Asanobu KITAMOTO   Artistic Activity   Sep 2009
Asanobu KITAMOTO   Database   Oct 2008
Asanobu KITAMOTO   Artistic Activity   Aug 2007
Akiko AIZAWA and Asanobu KITAMOTO   Software   Jun 2007
Asanobu KITAMOTO   Artistic Activity   Jul 2006
Asanobu KITAMOTO   Database   May 2005
Asanobu KITAMOTO   Database   Apr 2004
Asanobu KITAMOTO   Database   Dec 2003
Elham ANDAROODI, Asanobu KITAMOTO   Database   Dec 2003
Asanobu KITAMOTO   Database   Jul 2003

Research Grants & Projects

Organization for the Development of Earth Environmental Information Platform
, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT): Program for the Develoment of Earth Environmental Information Platform
Project Year: Apr 2016 - Mar 2021    Investigator(s): Junji Inoue
Digital Criticism: Link-Oriented Research Infrastructure for Evidence-Based Digital Humanities
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)
Project Year: Apr 2016 - Mar 2019    Investigator(s): KITAMOTO Asanobu
Big Data Analysis by Deep Representation Learning for Severe Weather Events such as Typhoons
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aid for Challenging Exploratory Research
Project Year: Apr 2016 - Mar 2018    Investigator(s): KITAMOTO Asanobu
Human-Centered Situation Awareness Platform for Disaster Response and Recovery
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST): Big Data and Disaster Research (BDD), Japan-U.S. research projects, Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP)
Project Year: Apr 2015 - Mar 2018    Investigator(s): Asanobu KITAMOTO
General Research on the Advancement of Search Functionality
National Institute of Japanese Literature: Collaborative research for research and development, "Project to Build an International Collaborative Research Network for Pre-modern Japanese Texts"
Project Year: Apr 2015 - Mar 2018    Investigator(s): Asanobu KITAMOTO


Apr 1994
Mar 1997
Department of Electronic Engineering, Ph.D., Division of Engineering, University of Tokyo
Apr 1992
Mar 1994
Department of Electronic Engineering, M.Sc., Division of Engineering, University of Tokyo
Apr 1988
Mar 1992
Department of Electronic Engineering, B.Sc., Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo

Social Contribution

Let's Transcribe - Quiz on Edo Cooking Recipes
[TV or radio appearance]  Committee on Niconico Chokaigi  Niconico Chokaigi  30 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
[Planner]  Digital Silk Road  kitamoto  21 Feb 2015
[Planner]  kitamoto  10 Jan 2015 - 12 Apr 2015
[Planner]  Toyo Bunko Museum  kitamoto  11 Jan 2014 - 13 Apr 2014