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Tokyo Institute of Technology
School of Engineering
Job title
Specially Appointed Professor, Professor Emeritus
Doctor of Engineering(Tokyo Institute of Technology)


Akinori Nishihara received the B.E., M.E. and Dr. Eng. degrees in electronics from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1973, 1975 and 1978, respectively. Since 1978 he has been with Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he is now Designated Professor at HAPPIER (Human Assets Promotion Program for Innovative Education and Research) after his retirement in 2016 as Professor at Department of Human System Sciences, Decision Sciences and Technology. His research interests are in signal processing and educational technology. He has published more than 300 technical papers in refereed international journals and conferences. He served as an Associate Editor of the IEICE Transactions on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences from 1990 to 1994, and then an Associate Editor of the Transactions of IEICE Part A (in Japanese) from 1994 to 1998. He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II from 1996 to 1997 and Editor-in-Chief of Transactions of IEICE Part A (in Japanese) from 1998 to 2000.
He was Chair or the IEICE Technical Group on Circuits and Systems from 1997 to 1998, and served as an Advisor of that Technical Group from 1998 to 2011. He served as Vice President, Service Activities of the IEICE Engineering Sciences Society, Director, Conferences, Student Activities and Education during 2007-2009, and Director, General Affairs during 2011-2013.
He has been serving in IEEE Region 10 Executive Committee, as Student Activities Committee Chair (1996-1996), Treasurer (1999-2000), Educational Activities Committee Chair (2001-2004), Strategic Planning Coordinator (2007-2010), History Coordinator (2016), and Director-Elect (2017-2018. He is currently (2019-2020) a member of IEEE Board of Directors as Region 10 Director.
He received Best Paper Awards of the IEEE Asia Pacific Conference on Circuits and Systems in 1994 and 2000, a Best Paper Award of the IEICE in 1999, and IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000. He also received a 4th LSI IP Design Award in 2002, Distinguished Service Award for IEEE Student Activities in 2006, Best Teacher Award from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2009, Best Engineering Teacher Award, Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2014, IEEE Region 10 Oustanding Volunteer Award in 2015, Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2016, and IEICE Excellent Educational Practices Award in 2017.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2016
Specially Appointed Professor, Human Assets Promotion Program for Innovative Education and Research (HAPPIER), Tokyo Institute of Technology
Apr 2011
Mar 2016
Professor, Department of Human System Science, Graduate School of Decision Sciences, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Jan 1997
Mar 2011
Professor, The Center for Research and Development of Educational Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Jan 1990
Dec 1996
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Electronics, Faculty of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Aug 1985
Dec 1989
Associate Professor, International Cooperation Center for Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Apr 1978
Jul 1985
Research Associate, Department of Physical Electronics, Faculty of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology


Apr 1975
Mar 1978
Electronics, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Apr 1973
Mar 1975
Electronics, Graduate School of Sciende and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Apr 1969
Mar 1973
Department of Physical Electronics, Faculty of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Committee Memberships

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,Inc.  Region 10 Bylaws and Operations Manual Coordinator、Circuits and Systems Society Japan Chapter Chair、Japan Council Women in Engineering Affinity Group Advisor、Committee of Global Accreditation Activities、Board of Governers, Circuits and Systems Society

Awards & Honors

Distinguished Service Award for IEEE Student Activities
IEICE Fellow
IEEE Fellow
IEEE Third Millennium Medal
IEEE Asia Pacific Conference on Circuits and Systems Best Paper Award
IEEE Asia Pacific Conference on Circuits and Systems Best Paper Award

Published Papers

Muhammad Tahir Akhtar,Felix Albu,Akinori Nishihara
Biomed. Signal Proc. and Control   52 1-13   2019   [Refereed]
Muhammad Tahir Akhtar,Akinori Nishihara
16th International Workshop on Acoustic Signal Enhancement, IWAENC 2018, Tokyo, Japan, September 17-20, 2018   176-180   2018   [Refereed]
Muhammad Tahir Akhtar,Akinori Nishihara
Eighth International Workshop on Signal Design and Its Applications in Communications, IWSDA 2017, Sapporo, Japan, September 24-28, 2017   59-63   2017   [Refereed]
Muhammad Tahir Akhtar,Akinori Nishihara
24th European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO 2016, Budapest, Hungary, August 29 - September 2, 2016   888-892   2016   [Refereed]
Sumeth Yuenyong,Akinori Nishihara
Neurocomputing   149 1324-1329   2015   [Refereed]
Thiri Thandar Aung,Hathaichanok Thumchirdchupong,Nisachon Tangsangiumvisai,Akinori Nishihara
IET Signal Processing   9(2) 130-142   2015   [Refereed]
Muhammad Tahir Akhtar,Akinori Nishihara
International Symposium on Intelligent Signal Processing and Communication Systems, ISPACS 2014, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, December 1-4, 2014   88-93   2014   [Refereed]
Muhammad Tahir Akhtar,Akinori Nishihara
2013 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS2013), Beijing, China, May 19-23, 2013   529-532   2013   [Refereed]
C. Theeraworn,Waree Kongprawechnon,T. Kondo,P. Bunnun,Akinori Nishihara,A. Manassakorn
35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2013, Osaka, Japan, July 3-7, 2013   5887-5890   2013   [Refereed]
Jianxia Cao,Akinori Nishihara
IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2013, Berlin, Germany, March 13-15, 2013   965-972   2013   [Refereed]
Todor Cooklev,Akinori Nishihara
IEEE Micro   33(6) 47-55   2013   [Refereed]
Ernesto Rivera,Akinori Nishihara
IJHCR   3(2) 58-72   2012   [Refereed]
Sarawut Tae-O-Sot,Akinori Nishihara
Advances in Image and Video Technology - 5th Pacific Rim Symposium, PSIVT 2011, Gwangju, South Korea, November 20-23, 2011, Proceedings, Part II   71-81   2011   [Refereed]
Nagato Ueda,Eiji Watanabe,Akinori Nishihara
IEICE Transactions   94-A(2) 653-660   2011   [Refereed]
Identification of piecewise linear uniform motion blur
TENCON 2007 - 2007 IEEE REGION 10 CONFERENCE, VOLS 1-3   745-+   2007   [Refereed]
Data hiding for digital halftoned color images
TENCON 2006 - 2006 IEEE REGION 10 CONFERENCE, VOLS 1-4   1762-+   2006   [Refereed]
Multirate filter bank-based conversion of image resolution
Implementation of an international web-based PSI course: A case study


工藤宗一郎, 西方敦博, 西原明法
電子情報通信学会大会講演論文集(CD-ROM)   2018 ROMBUNNO.B‐4‐38   Aug 2018
電子情報通信学会技術研究報告   117(335(ET2017 67-78)) 57‐60   Nov 2017
電気学会教育フロンティア研究会資料   FIE-17(17-25) 19‐23   Sep 2017
杉山いおり, 渡辺雄貴, 加藤浩, 西原明法
日本教育工学会論文誌   40(Suppl.) 85‐88   Jan 2017
室伏宏通, 伊藤泉, 西原明法
信号処理シンポジウム講演論文集(CD-ROM)   30th ROMBUNNO.B1‐4   2015

Conference Activities & Talks

Automated Tests for Measuring Cognition and Aptitude in Introductory Programming
Global Learn 2010   2010   
Practice on Teacher's Professional Development under Informational Environment
Global Learn 2010   2010   
Enhancing Lecture Video Viewing: A Smart Visual Timeline
Global Learn 2010   2010   
Tokyo Tech Graduate Program Allied with Thailand: TAIST (Thailand Advance Institute of Science and Technology) - Tokyo Tech
IEEE EDUCON 2010   2010   
Recognition of Signal Regions in Fluorescence Microscopy Image using Machine Learning
International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for Embedded Systems 2010   2010   

Research Grants & Projects

Design of Multidimensional Digital Filters and Its Application to Image Processing
Signal Processing for Hearing Aids
Sports Training Aid Using Image Processing