IBM Research – Tokyo

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The IBM Research – Tokyo, which was called before January 2009 IBM Tokyo Research Laboratory (TRL), is one of IBM's eight major worldwide research laboratories.[1] It is a branch of IBM Research. About 200 researchers work for TRL.[2]

Established in 1982 as the Japan Science Institute (JSI) in Tokyo, it was renamed to IBM Tokyo Research Laboratory in 1986, and moved to Yamato in 1992 and back to Tokyo in 2012.

History[edit]

IBM Tokyo Research Laboratory was established in 1982 as the Japan Science Institute (JSI) in Sanbanchō, Tokyo. It was IBM's first research laboratory in Asia.[2]

Hisashi Kobayashi was appointed the founding director of TRL in 1982; he served as director until 1986.[3]

JSI was renamed to the IBM Tokyo Research Laboratory in 1986. In 1988, English-to-Japanese machine translation system called "System for Human-Assisted Language Translation" (SHALT) was developed at TRL. It was used to translate IBM manuals.[4]

TRL was shifted from downtown Tokyo to the suburbs to share a building with IBM Yamato Facility in Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture in 1992.[5]

In 1993, world record was accomplished for generation of continuous coherent Ultraviolet rays. In 1996, Java JIT compiler was developed at TRL, and it was released for major IBM platforms. Numerous other technological breakthroughs were made at TRL.[4]

The team led by Chieko Asakawa (ja:浅川智恵子), IBM Fellow since 2009, provided basic technology for IBM's software programs for the visually handicapped, IBM Home Page Reader in 1997 and IBM aiBrowser (ja:aiBrowser) in 2007.

TRL moved back to Tokyo in 2012, this time at IBM Toyosu Facility.

Research at TRL[edit]

TRL researchers are responsible for numerous breakthroughs in sciences and engineering. The researchers have presented multiple papers at international conferences, and published numerous papers in international journals.[6][7] They have also contributed to the products and services of IBM, and patent filings.[6][8] TRL conducts research in microdevices, system software, security and privacy, analytics and optimization, human computer interaction, embedded systems, and services sciences.[6]

Other activities of TRL[edit]

TRL collaborates with the Japanese universities, and support their research programs. IBM donates its equipment such as servers, storage systems, and so forth to the Japanese universities to support their research programs under the Shared University Research (SUR) program.[9]

In 1987, IBM Japan Science Prize was created to recognize researchers, who are not over 45-years-old, working at Japanese universities or public research institutes. It is awarded in physics, chemistry, computer science, and electronics.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Persaud, Ajax; Uma Kumar (2002). Managing synergistic innovations through corporate global R&D, Volume 173. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 82–83. ISBN 1-56720-463-5. 
  2. ^ a b "IBM Tokyo Research Laboratory". IBM. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Douligeris, Christos; Dimitrios N. Serpanos (2007). Network security: current status and future directions. John Wiley and Sons. p. 566. ISBN 0-471-70355-9. 
  4. ^ a b "TRL 25th Anniversary (1982-2006)". IBM. Retrieved 16 August 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ Boutellier, Roman; Oliver Gassmann, and Maximilian von Zedtwitz (2008). Managing global innovation: uncovering the secrets of future competitiveness. Springer. p. 203. ISBN 3-540-25441-2. 
  6. ^ a b c "Core Research Competency". IBM. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "Technical Paper". IBM. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "Research Results". IBM. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "Collaboration with Academia". IBM. Retrieved 17 August 2009.