Hisashi Kobayashi

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Hisashi Kobayashi
Born (1938-06-13) June 13, 1938 (age 77)
Tokyo, Japan
Institutions Princeton University
Alma mater University of Tokyo[1]
Princeton University[2]
Thesis Representations of Complex-Valued Vector Processes and Their Application to Estimation and Detection (1967)
Doctoral advisor John B. Thomas
Notable awards Eduard Rhein Technology Award (2005) with Dolivo and Eleftheriou
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Senior US Scientist Award (1979)
IFIP's Silver Core Medal (1980)

Hisashi Kobayashi (Japanese: 小林 久志 Kobayashi Hisashi; born on June 13, 1938) is the Sherman Fairchild University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Emeritus [3] at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. His fields of expertise include applied probability; queueing theory; system modeling and performance analysis; digital communication and networks; and network architecture. Currently he is an Executive Advisor for the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan on their new generation network architecture (NWGN) project. He serves on the Board of Directors of Friends of Todai, Inc. (FOTI),[4] New York, and Armstrong Memorial Research Foundation, Inc. .[5] He also serves on the Advisory Board of Toyota Technological Institute (TTI), Japan and that of German Lab (G-Lab) of Germany.

Early life in Japan[edit]

Hisashi Kobayashi was born in Tokyo, Japan.[6] He studied at the University of Tokyo, and completed a Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering in electrical engineering in 1961 and 1963, respectively. He was a recipient of Sugiyama Schloarship (1958–61) and RCA David Sarnoff Scholarship (1960).[6] He worked as a radar system designer at Toshiba, Kawasaki in 1963-65.[7]

Life and career in the United States[edit]

Kobayashi came to the United States as a recipient of the Orson Desaix Munn Fellowship of Princeton University and completed a PhD degree in electrical engineering in 1967.[6]

He worked for the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center at Yorktown Heights, New York, for fifteen years (1967–1982). He was a research staff member in its Applied Research Department from 1967–1970. He worked on seismic signal processing, data transmission theory, digital magnetic recording, and image compression algorithms, and then became Manager, Senior Manager, and Department Manager in its Computer Science Department from 1971–1982.[8]

He was a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (1969–1970), University of Hawaii (1975), Stanford University (1976), Technical University of Darmstadt (1979–1980), and Free University of Brussels (1980).[7]

He was appointed the founding director of the IBM Japan Science Institute (later named as IBM Tokyo Research Laboratory) in 1982,[9] and served in that position until 1986, when he joined Princeton University's faculty as Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS),[10] and the Sherman Fairchild University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.[6][7]

He was Dean from 1986–1991, and was responsible for establishing multiple interdisciplinary and/or inter-institutional centers and programs in academic disciplines as material science, opto-electronics, earthquake engineering, surface engineered materials, discrete mathematics for computer science, and plasma etching.[6]

After finishing his tenure as Dean, he was an NEC C&C visiting professor at the RCAST (Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology), the University of Tokyo (1991–1992).[7] Since the fall of 1992 until June 2008, he assumed a full-time research and teaching position at Princeton University's Department of Electrical Engineering.[6]

He was a BC ASI Visiting Fellow at the University of Victoria in Canada from 1998–1999.[7]

2005 Technology Award[edit]

In 2005, Kobayashi received, with Dolivo and Eleftheriou, the Eduard Rhein Foundation's Technology Award for their pioneering contributions to PRML (Partial-Response, Maximum-Likelihood),[11] which allowed dramatic increases in the storage capacity of computer hard disks.[12][13][14]

List of books[edit]

  • Modeling and Analysis: An Introduction to System Performance Evaluation Methodology(1978),Addison-Wesley Publishing Company.[15]
  • System Modeling and Analysis: Foundations of System Performance Evaluation(2009), coauthored with Brian L. Mark, Pearson/Prentice Hall.[16]

External links[edit]

  • Hisashi Kobayashi, Department of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University
  • [1], Hisashi Kobayashi's Home Page, Princeton University


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  2. ^ "Alumni Profiles, EE Homepage". Princeton University. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "10 Faculty members transfer to emeritus status". Princeton University. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Friends of Todai, Inc.". The University of Tokyo. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Armstrong Memorial Research Foundation, Inc.". Armstrong Memorial Research Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Hisashi Kobayashi (Biography)". Princeton University. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Douligeris, Christos; Dimitrios N. Serpanos (2007). Network security: current status and future directions. John Wiley and Sons. p. 566. ISBN 0-471-70355-9. 
  8. ^ Kobayashi, Hisashi; Brian L. Mark (2008). System Modeling and Analysis: Foundations of System Performance Evaluation. Prentice Hall. p. 781. ISBN 0-13-034835-X. 
  9. ^ "IBM TRL 25th Anniversary". IBM. Archived from the original on 2008-07-06. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Princeton appoints a Dean". New York Times. 20 January 1986. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  11. ^ "Partial-response coding, maximum-likelihood decoding: capitalizing on the analogy between communication and recording - [History of communications]". IEEE Communication Magazine. Retrieved 11 November 2009. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Technologiepreis - Technology Award 2005". Eduard Rhein Foundation. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  13. ^ "Kobayashi to receive leading tech award". Princeton University. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  14. ^ "IBM researchers receive technology award of Eduard Rhein Foundation". IBM Zurich Research Laboratory. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  15. ^ "Modeling and Analysis (Book Review)" (PDF). Information Processing Society of Japan. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  16. ^ "System Modeling and Analysis". Pearson/Prentice Hall. Retrieved 16 August 2009.