New Faculty Award in Japan

New Faculty Award 

Launched in 2009, the Microsoft Research Japan New Faculty Award recognizes outstanding new faculty and encourages them to realize their potential in pursuing computer science-related research.

 

The application period for fiscal year 2014 is closed.

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Program overview

The objective of the New Faculty Award is to stimulate and support creative research in Japan that advances the state of the art of computing. The award program recognizes exceptional new faculty members who are engaged in such research, which has the potential to profoundly impact the field of computing in their research disciplines.

Each selected winner receives an unrestricted cash award to help them achieve their academic research goals in a variety of areas, including interdisciplinary research, scientific computing, bioinformatics, computational biology, software engineering, and other areas where computing transforms the discipline and advances the state of the art.

Applicant qualifications

Qualified individuals must have earned their Ph.D. within the past 10 years and must work for a top university or national research institute in Japan.

This program provides equal opportunity to applicants of all nationalities.

Selection process

First selection
Application documents are submitted to the selection committee, Microsoft Research researchers, and other experts for evaluation and selection. Only those applicants who pass first selection process will be contacted by email.

Second selection
Date: Mid-March 2014
Location: Microsoft Japan – Shinagawa Office
Final results to be decided by the selection committee.

Selection committee

  • Chairman: Sadaoki Furui, President, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago, and Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Members:
    • Katsumi Tanaka, Professor – Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University
    • Junichi Tsujii, Principal Researcher – Microsoft Research Asia
    • Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Managing Director – Microsoft Research Asia

Application requirements

Please note that we are not currently accepting applications.

Application documents
The following documents should be prepared in English:

  1. Application form
    1. Download the application form
  2. Curriculum vitae
    1. Maximum length: two pages
  3. Statement of department head
    1. Official letter, signed by your department head, to nominate you as the only nominee from the department
  4. Self-introduction
    1. This section highlights your achievements. To help you with this, we have listed a series of typical application questions below:
      1. What is the innovative merit of the nominee’s research?
      2. How does the nominee’s work have the potential to advance the state of the art?
      3. How is the university currently supporting the nominee’s work?
      4. Does the nominee’s current work receive funding from other grant sources? If yes, please list.
      5. Provide a statement detailing the hypothesis, objectives, and methodology of the nominee’s research work and plans. Include a brief description of how the award funds would be used.
  5. Three recommendation letters
    1. Three (3) letters of recommendation are required from established researchers who are familiar with the candidate’s research. Of these letters, one (1) letter of recommendation should come from within the applicant's institution, and the other two (2) letters should come from outside of the applicant's institution. Each letter should include the recommender’s stamp or signature. The reason for the recommendation should be clearly stated, based on the candidate’s performance, originality, importance, and so forth.

Office location:
Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd
Microsoft Research Connections
Shinagawa Grand Central Tower, 2-16-3, Konan
Minato-Ku, Tokyo 108-0075

Email: msrjnfa@microsoft.com

Application deadline: Monday, September 23, 2013, 15:30 (JST)

Privacy information: Refer to the last page of the application form for details.

New Faculty Award winners

Microsoft Research recognizes these outstanding new faculty award winners as part of our efforts to help them realize their potential in computer science related research.

2012 winners

Jun Mitani (right) accepts the New Faculty Award from Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Microsoft Research Asia managing directorJun Mitani (right) accepts the New Faculty Award from Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Microsoft Research Asia managing director 

Jun Mitani
University of Tsukuba

 

Jun Mitani is an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Tsukuba. He has been studying geometric modeling in the field of computer graphics since the late 1990s. His interests are geometric modeling (in the field of computer graphics), making real objects from geometric data that are represented as polygonal meshes. Recently, he has been designing origami artwork with curved folding shapes—made with only a single sheet of paper without any cutting or gluing. His accomplishments have contributed to wide areas in academia, industry, and art.

 

Hisaki Kashima (right) accepts the New Faculty Award from Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Microsoft Research Asia managing directorHisaki Kashima (right) accepts the New Faculty Award from Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Microsoft Research Asia managing director

Hisashi Kashima
University of Tokyo

 

Hisashi Kashima is an associate professor of Department of Mathematical Informatics, the University of Tokyo. He is working on machine learning and data mining research and their applications to bioinformatics, autonomic computing, and industrial and business intelligence. His previous research work includes the development of kernel methods for structured data such as trees and graphs, predictive modeling of biological and social networks, and anomaly detection for industrial systems—these projects resulted in awards from academic societies. He also contributed to a business based on machine learning techniques, and has many issued/disclosed patents.

2011 winners

Imari Sato (right) accepts the New Faculty Award from Makoto Nagao, director of the National Diet Library in Japan.Imari Sato (right) accepts the New Faculty Award from Makoto Nagao, director of the National Diet Library in Japan. 

Imari Sato
National Institute of Informatics

 

Imari Sato joined the National Institute of Informatics in 2005 where she is currently an associate professor. Her primary research interests are in the fields of computer vision and computer graphics in physics-based vision, image-based modeling/rendering, augmented reality. She has produced excellent research results to solve various illumination and appearance problems in computer vision modeling of real-world illuminations and objects. Her work has been favorably evaluated in the computer vision community.

 

Tesuo Shibuya (right) accepts the New Faculty Award from Makoto Nagao, director of the National Diet Library in Japan.Tesuo Shibuya (right) accepts the New Faculty Award from Makoto Nagao, director of the National Diet Library in Japan. 

Tetsuo Shibuya
University of Tokyo

 

Tetsuo Shibuya is an associate professor of the Laboratory of Sequence Analysis, Human Genome Center at the University of Tokyo. His research interests are algorithms in computational biology, bioinformatics, and theory. He has invented various algorithms related to pattern matching for DNA strings and structures, which will be important for future gene searches in large-scale human individual genome data for applications in healthcare, agriculture, and other fields with real-world impacts.

2010 winners

Eijiro Sumii (right) accepts the New Faculty Award from Makoto Nagao, director of the National Diet Library in Japan. Eijiro Sumii (right) accepts the New Faculty Award from Makoto Nagao, director of the National Diet Library in Japan.

Eijiro Sumii
Tohoku University 

 

Eijiro Sumii studies the foundational theory of programming languages and computational models. In particular, he has developed the theory of environmental bisimulations, an elementary yet powerful method of proving the equivalences of programs in a wide variety of languages. 

Yusuke Miyao (right) accepts the New Faculty Award from Makoto Nagao, director of the National Diet Library in Japan.Yusuke Miyao (right) accepts the New Faculty Award from Makoto Nagao, director of the National Diet Library in Japan.

 

Yusuke Miyao
National Institute of Informatics

 

Yusuke Miyao is working on the automatic analysis of syntactic structures of natural language texts. He focused specifically on “deep parsing,” which is a method for directly computing semantic structures of texts, and proposed two essential ideas: a methodology for developing large-scale grammars, and a method for applying statistical machine learning to syntactic disambiguation. These ideas greatly advanced the performance of deep parsing, and he demonstrated its effectiveness in applications like semantics-based search and information extraction.

2009 winners

Atsushi Igarashi (center), accepts the New Faculty Award from Makoto Nagao (left), director of Japan’s National Diet Library, and Hsiao-Wuen Hon, managing director of Microsoft Research Asia.Atsushi Igarashi (center), accepts the New Faculty Award from Makoto Nagao (left), director of Japan’s National Diet Library, and Hsiao-Wuen Hon, managing director of Microsoft Research Asia. 

Atsushi Igarashi
Kyoto University

 

Atsushi Igarashi studies principles of programming languages. His current research focuses on type systems, including concurrent, object-oriented, and multi-stage programming languages that allow computers to automatically check that software conforms to a specification given in a language of types.

 

Toshihiro KamiyaToshihiro Kamiya

 

Toshihiro Kamiya
Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

 

While working on software engineering, Toshihiro Kamiya developed CC Finder, the innovative software about code clone detection and analysis, which is widely used in more than 200 organizations.

 “The energy that Microsoft Research devotes to encouraging the scientific pursuits of young Japanese academics is remarkable. By working together, we believe we can cultivate a new generation of talented researchers that will extend Japan’s technological legacy well into this new century.”

—Makoto Nagao, director of the National Diet Library of Japan and chairman of the Microsoft Research Japan New Faculty Award screening committee

 

We are not currently accepting applications

 

 

Contact information

Microsoft Japan
Microsoft Research Connections 
Email: msrjnfa@microsoft.com