Dr. Kazuo Yano is a fellow and corporate officer of Hitachi, Ltd., and is the leader of the
Happiness Project in the Future Investment division.
Dr. Yano joined Hitachi as a researcher after receiving a Master of Science degree from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan in 1984. He is known as a pioneer from his early work in the area of semiconductors, such as complementary pass-transistor logic (CPL) and the world’s first room-temperature single-electron memory. In 2003, his research focus shifted to sensors and sensor networks and measuring and analyzing big data. A wearable sensor developed by Dr. Yano and his research team was introduced in the September
2013 issue of Harvard Business Review, which featured the history of wearable sensors. His work on using human data to quantify happiness has received lots of attention
by the media. Over 30 companies have applied it to raise the collective happiness level of their employees. His work on multipurpose artificial intelligence, which has already been used in over 60 cases among 14 domains, has raised great interest across industries. In 2014, Dr. Yano’s book, The Invisible Hand of Data (Soshisha, 2014), was named one of Japan’s top 10 business books by BookVinegar and has since been translated into Chinese, Korean and English.
Dr. Yano is a fellow of the IEEE, a member of the Japan Society of Applied Physics, the Physical Society of Japan, the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence and the IEICE of Japan. His extensive work has been recognized by numerous awards including the 1994 IEEE Paul Rappaport Award, 1996 IEEE Lewis Winner Award, 1998 IEEE Jack Raper Award, 2007 MBE Erice Prize and Best Paper Award of International Conference on ASE/IEEE Social Informatics 2012. He has served on Technical Program Committee Members of IEDM, DAC, ASSCC, ASP-DAC, SPOTS and EmNet. He also served as the Symposium Co-chairman/Chairman for 2008/2009 Symposium on VLSI Circuits, and more recently as a member of the External Advisory Board to IEEE Spectrum. Dr. Yano was a visiting scientist at the Arizona State University from 1991-1992. He received a Ph.D. in Physics from Waseda University in 1993. Dr. Yano is currently an adjunct professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Tokyo, Japan, as well as a member of Information Science and Technology Committee of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan. He is also the co-author of Silicon-Based Heterojunction Devices (Maruzen, 1991) and The VLSI Handbook (CRC Press and IEEE Press, 2000). He has over 350 patent applications and his work has been cited in over 2,500 papers.