ASAKAWA Chieko | Tokyo College
Tokyo College Professor


Research Field Realworld Accessibility based on AI
01 Description of Research

I have been working on furthering accessibility research and development for three decades. By challenging traditional thinking on how the visually impaired use technology, I have explored solutions to improve Web accessibility and usability for the visually impaired and others with special needs. A series of pioneering technologies generated under my research team contributed to advancing Web accessibility, including groundbreaking work in digital Braille and voice browser. I am currently focusing on advancing cognitive assistant research to help the blind regain information by augmenting missing or weakened abilities in the real world by the power of AI. Since 2014, I have been leading a research project to realize a practical indoor navigation system for the visually impaired pedestrians, and deployed several services including Pittsburgh airport and a shopping mall in Japan. I am working for an AI suitcase that navigates blind users even in a crowded or changing environment and helps them to enjoy urban environments.

02 Short Biography

June 2020 - Fellow, RCAST, RCAST Fellow, RCAST, UTokyo
2018 - IBM Fellow, T.J. Watson Research Center
2014 - Distinguished Service Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
2009 - IBM Fellow
2007 - IBM Distinguished Engineer
2004 - PhD, Department of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Grduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo (UTokyo)
1985 - IBM Research - Tokyo, IBM Japan.
1982 - BA, Department of English Literature, Otemon Gakuin University