Prof. ISHIDA, Toru
Prof. ISHIDA, Toru

石田 亨教授
BEng, MEng, PhD
Dr Kennedy Wong Distinguished Visiting Professor, Department of Computer Science


Prof. Ishida is a Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University, and was a professor from 1993 to 2019. He was a President of IEICE from 2021 to 2022, and a member of the Science Council of Japan from 2011 to 2017. He has been working on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems since 1988. He worked toward creation of the top conference in this area, and served as a General Co-Chair of the first AAMAS in 2002. He has led several research projects, such as Digital City Kyoto and the Language Grid. He initiated (probably) the world first multi-lingual project using machine translation with Chinese, Korean, and Malaysian colleagues in 2002. The concept "intercultural collaboration" was coined during this experiment. He created a Design School at Kyoto University with his colleagues in Informatics, Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Management and Psychology. He served as a visiting professor at Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Paris 6, University of Maryland, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, etc., and was awarded the HKBU Distinguished Professor of Science in 2014. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

Research Interests

  • Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems
  • Digital City / Metaverse
  • Intercultural Collaboration / Multi-Lingual Communication
  • Social Informatics / Field Informatics
  • Creative Learning / Design Thinking

Selected Publications

  • Toru Ishida, et al. Language Service Infrastructure on the Web: The Language Grid. IEEE Computer, Vol. 51, Issues 6, pp. 72-81, 2018.
  • Toru Ishida, et al. Interdisciplinary Education for Design Innovation. IEEE Computer, Vol. 50, No. 5, pp. 44-52, 2017.
  • Toru Ishida Ed. Field Informatics. Springer, 2012. ISBN 978-3-642-29005-3.
  • Toru Ishida Ed. The Language Grid: Service-Oriented Collective Intelligence for Language Resource Interoperability. Springer, 2011. ISBN 978-3-642-21177-5.
  • Toru Ishida. Intercultural Collaboration Using Machine Translation. IEEE Internet Computing, pp. 26–28, 2010.
  • Toru Ishida. Q: A Scenario Description Language for Interactive Agents. IEEE Computer, Vol. 35, No. 11, pp. 54-59, 2002.
  • Toru Ishida. Digital City Kyoto: Social Information Infrastructure for Everyday Life. Communications of the ACM, Vol. 45, No. 7, pp. 76-81, 2002.