Yoko Yamaguchi

►Research Field

Comoputational Neuroscience, Mathematical Modeling of Biological Systems, Neuroinformatics

►Professional Biography

Her study on synchronization of oscillations started in 1978 at Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Tokyo under supervisor Hiroshi Shimizu and got Ph.D. in 1986. She stayed at Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University in 1981 as ATOM fellowship, hosted by Yoshiki Kuramoto. In 1982 as research instructor at University of Tokyo, she joined Mizuno-BIOHOLONICS Project, ERATO, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). As an approach of hermeneutics of the brain, visual pattern recognition was hypothesized to be selforganization through synchronization of oscillations. A visual recognition model with synchronizationi was reported in 1985 in Synergetics meeting organized by Herman Haken, prior to the discovery of oscillations in the visual cortex. She moved to Department of Information Sciences, Tokyo Denki University and had fellowship stay at University of Arizona, hosted by Bruce McNaughton, in Feb -Sep,1998, when the first report of theta phase precession model based on phase-locking of nonlinear oscillations was submitted to ICONIP 1998. In 1999-2005, she was principal investigator of CREST, JST, “Design Theory of Emergent Intelligence Based on the Information Dynamics in the Hippocampus”. in 2000 – 2012, she was laboratory head, Lab for Dynamics of Emergent Intelligence, RIKEN Brain Science Insitute. Since 2012, Oct., she is Neuroinformatics Japan Center Director, RIKEN Brain Science Insitute.

►Research

Computational Theory of hippocamus memory
Neural dynamics for cognition and behavior
Human brain imaging studies in space-time domain (EEG, fMRI, simultanesou EEG-fMRI, TMS experiments) with cognitive tasks (perception, memory, problem solving)
Design theory of brain-style intelligence using computer simulation and mobile robot experiments

►Award

1995 The best paper in a year in Japan Neural Network Society.
2006 The best poster award , ICONIP2006
2007 Editors Choice Award on the receommendation of the Editorial Board, NeuroImage:
System Neuroscience Section
2008 The best paper award, IJCNN2008
2009 Runner-Up Student Paper Award IJCNN 2009
2011 The best poster award ICCN 2011

2011 Human Communication Award, IEICE Human Communication Group

►Education

Graduated from Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences,University of Tokyo, in March 1978.
Graduated from Master program of Graduate School, University of Tokyo, in March 1980.
Thesis: “Theoretical studies of synchronization as a coordinative mechanism
in biological rhythms”,  Ph. D.
(University of Tokyo), in February 1986.
Occupation

1982 Jan. ~ 1993 Feb. Research Instructor at Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Tokyo.
1993 Mar. ~ 1993 Mar. Lecturer at Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Tokyo.
1993 Apr. – 1996 Sep. Associate Professor at Department of Information Sciences, College of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Denki University.
1993 Apr. -1995 Mar. Guest Associate Professor at Division of Biocybernetics, Medical Research Institute, Tokyo Medical and Dental University.
1996 Oct. ~ 2000 Sep. Professor at Department of Information Sciences, College of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Denki University.
2000 Oct. ~2012.Apr.  Laboratory Head, Laboratory for Dynamics of Emergent Intelligence, RIKEN Brain Science Institute (BSI).

2012 May. ~2012 Sep.  Neuroinformatics Japan Center Deputy Director, RIKEN Brain Science Institute (BSI).

2012 Oct. ~ Present  Neuroinformatics Japan Center Director, RIKEN Brain Science Institute (BSI)

►Concurent Post

1982 Atom Researcher at Institute of Fundamental Physics, Kyoto University

1991~1992, 1995~1996 Lecturer at College of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo
1995~1996 Lecturer at Graduate School , University of Tokyo
1995 Lecturer at National Institute of Bioscience and Human-Technology, Agency of Industrial
Science and Technology, Ministry of International Trade and Industry
1996 Jul. Visiting Researcher at Marburg University hosted by Prof. Eckhorn
1996~1997 Lecturer at Graduate School , Tokyo Institute of Technology
1998 Feb. ~ Ju. Visiting Researcher at the University of Arizona hosted by Prof. McNaughton
1998 Jul. ~ 2000 Mar. Visiting researcher at BSI RIKEN
1999 ~ 2000 Lecturer at College of Science, Ryukyu University
1999 ~ 2000 Lecturer at Toyohashi University of Technology and Science

1999 ~ 2001 Researcher at Frontier Research Center, Tokyo Denki University
1999~ 2004 Principal Investigator of Core Research Evolution of Science and Technology (CREST)
Project, Japan Science and Technology agency
2000 Apr. ~ 2000 Sep. Visiting laboratory head , Laboratory for Dynamics of Emergent Intelligence, RIKEN BSI
2000 Oct. ~2011 Mar. Visiting Professor at Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo
Denki University
2001 Oct. ~2002 Mar. Lecturer, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Tokyo
2002 Oct. ~ 2003 Mar. Lecturer, Department of Engineering, Saitama University
2002 Oct. ~ 2003 Mar. Lecturer, Department of Engineering, Kagawa University
2003 Apr. ~ 2005 Mar. Lecturer, Graduate School, Program of Engineering, University of Tokyo
2003 Apr. ~ 2005 Mar. Lecturer, Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo
2004 Mar. Lecturer, Faculty of Science and Technology, Kinki University
2005 Nov. Lecturer, 21st Century COE Program, Kanazawa University
2006 Nov. Lecturer, Graduate School, Program of Engineering, Okayama University
2007 Nov. ~ 2011 Mar. Unit Leader, Rhythm-based Brain Computation Unit, RIKEN-Toyota Collaboration Center
2005 Apr. ~ Lecturer, Graduate School, Program of Science and Technology, Meiji University
2007 Nov. ~ 2011 Mar. Strategy Unit Member, RIKEN-Toyota Collaboration Center

2008 Mar.  ~  Professor, Graduate School of Information Science ant Technology, The University of Tokyo
2008 Apr. ~ Visiting Researcher, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo.
2011 Apr. ~  Adjunctive Professor, Kyusyu Institute of Technology.

►Academic Societies

Japan Biophysics Scociety, Japan Physics Society, Japan Neural Network Society, Japan Neuroscience Society, The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE), The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE), Society for Neuroscience, International Neural Network Society

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