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Takao Nishizeki

(Foreign Fellow, )

Japan (JP)
Japan (JP)

Takao Nishizeki was born on 11 February 1947, Sukagawa, Japan. Parents name; Noboru and Masae Nishizeki.

He received the B.E., M.E. and D.E. degrees in Electrical Communication Engineering from Tohoku University, one of the most prominent Universities in Japan, in 1969, 1971 and 1974, respectively. Upon graduation, he joined the Faculty at Tohoku University, where in 1988 he was appointed to the current Professorship.

Emeritus Professor of Tohoku University. Field of Specialization and Research; Algorithm and graph theory.

Professor Nishizeki has established himself, both nationally and internationally, as a world leader in the computer science, in particular, algorithms for planar graphs, edge-coloring, network flows, VLSI routing, graph drawing and cryptology. His publication list includes three co-authored books, five edited books and more than two hundred technical papers in leading journals and   prestigious conferences such as JACM, Algorithmica, Journal of Algorithms, STOC, ICALP, and SODA. The quality of his work is best illustrated by the fact that a number of his papers have been selected as best papers and have also been invited to special journal issues. One of his co-authored books, “Planar Graph Drawing” published in 2004, was written with a promising computer scientist of Bangladesh, Dr. M. S. Rahman who received M.E. and D.E. under Professor Nishizeki’s supervision and is now Professor of BUET. The book is considered as the most valuable pioneering work of planar graph drawings, and it has been widely distributed over the world.

He published more than 200 papers.

As the most active and renowned computer scientist in Asia, Professor Nishizeki has also made a great contribution to build a community of computer science researchers in the Asia and Pacific region. In 1990 he founded the first International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC) for the purpose of expanding the research community among the Asian and Pacific countries, which has been held in Asian-Pacific region annually since then. ISAAC is no doubt a landmark in the Asian society of computer science. Besides this attempt, Dr. Nishizeki has also made continuous efforts at supervising research students from all over the world including some from Bangladesh. Most of them have remained academics in research Universities and they are active as leading researchers in their own countries.

Professor Nishizeki is a Fellow of many distinguished academic and scientific societies including Bangladesh Academy of Sciences, ACM, IEEE, IEICE of Japan, and Information Processing Society of Japan. He has been serving as Advisory Committee Chair of ISAAC since 1990, and active as Steering Committee member of Graph Drawing conference since 1993.  Dr. Nishizeki has also kept himself busy as editor of prestigious journals. Currently served are Algorithmica, Journal of Combinatorial Optimization, and Journal of Graph Algorithms and Applications as advisory editorial board member. He also served as Editor of Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (1997 - 2006), Journal of Information Processing (1988 - 1994), Transaction of IEICEJ (1989 - 1991), Journal of IEICEJ (1983 - 1986).

Professor Nishizeki has been actively associated with world leading researchers, constantly invited by major Universities over the world. Among them are Carnegie Mellon University and UC Berkeley in the United Sates, Waterloo University and Simon-Fraser University in Canada, Bonn University and TU Berlin in Germany, Taiwan National University and Academia Sinica in Taiwan. He was also a Visiting Research Mathematician at Carnegie-Mellon University from 1977 - 1978. 

For his great achievements in computer science, Professor Nishizeki has been awarded ICF Best Research Award by International Communications Foundation in 2006.  In 2003 Funai Information Science Promotion Award was presented to him by Funai Foundation for Information Technology, and in 1998 TELECOM Technology Award by The Telecommunications Advancement Foundation.  Prizes for Science and Technology (Research Category); The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

He is of ACM Fellow, IEEE Life Fellow, IEICE Japan Fellow and Honorary Member, IPS Japan Fellow

He visited more than 20 countries.

Japan (JP)
Last updated on 30/11/2023