Message from the Director

Cyber Kyoto Laboratory Director Masatsugu Kidode
Cyber Kyoto Laboratory Director Masatsugu Kidode

CKL promotes operations of the geographically tagged top-level domain “.kyoto” and applications of .kyoto by affiliated businesses. We also advance project tieups with “Open University Kyoto” that will further knowledge education by utilizing state-of-the-art ICT in cyberspace. CKL is seen as a “base for global dissemination of all kinds of information and knowledge from Kyoto.

Acquisition of “.kyoto” defines the character of an organization that has expanded social development and built new collaborative relationships in cyberspace. In addition, our initiatives at the real-life Keihanna Open Innovation Center (KICK) gives Japan’s 16th-century policy of “free markets, free guilds” a modern spin. It is hoped that business innovation will accelerate as a result. The cyber society already is extending various service activities beyond time, space, and culture constraints. As the “.kyoto” setting becomes part of the foundation for education, we look for connections between use of the Internet to learn bodies of knowledge established locally at Keihanna and the construction of the Keihanna school–campus, whose business is compiling knowledge in a real place. In this environment, production of global talent as well as the revitalization of the region are proceeding quicker than ever.


Through utilization of the “.kyoto” TLD, CKL seeks a stronger Kyoto brand, enhanced dissemination of real-world Kyoto information, and a revitalized Keihanna region. The plan for the CKL office to be opened gives you a sense of the Cloud space envisioned and the growth that will have to come about to keep up with the next generation’s society. I call it “hi-un” (fleeting Cloud) space.。

Career history

  • Kyoto University, bachelor’s in engineering, master’s in electrical engineering, Ph.D. in engineering
  • Nara Institute of Science and Technology, professor emeritus
  • Tokyo Shibaura Denki, former supervising director of new business promotion for the general planning department, R&D Center Kansai institute director, multimedia business promotion manager
    Concurrently served as Toshiba America vice president and Advanced Information Technology Center director
  • Nara Institute of Science and Technology, former adviser to the president, concurrently served as vice president and affiliated chief librarian
  • Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE), former chair of the information and systems society
    Information Processing Society, former Kansai branch manager
    Institute of Systems, Control and Information Engineers, former director
  • Public Foundation of Kansai Research Institute, former vice chair of the sciences committee
    National Institute of Technology, Nara College, former chair of the consultation committee
    Intellectual Property High Court, former member of the experts committee
  • Information Processing Society of Japan fellow
    IEICE fellow
    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers fellow
  • EIC Achievement Prize
    Nihon Sangyo Award
    OHM Technology Award
    Takayanagi Memorial Award for Encouragement

Scholarly Publications

  • Sakai Toshiyuki, Nagao Makoto, Kidode Masatsugu, “Processing of Multilevel Pictures by Computer-The Case of Photographs of Human Face-,”Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE) journal, Vol. 54-C(6), pp. 445-452, June 1971
  • Harry Wechsler, Masatsugu Kidode, “A Random Walk Procedure for Texture Discrimination”, IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Vol.PAMI-1, No.3, pp.272-280, Jul. 1979
  • Shinoda Hidenori, Kondoh Takashi, Sawada Nobuo, Numagami Hideo, Kidode Masatsugu, “Development of the Landsat Image Database System and Its Evaluation,” Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ) journal, Vol 24(6), pp. 867-876, Nov 1983
  • Asada Haruo, Shinoda Hidenori, Tabata Mitsuo, Kidode Masatsugu, Watanabe Teiichi, “Interactive High-Speed Image Processing Hardware Implementation and Evaluation,” IEICE journal, Vol J68-D(4), pp. 861-868, April 1985
  • Hamasaki Masahiro, Takeda Hideaki, Matsuzuka Takeshi, Taniguchi Yuichiro, Kono Yasuyuki, Kidode Masatsugu, “A Method of Discovery of Shared Topic Networks Among People From WWW Bookmarks and Its Evaluation,” Transactions of the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence, Vol 17(3), pp. 276-284, April 2002
  • Ueoka Takahiro, Kawamura Tatsuyuki, Kono Yasuyuki, Kidode Masatsugu, “I’m Here: Wearable Interface System for Improving Efficiency of Finding Objects,” Human Interface journal, Vol 6(3), pp. 275-285, Aug 2004
  • Ozaku Hiromi itoh, Uchiyama Masao, Isahara Hitoshi, Kono Yasuyuki, Kidode Masatsugu, “An Event Information Retrieval Method Using Features of Keyword Appearance in Newspaper Corpora,” Transactions of the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence, Vol 19(4), pp. 225-233, April 2004
  • Kawamura Tatsuyuki, Fukuhara Tomohiro, Murata Satoshi, Takeda Hideaki, Kono Yasuyuki, Kidode Masatsugu, “Ubiquitous Memories: Associating Everyday Memory With Real-World Objects Using a Touching Operation,” IEICE journal, Vol J88-D-I(7), pp. 1143-1155, July 2005
  • Kitajima Toshihiro, Ukita Norimichi, Kidode Masatsugu, “Estimating the Temporal Positions and Postures of Non-rigid Objects Lacking Sufficient Features Based on the Stick and Ellipse Model,” IEICE journal, Vol J88-D-II(2), pp. 334-336, Feb 2005
  • Kobayashi Akihiro, Kume Izuru, Ueno Atsushi, Kono Yasuyuki, Kidode Masatsugu, “Mediation Architecture of Personal Robot’s Applications Based on Communications Model,” IEICE journal, Vol J88-D-I(12), pp. 1760-1772, Dec 2005
  • Ueda Hirotada, Kobayashi Akihiro, Satake Junji, Chikama Masaki, Sato Jun, Kidode Masatsugu, “Dialog Strategy for Interactive Robot Interface in Home Network,” IPSJ journal, Vol 47(1), pp. 87-97, Jan 2006
  • Yamamoto Daisuke, Doi Miwako, Matsuhira Nobuto, Ueda Hirotada, Kidode Masatsugu, “Practical Robotic Interface Innovated by Familiar Behaviors: Tolerant Behaviors of Voice Recognition Error,” Human Interface journal, Vol 8(2), pp. 45-52, May 2006
  • Mitsugami Ikuhisa, Ukita Norimichi, Kidode Masatsugu, “Fixed-Center Pan-Tilt Projector and Its Calibration Method,” IEICE journal, Vol J90-D(11), pp. 3065-3078, Nov 2007
  • Ukita Norimichi, Tsuji Ryosuke, Kidode Masatsugu, “Shape Analysis of a Human Body Wearing Clothing Based on PCA of Time-Series Volume Data,” IPSJ Computer Vision and Image Media journal, Vol 1(2), pp. 63-75, July 2008
  • Nakamura Yoshikazu, Kidode Masatsugu, “Online Writer Verification Using Feature Parameters Based on the Document Examiners’ Knowledge,” Institute of Systems, Control and Information Engineers transactions, Vol 22(1), pp. 37-47, Jan 2009
  • Naoko Enami, Norimichi Ukita, Masatsugu Kidode, “Image Matching with a Car-mounted Camera robust to Changes in Imaging Conditions”, International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence, Vol.23, No.7, pp.1369-1395, 2009
  • Retno Supriyanti, Hitoshi Habe, Masatsugu Kidode, Satoru Nagata, “Cataract Screening by Specular Reflection and Texture Analysis”, Communications of SIWN, Vol.6, pp.59-64, 2009
  • Sasaki Tomoki, Matsubara Takamitsu, Nozaki Yasushi, Kidode Masatsugu, “Extraction of Ball-Spin Information From Human Stroke Motions and Its Application to Ball-State Prediction on Ping-Pong Task,” IEICE journal, Vol J94-D(10), pp. 1622-1630, Oct 2011
  • Takamitsu Matsubara, Daisuke Shinohara, Masatsugu Kidode, “Reinforcement Learning of a Motor Skill for Wearing a T-shirt using Topology Coordinates”, Advanced Robotics, Vol.27, Issue 7, pp.513-524, 2013