Tosiyasu L. Kunii

1998 Taylor L. Booth Education Award Recipient
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"For initiating and promoting computer and information science education in Japan and for your seminal contributions towards the integration of computer-based education in all academic disciplines."

 

Tosiyasu L. Kunii was born in Tokyo, Japan on January 1, 1938. Tosiyasu L. Kunii is currently Professor of Hosei University, Director of IT Institute at Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Visiting Professor of Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Honorary Visiting Professor of University of Bradford, and Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo.

He was the Founding President and Professor of the University of Aizu dedicated to  computer science and engineering as a meta discipline, from 1993 to 1997. There, he coined and installed an integrated and computer-based educational system on Unix workstations and on the Internet to cover all academic disciplines. He received his  B.Sc. in 1962, M.Sc. in 1964 and D.Sc. in 1967 all from the University of Tokyo. He had been Professor of Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Tokyo from June 1978 until March 1993.

In January 1991 he was elected Fellow of IEEE for his contribution to visual computer and visual computation. He was also elected Fellow of the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ) for "International Contributions to Pioneering in and Establishing the Discipline of Visual Computing", March 14, 2000. He authored and edited over 50 books in computer science and in general areas, and published over 500 refereed original academic/technical papers in computer science and applications.

His development of raster graphics in late '60 is recorded in the 1st SIGGRAPH and in the special issue of Computer and Graphics as its proceedings. He also developed networked workstations porting UNIX in early '80. Actually he was the first in Japan to contract the UNIX source code license for academic use and commercial use from Bell Lab. He exhibited the Unix workstations at COMDEX in Las Vegas in 1983, making him among the first originators of UNIX workstations in the world. Soon after, he also developed a broadband network system, now a hot subject, and installed it at 500 sites for real time control of various equipment and multimedia. The University of Aizu networked business system, interconnecting 1000 UNIX workstations on campus including a digital library system, was developed by the team having the core of people he used to train at Information Science Department he initiated the foundation in 1970 at the University of Tokyo and then employed and trained as professional software experts by Software Research Center of Ricoh under the direction of Dr. Hideko S. Kunii.