Research Staff MemberIreland Research Lab, Dublin, Ireland +35318269278
Professional AssociationsProfessional Associations: Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
- The Young Scientists' Prize (文部科学大臣表彰 若手科学者賞), The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan, April 2012.
- Best paper award at the 13th Advances in Computer Games. ``Accelerated UCT and Its Application to Two-Player Games'', written by Junichi Hashimoto, Akihiro Kishimoto, Kazuki Yoshizoe and Kokolo Ikeda, November 2011.
- Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence (JSAI) Annual Conference Award, October 2009.
- Best paper award at the 19th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS'09). ``Scalable, Parallel Best-First Search for Sequential Optimal Planning'', written by Akihiro Kishimoto, Alex Fukunaga, and Adi Botea, August 2009.
- Computer Shogi Association (CSA) Research Award for developing correct and efficient search algorithms that are applied to shogi (Japanese chess), May 2008.
- ChessBase best-publication award for the year 2007 from International Computer Games Association (ICGA). ``Checkers Is Solved'' in the journal Science, written by Jonathan Schaeffer, Neil Burch, Yngvi Björnsson, Akihiro Kishimoto, Martin Müller, Robert Lake, Paul Lu, and Steve Sutphen, April 2008.
- ChessBase best-publication award for the year 2005 from International Computer Games Association (ICGA). ``Correct and Efficient Search Algorithms in the Presence of Repetitions'', written by Akihiro Kishimoto (Ph.D. thesis), September 2006.
- Finalist for outstanding Ph.D. thesis award in the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta, March 2006
- Distinguished paper award at the 19th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI'05). ``Solving Checkers'', written by Jonathan Schaeffer, Yngvi Björnsson, Neil Burch, Akihiro Kishimoto, Martin Müller, Robert Lake, Paul Lu, and Steve Sutphen, May 2005.
- Best paper prize at Canadian AI Conference (AI'02). ``Transposition Table Driven Work Scheduling in Distributed Game-Tree Search'', written by Akihiro Kishimoto and Jonathan Schaeffer, May 2002.
Other Honors and Research Highlights
- Published an article titled ``Go bot, Go - AIs Have Mastered Chess. Will Go Be Next?'', written by Jonathan Schaeffer, Martin Müller and Akihiro Kishimoto at IEEE Spectrum, IEEE's flagship magazine, July 2014.
- Selected as an invited speaker at the Japanese-French Frontiers of Science Symposium (JFFoS 2009), January 2009.
- Selected as runners-up (ranked 10th) in the breakthrough of the year 2007 in the journal Science. ``Checkers Is Solved'', written by Jonathan Schaeffer, Neil Burch, Yngvi Björnsson, Akihiro Kishimoto, Martin Müller, Robert Lake, Paul Lu, and Steve Sutphen, December 2007.
- Involved in Yasushi Tanase's ISshogi (Japanese chess) project together with Norifumi Gotoh and Ayumu Nagai. ISshogi won the World Computer Shogi Championships four times, 1997-2005.