OHIO welcomed Dr. Hironobu Fujiyoshi to campus as a Glidden Visiting Professor from Chubu University


Professor Hironobu Fujiyoshi spent six weeks, August 3 to September 14, 2022, in Athens as Visiting Professor Robert Glidden from Chubu University. Following his participation in a 2019 Chubu University research delegation visit to OHIO, the Bobcat community was thrilled to welcome him back to campus.

As a professor in the Department of Robotics and Science at Chubu University, Fujiyoshi’s research focuses on deep learning for image recognition and its impact on the pedagogy and application of intelligence. artificial. His host professor at OHIO was Jundong Liu, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at Russ College of Engineering and Technology. Liu shares research interests in machine learning, deep learning, and reinforcement learning.

During his visit to OHIO, Fujiyoshi worked on his research, engaged with EECS graduate students in numerous forums, presented his research in two guest lectures, and explored future relationships between Chubu and OHIO through meetings with leaders of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Research Division.

“Professor Fujiyoshi is an exceptionally creative and productive researcher in the fields of computer vision and deep learning. We are very lucky and honored to have him visit the EECS School and explore possibilities for future collaborations. The interactions between Prof. Fujiyoshi and the EECS faculty and students were truly inspirational to us,” Liu said.

Fujiyoshi has presented his research at two public lectures. On August 12, he presented his guest talk “Deep Collaborative Learning by Knowledge Transfer Graph” and on August 26, he presented “Beyond Explainable AI: Co-evolution of AI and human”.

Fujiyoshi also participated in numerous meetings with faculty and staff across campus, including Elizabeth Sayrs, Executive Vice President and Vice President; David Koonce, acting vice president for research and acting dean of the Graduate College; Maj Mirmirani, acting dean of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology; Avinash Karanth, president of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Chris Thompson and Takaaki Suzuki, members of the Chubu Relations Committee; and Yeong Kim and Jacob Hiler, Miura Visiting Professors.

Accompanied by his wife, Satoko, and two young adult sons, Sora and Rei, Fujiyoshi has participated in several social and informal language and cultural exchanges with Chubu University students studying at OHIO. The family visited the Athens campus of OHIO and enjoyed an organized tour of the Alden Library’s International Collections with Jeff Ferrier and Jeff Shane. Fujiyoshi and his wife visited the electronic music studio of Robert McClure, Assistant Professor of Composition in the School of Music, and discussed their mutual interest in electronic music and modular synthesizers. Sora Fujiyoshi took a Japanese class as a conversation expert, invited by Chris Thompson, professor of linguistics at the College of Arts and Sciences.

Fujiyoshi judged three research presentations from EECS graduate students, including “Smooth Trajectory Collision Avoidance through Deep Reinforcement Learning” by Sirui Song, “Time-domain Deep Neural Networks for Speech Separation” by Tao Sun (presented by Jundong Liu) and Zhongen Li “Vulnerability of 3D Facial Recognition Systems to Deep Morphing: Realistic and Controllable Generation of Point Cloud Face Morphs.” He will continue to engage with OHIO students giving an additional guest lecture virtually more later this fall Fujiyoshi also hopes to send a graduate student researcher to OHIO as early as next spring to engage with Liu’s lab.

“My time at OHIO was only six weeks long, but it was enough for us to know each other as AI researchers. I am convinced that now is the time to build new and deep relationships for next 50 years,” Fujiyoshi said.

Fujiyoshi is the 18th Chubu University faculty member to be Robert Glidden Visiting Professor and he is proud to represent his university. The partnership between OHIO and Chubu University began in 1973 and has continued to foster global engagement among university communities.

“Dr. Fujiyoshi engaged in many aspects of the OHIO and Athens community during his short stay here this fall. He had a lasting impact on the students he taught or visited, faculty with whom he strengthened his research ties and the staff who had the pleasure of working with him and his family to make his journey memorable.We look forward to continuing to support our nearly 50-year relationship with our Chubu partners and to creating new legacies as we begin the next chapter of this partnership,” said Diane Cahill, Acting Director of Global Affairs.

The Glidden Visiting Professorship is the incoming faculty mobility program with Chubu University. Recent alumni include Tomohiro Yanagi, Yutaka Hirata, Takashi Tanaka, and Akiko Noda. Learn more about the outgoing Miura Visiting Professorship by reading engagement reports from recent attendees Benjamin Bates and Yeong-Hyun Kim. Jacob Lee Hiler, Associate Professor of Marketing, will be the next Miura Visiting Professor, visiting Chubu University in 2023.

For more information on Fujiyoshi’s work or the Robert Glidden or Kohei Miura Visiting Professorships between OHIO and Chubu, please contact the Office of Global Affairs at [email protected]

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