Hiroaki Kitano is CEO of Sony AI Inc., President and CEO of Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc., Executive Vice President of Sony Corporation, President of The Systems Biology Institute, and Professor at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University. He is also a Founding President of the RoboCup Federation.
Kitano pioneered areas of massively parallel AI, systems biology, intelligent robotics, and initiated grand challenges including RoboCup and Nobel Turing Challenge.
He served as President of International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) (2009-2011), a member of scientific advisory board for European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), and Member of the AI & Robotics Council of World Economic Forum (2016-2018), Sir Louis Matheson distinguished visiting professor at Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI).
He received The Computers and Thought Award from the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in 1993, Prix Ars Electronica 2000, Design Award 2001 from Japan Inter-Design Forum, and Nature Award for Creative Mentoring in Science (Mid carrier award) in 2009, as well as being an invited artist for Biennale di Venezia 2000 and Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2001.