Corporate Distinguished Engineer

Sony certifies its engineers as "Corporate Distinguished Engineer" who formulate and execute technology strategies
while identifying signals of change, and support the development of talent in order to ensure Sony’s sustainable growth.
We formulate the technological strategies that underpin our Sony’s corporate strategy beyond the existing frameworks,
support the execution of corporate strategies through technology by building global network and identifying signs of change.
We will also discover engineers with high potential and support their development.

Kohei Asada

Acoustic system architecture development

Since joining the R&D Institute in 1993, I have been consistently involved in the development of audio technologies while moving back and forth between the research and business divisions.
Focusing on sound signal processing algorithm, my policy is to develop from the perspective of acoustic system, combining knowledge of electrical devices and acoustic transducers (microphone and loudspeaker) through practical experience.
As concrete results, my teams have contributed to the development of Digital Noise Canceling technology for headphones and automatic sound field calibration technology for AV amplifiers, etc., as well as leading the development of a variety of differentiating technologies such as open-ear acoustic device and PSAPs (Personal Sound Amplification products).

Reference:
Industry-Leading Noise-Canceling Technology - Delivering the Best Music Experience to Customers (April 8, 2020)

Seiya Amatatsu

Mechanical development and design

Specialized in mechanical development and design (development and design using polymers and metals, anticipatory cosmetic and mechanical element technology)

Hayato Iwamoto

Process technology design of semiconductor devices

Since joining the company, I have been engaged in research and development of semiconductor process technology and process integration technology. Especially, I contributed to the fundamental process design of the back-illuminated CMOS image sensors and realized the vertical start-up in the mass production of world’s first backside-illuminated CMOS image sensors, which greatly contributes to Sony's device business. I also spearheaded the world’s first mass production of the stacked CMOS image sensor with innovative Cu-Cu direct bonding technology, including its R&D. Currently, I manage the total design of semiconductor processes spanning across image sensor devices and display devices (liquid crystal, M-OLED).

Yoshifumi Ueno

Application service design development technology consisting of Growth theory, data analysis, design thinking, etc.

I joined the team to design applications at the start of the personal computer VAIO, and along with the establishment of the PC Application Center, I have contributed to each division in the development of Windows/Mac applications for VAIO. Since then, I have been engaged in the development of cloud services with a focus on technologies such as growth theory, design thinking, and data analysis. Currently, I’m promoting solution development with AI development utilizing data and contribution to all of Sony's businesses with data analysis.

Yusuke Oike

Image sensor architecture, Image sensor device technology

I was involved in the development of analog circuit technology, digital signal processing technology, and pixel device technology for CMOS image sensors, and had realized the novel image sensor architectures from research and development to commercial products. Recently, in addition to high-quality imaging, I have been engaged in sensor technologies with AI era, developing advanced technologies for invisible light sensing, spatial (ranging) sensing, and dynamic vision sensing.

Motoyuki Ohtake

Optics design for objective lens

I studied the evaluation method for optics systems in university days and have been working as optics designer, especially for camera objectives. The number of optics patents I applied for is the highest in the world. I made patent strategies and innovated new lens technology. As for interchangeable lens, I had been working for digital imaging products to connect planning, design and marketing team. Now I'm putting my energy to developing a new optical device and designing an architecture for it.

Toshiyuki Ogura

Technology Strategy, Technology Evangelist

  • Technology Strategy: Building a value architecture to create new value of technology by having a wide view on the technology, products, services, and the market
  • Technology Evangelist: Evangelizing a high-performance video/audio experience system for a better understanding of the real value of the technologies

Reference:
Who is 8K reality for? (May 13, 2019)

Yuichi Kageyama

Distributed Deep Learning, Privacy-preserving, Home Network

I have an expertise in distributed processing/deep learning, privacy protection, and home networking (HN) technologies. In particular, in the field of distributed DNN training, we have achieved the world's fastest speed by combining our distributed processing technology, which we have developed through speeding up speech recognition, with deep learning technology, and by utilizing joint research with external organizations such as AIST. In the field of HN technology, I had engaged in standardization of IEEE 1394, UPnP, and DLNA, and led development of in-house specifications, realizing commercialization of all Consumer Electronics categories as Sony Home Network.

Reference:
What it will take for Sony to become No. 1 in the AI field (May 29, 2019)

Makiko Kan

Unified design of algorithm and HW

PhD in mathematics. After entering Sony Corporation, studied forward error correction (FEC), especially algebraic codes like Reed-Solomon and BCH codes and probabilistic codes like turbo and LDPC codes. After that, joined worldwide broadcasting standardization in order to obtain SEPs in FEC, and developed standards and their receiver HWs. As a derivation from Bayesian network used in LDPC decoder, deep neural network and its implementation is also now studied, together with sensing signal processing.

Hiroki Kikuchi

Advanced Optical Technology

Majorly specialize in physical optics, laser optics, nonlinear optics (interaction of light and material), and laser application technology. Having been engaged in research and development of new categories of products such as laser displays, laser microscopes (Semiconductor manufacturing inspection equipment), volumetric light field displays, and AR glasses with expertise in optical technology. Currently specially interested in exploration of nanophotonics technology. Also have experience in joint research and development with universities, research institutes, and high-tech companies in Japan and overseas.

Tetsuya Kimura

System Architecture Design

Started the software development business focusing on the design of User Interface in the product development of Camcorder and digital still camera. Engaged in overall architecture design through the framework and OS areas, as the progress of software in system development expands with the digitization of recording and playback media. Especially in the area of Digital Imaging, while designing a common system for main products, also involved in the design area of LSI specifications and responsible for the system architecture design of overall product development.

Gabriele Nelles

Materials Science; Structure and Function Correlation

My technical expertise in Material Science covers a wide range of material classes, surface science including coating and processing techniques, test device creation and material-function correlation for a variety of applications in organic electronics, energy harvesting, and life science.

Working in the fundamental research, I am supporting the next and current generation products, bottom-up project creation, exploring new opportunities for Sony, and on-demand scientific assessments supporting decision making.

Along with the material science expertise, I am also skilled working in an interdisciplinary and international environment, promoting scientific discussions with internal and external experts.

Reference:
Pursuing Diversity and Globalization to Strengthen Sony’s Technology (September 10, 2020)
R&D Center Europe Stuttgart Laboratory 2 (November 29, 2019)

Yoshiyuki Kobayashi

Deep Learning, Machine Learning

AI and machine learning technologies mainly based on deep learning, signal processing technologies, and application development.
In particular, deep learning for images, machine learning methods with automatic architecture optimization using evolutionary computation, GUI-based tool development for high development efficiency, and music information retrieval. Consulting and human resource development for the practical application of machine learning.

Reference:
What is uniquely Sony about our AI x Robotics? (March 1, 2019)

Alexander Berestov

Deep learning based camera signal processing

Traditional and deep learning-based camera signal processing (sensor design, auto focus system, image processing pipeline, and computer vision applications); Multi-view content capturing systems; Next generation codec (MPEG-I for point cloud and mesh compression)

Kazumi Sato

System Software, System SW architecture

Systems Software such as operating systems, network technologies, and file systems with a focus on Linux knowledge and development experience. An understanding of the latest open source software technologies in the world. Technical knowledge of robotics, automated driving and sensing fields from a systems software perspective. The system is designed to meet the requirements of various products and system solutions within Sony. I understand the requirements of various products and system solutions within Sony and tailor our systems to meet those requirements. I examines the architecture of the software and is the technical lead for its development.

Ryo Sawai

Communication engineering, Information theory, digital signal processing, radio system architecture design, spectrum legislation, international standardization

Ph.D in engineering. My expertise includes digital signal processing, 4G/5G and other mobile communications technologies, wireless LAN technologies, software wireless technologies, cognitive wireless technologies, and research, development, legislation, and standardization of Dynamic Spectrum Access/Sharing (TV white spaces: TVWS, Citizens Radio Broadband Services: CBRS). Leadership in industry-academia-government collaboration, collaboration with Japanese and overseas universities, and collaboration projects with overseas laboratories in Japan, China, and Europe. For TVWS and CBRS, I have contributed to initial social implementation, and have obtained commercial system certification both in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Reference:
Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) - Optimizing Use of Radio Frequency Resources towards the 5G/Beyond-5G Era (August 31, 2020)
New Experience Value to be Achievable only by “Sony x 5G” (June 28, 2019)

Chuen-Chien Lee

3D Content Creation Technologies

3D Content Creation Technologies (Capturing, Modeling and Animation) with the Creation of Digital Human and Digital Sets for the Content Production of Digital Entertainments. Visualization Technology with Computer Vision & Computer Graphics, Next Generation Video Codec (MPEG Standards) and Camera Signal Processing (Auto Focus, Object Tracking / Recognition & Noise Reduction).

Reference:
R&D Center US San Jose Laboratory (November 29, 2019)

Noboru Shibuya

System Architecture, Product Planning

  1. (1)Product Planning: Utilizing the ability to solve the customer's pain (Needs) with technologies, I create new value and contribute to business.
  2. (2)Product Development: I develop products from system architecture development to commercialization and marketing with experience in embedded systems to open systems such as PC architecture.
  3. (3)Technical expertise: Searching for and utilizing necessary technologies to solve problems. I have a broad range of expertise in these areas, and I am Sony's leading expert in the area of surgical endoscope and video microscope development.

Teruhiko Suzuki

Image/Video signal processing, coding technology

Research and development of fundamental technologies related to image/video compression. I contributed to video codec algorithm, signal processing and standardization related to MPEG-2, AVC, HEVC, VVC. I also contributed to the product development and related standardization, e.g. DVD and digital broadcasting for MPEG-2, Blu-Ray, AVCHD and XAVC for AVC, 4K HDR for HEVC. In recent years, I have been developing compression technology using point cloud, and proceeding with application development for video production and sensing technology.

Reference:
Two Sony Engineers Honored with METI’s Industrial Standardization Awards (December 18, 2020)
Standardization creates social infrastructure (March 1, 2019)

Fumihiko Sudo

Development and implementation of cameras for broadcast, Development and implementation of cameras for industry

Mainly pursuing improvement of picture quality.

  • Determination of required specification of image sensor, evaluation and feedback of sample image sensor, development of peripheral devices for image sensor
  • Development of signal processor in order to compensate bad characteristics of lens, prism, image sensor, and analog circuit
  • Development and implementation of signal processing algorithm for better picture quality
  • Standardization of TV system, signal process for wide dynamic range and wide color gamut, and audio/video interface

Tetsuji Sumioka

System LSI Architecture, System LSI Development

Wide range of knowledge and skills acquired by developing more than 20 types of system LSIs. In particular, technology to break down product requirements into LSI specifications and system architecture at a feasible level, technology to implement algorithms to hardware in a optimum size, design technology for large-scale SoCs by using advanced semiconductor process, management of LSI total design. In addition, construction skills of LSI total development, production and business by using Sony and other company’s technologies.

Toshifumi Takaoka

Development of Intelligent, low latency camera system

My specialty is processing sensor signal, controlling actuators and development of camera system technology. by understanding about material characteristic, I choose best combination of sensor and signal processing algorithm. Recently, I am challenging to achieve limit response of human by combination of AI and actuation, and introduce them to consumer market.

Yoshikazu Takashima

Advanced Technology for Content Creation and Distribution

Evaluation and introduction of advanced technologies for Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc businesses (e.g. production, post production, distribution, marketing). Introducing Cloud/Remote tools, next generation image & sound format, AI/ML tools, Data analytics, and Sony R&D technologies into SPE workflow. Fostering Sony electronics product evaluation community with Hollywood creators.

Tetsuya Tatsumi

Plasma physics, Micro-fabrication technology using plasma, Dry etching

My specialty is plasma physics. Since joining Sony, I have been engaged in the research and development of semiconductor process technology. I have been involved in basic research on microfabrication technology necessary for LSI manufacturing. I have also led many joint research projects and academic conferences related to plasma process control. In particular, a number of research results published in the past on dissociation control of gas molecules in plasma, reaction models of etching surfaces, plasma damage control for various materials, etc. have been highly evaluated worldwide, and these technologies and knowledge are widely applied to semiconductor manufacturing in the world. Currently, I am also a specially appointed professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, and I am also making efforts to train young researchers. Ph.D. (engineering) . Fellow of the Japan Society of Applied Physics.

Dietmar Schill

Wireless Communications, Signal Processing

After completing a PhD in communications and information theory, I worked for many years in the area of hierarchical modulation and broadcast transmission systems in general.

Today, I am responsible for projects and researchers in a wide area of technologies, such as speech and language processing, AI, image and video processing with RGB and multispectral sensors, optics, mm-wave radar, indoor localization, nearfield communications (NFC) as well as digital communications.

I also finished an MA in business studies up to “Vordiplom”, the half-time exam in the former German university curriculum.

Reference:
R&D Center Europe Stuttgart Laboratory 1 (November 29, 2019)

Thomas Kemp

Audio, Speech Recognition, Machine Learning

I have been working on statistical machine learning during most of my career. I have applied the methods mostly to audio-related topics (i.e. Speech Recognition, Speaker identification, Music analysis, Sound analysis), but have also used it in the context of recommender systems for music, video, and games. My background is automatic speech recognition. Lately, I have been working on Deep Neural Networks and methods to compress them such that they can run on embedded devices.

Shigetaka Tomiya

Semiconductor materials, Semiconductor devices, Material Analysis

Engaged in R&D of a short-wavelength semiconductor laser, especially involved in the improvement of material quality and reliability by materials analysis. During that time, I contributed to the realization of the world's first GaN substrate and high-power pure blue semiconductor laser. Also, I was engaged in R&D of advanced materials analysis, such as 3D atom probe technology for compound semiconductors and organic semiconductor atomistic lattice imaging technique. Launch and promote the "Materials Analysis Network" and also launch the bases of materials informatics within Sony Group. Currently, I am also a specially appointed professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology. Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering)

Reference:
Materials Informatics for Materials and Device R&D - Using AI to Create Materials That the World Has Never Seen Before! (March 4, 2020)

Jun Nishikawa

Development of catadioptric optical system

I have experiences in the lens design and product development of the entire range of projection lenses, from ultrashort throw (UST) to long throw. In particular, I have been involved in the development of UST lenses using aspherical mirrors since the early 2000s. While experiencing various difficulties, I have been involved in the lens design of 4K UST projectors and other products. Recently, I have been researching new lens system and its lens design methods on UST lens with catadioptric relay. This lens system enables significant miniaturization and low distortion onto curved screen, which could not be achieved with conventional UST lenses. In August of this year, I presented "Ultrashort Throw Lenses with Catadioptric Relay Suitable for Flat and Curved Screens" at SPIE Optics and Photonics, one of the major optics international conferences.

Kazumasa Nomoto

Display Device, Semiconductor Technology, Device Physics

Having expertise about material/process/device/analysis technologies for organic/compound/silicon semiconductors, display device technologies and device physics. And having both theoretical and experimental experiences from basic research to development about material, process, device and systems. Recently lead the field of organic and flexible electronics in the academic and industry. Additional expertise is display industry analysis, collaboration strategy and education. Ph.D (Science).

Takashi Fukaya

Medical Imaging technology

I have been involved in the planning, research and development, and design of imaging devices, medical microscopes, and endoscopes used in operating rooms and clinics. Especially in the field of neurosurgery, I have contributed to the advancement of surgical methods with doctors. I have developed medical video microscopes and 3D endoscopes, which had been required in the medical field for 30 years.

Koji Fukumoto

Principle Mechanism-based solving, Principle Mechanism-based development

I specialize principle mechanism-based problem solving and new element development based on a wide range of device expertise such as sensors, magnetic recording, MEMS, semiconductors, and a wide range of business process experiences such as development, design, process, system, production start-up, and customer I/F. We have independently launched a simulation method that quantitatively models phenomena from the atomic level to the set level based on the principle mechanism, which has not been realized elsewhere, and is developing it for device and set element developments.

Magdalena Wasowska

Security, Privacy, Blockchain, Data Analytics, AI/ML, Cloud Services

My original field of expertise is mathematics with the specialization in the game theory (Warsaw University 1986-1992). I joined Sony R&D in Belgium in 1996 as a software engineer. Over the past 24 years, I have been promoted to management positions and have gained knowledge in various technologies (embedded SW, cloud technologies, security, privacy, blockchain, big data analytics, ML/AI) as well as vast experience in all aspects of product development (from research and QA to productization and factory processes).
As the GM of RDC Europe Brussels Laboratory I am leading research and development of various security related technologies. Most recent examples include:

  • Multi-factor, frictionless, behavior-metric based authentication technologies (gait, heartbeat)
  • Privacy preserving secure computation technologies (differential privacy, MPC, homomorphic encryption)
  • Fraud detection systems (combining rules, machine learning and neural networks)
  • Blockchain/DLT technologies for Decentralized Digital Identity Management enabling storing, control and sharing of personal data in the GDPR compliant and privacy preserving way, Decentralized Rights & License
  • Management of creative assets in self-distribution business model and IOT Decentralized Data Markets

Brussels Laboratory also offers offensive security services (listed by CISO office in the security catalogue of Sony) to find exploitable vulnerabilities in Sony products and services.

Reference:
Pursuing Diversity and Globalization to Strengthen Sony’s Technology (September 10, 2020)
R&D Center Europe Brussels Laboratory (November 29, 2019)

Hiroaki Matsumoto

Sensing Platform technology Adviser

I have more than 30 years of experience in system LSI development, software development, image signal processing, and algorithm development for camera products.
Sensing Platform developed in Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation is a large system that includes various technologies such as sensor devices, Machine Learning, Vision signal processing, from Edge to Cloud. My main mission is to support project owner and project manager on technology issues related to system architecture and underlying technologies.

Yuki Mitsufuji

Machine Learning, Signal Processing, Music Technology

In 2004, I joined Audio Codec Development Group, Sony Corporation. Since 2015, I have been leading teams that developed the sound design for the Play Station game title called “Gran Turismo Sport”, and spatial audio solution called “Sonic Surf VR”. Together with business units, my teams won awards such as TIGA award for best audio design for Gran Turismo Sports, and a judge selection award at Japan Media Arts Festival for their 576-channel sound field synthesis called “Acoustic Vessel Odyssey”. From 2011 to 2012, I was a visiting researcher at Analysis/Synthesis Team, Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM), Paris, France. I was involved in the 3DTV content search project sponsored by European Project FP7, in research collaboration with IRCAM. I serve as a reviewer of ICASSP, INTERSPEECH, ISMIR, etc. Recently, I became a general chair of Signal Separation Evaluation Campaign (SiSEC) where my team had scored the best results for 3 consecutive years. I have numerous granted patents for audio signal processing.

Reference:
Reviving the Sound of Classic Movies with AI - AI Sound Separation (November 18, 2020)

Hiroshi Mukawa

Display technology of Augmented Reality Glasses

Starting from the invention and research on optical displays of AR glasses, I have led the set product development and its commercialization, as well as the development and commercialization of AR display modules. In recent years, at R&D Center, we developed a prototype of AR glasses with a spatial tracking function and conducted a public demonstration. I am leading the AR HMD product and technology strategy by understanding trade-offs among image quality, form factor, and cost of various optical display systems.

Kazuhiko Muto

Mobile communication system

Developed communication technologies such as the 3rd, 3.5th, 4th and 5th generation mobile communication systems.
Developed internet protocols such as the IP, TCP, UDP and so on.
In addition, there are experiences of a industrial computer network , IEEE802.11 and Bluetooth.

Eiichiro Morinaga

Massively parallel signal processing technology, AI robotics

■ Massively parallel signal processing technology
We specialize in technological development that realizes functions that can only be realized by hardware in the past using software. We have knowledge to achieve both ultra-low power consumption and computing performance, especially for portable devices.

■ AI Robotics
It has the mechanical design, electric circuit, software, and processing technology necessary for developing a robot. In recent years he has led the aibo revival project.

Shinya Yamakawa

Semiconductor Device Simulation, Semiconductor Device Modeling

Semiconductor process/device simulation and modeling; Revealing stress enhancement mechanism of high-k/metal gate technology for advanced CMOS; Next generation simulation and transistor device development for image sensors. Serving as Chair of the Symposium on VLSI Technology. Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.

Teiji Yutaka

Interactive Technology as Real-Time Graphics , UI …

Since developing the first-gen PlayStation®, long career in gaming industry.
Now I am leading research of the cutting-edge technologies to contribute to future PlayStation®. Wide variety of future research especially, photo realistic rendering technology by Real Time Ray Tracing and UI technology using emotion recognition by machine learning.

Takayuki Yoshigahara

Computer Vision

Various aspects of Computer Vision. Specialty in the technology development for the purpose of extracting information from images, such as basic algorithms (camera calibration, tracking, segmentation), 3D image sensing (stereo vision, structure from motion), image recognition (object detection, face/human identification) and so on. Specialized areas as sciences are projection geometry, mathematical optimization, Bayesian statistics, and machine learning.