UCRI DIRECT Japanese

Masahiro Tanaka, Ph. D.

Senior Researcher,
Data-driven Intelligent System Research Center (DIRECT)
Universal Communication Research Institute,
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)

Research Interests

My research interests are in large-scale data processing, distributed computing, services computing, etc. We have been developing RaSC, a middleware for large-scale composition of a wide variety of analysis programs.

RaSC is used in the following large-scale information analysis systems (question-answering systems for Japanese language):

They run many language processing programs and machine learning programs using RaSC on hundreds of computers. RaSC excels in composition of various programs, in which most of existing frameworks, such as Hadoop and Spark, often suffer from severe inefficiency.

We were awarded Docomo Mobile Science Award (2015) and Maejima Hisoka Award (2016) due to the contribution of WISDOM X and DISAANA.

Contact Info

    Address3-5 Hikaridai, Seika-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto, 619-0289, Japan
    Phone+81-774-98-6909
    Fax+81-774-98-6940
    Emailmtnk _at_ nict.go.jp

Publications

  • Book Chapters
    1. Masahiro Tanaka, Toru Ishida, Yohei Murakami. Service Supervision for Runtime Service Management, Toru Ishida (eds.) Language Grid: Service-Oriented Collective Intelligence for Language Resource Interoperability. pp. 69-83, Cognitive Technologies Series, Springer, 2011.
    2. Masahiro Tanaka, Rieko Inaba, Akiyo Nadamoto, Tomohiro Shigenobu, Intercultural Collaboration Tools Based on the Language Grid, Toru Ishida (eds.) Language Grid: Service-Oriented Collective Intelligence for Language Resource Interoperability. pp. 35-49, Cognitive Technologies Series, Springer, 2011.
    3. Yohei Murakami, Donghui Lin, Masahiro Tanaka, Takao Nakaguchi and Toru Ishida, Service Grid Architecture, Toru Ishida (eds.) Language Grid: Service-Oriented Collective Intelligence for Language Resource Interoperability. pp. 19-34, Cognitive Technologies Series, Springer, 2011.
  • Journals
    1. Masahiro Tanaka and Yohei Murakami, Strategy-proof Pricing for Cloud Service Composition, IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, Vol. 6, 147-162, 2015 ( (Preprint)
    2. Donghui Lin, Toru Ishida, Yohei Murakami and Masahiro Tanaka, "QoS Analysis for Service Composition by Human and Web Services," IEICE Transactions on Information and Systems, Vol.E97-D, No.4, pp.762-769, 2014.
    3. Donghui Lin, Yohei Murakami and Masahiro Tanaka, "Designing Dynamic Control Mechanisms for Service Invocation," Journal of Information Processing, Vol.19, pp.52-61, Feb. 2011.
  • International Conferences
    1. Low Latency and Resource-aware Program Composition for Large-scale Data Analysis, Masahiro Tanaka, Kenjiro Taura and Kentaro Torisawa, In the Proceedings of the 16th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (CCGrid 2016), pp. 325-330, 2016.
    2. A Semi-Supervised Learning Approach to Why-Question Answering, Jong-Hoon Oh, Kentaro Torisawa, Chikara Hashimoto, Ryu Iida, Masahiro Tanaka and Julien Kloetzer, In the Proceedings of the 30th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-16), 2016.
    3. Masahiro Tanaka, Yohei Murakami. An Efficient Algorithm for Strategy-proof Service Composition, 10th IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (SCC 2013), pp. 105-112, 2013.
    4. Masahiro Tanaka, Yohei Murakami, Donghui Lin, and Toru Ishida. A Service Binding Framework for Open Environment, 9th IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (SCC 2012), pp. 226-233, 2012.
    5. Masahiro Tanaka, Masahiro Tanaka, Yohei Murakami, and Koji Zettsu. Data-intensive Services for Large-scale Archive Access, 9th IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (SCC 2012), pp. 617-624, 2012.
    6. Yohei Murakami, Masahiro Tanaka, Donghui Lin, and Toru Ishida. Service Grid Federation Architecture for Heterogeneous Domain, 9th IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (SCC 2012), pp. 539-546, 2012.
    7. Yohei Murakami, Masahiro Tanaka, Arif Bramantoro, and Koji Zettsu. Data-Centered Service Composition for Information Analysis, 9th IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (SCC 2012), pp. 602-608, 2012.
    8. Arif Bramantoro, Toru Kamada, Masahiro Tanaka, Yohei Murakami, Koji Zettsu. Towards Service Atomization for Analyzing Information, 10th IEEE International Conference on Web Service (ICWS 2012) (Work In Progress), pp. 676 - 677, 2012.
    9. Toru Ishida, Yohei Murakami, Donghui Lin, Masahiro Tanaka and Rieko Inaba, Language Grid Revisited: An Infrastructure for Intercultural Collaboration, Advances on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, 10th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, pp. 1-16, 2012. (keynote)
    10. Donghui Lin, Toru Ishida, Yohei Murakami and Masahiro Tanaka, Improving Service Processes with the Crowds, 9th International Conference on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC 2011), 2011.
    11. Yohei Murakami, Masahiro Tanaka, Donghui Lin, and Toru Ishida, "Open-Source Platform for Language Service Sharing," Language Resources, Technology and Services in the Sharing Paradigm Workshop in conjunction with the 5th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP2011), November, 2011.
    12. Masahiro Tanaka, Yohei Murakami, Donghui Lin. A Service Execution Control Framework for Policy Enforcement, 8th International Conference on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC 2010), pp. 108–121, 2010.
    13. Masahiro Tanaka, Yohei Murakami, Donghui Lin. Language Grid Toolbox: Open Source Multi-language Community Site, 4th International Universal Communication Symposium (IUCS 2010), pp. 104-110, 2010.
    14. Masahiro Tanaka, Yohei Murakami, Donghui Lin and Toru Ishida. Service Supervision for Service-oriented Collective Intelligence, 7th IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (SCC 2010), pp. 154-161, 2010.
    15. Donghui Lin, Yohei Murakami and Masahiro Tanaka. Dynamic Service Invocation Control in Service Composition Environments, 7th IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (SCC 2010), pp. 25-32, 2010.
    16. Donghui Lin, Yoshiaki Murakami, Toru Ishida, Yohei Murakami and Masahiro Tanaka. Composing Human and Machine Translation Services: Language Grid for Improving Localization Processes. 7th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2010), pp. 500-506, 2010.
    17. Yohei Murakami, Donghui Lin, Masahiro Tanaka, Takao Nakaguchi and Toru Ishida. Language Service Management with the Language Grid. 7th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2010), pp. 3526-3531, 2010.
    18. Donghui Lin, Yoshiaki Murakami, Toru Ishida, Yohei Murakami, Masahiro Tanaka. Lessons Learned from Composing Web Services and Human Activities. 7th International Joint Conference on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC2009), Industry Track, November, 2009.
    19. Masahiro Tanaka, Toru Ishida, Yohei Murakami, and Donghui Lin. Service Supervision Patterns: Reusable Adaption of Composite Services. First International Conference on Cloud Computing (CLOUDCOMP 2009), pp. 147-163, October, 2009.
    20. Masahiro Tanaka, Toru Ishida, Yohei Murakami and Satoshi Morimoto. Service Supervision: Coordinating Web Services in Open Environment. IEEE International Conference on Web Services (ICWS-09), pp. 238-245, 2009.
    21. Masahiro Tanaka, Yohei Murakami and Toru Ishida. Towards Service Supervision for Public Web Services. Asia-Pacific Services Computing Conference (IEEE APSCC 2008), pp. 536-541, 2008.
    22. Masaki Gotou, Hirofumi Yamaki, Daisuke Yanagisawa, Masamitsu Ukai, Masahiro Tanaka and Toru Ishida, Resource Sharing among Multilingual Expression Services. Asia-Pacific Services Computing Conference (IEEE APSCC 2008), pp. 470-475, 2008.
    23. Masahiro Tanaka and Toru Ishida. Predicting and Learning Executability of Composite Web Services, 6th International Conference on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC 2008), pp. 572–578, 2008.
    24. Arif Bramantoro, Masahiro Tanaka, Yohei Murakami and Toru Ishida. A Hybrid Integrated Architecture for Language Service Composition. IEEE International Conference on Web Services (ICWS-08), pp. 345-352, 2008.
    25. Satoshi Sakai, Masaki Gotou, Masahiro Tanaka, Rieko Inaba, Yohei Murakami, Takashi Yoshino, Yoshihiko Hayashi, Yasuhiko Kitamura, Yumiko Mori, Toshiyuki Takasaki, Yoshie Naya, Aguri Shigeno, Shigeo Matsubara and Toru Ishida. Language Grid Association: Action Research on Supporting the Multicultural Society. International Conference on Informatics Education and Research for Knowledge-Circulating Society (ICKS-08), pp. 55-60, 2008.
    26. Masahiro Tanaka and Toru Ishida. Ontology Extraction from Tables on the Web. IEEE/IPSJ Symposium on Applications and the Internet (SAINT-06), pp.284-290, 2006.
  • Journals in Japan
    1. Toru Ishida, Yohei Murakami, Rieko Inaba, Donghui Lin, Masahiro Tanaka. Service-Oriented Collective Intelligence for Customized Multilingual Environments, IEICE Trans. D, Vol.J95-D, No.1, pp.2-10, 2012. (Invited Paper)
    2. Masahiro Tanaka and Toru Ishida. Predicting Executability of Composite Web Services. Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ) Journal, Vol.50, No. 2. pp. 701-708, 2009.
    3. Masahiro Tanaka and Toru Ishida. Ontology Extraction Based on Interpretations of Table Structures. Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ) Journal, Vol. 47, No. 5, pp.1530-1537, 2006.
    4. Sachiko Masaki, Masahiro Tanaka, Yohei Murakami, Toru Ishida. Agent-based Level Test Management System for Information Education. Journal of Japanese Society for Information and Systems in Education (JSiSE), Vol. 23, No. 1, pp.24-32, 2006.
  • Workshops in Japan
    1. Masahiro Tanaka,Yohei Murakami. Caching Mechanism for Hierarchical Service Composition,IEICE Technical Report, vol. 112, no. 178, SC2012-10, pp. 29-34, 2012.
    2. Masahiro Tanaka,Yohei Murakami,Koji Zettsu. Towards Data-intensive Services for Large-scale Archive Access,IEICE Technical Report, vol. 111, no. 316, AI2011-30, pp. 7-12, 2011.
    3. Yohei Murakami, Donghui Lin, Masahiro Tanaka. User-Controlled Language Service Composition ,IEICE Technical Report, vol. 111, no. 251, AI2011-16, pp. 39-44, 2011.
    4. Yohei Murakami, Donghui Lin, Masahiro Tanaka, Toru Ishida. Service Grid Architecture for Service-Oriented Collective Intelligence. IEICE Technical Report, vol. 110, no. 428, AI2010-45, pp. 7-12, 2011.
    5. Masahiro Tanaka, Yohei Murakami, Donghui Lin, Toru Ishida, Language Grid Toolbox: A Development Framework for Multilingual Communication Support Tools, Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge-Base Processing, IEICE Technical Report, vol. 110, no. 428, AI2010-46, pp. 13-18, 2011.
    6. Masahiro Tanaka, Yohei Murakami, Donghui Lin, A Service Invocation Framework for Open Environment, PSJ SIGSE Winter Workshop, 2011.
    7. Jun Matsuno, Masahiro Tanaka, Toru Ishida, Word Selection based on Semantic Relatedness and Context Similarity, Joint Agent Workshops and Symposium (JAWS2010) , 2010.
    8. Masahiro Tanaka, Yohei Murakami, Donghui Lin, Toru Ishida, A Composite Service Control Framework for Service-oriented Collective Intelligence, The 9th Forum on Information Technology (FIT 2010), O-004, 2010.
    9. Donghui Lin, Yohei Murakami, Masahiro Tanaka, User-Centered Dynamic Service Invocation Control, The 9th Forum on Information Technology (FIT 2010), O-003, 2010.
    10. Masahiro Tanaka, Yohei Murakami, Rieko Inaba, Donghui Lin, Toru Ishida.Language Grid Toolbox: Open Source Software for Supporting Multilingual Communities. 72th IPSJ Annual Convention, 2010.
    11. Donghui Lin, Yoshiaki Murakami, Toru Ishida, Yohei Murakami, Masahiro Tanaka.Improving Localization Processes with the Language Grid. 72th IPSJ Annual Convention, 2010.
    12. Donghui Lin, Yoshiaki Murakami, Toru Ishida, Yohei Murakami, Masahiro Tanaka.Effects of Composing Human and Web Services. The 1st Meeting of IEICE Special Interest Group on Services Computing, 2009.
    13. Masanobu Ishimatsu, Masahiro Tanaka, Toru Ishida. Semi-automatic Generation of Metadata from Language Resources in Table Formats. The 8th Forum on Information Technology (FIT 2009), RJ-003, pp.43-49, Seqptember, 2009. (FIT2009 Paper Award)
    14. Masahiro Tanaka and Toru Ishida. Ontology Extraction from Tables. The 19th Annual Conference of JSAI, 1A4-02, 2005.
    15. Masahiro Tanaka and Toru Ishida. Ontology Generation from Table Form Data, The 9th Meeting of JSAI Special Interest Group on Semantic Web and Ontology. SIG-SWO-A404-05, 2005.
  • Demonstration
    1. Donghui Lin, Masahiro Tanaka, Yohei Murakami and Toru Ishida, "Language Grid Toolbox for Customized Multilingual Communities," the 2011 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2011), March, 2011.
    2. Mika Yasuoka, Toru Ishida, Yohei Murakami, Donghui Lin, Masahiro Tanaka, Rieko Inaba, Supporting Local Jargon in Multilingual Collaboration, the 2010 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2010), February, 2010.
    3. Yohei Murakami, Rieko Inaba, Lin Donghui, Masahiro Tanaka, and Toru Ishida. Langrid ToolBox: Multilingual Collaboration Tool using Language Grid, 3rd International Universal Communication Symposium (IUCS 2009), December, 2009.

Awards

  • Maejima Hisoka Award, 2016.
  • Docomo Mobile Science Award, 2015.
  • Twitter #DataGrants, 2014
  • FIT2009 Paper Award
    Masanobu Ishimatsu, Masahiro Tanaka, Toru Ishida. Semi-automatic Generation of Metadata from Language Resources in Table Formats. The 8th Forum on Information Technology (FIT 2009), RJ-003, pp.43-49, Seqptember, 2009.

Scholarships and Grants

  • 2011.4-2013.3: Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B), The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
  • 2009.4-2011.3: Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (Start-up), The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
  • 2007.4-2009.3: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
  • 2006.4-2007.3: Grants for Encouragement of Research, Support Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology Research (SCAT)

Professional Activities

  • ICWS 2009 Panelist (Panel 3: Application Clouds: Deployment, Testbeds, Benchmarking, and Practices)
  • SOCA 2009 Program Committee
  • IWIC 2009 Demonstration Session Co-chair

Employment

  • 2013.3-current Researcher
    Information Analysis Laboratory, Universal Communication Research Institute, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)
  • 2011.4-2013.2
    Information Services Platform Laboratory, Universal Communication Research Institute, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)
  • 2009.4-2011.3 Expert Researcher
    Language Grid Project, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)
  • 2005.10-2006.3: Technical Assistant
    Language Grid Project, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)

Education

  • 2005.10-2009.3 Ph.D., Information Science
    • Department of Social Informatics, Kyoto University.
    • Supervisor: Professor Toru Ishida
    • Research Theme: Web Service Supervision: Meta-level Architecture for Controlling Composite Web Services
  • 2004.4-2005.9 Master of Informatics
    • Department of Social Informatics, Kyoto University.
    • Thesis: Ontology Extraction Based on Interpretations of Table Structures
    • Supervisor: Professor Toru Ishida
  • 2000.4-2004.3 Bachelor of Engineering
    • Department of Information Science, Kyoto University.
    • Thesis: Impression Ontology for Supporting Information Retrieval
    • Supervisor: Professor Toru Ishida