Akihiko Yamada

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Let me spend a few minutes admiring and appreciating the work of Professor Akihiko Yamada. He is elderly and I want to speak of him while I believe he is still with us.

Yamada has been this department’s most dependable contributor within the last couple of decades. A less than thorough search shows 28 Events and Sightings pieces by him since 2006 — an impressive aid about history-of-computing activities in Japan. In addition to his writings for the Annals, Professor Yamada served at various times on the Computer Society History Committee, was a member of the Society’s Board of Governors, and lent significant support to opening the IEEE Computer Society's Tokyo office — IEEE's first office in the Asia-Pacific region). He also published on computing history in Japan.

As an expression of Yamada’s support of other researchers, in 2015 Radomir Stankovic collected and prepared a small book of Yamada’s comments about computing history in Japan: Comments by Akihiko Yamada — History of Computing in Japan (annals-extras.org/pubs/es-2015-yamada-comments.pdf). This booklet is one of several history publications with which Stankovic has been involved in a belief that it is important that technologists be aware of the history of their technology.

My understanding is that Yamada had an impressive technical career at NEC. He has an undergraduate degree and a doctoral degree from Osaka University. After retirement from NEC, he taught at Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo Denki University and Cyber University. He became a Fellow of the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ) in 2002, given IPSJ Contribution Award in 2008, and declared IPSJ Honorary Member in 2018. Tsutomu Sasao has pointed me to Professor Yamada’s involvement in a very recent publication on computing in Japan: Remarks on the Design of First Digital Computers in Japan — Contributions of Yasuo Komamiya, lsi-cad.com/sasao/Papers/files/EUROCAST2019_stanko.pdf

Fit the following from annals-extras.org into the story: - Yamada Comments, 2015 book edited by Radomir Stankovic: this book is photographic view of Akihiko Yamada's work studying and documenting Japanese computing history. - On Dr. Stankovic's connections to Prof. Yamada This piece provides some details about Prof. Yamada's activities and their value to TICSP and to computing history more generally. The next document explains more about the TICSP history project. -The Work in History of Information Sciences at TICSP This piece describes the work at the Tampere International Center for Signal Processing to document then a number of areas of signal processing history.

Beginning of bibliography for Yamada
Akihiko Yamada, Events and Sightings, Annals of the History of Computing, July-September 2014, pp. 86-88

  • <a href=http:/www.computer.org/csdl/mags/an/2014/01/index.html>IEEE Milestone Awarded to Toshiba's T1100 Laptop PC</a>
    Akihiko Yamada, Events and Sightings, Annals of the History of Computing, January-March 2014, pp. 83-84
  • <a href=http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/an/2013/0/index.html>UNIVAC 120 in Japan</a>
    Akihiko Yamada, Events and Sightings, Annals of the History of Computing, July-September 2013, pp. 73-74
  • <a href=http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/an/2013/0/index.html>Kyoto Computer Gakuln Celebrates 50th Anniversary</a>
    Akihiko Yamada, Events and Sightings, Annals of the History of Computing, July-September 2013, pp. 74-76
  • <a href=http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/an/2013/02/index.html>IEEJ Technical Meeting on the History of Computer Engineering</a>
    Akihiko Yamada, Events and Sightings, Annals of the History of Computing, April-June 2013, pp. 76-78
  • <a href=http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/an/2013/02/index.html>IPSJ 75th National Convention at Tohoku University</a>
    Akihiko Yamada, Events and Sightings, Annals of the History of Computing, April-June 2013, pp. 78-81
  • <a href=http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/an/2013/01/index.html>2012 Koyoto Prize to Ivan Sutherland</a>
    Akihiko Yamada, Events and Sightings, Annals of the History of Computing, January-March 2013, pp. 67-71??
  • <a href=http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/an/2012/03/man2012030070.html#target1>IEEJ Commoration: One Step in Electrotechnology</a>
    Akihiko Yamada, Events and Sightings, Annals of the History of Computing, July-September 2012, p. 70
  • <a href=http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/an/2012/02/index.html>IPSJ 4th Information Processing Technology Heritage Certification Ceremony</a>
    Akihiko Yamada, Events and Sightings, Annals of the History of Computing, April-June 2012, pp. 63-67
  • <a href=http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/an/2012/02/index.html>2011 NEC C&C Foundation Prize Ceremony</a>
    Akihiko Yamada, Events and Sightings, Annals of the History of Computing, April-June 2012, pp. 63-67
  • <a href=http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/an/2011/03/index.html>History of Computers Exhibition at Hiroshima City Library</a>
    Akihiko Yamada, Events and Sightings, Annals of the History of Computing, July-Septembers 2011, pp. 82-83
  • <a href=http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/an/2011/02/index.html>IESP 50th Anniversary; IPSJ Third Information Proecssing Technology Heritage Certification</a>
    Akihiko Yamada, Events and Sightings, Annals of the History of Computing, April-June 2011, pp.107-109
  • <a href=http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/an/2010/02/index.html>IPSJ Information Processing Technology Heritage Certification Ceremony</a>
    Akihiko Yamada, Events and Sightings, Annals of the History of Computing, April-June 2010, pp. 83-85
  • <a href=http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/an/2009/03/index.html>IPSJ Information Processing Technology Heritage Program</a>
    Akihiko Yamada, Events and Sightings, Annals of the History of Computing, July-September 2009, pp. 78-80