In this interview, Shirai discusses his education and training as a mechanical engineer and his career in robotics and artificial intelligence.
Yoshiaki Shirai, a Japanese mechanical engineer and university professor, was born on 3 August 1941 in Toyota, Japan and is the son of Takeaki and Yoshiko (Sasaki) Shirai. He earned a B.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nagoya University in 1964, and the M.Eng. and the Dr.Eng. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Tokyo University in 1966 and 1969 respectively. Shirai is an inventor, innovator, and leader in the fields of robotics artificial intelligence, computer intelligence, and system control. His research projects have included hand posture recognition, image processing, and sensors for surgical training.
Shirai has been an active member of IEEE; the Robotics Society Japan; the Japanese Society of Artificial Intelligence; Information Processing Society of Japan; the Institute of Electronics, Information, and Communication Engineers; the Robotics and Automation Society, and the American Association of Artificial Intelligence. In addition, he served on the board of directors of the Japan Society Artificial Intelligence from 1985 to 1989 and the Information Processing Society Japan from 1987 to 1989.