Jianguo (Jack) Liu

A human-environment scientist and sustainability scholar, Jianguo "Jack" Liu holds the Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability, is University Distinguished Professor of fisheries and wildlife at Michigan State University and serves as director of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability. He is a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science and is a coordinating lead author of the global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services organized by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Liu also is the founder of the International Network of Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS-Net.org) and is a past president of the U.S. Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology. In recognition of his efforts and achievements in research, teaching, and service, Liu has received many awards, such as being elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  He has received the Guggenheim Fellowship Award, the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, the Distinguished Landscape Ecologist Award and the Distinguished Service Award from US-IALE and the Sustainability Science Award and the Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship from the Ecological Society of America, as well as being named a Fellow in the society. He also has been a guest professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a visiting scholar at Stanford, Harvard and Princeton.

Toru Ishida

Toru Ishida

He has been a professor of Kyoto University since 1993. Before that he was a research scientist at NTT Laboratories. His academic paths include visiting scientist/professor positions at Columbia University, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Le Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6, University of Maryland, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tsinghua University, Xinjiang University and Hong Kong Baptist University. He was a project leader at NTT Communication Science Laboratories from1998 to 2004, and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) from 2006 to 2010. I was an editor-in-chief of Journal on Web Semantics (Elsevier) and an associate editor of IEEE PAMI. I am a fellow of IEEE, IPSJ, and IEICE since 2002, 2005, and 2008. He was a 2011 President of IEICE Information and Systems Society (IEICE-ISS) and a vice president of IEICE from 2014-2015. He was a research supervisor of JST PRESTO Information Environments and Humans, and a member of Science Council of Japan from 2011-2017.He worked for creating conferences on autonomous agents and multiagent systems including MACC/JAWS (Japanese), PRIMA (Asia/Pacific) and ICMAS/AAMAS (International). He served as a program co-chair of the second ICMAS, a chair of the first PRIMA, and a general co-chair of the first AAMAS. He was an associate editor of Journal on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (Springer), and a board member of the International Foundation on Autonomous Agent and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS).He created Kyoto University Design School with his colleagues in Informatics, Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Management and Psychology. The school started in April 2013.

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