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Hitoshi Imaoka
NEC Fellow
(Date of Birth: March 29, 1970)

Hitoshi Imaoka (Ph.D) became a NEC Fellow in 2019.
He works on the research of face recognition technologies and developed the world's fastest and most accurate face recognition.
In 2023, he was awarded Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan, for his high face recognition technology that contributes to global safety.

Hitoshi Imaoka joined NEC in 1997.
He has made significant contributions to the research and development of face recognition technology over the years.
NEC's face recognition technology ranked No.1 fifth times (2009, 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019) in image face recognition tests organized by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Also he played an important role in the development, research, and commercialization of artificial intelligence (AI) for medical applications, then becoming the youngest NEC Fellow in 2019.
Next, he started to take a charge of Digital Business Tech (Biometrics, Healthcare, AI) in 2021.

His goal is to create a society where everyone is recognized as individuals, even if we don't carry around anything. He is working on facial and biometric recognition to achieve a safe, secure, and comfortable lifestyle.

Business Career

Joined in NEC Corporation
Engaged in R&D and industrialization of Face recognition technology
Engages in development, research and commercialization of medical artificial intelligence (AI) including cancer detection and endoscopic diagnostic support system
NEC Fellow (youngest in history)
In charge of Digital Business Tech (Biometrics, Healthcare, AI)
Received the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Awards for Science and Technology, Development Category
Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan