Researcher's Profile

  • Fellow
  • Chieko ASAKAWA
  • RCAST Fellow


March 1982 BA, Department of English Literature, Otemon Gakuin University
April 1985 IBM Research - Tokyo, IBM Japan.
March 2004 PhD, Department of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Grduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo (UTokyo)
2007 IBM Distinguished Engineer
2009 IBM Fellow
2014 Distinguished Service Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
2018 IBM Fellow, T.J. Watson Research Center
June 2020 Fellow, RCAST, RCAST Fellow, RCAST, UTokyo

Research Interests

Chieko Asakawa is an IBM Fellow at T. J. Watson Research Center and IBM Distinguished Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. She has been instrumental in furthering accessibility research and development for three decades. By challenging traditional thinking on how the visually impaired use technology, she has explored solutions to improve Web accessibility and usability for the visually impaired and others with special needs. A series of pioneering technologies generated under Chieko's leadership significantly contributed to advancing Web accessibility, including groundbreaking work in digital Braille and voice browser.

Today, Chieko is focusing on advancing cognitive assistant research to help the blind regain information by augmenting missing or weakened abilities in the real world by the power of AI. Since 2014, she has been leading a research project to realize a practical indoor navigation system for the visually impaired pedestrians, and deployed several services including Pittsburgh airport and a shopping mall in Japan.

She is now working for an AI suitcase that navigates blind users even in a crowded or changing environment and helps them to enjoy urban environments.


Realworld Accessibility based on AI

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