- 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|
|2014||Distinguished Service Professor, Carnegie Mellon University|
|2018||IBM Fellow, T.J. Watson Research Center|
|June 2020||Fellow, RCAST, RCAST Fellow, RCAST, UTokyo|
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