Corporate Distinguished Engineer

Sony certifies its engineers as "Corporate Distinguished Engineer" who formulate and execute technology strategies
while identifying signals of change, and support the development of talent in order to ensure Sony’s sustainable growth.
We formulate the technological strategies that underpin our Sony’s corporate strategy beyond the existing frameworks,
support the execution of corporate strategies through technology by building global network and identifying signs of change.
We will also discover engineers with high potential and support their development.

Seiya Amatatsu

Mechanical development and design

Specialized in mechanical development and design (development and design using polymers and metals, anticipatory cosmetic and mechanical element technology)

Alexander Berestov

Deep learning based camera signal processing

Traditional and deep learning-based camera signal processing (sensor design, auto focus system, image processing pipeline, and computer vision applications); Multi-view content capturing systems; Next generation codec (MPEG-I for point cloud and mesh compression)

Eric Diehl

Content protection, security and blockchain

Content Protection, Digital Rights Management, Imperceptible watermark, fingerprinting, tamper-resistance (software and hardware), advanced key management, threat analysis, blockchain, Hyperledger Fabric

Takashi Fukaya

Medical Imaging technology

I have been involved in the planning, research and development, and design of imaging devices, medical microscopes, and endoscopes used in operating rooms and clinics. Especially in the field of neurosurgery, I have contributed to the advancement of surgical methods with doctors. I have developed medical video microscopes and 3D endoscopes, which had been required in the medical field for 30 years.

Koji Fukumoto

Device development, physical simulation

In the fields of sensors, magnetic recording, MEMS, and semiconductors, I have many cutting-edge world's first device development & commercialization experience and extensive expertise, specializing in devices, elemental technologies, and new business development.
By making full use of the physical simulation method that quantitatively reproduces from the atomic level, which was originally developed based on that expertise, even issues that cannot be tested in the real thing and issues that cannot be measured can be fundamentally solved based on the physical law. By solving these problems, I have also contributed to the development of devices such as stacked image sensors, displays and lasers, and set products such as smartphones, TVs and Audio.
In recent years, we have been working on the construction of a digital-based cutting-edge development process that anticipates the era of digital twins, which integrates physical simulation, AI, and IT technologies to connect element development such as devices and service development.

Tatsuya Haraguchi

Network Services, Application of advanced technology to entertainment business

Developed information recommendation technology as a software engineer. Engaged in a wide range of operations including music-based social media management, web media management, mobile application development, and business management of music distribution business at Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. Exploring advanced technologies in the entertainment business, utilizing advanced technologies for various types of entertainment such as music, anime, and games, and promoting technology-based new business creation activities.

Hayato Iwamoto

Process technology design of semiconductor devices

Since joining the company, I have been engaged in research and development of semiconductor process technology and process integration technology. Especially, I contributed to the fundamental process design of the back-illuminated CMOS image sensors and realized the vertical start-up in the mass production of world’s first backside-illuminated CMOS image sensors, which greatly contributes to Sony's device business. I also spearheaded the world’s first mass production of the stacked CMOS image sensor with innovative Cu-Cu direct bonding technology, including its R&D. Currently, I manage the total design of semiconductor processes spanning across image sensor devices and display devices (liquid crystal, M-OLED).

Markus Kamm

Development of optical systems

My background is physics. After finishing University, I first specialized in liquid crystal optics and later expanded my expertise to illumination- and imaging-optics, as well as computational imaging. The central theme of all my activities is the design of optical systems, related to products like projectors, cameras, depth sensors and spectral sensors. For that purpose, I work with several commercial simulation tools (Zemax, LightTools, VirtualLab) but also develop tools by myself (C/C++, Matlab). Currently I’m exploring how to bridge the gap between physical optics and geometrical optics. In addition to technical skills, I have also gained experience working with universities and start-up companies in Europe and the USA.

Makiko Kan

Unified design of algorithm and HW

PhD in mathematics. After entering Sony Corporation, studied forward error correction (FEC), especially algebraic codes like Reed-Solomon and BCH codes and probabilistic codes like turbo and LDPC codes. After that, joined worldwide broadcasting standardization in order to obtain SEPs in FEC, and developed standards and their receiver HWs. As a derivation from Bayesian network used in LDPC decoder, deep neural network and its implementation is also now studied, together with sensing signal processing.

Yiotis Katsambas

Animation technology focusing on creative collaboration

Focusing on the technology needs of Sony Pictures Animation and leading the development of innovative applications that enhance creative collaboration. One of those applications is Flix, which is now a commercial product used at many other major animation studios during the story development process. Other applications include innovative workflows for streamlining the design process, rendering, creative reviews, file management, project management, and more. Contributed to the technology needs of many feature animation productions including the worldwide hit “Hotel Transylvania” films, the Academy Award-winning “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” and the Academy Award-nominated “The Mitchells vs. The Machines.”

Thomas Kemp

Audio, Speech Recognition, Machine Learning

I have been working on statistical machine learning during most of my career. I have applied the methods mostly to audio-related topics (i.e. Speech Recognition, Speaker identification, Music analysis, Sound analysis), but have also used it in the context of recommender systems for music, video, and games. My background is automatic speech recognition. Lately, I have been working on Deep Neural Networks and methods to compress them such that they can run on embedded devices.

Hiroki Kikuchi

Advanced Optical Technology

Majorly specialize in physical optics, laser optics, nonlinear optics (interaction of light and material), and laser application technology. Having been engaged in research and development of new categories of products such as laser displays, laser microscopes (Semiconductor manufacturing inspection equipment), volumetric light field displays, and AR glasses with expertise in optical technology. Currently specially interested in exploration of nanophotonics technology. Also have experience in joint research and development with universities, research institutes, and high-tech companies in Japan and overseas.

Tetsuya Kimura

System Architecture Design

Started the software development business focusing on the design of User Interface in the product development of Camcorder and digital still camera. Engaged in overall architecture design through the framework and OS areas, as the progress of software in system development expands with the digitization of recording and playback media. Especially in the area of Digital Imaging, while designing a common system for main products, also involved in the design area of LSI specifications and responsible for the system architecture design of overall product development.

Yoshiyuki Kobayashi

Deep Learning, Machine Learning

AI and machine learning technologies mainly based on deep learning, signal processing technologies, and application development.
In particular, deep learning for images, machine learning methods with automatic architecture optimization using evolutionary computation, GUI-based tool development for high development efficiency, and music information retrieval. Consulting and human resource development for the practical application of machine learning.

Reference:
What is uniquely Sony about our AI x Robotics? (March 1, 2019)

Hiroaki Matsumoto

Sensing Platform technology Adviser

I have more than 30 years of experience in system LSI development, software development, image signal processing, and algorithm development for camera products.
Sensing Platform developed in Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation is a large system that includes various technologies such as sensor devices, Machine Learning, Vision signal processing, from Edge to Cloud. My main mission is to support project owner and project manager on technology issues related to system architecture and underlying technologies.

Yuki Mitsufuji

Machine Learning, Signal Processing, Music Technology

PhD in Information Science and Technology. Since 2015, he has been leading teams that developed the sound design for the Play Station game title called “Gran Turismo Sport”, and spatial audio solution called “Sonic Surf VR”. Together with business units, his teams won awards such as TIGA award for best audio design for Gran Turismo Sports, and a jury selection at Japan Media Arts Festival for their 576-channel sound field synthesis called “Acoustic Vessel Odyssey”. From 2011 to 2012, he was an invited researcher at Analysis/Synthesis Team, Institut de Rechereche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM), Paris, France. He was involved in the 3DTV content search project sponsored by European Project FP7, in research collaboration with IRCAM. He serves as Specially Appointed Associate Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech).

Reference:
Reviving the Sound of Classic Movies with AI - AI Sound Separation (November 18, 2020)

Hiroshi Mukawa

Display technology of Augmented Reality Glasses

Starting from the invention and research on optical displays of AR glasses, I have led the set product development and its commercialization, as well as the development and commercialization of AR display modules. In recent years, at R&D Center, we developed a prototype of AR glasses with a spatial tracking function and conducted a public demonstration. I am leading the AR HMD product and technology strategy by understanding trade-offs among image quality, form factor, and cost of various optical display systems.

Kazuhiko Muto

Mobile communication system

Developed communication technologies such as the 3rd, 3.5th, 4th and 5th generation mobile communication systems.
Developed internet protocols such as the IP, TCP, UDP and so on.
In addition, there are experiences of a industrial computer network , IEEE802.11 and Bluetooth.

Kazuta Nakamura

Carrier network, Optical transmission devices

I have engaged in optical communication related business for over twenty years. I acquired knowledge of optical devices, circuit design, and quality control through the experience of developing wavelength division multiplexing devices. I have contributed to designing and constructing various optical networks such as carrier networks over major cities throughout Japan, campus networks, and public networks. I also have detailed knowledge of access technologies in FTTH, and then my expertise covers the optical communication technologies from access to backbone networks.

Gabriele Nelles

Materials Science; Structure and Function Correlation

My technical expertise in Material Science covers a wide range of material classes, surface science including coating and processing techniques, test device creation and material-function correlation for a variety of applications in organic electronics, energy harvesting, and life science.

Working in the fundamental research, I am supporting the next and current generation products, bottom-up project creation, exploring new opportunities for Sony, and on-demand scientific assessments supporting decision making.

Along with the material science expertise, I am also skilled working in an interdisciplinary and international environment, promoting scientific discussions with internal and external experts.

Reference:
Pursuing Diversity and Globalization to Strengthen Sony’s Technology (September 10, 2020)

Jun Nishikawa

Research and development of new lens types and lens design methods for catadioptric (reflection-refraction) optical system

I have experiences in the lens design and product development of the entire range of projection lenses, from ultrashort throw (UST) to long throw lens. In particular, I have been involved in the development of UST lenses using aspherical mirrors since the early 2000s. While experiencing various difficulties, I have been involved in the lens design of 4K UST projectors and other products. Recently, I have been researching new lens system and its lens design methods on UST lens with catadioptric relay. This lens system enables significant miniaturization and low distortion onto curved screen, which could not be achieved with conventional UST lenses.

Kazumasa Nomoto

Display Device, Semiconductor Technology, Device Physics

Having expertise about material/process/device/analysis technologies for organic/compound/silicon semiconductors, display device technologies and device physics. And having both theoretical and experimental experiences from basic research to development about material, process, device and systems. Recently lead the field of organic and flexible electronics in the academic and industry. Additional expertise is display industry analysis, collaboration strategy and education. Ph.D (Science), SID Fellow, Keio University - Keio Program for Leading Graduate School, Visiting Professor.

Reference:
Sony Group's Corporate Distinguished Engineer, Dr. Kazumasa Nomoto awarded
"2021 SID Fellow Awards" by the Society of Information Display (SID) (April 13, 2021)

Junichi Ogikubo

Contents Creation Solution Development

I have been developing and implementing the video compression, video processing, AI recognition, and computer vision technologies into software and hardware technology layers, such as LSI devices, hardware products, software libraries, PC/server applications, and cloud services, in order to provide end-to-end solution from capturing, processing, recording to distribution of content, in order to connect creators and audiences by collaborating with partners inside and outside Sony.
Especially I have a high specialty in high quality content for Hollywood and high-end productions and advanced content such as VR.

Toshiyuki Ogura

Technology Strategy, Technology Evangelist

  • Technology Strategy: Building a value architecture to create new value of technology by having a wide view on the technology, products, services, and the market
  • Technology Evangelist: Evangelizing a high-performance video/audio experience system for a better understanding of the real value of the technologies

Reference:
Who is 8K reality for? (May 13, 2019)

Yusuke Oike

Image sensor architecture, Image sensor device technology

I was involved in the development of analog circuit technology, digital signal processing technology, and pixel device technology for CMOS image sensors, and had realized the novel image sensor architectures from research and development to commercial products. Recently, in addition to high-quality imaging, I have been engaged in sensor technologies with AI era, developing advanced technologies for invisible light sensing, spatial (ranging) sensing, and dynamic vision sensing.

Christophe Peroz

Nanophotonics for xR display

The main goal of my researche is the development of nanophotonic devices with either novel or enhanced functionalities. Over the last 20 years, I have acquired a broad expertise in materials science and nanotechnologies. I have led R&D projects in industry and academy environment, and had been involved in the development of several products from early-stage concept to commercialization. Since 2015, I am focusing on the development of xR display to enable the next technological revolution. I have 100+ scientific publications and patents to my name. Acquired PhD in Applied Physics (2003) from the Grenoble Alpes University, France.

Kazumi Sato

System Software Development and System Software Architecture

I have knowledge and development experience in operating systems such as Linux and system software such as filesystem and networking. Along with the understanding of Open Source software technology, I also have technical knowledge of robotics, autonomous driving, and sensing, with a focus on system software. I understand the requirements of various products and system solutions within Sony, to consider the system software architecture that matches the requirements and lead the technical development.
I also lead internal Open Source strategy and Open Source compliance activities.

Ryo Sawai

Communication engineering, Information theory, digital signal processing, radio system architecture design, spectrum legislation, and international standardization

Ph.D. Specially Appointed Associate Professor of Tokyo Institute of Technology. My expertise includes digital signal processing, 4G/5G and other mobile communications, wireless LAN, software-defined radio, cognitive radio networks, and research, development, legislation, and standardization of Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA). Leadership in industry-academia-government collaboration, collaboration with Japanese and overseas universities, and collaboration projects with overseas laboratories in Japan, China, and Europe. For the DSA, I have contributed to its commercialization in the United States, Europe and Japan, and we have obtained commercial system certification both in the United Kingdom and the US. Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Award at the 33rd Radio Achievement Awards. Sony Outstanding Engineer Award 2021.

Reference:
Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) - Optimizing Use of Radio Frequency Resources towards the 5G/Beyond-5G Era (August 31, 2020)
New Experience Value to be Achievable only by “Sony x 5G” (June 28, 2019)

Tokihiko Sawashi

Immersive audio and acoustic system architecture development

I have been developing to improve the music listening experience in a room, in a car, and with headphones. Currently, I’m developing an architecture that realizes the production, distribution, and playback of 360 Reality Audio, which can express the sound in a full 360-degree sphere. In addition, in order to reproduce full 360-degree spherical sound even with headphones, I have been leading the team to develop personally-optimized HRTF, reproduce acoustic space of the music studio, and optimize the characteristics of headphones.

Dietmar Schill

Wireless Communications, Signal Processing

After completing a PhD in communications and information theory, I worked for many years in the area of hierarchical modulation and broadcast transmission systems in general.

Today, I am responsible for projects and researchers in a wide area of technologies, such as speech and language processing, AI, image and video processing with RGB and multispectral sensors, optics, mm-wave radar, indoor localization, nearfield communications (NFC) as well as digital communications.

I also finished an MA in business studies up to “Vordiplom”, the half-time exam in the former German university curriculum.

Noboru Shibuya

System Architecture, Product Planning

I have abundant experience in product development ranging from embedded systems to open systems, and extensive experience in product development projects from system architecture development to commercialization and launch.
I execute product planning to create new value through my ability to propose solutions to customers' needs using technology.
I’m a connoisseur of technology who searches for and utilizes the necessary technology to solve problems, and the leading expert in the surgical imaging field at Sony. Recently, I’m studying the creation of new medical value.

Johannes Solhusvik

CMOS Image Sensor Design

Inventor, chip architect, and technical leader of three high dynamic range (HDR) CMOS image sensor product lines for the automotive market. The three HDR technologies have become industry standard and mandated by automotive Tier1s and OEMs. In each case it brought Sony to market leader position. The first case occurred in 2008 with the invention of triple exposure high dynamic range sensor readout scheme which was widely adopted by OEMs and Tier1s across the world. The second case occurred in 2011 with the invention of Dual Conversion Gain (DCG) readout technique which widens the dynamic range in a single exposure, thus avoiding motion artifacts in the combined image. This invention made an impact not only in automotive but also in the security camera market and is now an industry standard technique used by practically all CIS vendors. For the DCG invention, Dr Solhusvik was the winner of 2017 Image Sensors Europe award for ‘Biggest Breakthrough Development’. Thirdly, Dr Solhusvik and his team developed split-diode HDR pixel technology products which offer flicker free HDR capture when there are blinking (LEDs) or oscillating lamps in the scene. Today, all the above mentioned HDR technologies are used by the CMOS image sensor industry to enable safer and more autonomously driving cars.

Michael Spranger

Artificial Intelligence

Michael Spranger is an AI researcher and roboticist by training. He has contributed research on robotics and construction of autonomous robot systems including research on robot perception, world modeling and behavior control. Michael has also made contributions to AI and Machine Learning(ML) areas including Natural Language Processing as well as more exotic topics including artificial language evolution. His skills and research interest within AI, ML and robotics are broad and range from extensive knowledge in symbolic processing to ML to motor control.
His research has been published in top venues in AI such as IJCAI to top venues in ML, e.g., NeurIPS to top venues in Robotics, e.g. IROS. Michael has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and several patents. He is active in the AI community, ML, developmental robotics, and computational linguistics.

Fumihiko Sudo

Development and implementation of cameras for broadcast and industry

Mainly pursuing improvement of picture quality.

  • Determination of required specification of image sensor, evaluation and feedback of sample image sensor, and development of peripheral devices for image sensor
  • Development of signal processor to bring out the best performance of lens, prism, image sensor, and analog circuit
  • Development and implementation of signal processing algorithm for better picture quality
  • Standardization of TV system and wide color gamut, and audio/video interface

Tetsuji Sumioka

System LSI Architecture, System LSI Development

Wide range of knowledge and skills acquired by developing more than 20 types of system LSIs. In particular, technology to break down product requirements into LSI specifications and system architecture at a feasible level, technology to implement algorithms to hardware in a optimum size, design technology for large-scale SoCs by using advanced semiconductor process, management of LSI total design. In addition, construction skills of LSI total development, production and business by using Sony and other company’s technologies.

Teruhiko Suzuki

Image/Video signal processing, coding technology

Research and development of fundamental technologies related to image/video compression. I contributed to video codec algorithm, signal processing and standardization related to MPEG-2, AVC, HEVC, VVC. I also contributed to the product development and related standardization, e.g. DVD and digital broadcasting for MPEG-2, Blu-Ray, AVCHD and XAVC for AVC, 4K HDR for HEVC. In recent years, I have been developing compression technology using point cloud, and proceeding with application development for video production and sensing technology.

Reference:
Two Sony Engineers Honored with METI’s Industrial Standardization Awards (December 18, 2020)
Standardization creates social infrastructure (March 1, 2019)

Toshifumi Takaoka

Development of Intelligent, low latency camera system

My specialty is processing sensor signal, controlling actuators and development of camera system technology. by understanding about material characteristic, I choose best combination of sensor and signal processing algorithm. Recently, I am challenging to achieve limit response of human by combination of AI and actuation, and introduce them to consumer market.

Yoshikazu Takashima

Advanced Technology for Content Creation and Distribution

Evaluation and introduction of advanced technologies for Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc businesses (e.g. production, post production, distribution, marketing). Introducing Cloud/Remote tools, next generation image & sound format, AI/ML tools, Data analytics, and Sony R&D technologies into SPE workflow. Fostering Sony electronics product evaluation community with Hollywood creators.

Tetsuya Tatsumi

Plasma Process

I specialize in plasma physics. I have long been involved in research and development of device manufacturing processes such as dry etching technology. I have a wide range of knowledge and expertise from basic research to device development and mass production. I have also led joint research activities with institutes and universities. Papers on the mechanism of plasma and surface reactions during etching and damage formation of various materials have been highly evaluated worldwide.
* Ph.D. (engineering). Fellow of the Japan Society of Applied Physics. Vice President of the Japan Society of Applied Physics. Specially Appointed Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Shigetaka Tomiya

Semiconductor materials, Semiconductor devices, Material Analysis

Engaged in R&D of a short-wavelength semiconductor laser, especially involved in the improvement of material quality and reliability by materials analysis. During that time, I contributed to the realization of the world's first GaN substrate and high-power pure blue semiconductor laser. Also, I was engaged in R&D of advanced materials analysis, such as 3D atom probe technology for compound semiconductors and organic semiconductor atomistic lattice imaging technique. Launch and promote the "Materials Analysis Network" and also launch the bases of materials informatics within Sony Group. Currently, I am also a specially appointed professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology. Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering)

Reference:
Materials Informatics for Materials and Device R&D - Using AI to Create Materials That the World Has Never Seen Before! (March 4, 2020)

Akira Toyoshima

InsurTech (Insurance × Technology)

My specialty is technology advisory dedicated to insurance business; Specialize in financial-unique back-end technologies with an emphasis on fault tolerance, cloud computing, AI and machine learning to improve operational efficiency and front-end customer experience. In addition, I lead HR development for tech specialists in the financial group.

Yoshifumi Ueno

Service design development technology consisting of growth hack and design thinking, and Data analysis area.

I had worked on the design of applications for VAIO since the start of VAIO. Along with the establishment of the PC Application Center, I have contributed to each division in the development of Windows/Mac applications. Since then, I have been engaged in technologies such as growth theory, design thinking, and data analysis through service development centered on cloud and mobile. Currently, I am promoting solution development through AI development and data utilization, and accelerating contribution to business through data analysis.

Yosuke Ueno

Analog Circuit Design

Engaged in research and development of semiconductor analog circuits especially for data conversions, clock generations and data communications. Applications range from games, wireless communications such as TV tuners and GPS, to stacked CMOS image sensors and distance sensors. Along with the realization of new functions, I have been continuously working on high accuracy, high speed, low power, and miniaturization.

Magdalena Wasowska

Security, Privacy, Blockchain, Data Analytics, AI/ML, Cloud Services

My original field of expertise is mathematics with the specialization in the game theory (Warsaw University 1986-1992). I joined Sony R&D in Belgium in 1996 as a software engineer. Over the past 24 years, I have been promoted to management positions and have gained knowledge in various technologies (embedded SW, cloud technologies, security, privacy, blockchain, big data analytics, ML/AI) as well as vast experience in all aspects of product development (from research and QA to productization and factory processes).
As the GM of RDC Europe Brussels Laboratory I am leading research and development of various security related technologies. Most recent examples include:

  • Multi-factor, frictionless, behavior-metric based authentication technologies (gait, heartbeat)
  • Privacy preserving secure computation technologies (differential privacy, MPC, homomorphic encryption)
  • Fraud detection systems (combining rules, machine learning and neural networks)
  • Blockchain/DLT technologies for Decentralized Digital Identity Management enabling storing, control and sharing of personal data in the GDPR compliant and privacy preserving way, Decentralized Rights & License
  • Management of creative assets in self-distribution business model and IOT Decentralized Data Markets

Brussels Laboratory also offers offensive security services (listed by CISO office in the security catalogue of Sony) to find exploitable vulnerabilities in Sony products and services.

Reference:
Pursuing Diversity and Globalization to Strengthen Sony’s Technology (September 10, 2020)

Shinya Yamakawa

Semiconductor Device Simulation, Semiconductor Device Modeling

Semiconductor process/device simulation and modeling; Revealing stress enhancement mechanism of high-k/metal gate technology for advanced CMOS; Next generation simulation and transistor device development for image sensors. Serving as Chair of the Symposium on VLSI Technology. Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.

Takayuki Yoshigahara

Computer Vision

Various aspects of Computer Vision. Specialty in the technology development for the purpose of extracting information from images, such as basic algorithms (camera calibration, tracking, segmentation), 3D image sensing (stereo vision, structure from motion), image recognition (object detection, face/human identification) and so on. He has worked extensively on the development of new businesses for Sony. Specialized areas as sciences are projection geometry, mathematical optimization, Bayesian statistics, and machine learning.

Teiji Yutaka

Interactive Technology as Real-Time Graphics , UI …

Since developing the first-gen PlayStation®, long career in gaming industry.
Now I am leading research of the cutting-edge technologies to contribute to future PlayStation®. Wide variety of future research especially, photo realistic rendering technology by Real Time Ray Tracing and UI technology using emotion recognition by machine learning.