ABOUT

Though we are a new Silicon Valley startup, NTT Research comes from a rich lineage of ground-breaking research and development. The NTT R&D Lab in Tokyo, Japan boasts over 1600 patents. We intend to bring that kind of basic research to the Valley, and the world.

Find out more about the people who run our organization

  • Leadership
  • Board of Directors
Kazuhiro Gomi

Kazuhiro Gomi

President and CEO, NTT Research, Inc.

Kazuhiro Gomi leads NTT Research, Inc. as president and chief executive officer (CEO). Mr. Gomi has been at NTT for more than 30 years and was involved in product management/product development activities at the beginning of his tenure. In September of 2009, Mr. Gomi was first named to the Global Telecoms Business Power100 — a list of the 100 most powerful and influential people in the telecoms industry. He was the CEO of NTT America Inc. from 2010 to 2019 and also served on the Board of Directors at NTT Communications from 2012 to 2019. Mr. Gomi received a MSIE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a MSEE from Keio University, Tokyo. Mr. Gomi is a member of the board at US Japan Council, a non-profit organization aimed at fostering a better relationship between the US and Japan.

 

Personal interests include soccer, which he’s followed closely since the 70s. Since his earliest fandom, Mr. Gomi’s favorite number has always been 14.

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Hideaki Ozawa

Chief Operations Officer and Chief Technology Officer, NTT Research, Inc.

Hideaki Ozawa is the COO/CTO of NTT Research Inc. He oversees Corporate and Technology strategy at NTT Research Inc. His focus is on research and development of new technologies regarding Environmental Recognition systems. These include image recognition, speech recognition language media recognition etc., Artificial Intelligence for human machine interaction etc, As general manager of the Smart Navigation division at NTT Resonant, he overseas technology-based web services, Web search for mobile, Multimedia search service, Mobile cloud service, Interactive Digital map, Local search service, Tele health service etc. Formerly, as General Manager of the IT development division at Walkerplus.com, he launched a major Japanese local portal service, Walkerplus.com, with Kadokawa Shoten publishing Co. Dr. Ozawa received his Ph. D, M. Eng and B. Eng, from Department of Electrical Engineering at Keio University.

 

Personal interests include golfing and staying fit: swimming, jogging, etc

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Yoshihisa Yamamoto

Director of NTT Research PHI Laboratories

Professor Yoshihisa Yamamoto is a director of the NTT PHI Laboratories and a professor of Applied Physics & Electrical Engineering, Emeritus, at Stanford University. He led research laboratories focused on quantum optics and quantum information processing for more than 30 years. His current research interests are in the areas of quantum information, quantum optics, and mesoscopic physics such as squeezed states, quantum nondemolition measurements, cavity quantum electrodynamics, quantum computers, and mesoscopic electron transport and tunneling.

 

Personal interests include golf and quantum mechanics.

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Tatsuaki Okamoto

Director of NTT Research CIS Laboratories

Dr. Okamoto received his B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1976, 1978, and 1988, respectively. With NTT since 1978, he is an NTT Fellow and, presently, Director of NTT Research in the USA. Specifically, his focus is research in cryptography and information security. Past roles include President of the Japan Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (JSIAM), Director of International Association of Cryptology Research(IACR), and Program Chair of many international conferences. He received the Best and Life-Time Achievement awards from the IEICE, the Distinguished Lecturer award from the IACR, the Purple-Ribbon award from Japanese government, the RSA Conference award and the Asahi prize.

 

Personal interests include hiking and jogging along the many beautiful foot paths in Silicon Valley.

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Hitonobu Tomoike

Director of NTT Research MEI Laboratories

Hitonobu Tomoike is director of Medical and Health Informatics (MEI) Laboratories at NTT Research as well as Research Professor for NTT Basic Research Laboratories. Also a consultant at Sakakibara Heart Institute in Tokyo, his background is in Cardiology and Internal Medicine (MD & PhD). Facing many dramatic paradigm shifts in healthcare, Mr. Tomoike believes medical and health informatics will provide the fundamental game change we need. MEI Laboratories will build the “Bio Digital Twin” upon a solid foundation informed by biosensory innovations, AI and functional nano/micro device technologies and precision medicine

 

Personal interests include Tennis which he has played for over 50 years

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Robert L. Byer

Distinguished Scientist​​​, NTT Research PHI Laboratories

Professor Robert L. Byer is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University. He has made numerous contributions to laser science and technology including demonstration of the first tunable visible parametric oscillator, development of the Q-switched unstable resonator Nd:YAG laser, remote sensing using tunable infrared sources and precision spectroscopy using Coherent Anti Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS). Current research includes the development of nonlinear optical materials and laser diode pumped solid state laser sources for applications to gravitational wave detection and to laser particle acceleration.

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Brent Waters

Distinguished Scientist, NTT Research CIS Laboratories

Dr. Waters earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University in 2004. From 2004-2005, he was a post-doctoral at Stanford University and then work at SRI as a Computer Scientist. In 2008 he joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2019, he was recruited to NTT Research as a Distinguished Scientist. His research interests are within the realm of cryptography computer security. His work focuses on Identity-Based Cryptography, Functional Encryption, and code obfuscation. Recipient of numerous awards and invited papers, he is noted as a founder of Functional Encryption and Attribute-Based Encryption.

 

Personal interests include spending time outdoors with his son and daughter.

Joe Alexander

Joe Alexander

Distinguished Scientist, NTT Research MEI Laboratories

His background is in engineering and medicine. After graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University, he studied medicine as a fellow of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Johns Hopkins Medical School, receiving both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees – with the latter in Biomedical Engineering. He specialized in cardiovascular dynamics, training with Dr. Kenji Sunagawa in the laboratory of the late Dr. Kiichi Sagawa. Immediately afterwards, he completed a fellowship in research cardiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine before additional training as a Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellow at Kyushu University. Academic faculty positions followed in Biomedical Engineering and Medicine at Vanderbilt University while simultaneously completing his residency in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt Hospital. During that time, he also helped train astronauts like Dr. Chiaki Mukai for the Neurolab Spacelab Mission. Dr. Alexander collaborated with The National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center as a Visiting Researcher supported by the Science and Technology Agency of Japan. Following academia, he entered Pharma – first Merck, then Pfizer, working in various capacities including Field Medical Director, R&D, Business Development, and Medical Affairs. In Pharma as in academia, his passion for modeling and simulation extended across therapeutic areas. He is credited with creating several Pharma modeling platforms including The Lyrica Virtual Lab, The Neuropathic and Neuropathic-like Pain Virtual Lab, and The Pulmonary Vascular Disease Virtual Lab. Finally, he is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) with interests in heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, and in medical devices.

 

Personal interests include poetry, Russian literature, and TRX functional training.

Rae-Ellen Hamilton

Rae-Ellen Hamilton

Vice President, Human Resources, NTT Research, Inc.

Rae-Ellen Hamilton began her HR career working with actuaries at a consulting firm in Seattle, Washington. Since 2000, she has specialized in international human resources while working in various countries from Europe to Asia. She joined the NTT family in 2009. Rae-Ellen is a Certified Myers Briggs practitioner and has conducted seminars in all areas of organizations, from sales to executive suite. She carries certifications in American and Global Human Resources (Society for Human Resources Management, SHRM) along with expertise in executive compensation and leadership development. Rae-Ellen’s business operations mindset has helped her reshape corporate operations and improve functionality – via both growth and downsizing – in cable television, digital billing, VOIP, web hosting, and Cloud Services. She brings a wealth of human resources experience and knowledge to the NTT Research labs. While her experience has given her expertise in a wide variety of human resources disciplines, she especially enjoys bringing new people to the world of basic research.

 

Personal interests include golfing and traveling with her husband of 40 years as well as frequent visits with her 2 grandsons.

Kei Karasawa

Kei Karasawa

Vice President of Strategy, NTT Research, Inc.

Kei Karasawa has been leading research and development (R&D) at NTT for more than 20 years. He is currently the vice president of strategy at NTT Research, Inc. From 2015–2019, he worked with the R&D planning department at NTT and built cooperative relationships with NTT operating companies around the world to deploy NTT R&D technology to global markets. He led applied R&D at NTT EAST from 2011–2015 and put the technology into practice in developing network services. Prior to that, he researched network software technologies, implemented patented software, such as security and distributed systems, and developed commercial services for the Next Generation Network. In 2005, he conducted basic research on cryptography and information processing as a visiting scholar, with Prof. Dan Boneh, in the Security Laboratory at Stanford University. He holds a doctorate of engineering in data-driven parallel computer technology and has extensive knowledge and experience in information processing-related technologies, from basic technology to applications.

 

Personal interests include sports, like tennis and golf, and travelling with his wife and kids.

Chris Shaw

Chris Shaw

Vice President, Global Marketing, NTT Research, Inc.

At his core, Chris is a storyteller who believes creativity moves us forward. His marketing career began at a small California firm that employed IBM mainframe computers to read electrocardiogram data over phone, a radical innovation at the time. Later, Chris would write for a TV game show before rejoining the ad world, writing commercial copy for a software startup. That work earned him his first gold Effie, a prestigious industry award that recognizes the effectiveness of a campaign. Landing a creative director role, Chris then shepherded one of the world’s most iconic brands: Coca-Cola. At the time, Chris and his team used the ubiquitous technology of the day, voicemail, to create what could be called the world’s first social network. In 2005 Chris launched his own agency. Always looking for new ways to tell stories, Central Coast Agency embraced the digital space and was a very early proponent of content marketing. For the next 14 years, Central Coast was agency of record for NTT Communications global social media content marketing. In that world, Chris touched many aspects of NTT’s worldwide business. When NTT Research approached him to lead marketing efforts for a new research facility in the vein of Bell Labs, Chris quickly realized that this opportunity exceeds the realm of advertising. As head of marketing for NTT Research, he is part of something extraordinary. With world class thinkers in the fields of Physics, Encryption and Medicine coming together for the fundamental research which will someday improve and even extend human lives, this is a story Chris is eager to tell.

 

Personal interests include gourmet cooking and riding his motorcycle.

Kazuhiro Gomi

Kazuhiro Gomi

President and CEO, NTT Research, Inc.

Kazuhiro Gomi leads NTT Research, Inc. as president and chief executive officer (CEO). Mr. Gomi has been at NTT for more than 30 years and was involved in product management/product development activities at the beginning of his tenure. In September of 2009, Mr. Gomi was first named to the Global Telecoms Business Power100 — a list of the 100 most powerful and influential people in the telecoms industry. He was the CEO of NTT America Inc. from 2010 to 2019 and also served on the Board of Directors at NTT Communications from 2012 to 2019. Mr. Gomi received a MSIE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a MSEE from Keio University, Tokyo. Mr. Gomi is a member of the board at US Japan Council, a non-profit organization aimed at fostering a better relationship between the US and Japan.

 

Personal interests include soccer, which he’s followed closely since the 70s. Since his earliest fandom, Mr. Gomi’s favorite number has always been 14.

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Katsuhiko Kawazoe

Senior Vice President
Head of Research and Development Planning

Katsuhiko Kawazoe is a senior vice president and head of research and development planning for NTT. He received his B.E. and M.E. degrees in engineering from Waseda University, Tokyo, in 1985 and 1987, respectively. He also received his Ph. D. in information engineering from Kyoto University in 2009. Since joining NTT in 1987, he has focused primarily on R&D in radio and satellite communication systems, the personal handy-phone system (PHS) and broadcast-broadband convergence services. He became head of NTT Service Evolution Laboratories in 2014, and then head of NTT Service Innovation Laboratory Group in 2016. He assumed his current position in June 2018, having likewise served as President of ITE from 2018 to 2019.

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Hideaki Ozawa

Chief Operations Officer and Chief Technology Officer, NTT Research, Inc.

Hideaki Ozawa is the COO/CTO of NTT Research Inc. He oversees Corporate and Technology strategy at NTT Research Inc. His focus is on research and development of new technologies regarding Environmental Recognition systems. These include image recognition, speech recognition language media recognition etc., Artificial Intelligence for human machine interaction etc, As general manager of the Smart Navigation division at NTT Resonant, he overseas technology-based web services, Web search for mobile, Multimedia search service, Mobile cloud service, Interactive Digital map, Local search service, Tele health service etc. Formerly, as General Manager of the IT development division at Walkerplus.com, he launched a major Japanese local portal service, Walkerplus.com, with Kadokawa Shoten publishing Co. Dr. Ozawa received his Ph. D, M. Eng and B. Eng, from Department of Electrical Engineering at Keio University.

 

Personal interests include golfing and staying fit: swimming, jogging, etc

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Tsunehisa Okuno

Head of Global Business, NTT

Tsunehisa is Executive Vice President, Head of Global Business for the NTT Group. He’s responsible for planning and executing global corporate strategy. Mr Okuno joined NTT in 1983. Since then he has engaged in network service promotion and corporate planning including development of the global strategy for NTT Group. In 2007 he was named General Manager of Global Business Strategy Office, Strategic Business Development Division of NTT. He was elected to Senior Vice President and Head of Global Business Office, and Member of the Board of NTT in 2012. Since June 2018, he was elected to his current position of Executive Vice President. Tsunehisa graduated from the MIT Sloan School of Management, Executive Program.