Dr. Tsujii, the director of the Artificial Intelligence Research Center (AIRC) and a fellow, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan, received the 2021 ACL Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).
The ACL Lifetime Achievement Award established in 2002 is given to outstanding scientists who have been widely recognized, sustained, and enduring contributions to the field of computational linguistics and natural language processing over a long period. It is the highest honor in the field of natural language processing and computational linguistics.
Dr. Tsujii is the second Japanese computer scientist to receive this award, following Makoto Nagao, former Kyoto University President, awarded in 2003.
Dr. Tsujii has consistently shown his leadership and numerous outstanding research results in various fields of natural language processing and computational linguistics: machine translation systems, language analysis, and text mining for the biomedical domain.
In particular, he has been interested in the integration of domain knowledge and text analysis and contributed to developing a wide range of tools, resources, and infrastructure for biomedicine, including the GENIA corpus, parsing tools, annotation tools, workflow infrastructures, information extraction tools for the scientific literature, etc. These efforts have been highly evaluated through the long-standing annual series of ACL Biomedical NLP (BioNLP) workshops and collocated shared tasks.