Masaru Kitsuregawa received the B.E. degree in electronics engineering in 1978, and the Ph.D degree in information engineering in 1983 from the University of Tokyo. Since then, he has published more than 200 journal papers and conference papers. He is currently a full professor, professor of the Center for Information Fusion at the Institute of Industrial Science, and professor for Earth Observation Data Integration and Fusion Research Initiative at the University of Tokyo. Among other positions, he is the Director General of the National Institute of Informatics. His research interests range from database engineering, parallel computer architecture, and parallel database processing/data mining to storage system architecture, digital earth and speculative transaction processing. Since 2014, Masaru Kitsuregawa has been a member of the HITS Scientific Advisory Board.