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Noriko Arai

NameNoriko Arai
Alternative NamesNoriko H. Arai
AffiliationNational Institute of Informatics
SectionInformation and Society Research Division
Job titleProfessor
DegreeDoctor in Science
Other AffiliationThe Graduate University for Advanced Studies


Noriko Arai received her doctoral degree in science from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1998.
Her research interests are mathematical logic, math education and computer supported collaborative learning, and she has been serving as program committee members in many international conferences in these research areas.
As the director of the center of Research Center for Community Knowledge at National Institute of Informatics (Japan), she is leading several projects. Netcommons Project and Researchmap Project.
NetCommons is the most popular content management system used in Japanese schools. More than 5,000 schools are now using NetCommons as their homepages or groupwares. She leads an AI project "Can an AI pass the entrance exams of the University of Tokyo (Todai Robot Project" since 2011, and also "Reading Skill Test Project" which measures basic reading skills for youth.
She was awarded Prizes for Science and Technology, the Commendation for Science and Technology by Ministry of Education and Technology in 2010, and Nexplo Awards in 2016.

Academic & Professional Experience

Jul 2017
Director, Research Institute of Science for Education
Feb 2008
Director, Research Center for Community Knowledge, National Institute of Informatics
Apr 2006
Professor, Information and Society Research Division, National Institute of Informatics
Jan 2001
Mar 2006
Associate Professor, National Institute of Informatics
Dec 1999
Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton

Awards & Honors

Feb 2016
Todai Robot Project, Netexplo Award 2016, Netexplo
Apr 2010
Public Understanding Promotion Category, Prizes for Science and Technology, the Commendation for Science and Technology, The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Oct 2009
Japan Open Source Software Award, Information-Technology Promotion Agency, Japan
Dec 2008
Nistep Award, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy
Oct 2007
The winner of the 3rd International Software Competition (Beijing), IASTED
Jun 1985
Dean's List, The University of Illinois
Jun 1985
Salma Wannna Award, The University of Illinois, Department of Mathematics
Jun 1985
MAGNA CUM LAUDE, The University of Illinois
Dec 1984
Dean's List, The University of Illinois

Published Papers

Teiko Arai, Kyosuke Bunji, Naoya Todo, Noriko H. Arai, Takuya Matsuzaki
Proceedings of the 40th Annual Cognitive Science Society Meeting (CogSci 2018)   100-105   Jul 2018   [Refereed]
Takuya Matsuzaki,Hidenao Iwane,Munehiro Kobayashi,Yiyang Zhan,Ryoya Fukasaku,Jumma Kudo,Hirokazu Anai,Noriko H. Arai
AI Commun.   31(3) 251-266   2018   [Refereed]
Reading Skill Test to Diagnose Basic Language Skills in Comparison to Machines
Noriko H. Arai, Naoya Todo, Teiko Arai, Kyosuke Bunji, Shingo Sugawara, Miwa Inuzuka, Takuya Matsuzaki, Koken Ozaki
Proceedings of the 39th Annual Cognitive Science Society Meeting (CogSci 2017)   1556-1561   Jul 2017   [Refereed]
日本内科学会雑誌   106 103   Feb 2017
Akira Fujita, Naoya Todo, Shingo Sugawara, Kyo Kageura, Noriko H. Arai
Proceedings - IEEE 8th International Conference on Technology for Education, T4E 2016   156-159   Jan 2017   [Refereed]
© 2016 IEEE.We are developing a Reading Skill Test (RST), which measures basic language skills relevant to reading (reading skills). In order to make the test maximally useful, we are developing it primarily as a tablet app. To examine the potenti...
Takuya Matsuzaki,Takumi Ito,Hidenao Iwane,Hirokazu Anai,Noriko H. Arai
Proceedings of the 55th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, ACL 2017, Vancouver, Canada, July 30 - August 4, Volume 1: Long Papers   2131-2141   2017   [Refereed]
Takuya Matsuzaki, Munehiro Kobayashi, and Noriko H. Arai
Proceedings of the 38th Annual Cognitive Science Society Meeting (CogSci 2016)   2297-2302   Aug 2016   [Refereed]
Takuya Matsuzaki, Hidenao Iwane, Munehiro Kobayashi, Yiyang Zhan, Ryoya Fukasaku, Jumma Kudo, Hirokazu Anai, and Noriko H. Arai
Proceedings of the 8th International Joint Conference on Automated Reasoning (IJCAR 2016)   213-227   Jul 2016   [Refereed]
Y. Wada, T. Matsuzaki, A. Terui, N.H. Arai
Lecture Notes in Computer Science   (9725) 82-89   Jul 2016   [Refereed]
Takuya Matsuzaki, Akira Fujita, Naoya Todo, Noriko H. Arai
Proceedings of the 10th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC2016)      May 2016   [Refereed]
This paper reports on an experiment where 795 human participants answered to the questions taken from second language proficiency tests that were translated to their native language. The output of three machine translation systems and two differen...

Books etc

イースト・プレス   Oct 2011   ISBN:4781690149
新井 紀子, 平塚 知真子, 松本 太佳司 (Part:Joint Work)
近代科学社   Aug 2011   ISBN:476490411X
新井 紀子
イースト・プレス   Jul 2011   ISBN:478169005X
新井 紀子
日本経済新聞出版社   Dec 2010   ISBN:4532316707
新井 紀子, 新井 敏康 (Part:Joint Work)
東京図書   Oct 2009   ISBN:4489020546
新井 紀子
東京図書   Sep 2009   ISBN:4489020538
新井 紀子, 松本 太佳司, 平塚 知真子, 加藤 和幸, 永原 篤, 橋本 俊秀, 藤原 りか
近代科学社   Aug 2009   ISBN:476490375X
半藤 一利, 新井 紀子, 常盤 豊, 岡田 誠太郎, 妹尾 彰, 山根 基世 (Part:Joint Work)
五月書房   Oct 2007   ISBN:4772704655
講談社   Feb 2005   ISBN:4062574683
重松 清
筑摩書房   Apr 2004   ISBN:9784480863553

Association Memberships

The Mathematical Society of Japan , Cognitive Science Society


言語処理学会年次大会発表論文集(Web)   20th B3-1 (WEB ONLY)   2014
新井 紀子
Unisys技報   29(4) 405-415   Mar 2010   [Refereed][Invited]
小玉 健太, 吉田 奈保美, 荒井 紀子, 伊禮 三之, 松田 淑子, 山本 博文, 橋本 康弘
福井大学教育実践研究   (37) 31-42   Feb 2013
本研究は,「協働実践研究プロジェクト」の中の「問題解決リテラシー」群による2011・2012年度の授業開発研究を基盤としている。本研究の目的は,社会参加を目標・方法として取り入れた「問題解決型授業」を開発・実践することにより,市民として地域の問題を解決するといった市民性を育成することである。 本稿は,2011・2012年度の社会科・家庭科・数学科・理科の教員と大学院生との協働によって開発した,授業『買い物難民問題』考案への取り組みと本学学部生を対象とした授業実践の省察より,本授業が市民性の...
Ishigami Yasuaki, Kawamoto Kayo, Arai Noriko
IPSJ SIG Notes   2009(15) 75-82   Feb 2009
Logical thinking ability of Japanese children is low compared with that of other countries. However, logical thinking ability to express their own thinking process, is very important to live through in the international society because we need sha...
岩根秀直, 松崎拓也, 穴井宏和, 新井紀子
人工知能学会全国大会論文集(CD-ROM)   27th ROMBUNNO.2A4-2   2013

Research Interests

Computer Algebra , Artificial Intelligence , Science of Science and Innovation Policy , Open Source Software , Proof Theory , Mathematical Logic , Web-Based Education , CSCW , CSCL , Internet

Conference Activities & Talks

Sustainability of Digital Ecosystem [Invited]
テクノロジーの進化とリーガルイノベーション   27 Mar 2019   一橋大学法学研究科グローバルロー研究センター × 産業技術総合研究所 × 一橋大学大学院フィンテック研究フォーラム × ケンブリッジ大学法学部Centre forCorporate and Commercial Law (3CL)
Noriko Arai
Third annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals   5 Jun 2018   The United Nations
Noriko Arai
AI Summit in Paris, AI for Humanity   29 Mar 2018   President of France
Noriko Arai
TED Conference 2017   25 Apr 2017   TED
Meet Todai Robot, an AI project that performed in the top 20 percent of students on the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo -- without actually understanding a thing. While it's not matriculating anytime soon, Todai Robot's success raises al...
Can A Robot Get Into the University of Tokyo? [Invited]
Noriko Arai
IB Global Conference   30 Mar 2017   国際バカロレア機構
An automated deduction and its implementation for solving problem of sequence at university entrance examination
Y. Wada, T. Matsuzaki, A. Terui, N.H. Arai
The 5th International Congress on Mathematical Software (ICMS 2016)   11 Jul 2016   
Noriko Arai
The 12th NTCIR Conference   9 Jun 2016   
Can a machine solve university entrance exam math problems automatically? [Invited]
Noriko H. Arai
The first Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Theorem Proving (AITP2016)   5 Apr 2016   
Noriko H. Arai
Netexplo Award 2016   10 Feb 2016   Netexplo Award
"Arrival of Artificial Intelligence that Can Pass University Entrance Examinations: What will happen to the labor market? [Invited]
Noriko H. Arai
BBL Seminar   18 Aug 2015   Research Institute of Economy, Trade & Industry, IAA


Development of Reading Skill Test
Noriko Arai   Educational Materials   Feb 2016 - Today
Noriko H. Arai   Software   Mar 2009 - Today
Noriko H. Arai   Software   Aug 2008 - Today
Noriko H. Arai   Software   Aug 2005 - Today

Social Contribution

[Media coverage cooperation]  UniversityWorldNews  UniversityWorldNews  25 Mar 2016
[TV or radio appearance, Media coverage cooperation]  NHK  NHK World, Newsline  7 Jan 2016
[Interviewee, Media coverage cooperation]  The Japan Times  The Japan Times  (Business | 'Summer Davos' Special 2015)  9 Sep 2015
[Interviewee, Media coverage cooperation]  The Japan Times  5 Mar 2014
[Media coverage cooperation]  The New York Times  (Asia, Pacific, International Education)  29 Dec 2013
Can AI robot pass Todai entrance examination?
[Informant]  読売新聞海外版  3 Nov 2013
Aiming to develop an artificial intelligence robot smart enough to pass a University of Tokyo entrance exam, a group of researchers has been working on a project to find out its standard score and ascertain its chances of entering the nation’s top...
[Interviewee, Media coverage cooperation]  Fortune  30 Oct 2013
[Interviewee, Media coverage cooperation]  IEEE  Spectrum  21 Aug 2013

Research Areas

  • Informatics / Software / Open Science
  • Psychology / Educational psychology / Cognitive Science
  • Informatics / Intelligent informatics / Artificial Intelligence
  • Science education/Educational technology / Educational technology / Web-based Education
  • Science education/Educational technology / Educational technology / Computer Supported Collaborative Learning
  • Informatics / Fundamental theory of informatics / Logic
  • Informatics / Intelligent informatics / Knowledge Sharing

Research Grants & Projects

Todai Robot Project
Project Year: Jan 2011       Investigator(s): Noriko Arai

Committee Memberships

IASTED  CATE 2010 Program Committee
IASTED  IMSA 2007 Program Committee
IASTED  CATE 2007 Program Committee
IASTED  TABLEAUX 2000 Program Committee
IEEE  ICFEM 1997 Local Organizing Chair