On Saturday, November 26th, 2016, Professor Yannis Stylianou and Professor Masami Akamine gave us their presentations entitled “The Hidden Human Model” and “My career” at the Hiyoshi West Annex, the base of this Leading Program.
Professor Stylianou is currently the Professor of Speech Processing at the University of Crete, in Greece, Department of Computer Science, and since 2013, he has been also the Group Leader of the Speech Technology Group at Toshiba Cambridge Research Lab, UK. After obtaining Bachelor’s degree (in Electrical Engineering) from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) Greece, he pursued his graduate studies in France and acquired a doctorate degree in Signal Processing from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Paris (ENST-Paris).
In their presentations, Professor Stylianou presented a model named “Hidden Human Model” as a way to draw our life with a hidden and an observation lines and with a circle as a wheel that advances our life. The observation line is the discrete timeline which represents our observable turning points and achievements. The hidden line is the continuous timeline which represents our invisible continuous efforts for our achievements on the first line. The circle consists of our principles or interests, and creates continuous events on the hidden line, which then produces the observations on the first line. Based on his model, he illustrated how to pursue our career paths forward. Professor Akamine told us how he had tackled a lot of obstacles in his life and encouraged each of us not to give up dreams.
All students in our program were inspired by their enthusiastic lectures. From their words, we learned the importance of changing the perception of things. Although we cannot necessarily do what we want to do, we can do things in the way we want. Professor Stylianou and Professor Akamine have hit a wall many times and overcome it by changing their perception of things. On the way to becoming a global leader, we will face many obstacles and this lecture will be definitely helpful and encourage us at that moment.
(By Keisuke Ujike, Enrolled in Spring, 2016, M1, Graduate School of Media and Governance)
HP address of the University of Crete, in Greece, Department of Computer Science:
HP address of Speech Technology Group at Toshiba Cambridge Research Lab