My Curriculum Vitae

Most recent CV

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

July, 2013~                Senior Lecturer in Japanese, Foreign Languages and Literatures, MIT

2009-May, 2013        Program Manager, Machine Translation Team, Microsoft Research (Redmond)

2005-2009                 Computational Linguist, Machine Translation Team, Microsoft Research (Redmond)

1998-2005                  Computational Linguist, Natural Language Processing Group, Microsoft Research (Redmond)

1995-1998                    Assistant Professor of Japanese, Foreign Languages and Literatures, MIT

1993-1995                    Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese in the Foreign Languages and Literatures, MIT

1991-1993                     Instructor of Japanese, Foreign Languages and Literatures, MIT

1989-1991                     Graduate Teaching Assistant in Japanese, Ohio State University

1986-1989                    Instructor of Japanese, Kansai University of Foreign Languages, Osaka, Japan

1985-1986                    Instructor of Japanese, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

1982-1985                    Instructor of Japanese, Nanzan University and Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan

1980-1982                    Graduate Teaching Assistant for Japanese, Ohio State University

OTHER POSITIONS 

2014-2015                   Co-Director for the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) Annual Spring Conference, 2015, 

2014-2015                   The College Board Advanced Placement Japanese Language and Culture Development Committee Member, the College Board, Duluth, GA.

2000-Present              Visiting Scholar, Keio University, Japan

1991-1993                     Visiting Scientist, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT 

RECENT AWARDS AND HONORS

May, 2018                     Awarded Japanese Language Education Project Grant from the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles for "AI Tutor: Data Validation and Usability Test".

December, 2017           Awarded ULVAC-Hayashi MISTI Seed Grant for “Creative VR Design for Language Learning” Project (in collaboration Kanda University of International Studies, Chiba, Japan). 

June, 2016                   Awarded the Japanese Language Grant for the AI (artificial intelligence) Teacher project from the Japan FoundationLos Angeles.

January, 2016              Awarded MIT’s SHASS (School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences) Research Funds for the research on the use of VR technology for language learning.  See this article for more details.

September, 2015          Awarded the Japanese Language Grant for the AI (artificial intelligence) Teacher project from the Japan FoundationLos Angeles.

May, 2015                    The James A. and Ruth Levitan Teaching Award from the SHASS (School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Science) at MIT

December, 2014          Awarded the Hayashi Seed Fund from MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI)-Japan Program for Connecting Language Learners Around the World: The Curriculum and Evaluation of JaJan.

December, 2014          Awarded MIT'S SHASS Research Fund from MIT for Impact of JaJan on Language Learning and Curriculum  Planning.

2014~2015                  Awarded the Research Grant from the Sano Educational Foundation, Japan.

AWARDS AND HONORS in the Past

1997                            Mitsui Career Development Professorship from MIT

1991                            Membership of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi from Ohio State University

1982                            Graduate Teaching Associate Award from Ohio State University

1982                            Membership of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi from Ohio State University

1980                            Ishizaka Taizo Award from Tsuda College

SEMINARS, COLLOQUIA, CONFERENCES RELATED TO LINGUISTICS AND JAPANESE LANGUAGE PEDAGOGY

  • October, 2018     "Meaningful Language Learning by Virtual Technologies: Vision for Future Language Learning", New England            Regional Association For Language Learning Technology (NERALLT) 2018 Annual Conference, Boston University, Boston, MA.
  • August, 2018     "Are we ready to be friends with Machine Translation?”, 2018 Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education (CAJLE) Annual Conference, London, ON, Canada.
  • August, 2018     "VR (仮想現実)/ AR (拡張現実)技術による将来の言語教育へのインパクト" (Impact of VR/AR on our future language education), 2018 International  Conference on Japanese Language Education (ICJLE), Venice, Italy.
  • June, 2018     Invited Talk, "Impact of New Technologies on Language Education: AR, VR, and AI", Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan.
  • May, 2018     Invited Lecture, "Recent Trend of the Japanese Language Education in the U.S., and MOOCs", Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
  • May, 2018     "Language Learning based on Augmented Reality: JaJan", Poster Presentation, The 24th Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum, Princeton, NJ.
  • March, 2018     "Toward the Development of AI Tutor: Incorporation of Machine Learning and Its Resutls" (AIチュータの開発に向け:機械学習の導入とその結果)," AATJ Annual Spring Conference, Washington DC.
  • March, 2018,     Keynote Speech "Impact of Augmented Realtiy (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) on Language Learning", World Languages and Literatures, 2nd Pedagogy Symposium, Boston University, Boston, MA.
  • October, 2017     "JaJan: Language Learning in a Shared Virtual Space", Louisa Rosenheck & Takako Aikawa, New England Regional Association For Language Learning Technology (NERALLT) Annual Conference, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.
  • August, 2017     "Toward the development of the Japanese AI (artificial Intelligence) Teacher" (AI Teacherの開発に向けて), at the panel presentation titled "The next generation of language education: technology and pedagogy side-by-side," Convenors: Alessandro Mantelli (Ca' Foscari University of Venice); Marcella Mariottie (Ca' Foscari University of Venice); and Takako Aikawa (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), 15th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) and Association of Japanese Language Teachers in Europe (AJE), Lisbon, Portugal.
  • August, 2017     “Differences in Students’ Error Correction between Native and Non-native Japanese teachers,” 2017 Annual Canadian Association of Teachers of Japanese Education Conference, Calgary, Canada.
  • August, 2017     “Toward the Development of AI Tutor: Knowledge Acquisition of Learners’ Error Correction (AIチュータの実現に向け:誤用例文コーパスデータの構築と誤用文修正知識の習得), 7th International Conference on Computer Assisted Systems For Teaching and Learning Japanese (CASTEL/J), Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
  • July, 2017     “Language Learning Application with VR”, Invited Talk, Forum8 Workshop, MIT, Cambridge, MA.
  • June, 2017     “Impact of Technology on Language Learning”, Invited Lecture, Hakodate International Foundation (HIF), Hakodate, Japan.
  • May, 2017    “Revitalization of Grammar in the Digital Age: Grammar Pedagogy”, The 31st Annual Conference of Japanese Language Teachers’ Association of New England (JLTANE), Harvard, Cambridge, MA.
  • December, 2016            "Toward the Development of a Japanese AI Tutor" (日本語AI Tutorの開発に向けて), Invited Lecturer, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan.
  • November, 2016            "AI Tutor: a preliminary assessment report," American Council on Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)/American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ), Boston, MA.
  • August, 2016                  "Variance in Error Correction among Language Teachers,” Canadian Association of Japanese Language Education (CAJLE) Annual Conference 2016, Niagara Falls, Canada.
  • August, 2016                Attended an AP Japanese Content Development Committee Meeting sponsored by the College Board and Educational Testing Services (ETS), Princeton, NJ.
  • July, 2016                       "Language Learning in a Shared Virtual Space: JaJan, an Application of the Next Generation,” the 20th Japanese Language Education Conference in Europe, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy.
  • June, 2016                        Attended AP Japanese Reading as a Reader sponsored by the College Board and Educational Testing Services (ETS), Utah, UT. 
  • March, 2016                     Co-organized the AATJ (American Association of Teachers of Japanese) Annual Spring Conference, Seattle, WA.
  • February, 2016                Attended an AP Japanese Content Development Committee Meeting sponsored by the College Board and Educational Testing Services (ETS), Atlanta, GA.
  • February, 2016                Attended the Japan Foundation Sakura Network Meeting (http://www.jflalc.org/jle-sakura.html) sponsored by the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, Washington DC.
  • November, 2015             “An Analysis of Japanese Tweets”, ACTFL(American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)-AATJ (American Association of Teachers of Japanese) Fall Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • October, 2015                 “Development of AI Tutor for AP-targeted Japanese MOOC (massive open online course)”, Central Association of Teachers of Japanese (CATJ) Conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • October, 2015                 Brown Bag Talk, “AI (artificial intelligence) Teacher”, sponsored by Global Studies and Languages at MIT, Cambridge, MA.
  • September, 2015           “Impact of Technology on Language Education”, Guest Speaker at Language Technology Workshop at Berlitz Corporation (http://www.berlitz.us/), Sponsored by Benesse Corporation (http://www.benesse-hd.co.jp/en/), Princeton, NJ.
  • September, 2015          Attended the Advanced Placement (AP) Japanese Content Development Committee Meeting sponsored by the College Board and Educational Testing Services (ETS), Princeton, NJ.
  • August, 2015                 "Interactive Japanese Language Learning Applications with Rich Linguistics Resources and NLP (Natural Language Processing) Technologies,” the Annual Conference of Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education (CAJLE), Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • June, 2015                      Attended AP Japanese Reading as a Reader sponsored by the College Board and Educational Testing Services (ETS), Utah, UT. 
  • March, 2015                   "AP-level Japanese MOOC: Shall we dance?", American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) Annual Spring Conference, Chicago, IL.      
  • February, 2015              "Challenges for English into Japanese Machine Translation (MT): Can We Embrace MT for Language Learning?," Invited Lecture, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.    
  • November, 2014           "Is Machine Translation Your Friend or Foe? Challenges for English -> Japanese Translators ," The 55th Annual Conference of American Translators Association, Chicago, IL.    
  • July, 2014                   "A Preliminary Report of the Use of Piazza for a Language Class," The 2nd European Conference on Language Learning, Brighton, UK.
  • May, 2014                   “A Preliminary Analysis of Japanese Tweets,” The 21st Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum, Princeton, NJ.
  • March, 2014                “Beyond Textbooks: Language Learning via Virtual Study-Abroad,”The 6th International Symposium on Digital Technologies in Foreign Language Learning, Kyoto, Japan.
  • October, 2013              “Language Learning in a Shared Virtual Space,” The Asian Conference on Society, Education and Technology, Osaka, Japan.
  • October, 2013              “Language Technology and Its Role in Language Teaching and Learning,” An Invited Presentation at the 24th Conference of the Central Association of Teachers of Japanese, Eastern Michigan University.
  • October 1996               “How to Teach Permission and Prohibition in Japanese?” Fall Workshop of the Japanese American Association of New York/Japanese Education Committee
  • August 1996                 “What determines the choice of anaphora?” Formal Approach to Japanese Linguistics 2, Tohoku Gakuin University
  • August 1996                 “Intrinsic Reflexivity and Inalienable Possession in Japanese,” Formal Approach to Japanese Linguistics 2, Tohoku Gakuin University
  • July 1996                     “How to use World Wide Web for teaching Japanese?” Workshop: Enhancing Japanese “Language Education in Secondary Schools,” Indiana University
  • June 1996                    “Two Types of Zi-Vs in Japanese,” Tenth New England Japanese Pedagogy Workshop, Harvard University
  • May 1996                    Speaker for the Executive Seminar on Japan and East Asia, MIT Japan Program
  • January 1996               “Reflexivity and Inalienability in Japanese,” Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, San Diego
  • June 1995                    Speaker for the Japan Effectiveness Training, MIT Japan Program
  • January 1995               “Binding Behaviors of the Japanese, Reflexives,” Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, New Orleans
  • December1995             “Essential Japanese for Communication,” Japan Target Seminar, MIT Japan Program
  • May 1994                    Speaker for the Conference of Integrating Interactive Technology into the Humanities Curriculum, MIT
  • May 1994                    “Logophoric Use of the Japanese Reflexivizer Zibun-zisin self-self,” Formal Approaches to Japanese Linguistics, MIT
  • March 1994                 “Reflexivity in Japanese,” Association of Teachers of Japanese Conference, MIT
  • January 1994               “Binding Behaviors of the Japanese Anaphors: Zibun self and Zibun-zisin self-self,” Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Boston
  • June 1993                    Speaker for the Seventh Annual New England Regional Workshop on Japanese Language Pedagogy, Is Linguistics Useful for Teaching Japanese, Trinity College
  • August 1992                 Speaker for the Sixth Annual New England Regional Workshop on Japanese Language Pedagogy, Video Tapes for Advanced Learners of Japanese, Middlebury College
  • February 1992              “Agreement without Agreement: an Analysis of Zibun-binding,” West Coast Conference of Formal Linguistics, UCLA
  • May 1991                    “Bound Variable Interpretation and Overt Pronouns in Japanese,” Annual Meeting of the Formal Linguistics Society of America, University of Michigan
  • February 1991              “Behavior of Japanese Anaphoric Expressions in Sloppy Identity: Karera they and Zibun self,” Student Conference in Linguistics, MIT
  • February 1989              “Model Teacher” for the Education Japanese Video by the Pro-Com Japan, How to teach conversation in class?, Osaka
  • September 1984           Speaker for the Meeting of Japanese Language Education in Nagoya, Some Comments on the Way of Teaching Kanji, Nagoya
  • February 1983              Speaker for the Meeting of Japanese Language Education in Nagoya, The Usage of Video Tapes in Class, Nagoya

Publications

Dissertation

1993     “Reflexivity in Japanese and LF Analysis of zibun binding,”  Takao Aikawa, MIT Occasional   Papers in Linguistics 4. MIT, Cambridge, MA.

Refereed Proceedings

2018     "Words in Motion: Kinesthetic Language Learning in Virtual Reality", Christian Vazquez, Lei Xia, Louisa Rosenheck, Takako Aikawa and Pattie Maes, The 18th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, Mumbai, India.

2017     “Serendipitous Learning in Mixed Reality”, Christian David Vazquez, Afika Ayanda Nyati, Alexander Luh, Megan Fu, Takako Aikawa, and Pattie Maes, In Proceedings of ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 2172-21790, Denver, Colorado.

Articles in Refereed Journals

2018      "Virtual Study-Abroad Exeperience: JaJan, an Application of the Next Generation", Digital Resources for Learning Japanese.  Bolonia University Press.  Bolonia, Italy.

1999     “Two Types of Zi-verbs in Japanese,” Tsujimura, Natsuko and Takako Aikawa, Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese, 33, pp. 26–43.

Chapters in Books

2019 (to appear)     "AI チュータの開発": 「ICTx日本語教育: ICTが作る新しい日本語教育への挑戦」ひつじ書房

2003     “Reflexives,” in Handbook of Japanese Linguistics, ed. N. Tsujimura, Blackwell Publishing, pp. 154–190.

Proceedings

  • 2018       "Are we ready to be friends with Machine Translation?”, The Proceedings of the 30th Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education (CAJLE) Annual Conference, London, ON, Canada.
  • 2018,      "Toward the Development of AI Tutor", Takako Aikawa, The Proceedings of the 15th EAJS (European Association of Japanese Studies) International Conference, Universidade Nova De Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2017        "Differences in Error Correction between Native and Non-native Japanese Language Teachers", Takako Aikawa, The Proceedings of Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education (CAJLE) Annual Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada, pp.16-23.
  • 2017      “Language Learning in a Shared Virtual Space: JaJan, an Application of the Next Generation,” Takako Aikawa, The Proceedings of the 20th Japanese Language Education in Europe (AJE), Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy. [available from: http://www.eaje.eu/ja/symposium/31 (06.03.2017)]
  • 2016      “Variance in Error Correction among Language Teachers,” Takako Aikawa, The Proceedings of Canadian Association of Japanese Language Education (CAJLE) Annual Conference 2016, Niagara Falls, Canada.
  • 2016      “A system to build corpus data to support Japanese language learning (日本語学習支援のためのコーパス構築システム)”, Tetsuro Takahashi and Takako Aikawa, Proceeding of the Association for Natural Language Processing, Tohoku University, Japan.
  • 2016     "Development of AI (Artificial Intelligence) Tutor for Learners of Japanese”, Takako Aikawa, Proceeding of Central Association of Teachers of Japanese 26, (https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/catj26/), University of Michigan, MI.
  • 2014    "A Preliminary Report of the Use of Piazza for a Language Class," Takako Aikawa, Proceedings of the 2nd European Conference on Language Learning, Brighton, United Kingdom (available from: http://iafor.org/Proceedings/ECLL/ECLL2014_proceedings.pdf)
  • 2014    “Language Technology and Its Role in Language Teaching and Learning,” Takako Aikawa,Proceedings of the 24th Conference of the Central Association of Teachers of Japanese, Eastern Michigan University, MI. (available from: http://commons.emich.edu/catj/)
  • 2013    “Language Learning in a Shared Virtual Space,” Takako Aikawa and Seth Hunger, Proceedings of the Asian Conference on Society, Education and Technology 2013, Osaka, Japan. (available from: http://www.iafor.org/offprints/acset2013-offprints/ACSET2013_offprint_07...)
  • 2013    “How Good Is Crowd Post- Editing?” by Midori Tatsumi, Takako Aikawa, Kentaro Yamamoto, and Hitoshi Isahara. The Proceedings of Association for Machine Translation in the Americas. (available from: http://amta2012.amtaweb.org/AMTA2012Files/html/8/8_paper.pdf)
  • 2013    “The Impact of Crowdsourcing Post-editing with Collaborative Translation Framework,” Takako Aikawa, Kentaro Yamamoto, and Hitoshi Isahara. The Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Natural Language Processing, Japan. (available from: http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/172592/JapTal2012.pdf)
  • 2012    “The use of Machine Translation and Community Edits as a Solution to the Globalization of Multi-lingual Homepage,” Takako Aikawa and Hitoshi Isahara, Proceedings of The Association for Natural Language Processing, Japan.
  • 2009    “Chained System: A Linear Combination of Different Types of Statistical Machine Translation Systems,” Takako Aikawa and Achim Ruopp, Proceedings of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas. (available from: http://www.mt-archive.info/MTS-2009-Aikawa.pdf)
  • 2008    “Post-MT Term Swapper: Supplementing a Statistical Machine Translation System with a User Dictionary,” Masaki Itagaki and Takako Aikawa, Proceedings of Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC). (available from: http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/172566/LREC-2008-Itagaki.pdf)
  • 2007    “Impact of controlled language on translation quality and post-editing in a statistical machine translation environment,” Takako Aikawa, Lee Schwartz, Ronit King, Monica Corston-Oliver, and Carmen Lozano, Proceedings of European Association for Machine Translation. (available from: http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/69483/MTS-2007-Aikawa.pdf)
  • 2007    “Automatic Validation of Terminology Translation Consistency with Statistical Method,” Masaki Itagaki, Takako Aikawa, and Xiaodong He, Proceedings of European Association for Machine Translation. (available from: http://mt-archive.info/MTS-2007-Itagaki.pdf)
  • 2006    “Predicting MT Quality as a Function of the Source Language,” David Rojas and Takako Aikawa, Proceedings of Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC). (available from: http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/69484/LREC-2006-Rojas.pdf)
  • 2006    “Detecting Inter-domain Semantic Shift using Syntactic Similarity,” Masaki Itagaki, Takako Aikawa, and Anthony Aue. Proceedings of Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC). (available from: http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/69485/DetectingDomain.pdf)
  • 2005    “NLP Story Maker,” Takako Aikawa, Lee Schwartz, and Michel Pahud, Proceedings of the 2nd Language and Technology Conference, Poznan, Poland. (available from: http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/69486/NLP_Story_Maker_Final.pdf)
  • 2004    “Dynamic Language Learning Tools,” Lee Schwartz, Takako Aikawa, and Michel Pahud, Proceedings of STIL/ICALL Symposium, Italy. (available from: http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/69487/icall04_dynamic_lang_learn.pdf)
  • 2004    “Multilingual Corpus-based Approach to the Resolution of English –ing,” Takako Aikawa and Lee Schwartz, Proceedings of Language Resources and Evaluation. (available from: http://www.lrec-conf.org/proceedings/lrec2004/pdf/8.pdf)
  • 2003    “Disambiguation of English PP Attachment using Multilingual Aligned Data,” Lee Schwartz, Takako Aikawa and Chris Quirk, Proceedings of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas. (available from: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/229057140_Disambiguation_of_engl...)
  • 2002    “Combining Machine Learning and rule-based approaches in Spanish and Japanese sentence realization,” Maite Melero, Takako Aikawa, and Lee Schwartz, Proceedings of the Second International Natural Language Generation Conference. (available from: http://aclweb.org/anthology/W02-2104)
  • 2002    “A Language-Neutral Representation of Temporal Information,” Richard Campbell, Takako Aikawa, Zixin Jiang, Carmen Lozano, Maite Melero, and Andi Wu, Proceedings of Language Resources and Evaluation.
  • 2001    “Sentence Generation for Multilingual Machine Translation ,” Takako Aikawa, Maite Melero, Lee Schwartz, and Andi Wu, Proceedings of European Association for Machine Translation. (available from: http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/68854/multilingual_sentence_generatio...)
  • 1999 "Case-Dropping and Unaccusatives in Japanese Acquisition," Edson T. Miyamoto, Kenneth Wexler, Takako Aikawa, and Shigeru Miyagawa. In BUCLD 23: Proceedings of the 23rd annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, 443-452.
  • 1996    “Intrinsic Reflexivity and Inalienable Possession in Japanese,” Natsuko Tsujimara and Takako Aikawa, Proceedings of the Formal Approaches to Japanese Linguistics #2. (available from: http://www.indiana.edu/~ealc/people/NTlinks/NTpdfs/TwoTypesZiVerbs_JATJ_...)
  • 1994    “Logophoric Use of the Japanese Reflexivizer Zibun-zisin ‘self-self,’” Takako Aikawa, Proceedings of the Formal Approaches to Japanese Linguistics.
  • 1992    “Bound Variable Interpretation and Overt Pronouns in Japanese,” Takako Aikawa, FLSM II: Papers from the Third Annual Meeting of the Formal Linguistics Society of Midamerica.
  • 1991 "Behaviour of Japanese Anaphoric Expressions in Sloppy Identity: Karera 'they' and Zibun 'self''," Takako Aikawa.  In J.D. Bobaljik and T. Bures, eds., MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 14: Papers from the Third Student Conference in Linguistics. MIT, Cambridge, Mass., 1–16.

  • 1991 "Bound Variable Interpretation and Overt Pronouns in Japanese," Takao Aikawa. In M. Alexander and M. Dressler, eds., Papers from the Second Annual Meeting of the Formal Linguistics Society of Mid America. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 196–216.