UTCS Colloquia - Hideko Kunii, "Gender Bias and Measures in the Japanese Industry"

Contact Name: 
Tiffany Grady
Location: 
GDC 2.216
Date: 
Apr 23, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Grads, Undergrads, Other Interested Parties

Host:  Tiffany Grady

Talk Abstract: Japan is far behind most industrialized nations in realizing gender equality.  According to the latest report of World Economic Forum, it is ranked the 105th out of 136 countries.  The speaker, who attained her Ph.D. in Computer Sciences at UT Austin will describe her career in the Japanese industry and show how she not only survived but succeeded in rising to senior management levels.  Her talk will discuss the importance of the role played by women engineers’ and scientists’, the status of gender bias in Japanese industries and the measures to alleviate the gender gap and to bring up women leaders.  She will present examples of the software and IT services industries in Japan.

Speaker Bio: Hideko S. Kunii is a former Corporate Senior Vice President of Ricoh Co., Ltd. In  1982-2008 she has been in charge of R&D in the software, system and communication fields and responsible for technology strategy in several fields including document solutions, middleware, embedded systems and networking at Ricoh. She received her first Master’s degree from Ochanomizu University and second one from San Jose State University, and Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. She has served as a member of Councils to several Japanese Ministries, including Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and Internal Affairs and Communications. In addition, she serves as a vice chairman of Japan Information Technology Services Industry Association and a member of Innovation Network Committee of Innovation Network Corporation of Japan. She has continued her activities in academia, as well, serving as Vice President of the Database Society of Japan. Dr. Kunii authored "Graph Data Model and its Data Language," published by Springer-Verlag in 1990. IEICE (The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers) Fellow. IPSJ (Information Processing Society of Japan) Fellow.