The Whole Brain Architecture Initiative (WBAI)
a specified non-profit organization registered in Tokyo


  • Chair: Hiroshi Yamakawa (see below for details)
  • Vice-chair: Yutaka Matsuo (see below for details)
  • Vice-chair: Koichi Takahashi (see below for details)
  • Director: Naoya Arakawa (also Bureau Chief)
  • Auditor-secretary: Shin’ichi Asakawa, Atsushi Kanbayashi


Kuramae 4-8-2, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-0051, Japan
(c/o Garm Inc)


TEL: +81-3-4500-8202


August 21, 2015

Financial periods

April to March (annual reports and financial statements can be found here)


Chairperson: YAMAKAWA, Hiroshi

He is AI researcher interested in brain. His specialty includes brain-inspired artificial general intelligence, concept formation, neurocomputing, and opinion aggregation technology. He is a former Chief Editor of the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence. He is a co-organizer of AEGAP workshop of IJCAI 2018 and 2019. He received an MS in physics and PhD in engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1989 and 1992 respectively. He joined Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. in 1992. He founded Dwango AI Laboratory in 2014 and was a director of it since March 2019. And he is co-founder of WBAI in 2015 and become a chairperson of it. He is a visiting professor of the University of Electro-Communications. He is co-author of the Japanese books “Religion and life” and “The Constitutional Theory of the AI Era”.

Vice Chairperson: MATSUO, Yutaka

Yutaka Matsuo, Ph.D, is an associate professor at Institute of Engineering Innovation, Center for Knowledge Structuring, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo since 2007. He received his BS, MS, and Ph.D degrees from the University of Tokyo in 1997, 1999, and 2002. He joined National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) from 2002 to 2007. He got Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research Abroad in 2005 and stayed for two years at Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI), Stanford University. He received the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence (JSAI) Best Paper Award in 2002 and Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ) Nagao Special Researcher Award in 2008. He is an associate editor-in-chief at the editorial committee of JSAI. His major is web mining, artificial intelligence, and big data analysis.(Home Page)

Vice Chairperson: TAKAHASHI, Koichi

Koichi Takahashi, Ph.D., is a principal investigator at RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center. He holds project associate professorship at Keio University Graduate school of Media and Governance, and an invited associate professorship at Osaka University Graduate school of Frontier Biosciences. He is the creator of the cell simulation software platform E-Cell System and the cognitive computing software platform called Brain-inspired Computing Architecture (BriCA).


DOYA, Kenji

Professor, Neural Computation Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

KITANO, Hiroaki

President of The Systems Biology Institute (SBI)

TOMITA, Masaru

Director and Professor, Institute for Advanced Biosciences, Keio University

MORIKAWA, Hiroyuki

Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo


President, Sapporo City University


Advanced Comprehensive Research Organization (ACRO) Professor, Teikyo University