Masafumi Nishimura received his B.E. and M.E. degrees in Biophysical Engineering from Osaka University in 1981 and 1983, and his Dr. of Engineering degree from Toyohashi University of Technology in 1998. In 1983 he joined the IBM Japan Science Institute and worked in speech recognition area. Since 2003, he is a Senior Technical Staff Member of IBM. He is currently the STSM-Manager of Research of the Speech Technology Group at the IBM Research - Tokyo, Japan. His research interests include speech signal processing, robust speech recognition, statistical language modeling, expressive speech synthesis, emotion detection and speech analytics. Dr. Nishimura became Editor of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers Transactions in 2010. He received the SIG Research Award from the Information Processing Society of Japan in 1998, and the Prize for Outstanding Technological Development in Acoustics from the Acoustical Society of Japan in 1999. He is a senior member of the IEEE and the IEICE, and a member of the IPSJ and the ASJ.