Sugimura has over 10 years of technology development experience related to embedded systems and interfaces. He has extensive experience in digital system design and verification, software and hardware development of embedded computer vision, technology development of human-computer interfaces, and team management. He obtained a Ph.D. degree in engineering from Tohoku University in 2007 and then worked on the development of parallel image processors and microcontroller IPs as a hardware and software engineer in the semiconductor industry. After that, he joined a new business development division in Nikon. He has been a member of the ImPACT program since March 2016 and leading the implementation of digital technology including convolutional neural networks and high-speed digital image processing.
Goda, a professor of physical chemistry at the University of Tokyo, is a leader at the forefront of interdisciplinary research centered about photonics and is dedicated to the development of new research fields and industries. He obtained a B.A. degree summa cum laude from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. degree from MIT, both in physics. After working in the LIGO group at MIT and Caltech and doing technology development at UCLA, he joined the University of Tokyo as a professor in 2012 and Japan Science and Technology Agency in 2014. As an ImPACT program manager, he currently manages a large interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and medical doctors to produce serendipity. He has published more than 250 papers including several papers in top journals such as Cell, Nature, and Nature Photonics, and holds more than 20 patents. He has been selected as a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum and has been awarded numerous prizes and honors.