Team

Takaaki Shimoji

Takaaki Shimoji

CEO

Takaaki is CEO of Empath Inc. He was a Smartmedical’s general manager of the ICT department in 2011. As GM of the department, he developed Empath, a vocal emotion recognition AI. Prior to joining Smartmedical, Takaaki served as the board director of Yunin Corp, and contributed to the revitalization of Yunin township in Hokkaido by developing an agricultural experience game app for Mixi (the largest SNS in Japan). He was a research fellow at the University of Tokyo, Division for Health Service Promotion. He holds a B.A. from Waseda University in Education from the Department of Japanese Language and Literature.

Makoto Chaen

Makoto Chaen

CTO

Makoto is CTO at Empath. Prior to joining Empath, Makoto engaged in the project developing the third generation hard disk recorder at SONY. As a system integrator, he has developed enterprise systems and smartphone applications as well as backend systems. He held a variety of ICT project manager positions based on his experiences in system designs, infrastructure constructions, and implementations with advanced knowledge of multiple programming languages. He holds an M.A. in Computer Science and System Engineering from Kyushu Institute of Technology. He is a co-author of Android API Programming Reference (My Navi Publishing, Tokyo. 2012).

Hazumu Yamazaki

Hazumu Yamazaki

CSO

Hazumu is CSO at Empath. After finishing his Ph.D research program at New York University in 2014, he joined Smartmedical to create global business strategies. Hazumu is the winner of 1776 Challenge Cup Tokyo in 2017 and Accenture Innovation Award at GITEX 2017. He has been invited by a lot of international conferences as a speaker such as Slush Tokyo, Health 2.0, and ATECH World (Abu Dhabi).
Hazumu holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Tokyo. He is also a research fellow at Aoyama Gakuin University, Department of Social Informatics. He loves literature and philosophy.

Sara Akaoka Badssi

Sara Akaoka Badssi

Data Analyst

Sara was raised and graduated High School in Morocco. She moved to France in 2010 for university studies and graduated from the Grenoble Institute of Technology and Applied Mathematics with a master degree in computer science and mathematics. In 2015, Sara moved to Kyoto for a one year exchange program at Kyoto University, at the Department of Intelligence Science and Technology, to hold a research project oriented towards affective computing and emotion synthesis.
In 2015 and 2016, she worked as an intern in French companies as a full-stack web developer, creating apps for face recognition algorithms and a robo-advisor for automatic portfolio management. Sara speaks French, Arabic, English and Japanese.

Yoshio Kosaka

Yoshio Kosaka

Product Manager

Project Manager Yoshio is a product manager at Empath. He plans and develops Empath products. Prior to joining Empath, he held a variety of project manager and programmer positions at IT startups based on his experiences in enterprise system, web service, and smart phone application development.
He is good at not only product development management but also team management.

Kazunari Ishii

Kazunari Ishii

Business Administration Manager

Kazunari is a business administration manager. Prior to his current role, Kazunari held a variety of accounting and financial leadership positions, building successful startups in Japan. He has contributed to fund-raisings for Smartmedical Corp. by gaining investments from various prestigious listed companies. He holds a B.A. from Waseda University School of Law.