Makoto Yamada received the PhD degree in statistical science from The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI, The Institute of Statistical Mathematics), Tokyo, in 2010. He has held positions as a postdoctoral fellow with the Tokyo Institute of Technology from 2010 to 2012, as a research associate with NTT Communication Science Laboratories from 2012 to 2013, as a research scientist with Yahoo Labs from 2013 to 2015, and as an assistant professor with Kyoto University from 2015 to 2017. Currently, he is a team leader at RIKEN AIP and an associate professor at Kyoto University. His research interests include machine learning and its application to biology, natural language processing, and computer vision. He published more than 50 research papers in premium conferences and journals such as NeurIPS, AISTATS, ICML, AAAI, IJCAI, and TPAMI, and won the WSDM 2016 Best Paper Award.