Toshinori Munakata passed away on April 4, 2021 after a full life of nearly 90 years. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, and extended family. Toshinori attended the University of Tokyo, where he earned his undergraduate degree in geology and master’s degree and PhD in applied physics. He spent most of his career as a Professor of Computer Science at Cleveland State University, with research spanning many of the most important realms of artificial intelligence. In 2011, Toshinori was profiled as one of the "25 Japanese people that changed the world" in the 25th Anniversary edition of Newsweek Japan. He was passionate about his field and enjoyed eating Japanese food, traveling to California and Japan, spending time with his family, and listening to music (particularly enka, Japanese ballad music).
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