Masami Ito was born in Kyoto, Japan. He received a B.S. degree in 1965 and an M.S. degree in 1967 both in mathematics from Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan. He received a D. Eng. degree in 1978 in communication theory from Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. Since 1979, he has been a professor of mathematics at Kyoto Sangyo University in Kyoto, Japan. He has been a visiting researcher at Hannover University and a visiting professor at the University of Western Ontario in Ontario, Canada. He has published more than 60 papers and edited four proceedings of international conferences and three special issues of Theoretical Computer Science. He has organized two international conferences and has been a program committee member of seven international conferences. He is currently an editor of Theoretical Computer Science (Elsevier), Algebra Colloquium (Springer), Journal of Automata, Languages and Combinatorics (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg), Grammars (Kluwer) and Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (Chapman & Hall).
Main Research Interests:
- studies on semigroups, especially finite semigroups and transformation semigroups
- algebraic structures of codes
- studies on codes characterizing several languages and studies on codes contained in several kinds of languages
- studies on regular languages, context-free languages, context-sensitive languages, D0L systems, Petri nets and string-rewriting systems