Noriko Kando is a professor in the Information-society Research Division of the National Institute of Informatics (NII), Tokyo, Japan, and has been co-appointed as a professor in the Department of Informatics at the Graduate University of Advanced Studies. She initiated NTCIR (http://research.nii.ac.jp/ntcir/index-en.html), an evaluation of information-access technologies—such as information retrieval, summarization, question answering, and text mining—using East Asian languages and English documents, and has been a main designer of various tasks which have attracted international participation, including cross-lingual IR, patent retrieval, opinion analysis, complex question answering, community QA, and geo-time search. She has been involved in various projects on interactive information access, such as Cognitive Research on Exploratory Search (CRES), Multifaceted Exploratory on Web (MEW), Interacting with Cultural Heritage Digital Archives for Discovery Learning (CEAX), Gaze-driven Interactive Image Search (GLAISE) and Search as Learning (SAL). She received her Ph.D. from Keio University in Library and Information Science in 1995 and has been teaching and conducting research at NII since 1994. She has had more than 200 of her refereed scientific articles published in journals and by international conferences, and has been an invited speaker at many international conferences and workshops.