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Kazuo Hotate received the B.E., M.E., and Dr. Eng. degrees in electronics from the University of Tokyo, in 1974, 1976, and 1979, respectively. In 1979, he joined the University of Tokyo as Lecturer. He became Professor in 1993 at Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, and currently is Professor at Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems, Graduate School & Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. He served as Dean of Graduate School & Faculty of Engineering (2008–2010), and also served as Director General of Division of University Corporate Relations (2011–2014), in the University of Tokyo. He is now Executive Vice President of the University of Tokyo. He has been engaged in projection-type holography, measurement and analysis of optical fiber characteristics, photonic sensing, and optical fiber sensors. He has authored and coauthored several books on optical fibers, and more than 450 journal papers and international conference presentations. Prof. Hotate is Fellow of IEEE, Institute of Electronics, Information, and Communication Engineers (IEICE), Society of Instrumentation and Control Engineers (SICE), and Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP). He received academic awards, including OFS Life-time Achievement Award, SPIE DSS Life-time Achievement Award, Ichimura Prize, IEICE Achievement Award, SICE Hasunuma Prize, and JSAP Takuma Prize. He was a Board of Governors member of IEEE Photonics Society, and served as a Associate Editor of IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technologies. He served as Co-chairs for SPIE Fiber Optic Gyros: Twentieth Anniversary Conference, Technical Program Committee Chair for 13th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors (OFS-13, 1999, Kyongju, Korea), and General Chair for OFS-16 (2003, Nara, Japan). He is currently a member of Science Council of Japan.