Shunsuke Haga

Shunsuke Haga
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Main area of research
Natural language & AI

Shunsuke Haga's education started at an early age, with the introduction of localization. Most kids might call it a move, but moving from Japan to Guam needs more than a truck rental. In a new country, Shunsuke learned the local Chamorro, and was inspired by his family's worldly nature in connection to its new home. Despite the beauty and allure that brought his family to Guam, Shunsuke braved a new change of culture to leave Guam for Massachusetts in 2008. Now in Massachusetts, Shunsuke's natural talents were honed through his acclimation to east-coast USA. Technoliterate, Shunsuke made friends with global communities and connected to them artistically and through Twitter. Shunsuke also gave presentations to English speakers on complex Japanese perception and culture, entertaining and educating. Finally, speaking as a translator between his friends led him to realize his natural appreciation for culture and the human spirit. Nuance recognized Shunsuke's value. In 2010, Nuance (then Vlingo) discovered Shunsuke, and sought his help for localizing features of the Vlingo app to Japanese. More than simply a speaker, Shunsuke picked up skills taught by his coworkers he soon contributed with, like basic Python coding, regular expressions, and the unique insights they offered. Shunsuke's presentations have also educated coworkers on the details of necessary localizations, inspiring managers to guarantee a product that makes sense cross-cultures.