After graduating Department of Information Science, the Faculty of Science, the University of Tokyo, Yaoko Nakagawa joined Hitachi Ltd., where she was engaged in developing very large computer systems. The first machine she participated in, Vector type Supercomputer “HITAC S-810” was registered as Japanese First Supercomputer by Japan National Museum of Nature and Science in 2009. She led innovative technical server architecture and received The Ichimura Prize in Industry as “Vector-scalar combined type Super Technical Server SR8000 technology “ in 2005.

From 2008 to present, she has been working as a research manager in the field of embedded systems, future computing, and she is appointed to CDO of R&D group, Hitachi, Ltd, in April 2021. She is also a member of HPCI planning promotion committee of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Japan, and marketing committee of RISC-V International since 2018. She has been the Vice President of IPSJ (Information Processing Society of Japan) since June 2019.