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Yu Nasu, (那須悠)
a Japanese computer scientist and Shogi programmer. While affiliated with the Tokyo Institute of Technology [1], and the Knowledge Media Laboratory, Toshiba, his research focused on natural language processing, speech recognition and speech synthesis as application of hidden Markov model and neural networks [2].


Along with Hisayori Noda (Nodchip), Jun Okabe, Takahiro Suzuki, Masatoshi Hidaka, and at times Akio Kono, Yu Nasu was member of The Minstrel's Ballad: Tanuki's Reign [3] [4] and subsequently is member of the Ziosoft Computer Shogi Club, developing and representing the Shogi playing entities Shouten Gensou Knights of Tanuki (2017, derived from Yaneura King by Motohiro Isozaki aka Yaneurao) [5] [6], the end of genesis T.N.K.evolution turbo type D [7] [8] and the 29th World Computer Shogi Champion [9] YaneuraOu [10] [11].


In 2018, Yu Nasu introduced a new evaluation function based on a shallow neural network whose heavily overparametrized input layer outputs were incremental updated in make and unmake move. This approach, dubbed NNUE (ƎUИИ Efficiently Updatable Neural Networks), turned out to become extremely powerful. NNUE was used along with a Stockfish based Shogi adaptation in YaneuraOu, as well in other Shogi playing entities such as Kristallweizen [12], apparently with superhuman AlphaZero strength [13]. YaneuraOu team member Hisayori Noda aka Nodchip proved that Nasu's idea also works well in western chess, yielding to Stockfish NNUE [14].

Selected Publications


External Links


  1. Yu Nasu's research works | Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo (TITech) and other places, ResearchGate
  2. Yamato Ohtani, Yu Nasu, Masahiro Morita, Masami Akamine (2015). Emotional transplant in statistical speech synthesis based on emotion additive model. INTERSPEECH 2015
  3. WCSC26 participation list by Reijer Grimbergen, SHOGI-L, April 08, 2016
  4. The 27th World Computer Shogi Championship: participant list by Takenobu Takizawa, SHOGI-L, April 17, 2017
  5. Hisayori Noda, Jun Okabe, Takahiro Suzuki, Masatoshi Hidaka, Yu Nasu, Akio Kono (2017). Shouten Gensou Knights of Tanuki Appeal Document. The Minstrel's Ballad: Tanuki's Reign, pdf (Japanese)
  6. 第27回世界コンピュータ将棋選手権 参加チーム wcsc27
  7. 第28回世界コンピュータ将棋選手権 wcsc28
  8. Installation instruction of shogi engines, May 28, 2019
  9. 第29回世界コンピュータ将棋選手権 wcsc29
  10. やねうら王 公式サイト | コンピューター将棋 やねうら王 公式サイト YaneuraOu Official Website by Motohiro Isozaki aka Yaneurao
  11. GitHub - yaneurao/YaneuraOu: YaneuraOu is the World's Strongest Shogi engine(AI player), WCSC29 1st winner, educational and USI compliant engine, hosted by Motohiro Isozaki aka Yaneurao
  12. GitHub - Tama4649/Kristallweizen: 第29回世界コンピュータ将棋選手権 準優勝のKristallweizenです。
  13. The Stockfish of shogi by Larry Kaufman, CCC, January 07, 2020
  14. Stockfish NN release (NNUE) by Henk Drost, CCC, May 31, 2020
  15. dblp: Yu Nasu
  16. hidden semi-Markov model from Wikipedia
  17. Kernel eigenvoice from Wikipedia

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