Kentaro Sano is the team leader of the processor research team at RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS) since 2017, responsible for research and development of future high-performance processors and systems. He is also a visiting professor with an advanced computing system laboratory at Tohoku University. He received his Ph.D. from the graduate school of information sciences, Tohoku University, in 2000. Since 2000 until 2018, he had been a Research Associate and an Associate Professor at Tohoku University. He was a visiting researcher at the Department of Computing, Imperial College, London, and Maxeler Technology corporation in 2006 and 2007. His research interests include data-driven and spatial-parallel processor architectures such as a coarse-grain reconfigurable array (CGRA), FPGA-based high-performance reconfigurable computing, high-level synthesis compilers and tools for reconfigurable custom computing machines, and system architectures for next-generation supercomputing based on the data-flow computing model.