Canon's Australian research and development centre, CiSRA, has unveiled Keiji Ishizuka was appointed senior general manager of the SOC Design Centre in May.

Ishizuka is a Canon veteran, having joined the company in Japan in 1984. He came to Australia for two years in the late 1990s where he worked as hardware engineer on the STAR AISC development project, and was key in the development of the JPEG modules as a function of integrated circuits.

He then returned to Japan, taking JPEG technology with him where it was used in inkjet printers and multi-functional devices.

Most recently, Ishizuka led a team of five general managers and a team of over 190 employees. Throughout his career, he has gained deep experience in the field of research and product development.

In commenting on his appointed, Ishizuka said, "I see great potential in CiSRA and will work closely with the team to make CiSRA the global leader in Canon R&D."

He also said the company has great confidence in the skills and expertise of its Australian researchers, and will continue to develop young Australian engineers through its internship and scholarship programs.

CiSRA currently offers internships to Australian engineering students each year. It also has postgraduate scholarship prizes -- in the fields of computer science, electrical engineering and the physical sciences -- for exceptional research efforts and achievements.

"[CiSRA] has been working on important developments for Canon in the field of medical imaging, robotics and network video technologies," Canon Oceania managing director, Takanobu Nakamasu, said. "I can think of no better person to lead CiSRA forward than Ishizuka."