21 Jun 2018

OIST and DEEPCORE Partner for AI Innovation

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) has signed a memorandum of understanding with DEEPCORE lnc., an incubator focusing on Artificial Intelligence (AI). Together the two organizations will cooperate on joint projects, share their insight on AI research and create Japanese innovations with a global reach.

The world of business is rapidly changing with the advent of smart technology. AI and robotics are already transforming global industries with smart automation and learning algorithms. In this transforming environment, bringing together the scientific prowess of research institutes and the market savvy of companies will serve to push innovation in the high-tech sector that will secure the future competitiveness of business.

OIST is an international graduate university which conducts outstanding education and research in science and technology, with worldwide recognition. A truly interdisciplinary research environment, there are no barriers between scientific fields, and scientists are encouraged to cross over and collaborate in new branches of knowledge. At OIST, AI research already mingles with research in neuroscience, mathematics and computational science, physics, and theory. Equipped with world-class facilities, OIST promotes innovation not only in science but in entrepreneurship and the development of science into practical and commercial applications.

DEEPCORE, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp., is an AI-focused incubator that cultivates entrepreneurs who aspire to change the world with technology. With a particular focus on deep learning technology, they are committed to pushing the boundaries of AI technologies and its applications in society.  For example, this summer DEEPCORE will open a community and co-working space called “KERNEL” in Hongo, Tokyo to create an AI technology-driven community that enables joint projects with companies and also to support resulting startups.

The partnership between OIST and DEEPCORE aims to nurture great new innovations in AI, from the spark of inspiration in the lab to the production line. Bringing together special talent in research and business from Japan and around the world, this new cooperation opens up new possibilities for future advancements.

By Andrew Scott


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