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Tokyo Tech and DENSO IT LAB form AI tech platform for future mobility

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Published: May 20, 2020

Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and DENSO IT LABORATORY, INC. have established an innovative AI technology platform for collaboration in future mobility development.

Tokyo Tech and DENSO IT LAB form AI tech platform for future mobility

Background and Purpose

The industrial world has traditionally considered vehicles simply as automobiles; however, this thinking has changed to a broad range of transportation through the concept of mobility, and we are now embarking upon a revolution in autonomous driving, motorization, and Mobility as a Service (MaaS)1.

Meanwhile, the current trend in academia is AI and deep learning, and this has generated innovative breakthroughs. Expanding on this progress requires input from the mathematical and computing sciences, areas that will lead to designs for future society.

DENSO IT LAB is developing technology capable of changing the concept of next generation mobility, concepts such as autonomous driving and advanced safety vehicles as well as other onboard systems and services. In addition, Tokyo Tech established the Data Science & Artificial Intelligence Research Group for Social Goodouter, headed by Haruo Yokota, Dean, School of Computing, to work on solutions for social issues by leveraging data science, AI, and interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty members and industry.

The rapid implementation of AI as a basic technology in all industries has generated fierce competition among universities and the private sector. Recognizing the need for strong industry and university cooperation, Tokyo Tech and DENSO IT LAB have partnered to work on the acceleration of machine learning via super computers as well as other areas.

Tokyo Tech and DENSO IT LAB are further enhancing collaboration through a joint research agreement, led by School of Computing professor Koichi Shinoda, and have established the DENSO IT LAB Recognition and Learning Algorithm Collaborative Research Chairouter. The integration of Tokyo Tech’s advances in mathematics and computer science with DENSO IT LAB’s autonomous driving, motorization, and MaaS technologies has allowed for the creation of an AI technology platform to realize exciting possibilities in future mobility.

In addition, as part of its continuing efforts to enhance industry-university collaboration and promote open innovation, DENSO IT LAB sponsor, DENSO Corporation, established the DENSO Mobility Research Collaborative Research Cluster at Tokyo Tech to facilitate research planning and development between the two organizations.

Overview of the Collaborative Research Chair

Name:
DENSO IT LAB Recognition and Learning Algorithm Collaborative Research Chair
Research Goal:
Creation of breakthroughs that link basic to applications
Period:
April 1, 2020 - March 31, 2023
Content:
Basic and applied research in the fields of machine learning, pattern recognition, and computer vision to expand information processing technology for mobility intelligence
Research Structure:
Gather the world-class mathematical and computer science knowledge and create technical breakthroughs in acquiring knowledge from data
Role
Current Affiliation
Title
Name
Representative (Tokyo Tech)
Tokyo Tech School of Computing
Professor
Koichi Shinoda
Representative (DENSO IT LAB)
DENSO IT LAB
Executive General Manager
Hirotoshi Iwasaki
Collaborative Research Faculty
Tokyo Tech School of Computing
Associate Professor
Shunsuke Ono
Tokyo Tech School of Computing
Assistant Professor
Nakamasa Inoue
Tokyo Tech School of Engineering
Associate Professor
Masayuki Tanaka
Tokyo Tech Global Scientific Information and Computing Center
Associate Professor
Rio Yokota
Tokyo Tech Global Scientific Information and Computing Center
Assistant Professor
Akihiro Nomura
Collaborative Research Chair Faculty
Tokyo Tech School of Computing / DENSO IT LAB
Specially Appointed Assoc. Prof. / Senior Researcher
Ikuro Sato
Tokyo Tech School of Computing / DENSO IT LAB
Specially Appointed Assoc. Prof. / Senior Researcher
Rei Kawakami

Technical terms

1 MaaS (Mobility as a Service)

MaaS is a new concept in mobility that seamlessly connects all public transportation ways(buses, trains, taxis, ride-sharing and sharing cycles) using ICT. People can use them efficiently and conveniently.

School of Computing

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School of Computing

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