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RIKEN, electronic companies team to develop ways to predict disasters using AI

  • March 11, 2017
  • , Asahi , p. 8
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Toshiba, NEC, and Fujitsu jointly announced on March 10 that they will establish a common research site for the study of AI technology with RIKEN to accelerate the commercialization of AI research fields such as disaster forecasting that are underdeveloped in Japan compared to western countries, utilizing RIKEN’s basic research.


The three major electronic companies will each set up cooperation centers for five years starting in April at RIKEN’s Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (Chuo Ward, Tokyo). A total of around 70 personnel will be involved in the project from the three firms. RIKEN will provide its basic research findings, including theories and calculation methods, to the companies for them to use in their applied research in data analysis and manufacturing.


The partnership aims to not only predict future events based on big data analysis, but also develop accurate forecasting technologies for rare events like large-scale disasters with small amounts of accumulated data.

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