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Omron to set up AI-focused research centers in Japan, U.S.

  • June 8, 2017
  • , Nikkei , p. 15
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Omron will set up research and development facilities in Japan and the U.S. within the current fiscal year to develop next-generation, advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that are capable of reading human intentions and feelings. It plans to invest 270 billion yen in various projects, including those related to AI and the Internet of Things (IoT), over the next four years through fiscal 2020.

 

The Japanese manufacturer will set up a domestic R&D center in Tokyo, which will serve as a center of excellence for advanced AI development. It will also use the facility as a venue for joint research with RIKEN.

 

The U.S. facility will be situated in California. It will conduct collaborative research with local partners, such as a manufacturer of industrial robots that Omron recently purchased and a medical equipment maker that Omron has acquired a stake in.

 

Omron is looking to tap into next-generation AI technologies to develop automated delivery robots and other devices that will help automate and improve factories, and roll out medical support services using AI-analyzed blood pressure data.

 

Over the next four years through fiscal 2020, Omron will also spend 160 billion yen to update its equipment and facilities.

 

By the end of March 2021, it aims to ring up 1 trillion yen in sales as an industry leader in the factory automation and healthcare fields. (Slightly abridged)

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