The government will set up an “AI research and development network” within the year to enhance collaboration between national research institutes and universities conducting studies on artificial intelligence. It will solicit several dozen universities and research institutes to participate in the framework and use AI to promote R&D, personnel exchanges and information-sharing that span various fields.
The network is aimed at facilitating information-sharing and partnerships between participating universities and research institutes as well as promoting interactions between researchers.
The government designates the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), RIKEN and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology as key institutes on AI research. In addition to these three organizations, it will call on national institutes, such as the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), the Public Works Research Institute (PWRI), the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), and universities that focus on AI research to join the network.
The network will be led by Sony Computer Science Laboratories (Sony CSL) President & CEO Hiroaki Kitano. (Abridged)