"AI Japan R&D Network" was established by three core members: the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). These three core members respectively have "AI core related centers" (so-called AI-3-centers) as defined in the government's AI strategy. They are actively promoting their AI research as core research centers specified in Japan's AI strategy, and making use of the results of the research in society as quickly as possible.
AIST AIRC was established in May 2015 and has been mainly engaged in promoting the implementation of superior AI technologies in society, with a focus on bridging application to companies and others.
In the future, it aims to lead the world as a global center of excellence for research on AI-based technologies for real-world applications and for bridging AI to society.
The RIKEN AIP was established in April 2016 and has been engaged in the research and development of innovative fundamental technologies, mainly theoretical research, and their implementation in society. In the future, it aims to become a world leader in research and development of innovative fundamental technologies, focusing on theoretical research on AI.
NICT has been engaged in research and development, including natural language processing, multilingual translation, multilingual speech processing, and the construction of cognitive models for the brain, as well as the development and social implementation of usage environments, including accumulated data. It aims to become a world leader in the following areas; 1) dialogue technology based on innovative natural language processing using large-scale data, 2) multilingual translation and speech processing technology for foreign visitors and residents of Japan from Asia, 3) the construction and application of a cognitive model of the brain that aims to realize more empathetic communication.
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