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05.10.2018 - 04:58:32

Fujitsu Laboratories and MIT's Center for Brains, Minds and Machines Broaden Partnership

KAWASAKI, Japan, Oct 5, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. and MIT's Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM) today announced a multi-year partnership focused on advancing the science and engineering of intelligence while supporting the next generation of researchers in this emerging field. The new commitment follows on several years of collaborative research among scientists at the two organizations.

Founded in 1968, Fujitsu Laboratories has conducted a wide range of basic and applied research in the areas of next-generation services, computer servers, networks, electronic devices, and advanced materials. CBMM, a multi-institutional, National Science Foundation funded science and technology center focusing on the interdisciplinary study of intelligence, was established in 2013 and is headquartered at MIT's McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT. CBMM is also the foundation of "The Core" of the MIT Quest for Intelligence launched earlier this year. The partnership between the two organizations has started on March 2017 when Fujitsu Laboratories sent a visiting scientist to CBMM.

"A fundamental understanding of how humans think, feel and make decisions is critical to developing revolutionary technologies that will have a real impact on societal problems," said Shigeru Sasaki, CEO of Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. "The partnership between MIT's Center for Brains, Minds and Machines and Fujitsu Laboratories will help advance critical R&D efforts in both human intelligence and the creation of next-generation technologies that will shape our lives," he added.

The new Fujitsu Laboratories Co-Creation Research Fund, established with a philanthropic gift from Fujitsu Laboratories, will fuel new, innovative and challenging projects in areas of interest to both Fujitsu and CBMM, including the basic study of computations underlying visual recognition and language processing, creation of new machine learning methods, and development of the theory of deep learning. Alongside funding for research projects, Fujitsu Laboratories will also fund fellowships for graduate students attending CBMM's summer course from 2019 to contribute to the future of research and society on a long term basis. The intensive three-week course gives advanced students from universities worldwide a "deep end" introduction to the problem of intelligence. These students will later have the opportunity to travel to Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. in Japan or its overseas locations in the US, Canada, UK, Spain and China to meet with Fujitsu researchers.

"CBMM faculty, students, and fellows are excited for the opportunity to work alongside scientists from Fujitsu to make advances in complex problems of intelligence, both real and artificial," said CBMM's director Tomaso Poggio, who is also an investigator at the McGovern Institute and Eugene McDermott Professor in MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. "Both Fujitsu Laboratories and CBMM are committed to creating revolutionary tools and systems that will transform many industries, and to do that we are first looking to the extraordinary computations made by the human mind in everyday life."

As part of the partnership, Tomaso Poggio will be a featured keynote speaker at Fujitsu Laboratories Advanced Technology Symposium held on October 9, 2018. In addition, Tomotake Sasaki, a former visiting scientist and current research affiliate at Poggio Lab will continue to collaborate with CBMM scientists and engineers on reinforcement learning and deep learning research projects. Moyuru Yamada, a visiting scientist at Tenenbaum Lab, is also studying the computational model of human cognition and exploring its industrial applications. Moreover, Fujitsu Laboratories is planning to invite CBMM researchers to Japan or overseas offices, and accept student internships.

About Fujitsu Laboratories

Founded in 1968 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. is one of the premier research centers in the world. With a global network of laboratories in Japan, China, the United States and Europe, the organization conducts a wide range of basic and applied research in the areas of Next-generation Services, Computer Servers, Networks, Electronic Devices and Advanced Materials. For more information, please see: http://www.fujitsu.com/jp/group/labs/en/.

About the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines

The Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM) is a National Science Foundation funded Science and Technology Center focused on the interdisciplinary study of intelligence. This effort is a multi-institutional collaboration headquartered at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, with managing partners at Harvard University. CBMM brings together computer scientists, cognitive scientists, and neuroscientists to create a new field--the Science and Engineering of Intelligence. CBMM strives to ensure that this new field is broadly inclusive and commits to disseminating its work so that it can be brought to bear on the great challenges of the 21st century. For more information, visit cbmm.mit.edu.

About Fujitsu Ltd

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 140,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.1 trillion yen (US $39 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

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