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Our vision is not simply to create new technologies, but to offer people new experiences.
By exploring the full range of technological possibilities across different sectors and industries,
we are making amazing ideas and innovative technologies a part of people’s lives.

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What do you consider to be important for creating new value and realizing it in society?

I make sure I’m positive and always moving forward, whatever happens. I also think it’s important to embrace challenges and to take a wide-ranging interest in society.

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What do you consider to be important for creating new value and realizing it in society?

Creating transformative value through AI requires a mindset of responsibility. Our solutions must be accurate, robust and socially acceptable. They must overcome biases in data, be interpretable, ensure fairness across sections of society and guarantee privacy. Self-improvement and continuous learning are important for algorithms to evolve with social perceptions. Real value can be created when AI is trusted by all stakeholders: researchers, users, service providers and governments. We must go beyond excellence, to provide guidance to regulators and users on the benefits and trustworthiness of our solutions.

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What do you consider to be important for creating new value and realizing it in society?

It is an exciting time to be working on AI solutions for the benefit of society. Machine learning based technologies already have an immediate impact on almost all aspects of our lives. It is important for researchers to collaborate with engineers, business developers, customers and, most importantly, users, towards meaningful solutions. True breakthroughs can be achieved if we work together and pay close attention to the challenges, both technological and ethical, that arise when humans interact with intelligent systems.

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What do you consider to be important for creating new value and realizing it in society?

I keep in mind that I am a professional corporate researcher. As such the outcome of my research will change future network infrastructure, strongly connecting people anywhere, even across oceans. Meanwhile, I value genuine curiosity and playful imagination. They are key to question current limitations, to create disruptive technology and to understand its essence and implications. They enable relentless innovation and consecutive breakthroughs. Combining these two approaches keeps a strong link between innovative technology and real value for the society.

What amazing ideas do you want to bring to life?

I want to disrupt current optical communication bringing inexhaustible capacity into networks, so that telecommunication becomes natural and that people are no longer aware that they are apart.
For instance, nowadays, we are frequently using web conferencing or remote computers but they are frustrated by limited interaction, freezing images or latency in response. This is caused by traffic congestion in networks. There was a time when current bandwidth usage was out of the bound of imagination and when fiber optics was believed to have unlimited bandwidth. Now, with our current connected way of life, imagination and creativity are bounded by bandwidth, as we are seeing the limit of capacity of fiber optic systems, which information theory predicted from the start.
I want to overcome such limitations with innovative optical communication systems taking advantage of novel transmission medium and methods. In this future, people will no longer realize that they are telecommunicating even though they are interacting remotely.

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What do you consider to be important for creating new value and realizing it in society?

I value three points for social implementation: (1) capture real issues from the customer perspective; (2) identify the best timing, the best positioning, and the best teamwork; (3) include application innovation as technological innovation as well.

What amazing ideas do you want to bring to life?

I want to innovate an automated video analysis technology that is able to understand any contexts regarding anything, anyone, or any events from a given video file, and tell a story or digest the contents in human language. With such a technology, I expect that NEC would be recognized as a leading company in video analysis technologies in the same way that facial recognition technology is contributing to the company now.

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What do you consider to be important for creating new value and realizing it in society?

I think dialogue with customers and colleagues is key. Through such dialogue, I try to piece together different pieces of information and create new insights.

What amazing ideas do you want to bring to life?

My research has been focused on techniques for combining different data. Building on this, as a next step, I want to combine data and utilizations, as well as utilizations and people, so that all data can be fully utilized. There is so much data out there that is not being used. My hope is to harness such data to improve people’s lives and contribute to human progress.

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What do you consider to be important for creating new value and realizing it in society?

I make sure what I’m doing truly has value for people and society, and take on challenges with a positive mindset, while appreciating diversity and always trying to be a better person!

What amazing ideas do you want to bring to life?

In my research, I measure people’s daily biometric information and, based on this, try to continuously estimate their present and future internal state, such as stress levels, mood, health, etc. My hope is to combine this with other technologies and develop a system that helps people improve their habits, and their physical and mental health. I want to make this a reality as soon as possible, for a healthier, happier and more fulfilling society.