The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry has decided to set up a strategic base for comprehensive research in information science at RIKEN, it has been learned.
With the aim of developing practically applicable artificial intelligence for the medical and financial fields within 10 years, the ministry will request about ¥10 billion for related expenses in its budget for fiscal 2016.
The new strategic base at RIKEN will tackle four fields of study, including “big data” whereby vast amounts of information are amassed, the “Internet of Things” in which data is exchanged between Internet-connected home electronics and vehicles, and “cybersecurity” for the protection of information, in addition to artificial intelligence.
Integrated research development in the four fields of study, using artificial intelligence to analyze data collected by sensors embedded in various objects, will be advanced at the base. The technology ministry is also encouraging technical innovation that makes use of life sciences data analyzed by artificial intelligence to develop new medicines.
The ministry is planning to invite researchers from universities and companies using a double-duty system, and collaborative research will be pursued in cooperation with national institutes under the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry and the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry.
The technology ministry intends to set up a new base for 200 researchers in the center of Tokyo, where researchers can gather easily