The Universal Communication Research Institute (UCRI) has been conducting research and development (R&D) on speech-to-speech translation and information analysis technologies, as well as real-space information analytics based on big data, etc., with the aim to achieve universal communication; finding, creating, and using valuable information, and establishing mutual understanding among the people. Since 2015, we have been promoting R&D on social knowledge analysis technologies using AI, such as natural language processing and deep learning, to analyze large amounts of text on a semantic level and generate valuable combinations of information and hypotheses. We have also been focusing on information services platform technologies by taking advantage of IoT; utilizing widely varied sensor information as well as image and video data from various fields. The results of these R&D have been implemented into practical systems or made into databases and released to the public as open source or via industry-government-academia collaboration projects such as "Advanced LAnGuage INformation Forum (ALAGIN)." We also conduct joint field experiments with private companies to further promote social implementation of our R&D outcomes.


AwardJun. 01, 2020
Dr. Kentaro Torisawa, Director General of DIRECT, was awarded the Shida Rinzaburo Award by the Chair of The Council for Info-Communications Promotion Month.
MediaMay. 06, 2020
DIRECT was featured in The Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun (page 13).
AwardMar. 19, 2020
Dr. KIDAWARA Yutaka, Director General of Advanced Speech Translation Research and Development Promotion Center, has been named a Fellow of The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE).
MediaJan. 17, 2020
DISAANA and D-SUMM were featured in The Sankei Shimbun Osaka (page 1).

Industry-Government-Academia Collaboration
Advanced LanGuage Information Forum (ALAGIN)

Advanced LanGuage Information Forum (ALAGIN) is a forum which promotes super communication technologies that realize language barrier-free communication.

Ultra-Realistic Communications Forum (URCF)

Ultra-Realistic Communications Forum (URCF) brings together an extensive range of researchers, businesses, users and other parties involved in ultra-realistic communications to promote reciprocal exchanges of information and cross-cultural interaction. Another of URCF's aims is the efficient promotion of research and development, verification testing and standardization in collaborations between industry, government, and academia.

Keihanna Open Lab
Research Promotion Council of Keihanna Info-Communication Open Laboratory

The purpose of this Council is to promote the effective use of the Keihanna Info-Communication Open Laboratory and to establish effective collaborations in relevant fields between industry, government, and academia including universities, communication carriers, broadcasters, manufacturers, research institutes, venture companies, and regional municipalities, to create new info-communication related services and industries originating in the Kansai area, as well as to contribute to human resource development.

Other Research and Development

fVisiOn is a table-based, glasses-free, three-dimensional (3D) display that can be seen by multiple people around the display. The goal is to create an interface that projects 3D images at height suspended above a flat, empty table, that will be naturally visible without the use of 3D glasses by multiple people, especially for situations in which people seated around the table would view the image by looking down at it from all angles.

Multiscopic glasses-free 3D Display (REI)

With REI, 3D images can be viewed without special glasses, and not only does it project stereoscopic images, but also projects images whose appearance will change as the viewing angle changes. This technology enables images to be viewed in almost exactly the same way as if the object being viewed were actually physically present.
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