As information and communications technology has continued to evolve, we are now entering the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), in which all things are connected to the Internet.
The Internet is already awash with massive volumes of data created by people in the form of webpages, social media, and the like. Now, through IoT technology, in which a diverse range of machines and sensors can be connected to the Internet, we are on the verge of a world in which data that has been generated automatically, without human intervention, will pour onto the Internet in explosive quantities.
This diverse range of data includes information that would be extremely useful for learning about society, but finding the information that is truly valuable amidst all of that data is no easy feat.
In its 4th Medium to Long-term Plan, which began in fiscal 2016, the Universal Communication Research Institute is taking the information analysis technology based on the large-scale natural language processing that the Institute researched and developed in the 3rd Medium-Term Plan, and further developing it into technology for the analysis of social knowledge. The Institute is also conducting research and development aimed at evolving information service platforms into new platforms adaptable to IoT. In addition to verification testing on the Internet of the outcomes of this research and development as practical systems, the Institute is also pursuing the social implementation of its outcomes, including the transfer of technology to companies, through the Research Promotion Council of Keihanna Info-Communication Open Laboratory and the Advanced LanGuage Information Forum (ALAGIN).
The Center develops technologies for conducting deep analysis on a semantic level of massive volumes of text data that exist on the Web and other sources, as well as technologies for proposing valuable combinations of information and valuable hypotheses based on flexible user inputs. Leveraging the leading-edge technologies it has developed to date and its computing resources, which are some of the largest in Japan among public institutions conducting research into related fields, DIRECT is engaged in the research and development of these areas.
The Information Services Platform Laboratory is engaged in the research and development of advanced platform technologies that process different types of data from different fields in real time and enable use of these data, based on users’ requests. The data includes text-based information, sensor-derived information, and image and video data that have been diversified through IoT technology.
Advanced LanGuage Information Forum (ALAGIN) is a forum which promotes super communication technologies that realize language barrier-free communication.
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.
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.
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.
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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