Speaker: Satoshi Sekiguchi (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan)
Title: Transforming SMEs and Manufacturing industry business into AI ready empowered by the ABCI
Date: – , Wednesday, August 7th
Location: Buzz Hall
Chair: Taisuke Boku
Artificial intelligence (AI) is already leading the world’s industrial revolution, interacting with IoT, big data, robots, cloud technology, and more. While business owners scream, they say, “AI’s! Open innovation!” But there may be a sense of frustration that is left while we are wondering where to start introducing AI for their business. It is hard to say that what can be realized and connected to the market, possibilities, and limitations, research and development and how to apply development, etc. are still well understood in the SMEs and manufacturing industry in particular in Japan. Considering such business surroundings, AIST initiated a project to offer the computing power for everybody to receive its benefit so that they can try to use AI technologies. We have been operating the ABCI, Artificial Intelligence Bridging Cloud Infrastructure, since August in 2019. From our practice, I would like to share the ideas on how to utilize such supercomputer systems for transforming their business.
About the Speaker
Satoshi Sekiguchi, Ph.D. is currently Vice President of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan. Additionally, he serves as the Director General of the Department of Information Technology and Human Factors, which is engaged in research and development of intelligent information systems that enrich society by specifically addressing the mutual interaction of informatics and ergonomics. He continues to drive innovative developments in high-performance computing from its system architecture to applications, including AIST’s new AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure (ABCI). His expertise in IT-based solutions to address society’s challenges is helping to develop the next generation of technologies for global environmental monitoring, smart manufacturing for precision and quality, and AI security.
Dr. Sekiguchi received his BSc. from the University of Tokyo, M.Eng. from University of Tsukuba, and Ph.D. in Information Science and Technology from the University of Tokyo, respectively. He joined Electrotechnical Laboratory (ETL) where he started his professional carrier as a research scientist in 1984. In 2002-2008, he served as the founding director of Grid Technology Research Center, followed by the Director of the Information Technology Research Institute at AIST in 2008-2012, and the Deputy Director-General of the Directorate for Information Technology and Electronics in 2012-2014. He is a member of the Science Council Japan, IEEE CS and ACM.