Fujitsu and Macquarie University establish new research lab

Fujitsu Limited and Macquarie University have announced the establishment of the Fujitsu Macquarie AI Research Lab at Macquarie University, as part of the Fujitsu Small Research Lab programme.

It aims to strengthen an ongoing collaboration in the research and development of promising applications of AI and related technologies. The lab’s inaugural project will focus on the development of digital coaching technology to optimise training to individual’s skills, expertise, and goals. It draws on Macquarie University’s advanced research capabilities and talent along with Fujitsu’s expertise in areas like generative AI and human sensing technology.

Macquarie University hosts world-leading AI research capabilities at its Centre for Applied Artificial Intelligence and Centre for Health Informatics, pioneering projects in a variety of fields like banking, education, and healthcare, to identify new technology applications and address societal challenges. Fujitsu, Japan’s leading developer of AI technologies, holds the largest number of patents for AI-related inventions in Japan, and boasts a long track record of successful research and development of AI. It has successfully delivered commercial solutions like its Actlyzer sensing technology and is also engaged in research into generative AI applications, including customer engagement in retail.

Fujitsu will deliver newly developed technology in this research project through its Fujitsu Kozuchi (code name) – Fujitsu AI Platform, which offers users access to a range of modules and functions based on advanced AI technologies. Fujitsu Australia Limited will develop and conduct demonstrations for implementation of this technology in multiple fields such as healthcare, retail, and public sector.

Professor S. Bruce Dowton, Vice-Chancellor and President at Macquarie University commented “The University is honored to host Fujitsu’s first Small Research Lab in the Southern Hemisphere and only the third outside Japan. Establishing quality industry collaborations for impact is a key priority for Macquarie University. Partnership projects such as this not only foster groundbreaking research – they also create invaluable opportunities for our students to gain deeper understanding and industry-relevant experience in their chosen fields.”

Toshihiro Sonoda, Head of Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Fujitsu Research commented “We have great expectations around the establishment of this lab with Macquarie University, which represents the many possibilities unlocked when academia and industry collaborate. This marks an important step forward in deepening AI technology and its applications, and we are confident that it will bring innovation and contribute to solving global challenges. We anticipate many great results as we further deepen our work together with Macquarie.”

Alfee Lee, VP, Head of Uvance, Technology & Solutions of the Fujitsu APAC region commented, “On behalf of the Fujitsu Group, I would like to express our gratitude and excitement of the launch of our latest Small Research Lab, which exemplifies the spirit of academic-industry collaboration to spark innovation as part of our global R&D strategy. Our work with Macquarie University’s world-class researchers will help us boost our ability to bring transformative applications of technologies like AI to market and to contribute to improving well-being and resolving challenges in society.”