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The future we envision

Innovate for better living, business and transportation with AI technology
to pursue “A Better Life, A Better World”

Panasonic upholds the corporate slogan “A Better Life, A Better World”.
We have always been striving to deliver innovative products and services that are able to solve problems in our lives or in our customers’ lives by implementing AI technology into Panasonic’s key business areas: home appliances, housing, automotive devices, and B2B solutions, and to pursue “A Better Life” and “A Better World”

Our Research Areas and Business

Examples of our research area:

Image Recognition Image Recognition

Image Recognition

  • Face Recognition
  • Supply chain management
  • Sports video analysis
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Natural Language Processing / Voice Recognition

  • Translation
  • Transcription
  • AI Chat-bot
Data Analysis Data Analysis

Data Analysis

  • IoT Appliances
  • Smart Factories
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Biological data analysis

  • Elderly monitoring system
  • Assistive robotic walker
Robotics Robotics

Robotics

  • Robotic Cleaner
  • Smart Factories
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AI/IoT

  • HomeX
  • Vieureka

AI Labs

Panasonic operates development and research (R&D) on artificial intelligence (AI) at four sites in Japan, and two overseas.

Osaka headquarters site (Kadoma & Moriguchi)

This is the largest R&D site in Panasonic, gathering four of the technology divisions plus the Advanced Research Division. It has been promoting R&D on AI technology combined with a broad range of products and devices developed in the company’s key business areas.

Tokyo site (Hamarikyu)

This was opened in April 2016. In Hamarikyu, engineers related to AI, IoT, robotics, and sensing have been working together here. Internal and external collaborators have assisted to accelerate R&D progresses of new themes.

Yokohama site

Since 2015, this site became the central hub of technology development for image recognition and robotics and control for vehicle-mounted devices and B2B solutions.

Minoshima site (Fukuoka)

Since the establishment of Kyushu Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., the site has been pioneering new markets with full of frontier spirit. Its main task is new solution development for Connected Solutions Company (CNS Company) including intelligent image processing and sensor and audio signal processing using AI technology.

Panasonic R&D Center Singapore

Since its establishment in 1990, the site has accumulated technology as a R&D site for AV signal processing. Today, it is an R&D site holding the company’s top-level teams to work on algorithm development, system implementation, and performance optimization towards a wide range of themes.
Link: https://research.sg.panasonic.com/

PRDCA / AI Laboratory

Based in San Jose since 2004, they have been collaborating with many partners including academic labs conducting state-of-art research and startup communities to gear-up the research and development of cutting-edge AI technologies.
Recently, their research area ranges from accurate and low-cost real-time pedestrian detection to "Explainable AI" that improves interpretability and explainability of Deep Learning technologies which are usually referred to as being "black boxes". Also they work on the latest research topics like Dataset Management and Neural Architecture Search which improves the efficiency in AI/ML development process, and Deep Reinforcement Learning to control the movement of robotic arms.

Pictures of labs worldwide Pictures of labs worldwide

Research Partners

Through collaboration with academic laboratories conducting advanced research, startup companies in Silicon Valley, and local communities, we have been working on the acquisition and research of cutting-edge AI technology.

 

List of Main Collaborators (updated in March 2020)
* listed in alphabetical order

Overseas Universities:

Stanford University, University of Montreal (MILA), University of California Berkeley, and National University of Singapore

Universities in Japan:

Chubu University, Hokkaido University, Kyoto University, Kyushu University, Nagoya University, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Osaka University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tohoku University, University of Fukui, University of Tokyo, and Waseda University

Consortiums:

Whole Brain Architecture Initiative

Public Research Institutes:

National Institute of Informatics, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), and The Institute of Statistical Mathematics