President of the Osaka Prefecture University, Prof. Masahiro Tatsumisago: “We have been deepening our academic exchange with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI); in 2017 we celebrated the 20th anniversary of our exchange and welcomed Professor Dengel as a Distinguished Honorary Professor. The opening of the DFKI Lab Japan, the first branch outside Germany, is very significant. We hope that will be the start of further development of research in the field of artificial intelligence.”
Prof. Dr. Antonio Krüger, Managing Director of DFKI: “The intended strategic expansion of DFKI in Japan is based on many years of good partnership and a common philosophy. With Japan as a high-tech country, we share the goal of using AI for the benefit of people and society. We are pleased to further expand our cooperation with our like-minded partners in the face of international competition and to deepen it in promising research topics, like Learning Assistance and Smart City.”
Many years of joint research
DFKI and the OPU have been working together successfully for a long time. For example, a learning lab similar to the Immersive Quantified Learning Lab (iQL) of DFKI in Kaiserslautern was set up in Osaka. There, the use of sensor technology and AI for new learning and teaching methods, also with regard to learning cultural differences, is being jointly researched.
“With the opening of the DFKI Lab Japan, we want to further deepen the existing good relationships and cooperations with Japanese universities, research institutes and companies and to further establish the DFKI brand in Japan. With Prof. Dr. Koichi Kise, we have succeeded in gaining an established Japanese researcher as the potential director of the lab, who has also known DFKI very well for decades”, says Andreas Dengel, Executive Director DFKI Kaiserslautern and Distinguished Honorary Professor at Osaka Prefecture University.
Prof. Koichi Kise, Professor of Computer Science and Intelligent Systems at OPU and designated Director of the lab: “We have been collaborating with Professor Dengel of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) for more than 20 years and have been promoting joint research and personnel exchange. With the opening of the first laboratory outside of Germany at our university, I expect that our exchange will be even more active than before. We also hope to impact international society by developing together the human-centered artificial intelligence technology that DFKI is aiming for”.
Osaka Prefecture University (OPU) is one of the largest public universities in Japan.
OPU comprises three campuses, with a main campus in Sakai, Osaka. With four colleges for undergraduate students and seven graduate schools, the university offers stellar education in a myriad of fields like engineering, life and environmental sciences, science, economics, humanities and social sciences, and nursing. Not just this, the university houses various international students, who can explore enriching opportunities such as internships and exchange programs.