Invited Talk Profile: “AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure (ABCI) – Envisioning High Performance Human-Centered AI for Industry” by Satoshi Sekiguchi

Speaker: Satoshi Sekiguchi

Time: Wednesday, November 14th, 3:30pm – 4:15pm

Location: Exhibit Hall B


Artificial intelligence (AI) is leading the world’s industrial revolution in relation to IoT, Big Data, Robot, advanced biotechnology, new manufacturing industry, and so on. Although there is an ongoing discussion of the AI singularity, there is a more immediate need to focus on practical applications of AI. In these applications, AI can be defined as sensors coupled with deep learning, which can substitute for some human sensory functions.

Thus, AI will relieve workers from the burden of some physically or mentally intensive tasks. AI algorithmic techniques have developed dramatically with a high dependence on big data sources as training data. More importantly, at a a practical level, I will highlight contributions from HPC technology that are indispensable for learning. Until now, we have supported AI as a system, but cooperation between HPC applications and machine learning will intensify and become a very important factor in the future of AI.

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) is constructing one of the world’s largest AI focused, open, and public computing infrastructure called ABCI (AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure). It will support not only industrial AI applications to be deployed for use in society, but also academic AI research. To facilitate this, we are connecting ABCI to a global, high-speed network research platform to enhance AI research with a broad number of institutions. One of the first grand challenge projects we are supporting is mapping whole brain-scale signal integration events in zebrafish. This will open the possibility of creating novel, neural deep learning architectures of the fish brain to be used in a wide variety of applications including robotics, sensor design, and behavioral sciences.

ABCI will be operational shortly in 2018 and will serve as a reference architecture for data centers combining HPC and AI to discover new innovations in the future.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Satoshi Sekiguchi

Satoshi Sekiguchi, Ph.D. is currently Vice President of 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 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.

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. 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. He also is an IPSJ fellow and a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego.///


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