Posts on Oct 2014

Winning ITpro EXPO AWARD 2014

From October 15th, we have showed a demonstration system of ” Video analytics solution using Deep learning” in the Intel pavilion at ITpro EXPO 2014. We proudly announce that our system won the IT pro EXPO AWARD 2014. We appreciate the audience who stopped by our booth during the three days.
The demonstration was based on the latest prototype for retail applications. It detects humans, estimate their locations inside the booth, and show them on the display as points on the floor map. Since multiple cameras work together, one can be detected even if one camera cannot see her or him due to obstacles or occlusion. Some characteristics of detected humans, such as gender, age, and wearing-jacket-or-not, are recognized using deep learning models, and the results can be visualized as proportion by area or funnel analysis. Based on this technology, we continue to develop video analytics products and solutions for retail industry.

Note: ITpro EXPO AWARD is given to advanced products/services and appealing demonstrations, based on the reviews by Nikkei BP IT-press editors.

October 7-11: CEATEC JAPAN 2014

On October 7th-11th, Preferred Networks, Inc. showed a video analytics demonstration system based on Jubatus in a booth of the NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization) at CEATEC Japan 2014.
CEATEC is one the biggest business showcases of technology companies in Japan. During the 5 days we had a lot of attendees visited our booth seeing the live demonstration to find people and recognize their characteristics based on machine learning technologies. The vice minister of the Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry also stopped by our booth hearing to the explanation by our chief strategy officer, Hasegawa.
At October 10th morning, our chief research officer, Hido gave a presentation titled “Data analytics technologies for realizing intelligent IoT” talking about the IoT applications today and the vision of our company at the internal stage.
We continue doing research and development on advanced IoT applications including this demo.

> Ceatec JAPAN 2014

PFN Media Coverage: October 15

Nikkei Electronics

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Cloud Watch

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Converge! Network digest
“NTT Backs a Start-up for Distributed Processing and Machine Learning”

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“NTT, PFN to develop Big Data technologies for IoT”

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The Wall Street Journal

“NTT, Toyota Seek ‘Deep Learning’ Expertise”

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IT pro by Nikkei Computer

“PFIが深層学習専業の「Preferred Networks」を設立、NTTが出資しトヨタと共同研究も”

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Business capital tie-up contract with NTT

Joint R&D with Toyota on Self-driving Cars

Preferred Networks, Inc. (HQ: Tokyo, President & CEO: Toru Nishikawa) today announced that the company starts a joint research and development project with Toyota Motor Corporation (HQ: Aichi, CEO: Akio Toyoda) on self-driving cars to examine the feasibility of its machine learning and deep learning technologies.