RIKEN BSI-OMRON Collaboration Center (RBOmC)
Brain and body sensing, Mental process models, Interactive AI targeting brain states
Since its foundation in 1997, BSI has developed fundamental technology for neuroscience applications and has engaged in basic research on functional neural circuits in order to understand how the brain works. OMRON has contributed to creating a better society since its founding by supplying human-oriented automation technologies. RBOmC will combine "brain science" and "artificial intelligence(AI) based on brain science" that RIKEN accumulated, and OMRON's core technology; "Sensing & Control + Think." With this synergy, we aim to develop next-generation technologies that will ensure that people flourish with machines, further advance brain science and address social issues.
The center will conduct research based on a fusion of brain science and AI to help humans and machines evolve together in society. The research project is aimed at developing next generation technology fusing brain science and AI by elucidating the relationship between brain activity and people's physical conditions such as physical health and cognition as well as that between brain activity and people's mental conditions such as emotions and will.
Next-generation technologies RBOmC is striving to develop:
- Technology allowing machines to understand individuals' conditions and characteristics.
- Technology allowing machines to provide feedback to people depending on individuals' conditions and characteristics.
- Technology allowing machines to control other machines in an optimal way depending on individuals' conditions and characteristics.
Expected examples of applying research outcome:
- Manufacturing: Application of research outcome to technology that will improve productivity by shortening the time required for less experienced workers to acquire skills.
- Healthcare: Application of research outcome to early discovery of dementia and depression and treatments of patients.
- Mobility: Application of research outcome to reductions in the number of car accidents caused by drivers, such as by preventing drowsiness, as well as to technology of automated driving.