This is the laboratory of Kazunori Yamada, a researcher of the Unprecedented-scale Data Analytics Center (UDAC), Tohoku University. The laboratory is located in the Aobayama Campus.
The UDAC is a center focused on the various research topics relating to “unprecedented-scale data,” rather than the education of those topics. Specifically, "unprecedented-scale data" is data that far exceeds conventional data in terms of size, speed, resolution, and diversity. Our lab is researching and developing new technologies to process this data from the perspective of data science.
One of our missions is making technologies that permeate society. To this end, we are involved in education in the Graduate School of Information Sciences (GSIS) at Tohoku University. The Shiga Laboratory is also affiliated with the UDAC and conducts research alongside our lab.
The focus of our research is data science, especially in the artificial intelligence domain. Although we create artificial intelligences, we are mainly engaged in research on developing technologies which can be used for making artificial intelligence. We are currently working on the following three research topics. They all seem to be different but are actually common research.
To realize artificial intelligence that has a mind of its own, like C-3PO or Baymax, we believe it is necessary to make artificial intelligence have a kind of consciousness. Based on this idea, we are working on the first topic. As second research topic, we are researching artificial intelligence that processes context information, sequences and strings, including biological sequences. Lastly, we have been interested in research on artificial intelligence related to video games and entertainment.