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2022.12.05-12.10
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December 6, 2022

The Exchange Fair for New Value Creation, “STEF”

STEF (Sony Technology Exchange Fair) is an annual internal technology exchange meeting
held within the Sony Group.
The purpose of STEF is to share diverse technologies
developed by each business and R&D organization,
and to exchange ideas and opinions with each other,
leading to the creation of new value.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the STEF,
a part of the STEF will be open to the public for the first time.
Please come and see a glimpse of the place where the diversity of Sony's businesses,
technologies, and people intersect.

Conference

Thinking about the future of technology with Sony Group’s engineers
Push our civilization forward and make this planet sustainable
[Opening Remarks] (English audio with Japanese subtitle)
Push our civilization forward and make this planet sustainable
Starts at 11:00 AM (JST)/3:00 AM (CET)/ Sun,Dec 04, 9:00 PM (EST)/ 15minutes

As a special program of STEF 50th anniversary, CTO Kitano will talk about his thoughts and approach toward R&D and which direction Sony group should take in the future R&D activities.

As a special program of STEF 50th anniversary, CTO Kitano will talk about his thoughts and approach toward R&D and which direction Sony group should take in the future R&D activities.

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Sony Group Corporation
Hiroaki Kitano
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Hiroaki Kitano Ph.D.
Senior Executive Vice President and CTO of Sony Group Corporation, KITANO is President and CEO of Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc., CEO of Sony AI Inc., President of The Systems Biology Institute, and Professor at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University. He is also a Founding President of the RoboCup Federation, President of International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) (2009-2011), and Member of the AI & Robotics Council (2016-2018), and Quantum Computing Council (2019-2020) of The World Economic Forum, Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) (2021-).
AI for social impact: Results from deployments for public health
[Special Session] (English audio with Japanese subtitle)
AI for social impact: Results from deployments for public health
Starts at 2:00 PM(JST)/6:00 AM(CET)/ 0:00 AM (EST)/ 70minutes

We have invited Professor Milind Tambe, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science and Director of Center for Research in Computation and Society at Harvard University, who is a world authority on AI for social impact, to discuss how AI can help address society's important issues, with Dr. Kitano, Sony Group's Chief Technology Officer. The session begins with an overview of Professor Tambe's recent activities in public health, particularly in maternal and child healthcare in India, in partnership with a non-profit organization, ARMMAN. It is followed by a dialog between Tambe and Kitano, who engage in a passionate discussion on how AI can contribute to solving social issues, how corporations can contribute, and how meaningful partnerships can be built.

We have invited Professor Milind Tambe, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science and Director of Center for Research in Computation and Society at Harvard University, who is a world authority on AI for social impact, to discuss how AI can help address society's important issues, with Dr. Kitano, Sony Group's Chief Technology Officer.

The session begins with an overview of Professor Tambe's recent activities in public health, particularly in maternal and child healthcare in India, in partnership with a non-profit organization, ARMMAN. It is followed by a dialog between Tambe and Kitano, who engage in a passionate discussion on how AI can contribute to solving social issues, how corporations can contribute, and how meaningful partnerships can be built.

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Harvard University
Milind Tambe
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Milind Tambe is Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science and Director of Center for Research in Computation and Society at Harvard University; concurrently, he is also Principal Scientist and Director "AI for Social Good" at Google Research. Prof. Tambe and his team's work focuses on advancing AI and multiagent systems for public health, conservation & public safety, with a track record of building pioneering AI systems for social impact. He is recipient of the IJCAI (International Joint Conference on AI) John McCarthy Award, AAMAS ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Autonomous Agents Research Award, AAAI (Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence) Robert S. Engelmore Memorial Lecture Award, and he is a fellow of AAAI and ACM. He is also a recipient of the INFORMS Wagner prize for excellence in Operations Research practice and Rist Prize from MORS (Military Operations Research Society). For his work on AI and public safety, he has received Columbus Fellowship Foundation Homeland security award and commendations and certificates of appreciation from the US Coast Guard, the Federal Air Marshals Service and airport police at the city of Los Angeles.
Sony Group Corporation
Hiroaki Kitano
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Hiroaki Kitano Ph.D.
Senior Executive Vice President and CTO of Sony Group Corporation, KITANO is President and CEO of Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc., CEO of Sony AI Inc., President of The Systems Biology Institute, and Professor at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University. He is also a Founding President of the RoboCup Federation, President of International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) (2009-2011), and Member of the AI & Robotics Council (2016-2018), and Quantum Computing Council (2019-2020) of The World Economic Forum, Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) (2021-).
世界を感動で満たす3D-3R技術への挑戦
[Special Session] (Japanese audio with English subtitle)
Challenge of 3D-3R Technology to fill the world with emotion
Starts at 4:00 PM (JST)/8:00 AM(CET)/ 2:00 AM (EST)/ 90minutes

Seven Sony's leading engineers will speak on stage about the significance and thoughts of their work and the latest trends in their respective fields, dividing the company's strengths related to 3D-3R technology into three axes: content creation (input), rendering (processing) and interaction (output). At the panel session, please pay attention to the lively exchange of opinions between engineers and the future prospects of these technologies!

Seven Sony's leading engineers will speak on stage about the significance and thoughts of their work and the latest trends in their respective fields, dividing the company's strengths related to 3D-3R technology into three axes: content creation (input), rendering (processing) and interaction (output). At the panel session, please pay attention to the lively exchange of opinions between engineers and the future prospects of these technologies!

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Sony Group Corporation
Kohei Asada
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Since joining Sony Corporation, Asada has been consistently involved in the development of audio/acoustic technologies while moving back and forth between R&D and business units. Asada’s expertise is in sound signal processing and algorithms. He has acquired rich knowledge of electronic devices and acoustic mechanism such as microphones and speakers through his business experience. By combining those expertise and knowledge, Asada’s strength is in technology development from an "acoustic system" perspective.
Asada contributed to the development of differentiating technologies such as digital noise canceling system for headphones and automatic sound field calibration technology for AV amplifiers, home theater, etc. In his current role, Asada leads the technology strategy and development of audio, with a focus on spatial acoustics.
Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
Hiroshi Mukawa
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Mukawa led the invention, research, product development and commercialization of AR glasses as well as the development and commercialization of AR display modules. In his most recent role, Mukawa developed a prototype of AR glasses with spatial tracking and conducted demonstrations to the public. In his current role, Mukawa leads the product and technology strategy development recognizing the trade-offs among image quality, form factor, and cost of various optical display systems.
Sony Group Corporation
Hiroki Nagahama
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Nagahama’s expertise is in system software development and he has contributed to the development of several products including PlayStation2 development kit, multiple consumer electronics products using a common Linux-based software platform, low-power sensing processor and robotics products such as aibo and Airpeak. In his current role, Nagahama leads the R&D of end-to-end system architecture including real-time computer vision, 5G-based networks, distributed cloud systems and software development environment. Nagahama also leads projects in cloud gaming and metaverse.
Sony Group Corporation
Takahiro Nagano
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Since joining Sony Corporation, Nagano has been engaged in the research and development of video processing technology, including super resolution technology. Nagano contributed to the commercialization of various products through the development of high image quality engine for 4K/8K TV, projectors, and games, as well as electronic zoom, noise reduction, lens distortion correction, and color reproduction technologies for camera, smartphone, and medical endoscopes. In his current role, Nagano leads the research and development of external sensing for mobility, 3D image asset creation, telepresence and remote operation.
Sony Group Corporation
Kazumasa Nomoto
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Nomoto started his career with Sony Research Center in 1991 and engaged in the R&D of compound semiconductor quantum devices, nonvolatile semiconductor memories, organic electronics, flexible organic EL/electronic paper,etc. In his current role, he oversees technical management of R&D Center with a focus on AR/VR/XR technologies. Nomoto was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1998 to 1999. Since 2017, he has concurrently served as a visiting professor at Keio University’s Leading Graduate School Program. Nomoto is also a member of the Japan Science and Technology Agency’s Project Evaluation Expert Committee and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications’ Project Steering Committee. In 2021, Nomoto was conferred the SID fellow title from the Society for Information Display. Ph.D(Science).
Sony Group Corporation
Junichi Tanaka
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Tanaka conducted the research and development of image signal processing and video codecs that contributed to the product development of TVs, cameras and other video equipment. In his current role, Tanaka leads the research and development of spatial imaging technologies, including volumetric capture, the three-dimensional representation of humans such as digital human, the commercialization of spatial reproduction displays, and real space recognition technologies.
Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
Teiji Yutaka
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Yutaka has been engaged in the gaming industry for a long-time, since the development of first-generation PlayStation. In his current role, Yutaka leads the mid- to long-term research of leading-edge technologies that contribute to interactive entertainment such as gaming. Yutaka also conducts research on photo-realistic CG expression using real-time ray tracing technology and UI technologies with intelligent processing.
AI Ethics
[Special Session] (English audio)
AI Ethics: Latest challenges and future prospects
Starts at 9:00 AM (JST)/1:00 AM (CET)/ Mon, Dec 05, 7:00 PM (EST)/ 100minutes

We have invited two world-class experts in AI Ethics to engage in an exciting discussion concerning the current and future status of AI Ethics in research and industry. First, we learn from Natasha Crampton, the Chief Responsible AI Officer at Microsoft, who answers the question, “How do you govern AI?”, and provides insights into the myriad ways in which her team has strengthened ethical AI at Microsoft. Next, Pascale Fung, a Chair Professor at the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), presents her work in natural language processing,"Towards Value Based NLP", and describes both the principles of Responsible AI and the challenges inherent to aligning machine and human values. The session begins with an introduction to AI Ethics and an overview of Sony’s on-going AI Ethics work by Alice Xiang, Global Head of AI Ethics for Sony Group Corporation. It is followed by insights from our two keynote speakers, and concludes with a dialog between Natasha Crampton, Professor Fung, Alice Xiang, and Dr. Hiroaki Kitano, Sony Group’s Chief Technology Officer. The discussion is moderated by Michael Spranger (COO, Sony AI), who guides our panel experts to address the following topics: (1) current issues in AI Ethics, especially as they pertain to modern challenges encountered as organizations and researchers deploy AI technology; (2) the relationship between AI Ethics in research and AI Ethics in industry; and finally, (3) the ideas that will shape the future of AI Ethics. Please join us for this engaging exchange.

We have invited two world-class experts in AI Ethics to engage in an exciting discussion concerning the current and future status of AI Ethics in research and industry.

First, we learn from Natasha Crampton, the Chief Responsible AI Officer at Microsoft, who answers the question, “How do you govern AI?”, and provides insights into the myriad ways in which her team has strengthened ethical AI at Microsoft.

Next, Pascale Fung, a Chair Professor at the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), presents her work in natural language processing,"Towards Value Based NLP", and describes both the principles of Responsible AI and the challenges inherent to aligning machine and human values.

The session begins with an introduction to AI Ethics and an overview of Sony’s on-going AI Ethics work by Alice Xiang, Global Head of AI Ethics for Sony Group Corporation. It is followed by insights from our two keynote speakers, and concludes with a dialog between Natasha Crampton, Professor Fung, Alice Xiang, and Dr. Hiroaki Kitano, Sony Group’s Chief Technology Officer. The discussion is moderated by Michael Spranger (COO, Sony AI), who guides our panel experts to address the following topics: (1) current issues in AI Ethics, especially as they pertain to modern challenges encountered as organizations and researchers deploy AI technology; (2) the relationship between AI Ethics in research and AI Ethics in industry; and finally, (3) the ideas that will shape the future of AI Ethics. Please join us for this engaging exchange.

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Microsoft Corporation
Natasha Crampton
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Natasha Crampton leads Microsoft's Office of Responsible AI, as the company's first Chief Responsible AI Officer. The Office of Responsible AI puts Microsoft's AI principles into practice by defining, enabling, and governing the company's approach to responsible AI. The Office of Responsible AI also collaborates with stakeholders within and outside the company to shape new laws, norms, and standards to help ensure that the promise of AI technology is realized for the benefit of all.

Prior to this role, Natasha served as lead counsel to the Aether Committee, Microsoft's advisory committee on responsible AI. Natasha also spent seven years in Microsoft's Australian and New Zealand subsidiaries helping Microsoft's highly regulated customers move to the cloud.

Prior to Microsoft, Natasha worked in law firms in Australia and New Zealand, specializing in copyright, privacy, and internet safety and security issues. Natasha graduated from the University of Auckland in New Zealand with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Information Systems.
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Pascale Fung
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Professor Pascale FungPascale Fung is a Chair Professor at the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering at The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST), and a visiting professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. She is an elected Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) , an elected Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)and an elected Fellow of the International Speech Communication Association. She is the Director of HKUST Centre for AI Research (CAiRE), an interdisciplinary research centre on top of all four schools at HKUST. She is an expert on the Global Future Council, a think tank for the World Economic Forum. She represents HKUST on Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society. She is on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. She is a member of the IEEE Working Group to develop an IEEE standard - Recommended Practice for Organizational Governance of Artificial Intelligence. Her research team has won several best and outstanding paper awards at ACL, ACL and NeurIPS workshops.Professor Fung’s personal homepage: https://pascale.home.ece.ust.hk/
Sony Group Corporation
Hiroaki Kitano
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Hiroaki Kitano Ph.D.
Senior Executive Vice President and CTO of Sony Group Corporation, KITANO is President and CEO of Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc., CEO of Sony AI Inc., President of The Systems Biology Institute, and Professor at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University. He is also a Founding President of the RoboCup Federation, President of International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) (2009-2011), and Member of the AI & Robotics Council (2016-2018), and Quantum Computing Council (2019-2020) of The World Economic Forum, Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) (2021-).
Sony AI Inc.
Michael Spranger
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Michael Spranger is an AI researcher and roboticist by training. He has contributed research on robotics and construction of autonomous robot systems including research on robot perception, world modeling and behavior control. Michael has also made contributions to AI and Machine Learning(ML) areas including Natural Language Processing as well as more exotic topics including artificial language evolution. His skills and research interest within AI, ML and robotics are broad and range from extensive knowledge in symbolic processing to ML to motor control.
His research has been published in top venues in AI such as IJCAI to top venues in ML, e.g., NeurIPS to top venues in Robotics, e.g. IROS. Michael has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and several patents. He is active in the AI community, ML, developmental robotics, and computational linguistics.
Sony Group Corporation
Alice Xiang
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Alice Xiang is the Global Head of AI Ethics at Sony. As the Head of the AI Ethics Office for Sony Group, she leads the team responsible for conducting AI ethics assessments across Sony's business units and implementing Sony's AI Ethics Guidelines. In addition, as the Lead Research Scientist of the Ethics Team at Sony AI, Alice leads a lab of AI researchers working toward developing more ethical AI solutions. Alice also recently served as a General Chair for the ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency, the premier multidisciplinary research conference on these topics. Alice previously served on the leadership team of the Partnership on AI. As the Head of Fairness, Transparency, and Accountability Research, she led a team of interdisciplinary researchers and a portfolio of multi-stakeholder research initiatives. She also served as a Visiting Scholar at Tsinghua University’s Yau Mathematical Sciences Center, where she taught a course on Algorithmic Fairness, Causal Inference, and the Law.She was recognized as one of the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, MIT Tech Review, Fortune, and VentureBeat, among others. She has given guest lectures at the Simons Institute at Berkeley, USC, Harvard, SNU Law School, among other universities. Her research has been published in top machine learning conferences, journals, and law reviews. Alice holds a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, a Master’s in Development Economics from Oxford, a Master’s in Statistics from Harvard, and a Bachelor’s in Economics from Harvard.
テクノロジーを用いたコンテンツ制作の最前線
[Special Session] (Japanese audio with English subtitle)
The Frontline of Content Creation by Cutting Edge Technologies
Starts at 11:30 AM (JST)/3:30 AM (CET)/ Mon, Dec 05, 9:30 PM (EST)/ 60minutes

Takashima DE, from Sony Pictures Entertainment, will act as a facilitator, introducing the latest examples from both the application and provision of technology for the latest content production, together with Yutaka DE, from Sony Interactive Entertainment, General Manager Kobayashi, from Sony PCL, and General Manager Tanaka, from Sony Group Corporation's R&D Center. The discussion of future prospects, especially in the panel later in the session, is a must-see!

Takashima DE, from Sony Pictures Entertainment, will act as a facilitator, introducing the latest examples from both the application and provision of technology for the latest content production, together with Yutaka DE, from Sony Interactive Entertainment, General Manager Kobayashi, from Sony PCL, and General Manager Tanaka, from Sony Group Corporation's R&D Center. The discussion of future prospects, especially in the panel later in the session, is a must-see!

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Sony PCL Inc.
Daisuke Kobayashi
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Kobayashi began his career with Sony PCL as a first engineer in software development in 1999 and led the creation of R&D team and its expansion. Tanaka and his team have developed many original systems, such as an intelligent media player that enables 8K/120P high-resolution high frame rate playback.
In 2020, Tanaka explored the possibilities for new visual expression using game engines. From 2021, Tanaka serves as the General Manager of the Visual Solution Business Department and leads Sony PCL’s implementation of advanced video expressions including virtual production.
Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
Yoshikazu Takashima
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Takashima is engaged in a variety of business areas in Sony Pictures Entertainment such as technical support of movie/TV drama shooting, post-production, contents delivery, contents protection and marketing, as well as research, evaluation, and implementation of leading-edge technologies. Takashima also leads activities such as cloud and remote content production, the introduction and business launch of new video and audio formats, use of AI, machine learning and data analysis, application of Sony's R&D technologies to the entertainment domain, and evaluation of electronics products by working with Hollywood creators.
Sony Group Corporation
Junichi Tanaka
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Tanaka conducted the research and development of image signal processing and video codecs that contributed to the product development of TVs, cameras and other video equipment. In his current role, Tanaka leads the research and development of spatial imaging technologies, including volumetric capture, the three-dimensional representation of humans such as digital human, the commercialization of spatial reproduction displays, and real space recognition technologies.
Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
Teiji Yutaka
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Yutaka has been engaged in the gaming industry for a long-time, since the development of first-generation PlayStation. In his current role, Yutaka leads the mid- to long-term research of leading-edge technologies that contribute to interactive entertainment such as gaming. Yutaka also conducts research on photo-realistic CG expression using real-time ray tracing technology and UI technologies with intelligent processing.

Technologies

Some of Sony Group's latest technologies are open to public
Software development kit ToF AR utilizing depth technology
Software development kit "ToF AR" utilizing depth technology
Empowering artists through data analytics“GROOVEFORCE” and “Artist Portal”
 Portal
Empowering artists through data analytics“GROOVEFORCE” and “Artist Portal”
VX -Viewing eXperience-
Movie Content Evaluation System:
VX -Viewing eXperience-

Special

Waves carrying engineer's passion
(English audio)
Waves carrying engineer's passion
2 minutes

The "wave" motif expresses the dynamics of the evolution of Sony's technology, backed by its half-century of innovation history.

Taking on Challenges with Technologies
(Japanese and English audio with subtitle)
Taking on Challenges with Technologies
11minutes

Sony's Distinguished Engineers talk about the new challenges they are tackling by leveraging technology and diversity.

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