Focus on ICT Research & Development
April 17, 2019
Information management is becoming ever more complex, requiring workplaces to proactively embrace digital transformation solutions. The Semantic Platform is Konica Minolta’s digital platform solution to address the problem of information overload and manage the growing complexity of data in workplaces.
March 22, 2019
Reducing network latency, decreasing energy consumption and the ever-growing need for internet bandwidth, improve the availability of applications and increase systems’ privacy and security. These are the key advantages of employing LightEdge, the edge computing solution developed by Konica Minolta to further enhance the Cognitive Hub’s architecture.
March 11, 2019
At the end of the 2019 edition of the Machine Learning Conference of Prague, we spent some time together with one of the event’s speaker, Tomaso Poggio: as one of the founders of computational neuroscience, he is a devote supporter of interdisciplinarity as a fundamental instrument for bridging brains and machines to increase our chances to arrive at understanding and developing a ‘real artificial intelligence’
February 28, 2019
For the third consecutive year, Konica Minolta participated in the Machine Learning Prague conference. The main topic was centred on practical applications of various branches of machine learning. At our booth our researchers showcased our current projects in the field of advanced multimedia analytics: Visual Quality Inspection and Customer Behaviour Analysis, as well as the Cognitive Hub and IoT solutions and services.
February 20, 2019
One of the elements of success in online shopping, is the possibility to analyse the client, to follow them along their journey and to derive useful information that may improve their experience within the retail environment. Customer Experience (CX) Management has become a fundamental component in every marketing strategy and its attempt to increase clients’ satisfaction. With the benefit of new technologies and new analysis models, today it is now possible to provide consumer behaviour analysis for brick and mortar shops.
January 22, 2019
Robots that care, with increased cognitive abilities. Robots able to perceive their environment, understand it, respond and behave appropriately and navigate autonomously. Robots that can assist patients and support the work of nurses and doctors in hospitals. This is what Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe aims to do within the course of a partnership with the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), and the hospital Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, in San Giovanni Rotondo (Foggia).
December 19, 2018
What are the painpoints and the root causes of stress within the context of Industry 4.0? Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe collaborated with Unismart, within the co-innovation project Contamination Lab, an opportunity for young talents to turn their creativity and ideas into innovative solutions. Within this project, five students with very different backgrounds embraced the challenge introduced from Konica Minolta to them, to identify new solutions for digitising manufacturing.
November 30, 2018
At Konica Minolta we are committed to understand the workplace of the future and to find the best solutions for our customers. Almost one year after the presentation of Cognitive Hub during the AI Summit of New York, where partners and clients were introduced for the first time to our platform of platforms, today we present the Semantic Platform, one of the key elements on which the Cognitive Hub is built.
November 19, 2018
A frequent customer experience problem for dealerships with several hundred cars on site is quickly locating those cars that the customers want to see or test-drive. The delays in finding cars cause huge economic losses for dealerships. Here we presente "The Sheperd", our IoT solution.
October 29, 2018
Recently, there has been a growing trend for companies to focus on boosting employee engagement and productivity. The Digital Workplace Experience Summit 2018 allowed us to see inside the world’s most successful digital workplaces and learn more about the latest trends, best practices for digital transformation, as well as emerging technological solutions.
October 23, 2018
At Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe, we are committed to sharing new ideas on digital workplaces and finding new academic and industrial partners to collaborate with. And recently, we took this further afield, attending the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction over the 15th-20th of July in Las Vegas, USA. This 20th edition of HCI International welcomed c1700 participants from 74 countries, hosting 12 affiliated conferences (full details available here) under the auspices of 14 distinguished international boards.
August 2, 2018
Enabling and easing digital transformation across different sectors is one of the reasons to be thrilled to be part of Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe where the aim is to actively explore technologies and methods for digital workplaces and workflow optimisation.
July 3, 2018
On the 12th June I visited Forum Manufacturing Technologies and Robotics: the Future is Now, which was held at Imperial College in London. Many UK companies, Italian machine tool and robotics manufacturers and representatives from Italian universities took part in the event with the objective of building a network for educational, research and industrial collaboration.
June 22, 2018
On the 14th and 15th June, Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe kick-started the Innovation Customer Advisory Board in our Rome lab. This initiative aims to engage customers, prospects or interested stakeholders that are currently adopting, assessing and expressing an interest into IT Digital Services and new technologies.
June 15, 2018
Despite their complexity, Deep Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) are nowadays state of the art in pattern recognition and achieve results comparable to human classifying images. As described in one of our recent publication, we can get a better knowledge about CNN to improve the learning procedure and detect corruptions in data sets.
June 7, 2018
The most valuable yet limited resource we have as human beings is time. Indeed time, and making the most of it, was a focal point within the second edition of Konica Minolta’s International University Contest. Andrea Cavallaro, as a jury member, tells us about the awards ceremony held at the Konica Minolta Experience Centre in Amsterdam on 21st April.
May 29, 2018
How can a commercially-available tracking system that was originally used for gaming, be applied to recognise and monitor the performance of exercises used in rehabilitation? This question is at the basis of a project of the BioRobotics Institute of Sant’Anna School of Pisa, Italy, that has been carried out in the London Exploration Lab of Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe.
May 9, 2018
And another conference on AI? On the 18–19th April, I took part in AI Expo Global, an event hosted at the Olympia National, London, in which more than 10,000 attendees discussed not only AI and Business Intelligence, but also topics like IoT, Big Data & Analytics and the emergence of blockchain
April 19, 2018
How I met Sudha Jamthe, a noted author of several books on IoT, who is now focusing her attention on the driverless world and how I got invited to the IoT Summit in San Francisco on the 12th April: a few keywords from this event that illustrate the wide spread of IoT and Machine Learning within very different applications.
April 12, 2018
At Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe we keep focusing on Artificial Intelligence, especially with an interest on applications for future workplaces, digital healthcare and digital manufacturing. After the AI Summit of New York during which we presented Cognitive Hub, we have just launched a research topic dedicated to the Workplace of the Future within the open access journal ‘Frontiers’, and in few days, our Executive Director and Deputy CTO Dennis Curry will take part in the AI Expo Global.
March 9, 2018
One year ago our new Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe website appeared on line for the first time. Let me share with you some data looking back over this first foundation year: 43 Pages and 38 blog posts covering our categories of News, Healthcare technologies, AI for business, Digital Workplaces, Computer Vision and Robotics. Almost 11,000 users with more than 37,000 page views.
February 15, 2018
Monday 12th February 2018. Konica Minolta opened a new research facility in Rome, Italy - confirming its transformation into a platform-led, IoT business and demonstrating to continue investing in innovation.
January 25, 2018
Konica Minolta, for the second consecutive year, is supporting the Machine Learning (ML) Conference Prague, one of the largest conferences covering ML in Europe. After last year’s talk by Wojciech Indyk focusing on Predictive Maintenance, Konica Minolta will take part in the event again with a presentation on Care Support Solution, given by Satoshi Kondo, Head of the Image Recognition Group of IoT Service Platform Development Operations in Japan.
January 19, 2018
Wellbeing, Digital Sustainability, Virtual Reality and Remote Collaboration. These are four of the trending topics that we identified in the discusssions held during the Smart Workspace Design Summit. Discover with Konica Minolta Labs Europe the latest ideas around designing the spaces where we may work in the future.
January 11, 2018
In the first days of December 2017, Konica Minolta, took part in the AI Summit of New York to invite partners and clients to see and experience Cognitive Hub in action for the first time.
December 14, 2017
November 27, 2017
From 26th October to 5th November 2017, during the Genoa Science Festival, Konica Minolta presented an exhibition entitled ‘Networks to cloud nine’
November 8, 2017
From 22nd to 29th October the International Conference on Computer Vision was held in Venice and Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe took part in the event. Read our highlights from ICCV
October 20, 2017
The winter edition of the MedInnovate Graduate Programme was kicked-off on 17 October 2017 and Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe was invited to get to know the participants.
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September 20, 2017
The impact of deep learning on medical image computing has arguably caused a significant increase of the number of papers on medical image analysis compared with those on computer-assisted interventions. Read about five best wishes we formulate for deep learning applications in medical image analysis.
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From 21st to 23rd April I have taken part in the Machine Learning Conference in Prague, an event dedicated to applications of the technologies related with machine learning.
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One of the new and innovative areas Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe is looking at is Distributed Robotics. Over the past few months, I have been working on the development of a Distributed Robotic Platform
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