Monday 12th February 2018. Konica Minolta opened a new research facility in Rome, Italy – confirming its transformation into a platform-led, IoT business and in line with the technology giant’s medium-term business plan, SHINKA 2019, Konica Minolta continues to increase its investment in global innovation.
Following the announcement of Workplace Hub, its next-generation intelligent edge platform in 2017, and early demonstrations of its Cognitive Hub concept late last year, the organization has now opened a dedicated research center in Rome, Italy.
Hosting an open day under the theme ‘Futurescapes’, the morning session focused on the strategy and motivations for opening the new laboratory in Rome, with presentations by Hirohiko Yamazaki, General Manager of Corporate Technology Strategy, Konica Minolta, and Dennis Curry, Executive Director Global R&D and Deputy CTO, Konica Minolta. Then, Yoshioka Hiroshi, President of Konica Minolta Business Solution Italia, described the relationship with Konica Minolta business activities already available in Italy, and Flavia Marzano, City Councillor for Digital Rome, introduced the activities that Rome is developing within the field of open government. Finally, Roberto Viola, Director General of DG Connect, described the importance of R&D activities within Europe, and focused on different research themes such as IoT, AI and big data, as fundamental elements at the basis of the innovation strategy for the European market.
Within the course of the afternoon, guests had the opportunity to get first-hand experience of new technologies in the field of digital workplace and data systems, alongside a series of short presentations from market experts. Filippo Silva and Christian Mastrodonato (respectively R&D Strategy Manager and Chief Technologist of Konica Minolta) presented the roadmaps of development for the R&D activities and for Workplace Hub in Rome.
Other presentations of the afternoon involved representatives from Italian research organizations with whom we are already collaborating, and they depicted the panorama of the different solutions that artificial intelligence, robotics and machine learning may bring in the future:
- Angelo Maria Sabatini (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna) focused on the application of computer vision and machine learning for exploring new methodologies for rehabilitation and disease monitoring and detection.
- Giorgio Metta (Italian Institute of Technology) described the latest development of robotics showing the robots iCub and R1, that is the first robot by IIT specifically designed for applications in domestic and professional environments.
- Maurizio Lenzerini (La Sapienza University) presented the latest activities of his department with a special focus on a cyber-security solution based on Ontology-based Data Access.