Japanese-European Workshop on Moonshot program group picture
Japanese-European Workshop on Moonshot program group picture

AI and robots: Japanese-European workshop attracts top-level researchers

The Science Office Tokyo and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) jointly organized a Japanese-European workshop on Moonshot Program Goal 3: “Co-evolving AI and robots towards 2050”. The event was held in Switzerland from September 21 to 23, 2022.

More than 80 researchers, including 25 experts from Japan, attended the event to seek potential collaboration partners from Europe. The delegation visited laboratories and engaged in lively exchanges with European researchers at EPFL and ETH Zurich, and the Federal Institutes of Technology in Lausanne and Zurich.

As a result, at least four collaborations between researchers in Japan and Switzerland were the subject of discussion immediately after the event. A follow-up workshop is scheduled in Japan in spring 2023 to flesh out the details of further joint research projects.

The Japanese Cabinet Office (CAO) launched the Moonshot Research and Development Program in 2019 to promote high-risk, high-impact R&D based on ambitious and inspiring ideas and achieve disruptive innovation and radical solutions for social issues by 2050. The new framework targets international collaboration with leading scientists worldwide to realize global human well-being. Moonshot Goal 3, “Co-evolving AI and Robots towards 2050”, is one of nine R&D goals (projects) supported within this framework.

More information: Swissnex.org/network/Tokyo