April 17, 2019
On April 16, 2019, Mr. Akimasa Ishikawa, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and H.E. Ms. Anja Karliczek, Federal Minister of Education and Research, Germany, concluded a joint declaration on enhancement of collaboration between the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) of Japan and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) of Germany, both of which are major research institutes of artificial intelligence (AI) in each country, so as to accelerate the development of advanced AI and other efforts
In 2017, the AIST and the DFKI, the major AI research institutes of Japan and Germany, respectively, concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on research cooperation. Since then, they have been advancing cooperation and have already embarked on specific efforts, such as research and development of AI technologies for autonomous driving and study for realization of advanced AI called “co-evolution AI.”
On April 16, 2019, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany, held a signing ceremony of the Joint Declaration of Intent on Japanese-German Cooperation on the Promotion of Research and Development in Advanced Artificial Intelligence at the Embassy of Germany in Tokyo. Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa and Minister Karliczek attended the ceremony and concluded the joint declaration. The joint declaration aims to encourage METI and the BMBF to cooperate in further fortifying AIST-DFKI collaboration and cultivating international open markets for AI.
2. Outline of the joint declaration
- METI and the BMBF confirmed the need for bilateral cooperation between Japan and Germany in light of the rapid technological development in the field of AI.
- They welcome [i] strong cooperation between the AIST and DFKI since their conclusion of the MOU, [ii] the joint research and development of AI technologies for autonomous driving and [iii] the start of discussions toward the realization of a new concept called “co-evolution AI” or advanced AI, in which both AI and humans evolve their knowledge by interacting with each other.
- METI and the BMBF will extend the collaborations between AIST and DFKI. They also intend to make efforts to deploy AI technologies achieved by the cooperation between the AIST and the DFKI to the broader world market.
3. Photo of the signing ceremony
- Joint Declaration of Intent on Japanese - German Cooperation on the Promotion of Research and Development in Advanced Artificial Intelligence between METI, Japan and BMBF, Germany.(PDF:75KB)
Division in Charge
Industrial Science and Technology Project Promotion Office, Research and Development Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau