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Chinese tech giant Tencent exercised their partnership with the IEEE Computer Society this month when they paid a visit to a research facility in Japan led by Computer Society President Hironori Kasahara.

Eighteen officials from Tencent engaged in discussions about low-power high-performance computing, robotics, human interaction, and visualization during a December 7 visit to the Green Computing Systems Research and Development Center at Waseda University in Tokyo, where Kasahara is a senior executive vice president, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and director of the campus’s Advanced Multicore Research Institute.

Participants in a meeting between Tencent and the IEEE Computer Society gather for a group shot.

Tencent is part of the IEEE Computer Society’s Global Partner Program. Leaders from both groups had time for a group photo during a December 7 gathering at Waseda University in Tokyo. The commemorative plate, at bottom center, features Tencent’s mascot–a penguin–in a Peking opera costume.

The green computing center is a collaborative industrial, government, and academic research facility that promotes a low-carbon society. The center develops next-generation multicore hardware and software that are energy-efficient, high-performance, compact, and quiet. The facility creates such hardware without the need for cooling fans, and the technology can run on solar cells.

Professor Hiroyasu Iwata of Waseda University leads a workshop between Tencent and the IEEE Computer Society about "Human Assistive Robot Technology towards Human Augmentation."

Professor Hiroyasu Iwata of Waseda University leads a workshop between Tencent and the IEEE Computer Society about “Human Assistive Robot Technology towards Human Augmentation.”

As part of the center’s mission, Kasahara has helped lead the way to break down barriers between industry and academic research. In 2017, Tencent and the Computer Society signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding under the society’s Global Partner Program (GPP), securing their mutual interest in innovation and the development of technology.

Professor Yoichi Matsuyama of Waseda University presents research to Tencent officials about "Perceptual Computing Laboratory: From Theoretical Machine Learning to Applications for Social Impacts."

Professor Yoichi Matsuyama of Waseda University presents research to Tencent officials about “Perceptual Computing Laboratory: From Theoretical Machine Learning to Applications for Social Impacts.”

Tencent, China’s most valuable public company, is an Internet, gaming, and social media conglomerate that is perhaps best known for its WeChat social platform (Weixin, as it’s known inside China) and holds ambitions to further develop its artificial intelligence applications.

Researcher Yan-Pei Cao of Tsinghua University gives a presentation about "Analyzing and Processing Large-scale Street View Images" at a gathering between Tencent and IEEE Computer Society officials at Waseda University in Japan.

Post-doctoral researcher Yan-Pei Cao of Tsinghua University gives a presentation about “Analyzing and Processing Large-scale Street View Images” at a gathering between Tencent and IEEE Computer Society officials at Waseda University in Japan.

The Computer Society and Tencent have common objectives focusing on international activities and the establishment of a strategic partnership in areas of internet technologies, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence.

Powerpoint presentations drew intense listening at a gathering between Tencent and IEEE Computer Society leaders at Waseda University in Japan.

Powerpoint presentations drew intense listening at a gathering between Tencent and IEEE Computer Society leaders at Waseda University in Japan.

Under the agreement, the nonprofit society and Tencent will explore potential cooperation on developing international standards, organizing student activities, cooperate on academic exchange activities, student activities development. Tencent will participate in IEEE’s technical activities including IEEE’s technical conferences, industry seminars, corporate lectures, among others.

IEEE Computer Society Hironori Kasahara receives a commemorative gift plate from Yufei Zheng, senior manager of the Tencent’s University Relations, following a gathering between Tencent and the society at Waseda University, located in Tokyo. The plate features Tencent’s mascot–a penguin–in a Peking opera costume.

The Computer Society recognizes China, and the Asia Pacific region in general, as one of the key areas for IEEE Computer Society’s worldwide expansion.

Other topics and speakers included:

  • “Anime Portrait Generation  based on Stacked Cycle-Consistent Adversarial  Networks” by Haozhi Huang, a Tencent AI Lab senior researcher.
  • “A Comprehensive Computer Vision Solution in Smart Retail Industry” by Yanhao Ge, a Tencent senior researcher from Tencent Youtu Lab.
  • “Human Perceptual Video Service Platform – Liying from Tencent” by Ben Kao, a Tencent research fellow in the Tencent Media Lab.
  • A research showcase by postdoctoral researcher and Professor Hiroyasu Iwata of Waseda University, who’s also from the Iwata Lab; researcher and Associate Professor Yoshihiko Mochizuki of Waseda University and the Ishikawa Lab; and Professor Yoichi Matsuyama of Waseda University, who’s also from the Kobayashi Lab.

The three-year memorandum of understanding between Tencent and the IEEE Computer Society began in 2017.

The Computer Society’s workshops and research showcase at Waseda occurred at a time when Tencent marked its 20th anniversary on November 11.