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Section 4

Role of the Insights Laboratory

Norihiro Suzuki
Vice President and Executive Officer, CTO and General Manager of Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.

 For Hitachi to realize its aim to become an "innovation partner for the IoT era," requires an open and secure platform that connects the systems of many stakeholders. Accordingly, Hitachi launched its IoT platform Lumada in 2016 and has begun providing services. Currently, Hitachi is working to expand use cases for Lumada through collaborative creation with customers. The name "Lumada" was created by combining the words, "illuminate" and "data." Data represents a reality, and by analyzing the data, we can derive insights of the real situation. So real-world data is very important in ensuring effective real-world solution.
 The Insights Laboratory was established in April 2017. The main mission of this laboratory is to globally integrate the co-creation efforts of regional CSIs - in North America, Europe, China, Southeast Asia, India and Japan - and together scale the business globally. Working with the Hitachi Insight Group organized in May 2016, we are stepping up our activities to deploy Lumada, as well as develop solution cores, especially those which use AI and analytics as a common platform.
 There are 2 main reasons why I chose the Silicon Valley as the center for this activity. One is because it is the location of the headquarters for our business partner, the Hitachi Insight Group. The second is for what is often called "the Silicon Valley research style." This is something I experienced while I was CTO of Hitachi America. The research style is aggressive but open, and very agile and quick, working and sharing ideas in ecosystems. By linking the regional CSIs through the Insights Lab, I am hoping that this "agility" "aggressiveness" "ecosystem" research style will spread throughout Research more quickly beginning with Japan.

Section 1

What sort of company is Hitachi?

Section 2

Hitachi's collaborative creation

Section 3

Global strategy and the Global Center for Social Innovation

Section 4

Role of the Insights Laboratory

Profiles

Norihiro Suzuki

Vice President and Executive Officer, CTO and General Manager of Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.

Norihiro Suzuki joined Hitachi after earning his master’s degree from the Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo in 1986, and began his career as a researcher in digital image signal processing and embedded software systems. After serving in several management positions where he lead research in IT, he assumed the post of Senior Vice President & CTO of Hitachi America, Ltd. in 2012. He returned to Japan in October 2014 to assume the position of General Manager of the Central Research Laboratory, and also General Manager of the Global Center for Social Innovation from April 2015. He was appointed to his current position as head of the Research & Development Group in April 2016. Dr. Suzuki is also a Vice President and Executive Officer, and CTO of Hitachi, Ltd.
Doctor of Engineering.
Member of the Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers, Institute of
Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE), and IEEE.