E-Guardian Inc. and University of Tokyo Started Collaboration to Research “Auto Picture Filtering Systems” Technology

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E-Guardian Inc. (Tokyo) and the University of Tokyo started collaborating on research in the field of "Auto Picture Filtering Systems" in order to advance the big date analysis for enhanced internet safety

E-Guardian Inc. [listed on Stock Exchange of Tokyo Mothers](http://www.e-guardian.co.jp/ head office,Minato-ku, Tokyo CEO:Takatani)have started an industry-academic collaboration for the purpose of researching the technology called “Auto Picture Filtering Systems” together with department of Mechano-Informatics at Graduate School of Information Science & Technology of the National University of Tokyo,(Main campus:Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, the university president is Junichi Harada, the program lead is Professor Tatsuya Harada, (http://www.mi.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/)

These days, the number of pictures and movies posted by both users and companies is increasing rapidly as the use of internet media, especially smart phones with cameras, has risen dramatically.

Likewise, the number of picture and movie platform services have become popular, driving up the amount of distribution channels facilitating these services.

Additionally, in Japan people are growing more and more interested in the safety of the web content itself. For example, child pornography has become an important object of public concern. In fact the Japanese government is drafting the new law (bill submitted to parliament No. 183)which is to state that every internet provider has responsibility to for protect children from sexual exploitation on the internet.

However, unlike text, the ability to monitor pictures and movies for its contents is currently not well supported by systems. As such there is a need for monitoring each image by manpower. Monitoring by manpower is of course accurate but it drives up cost.

Therefore, there are high expectations for the"Auto Picture Filtering Systems"technology because it both enables the ability to scale up the monitoring of numerous of data content as well as reduce cost.

As such, E-Guardian which aims to be worldwide internet patrolling company and the University of Tokyo plan to collaborate leveraging E-Guardian’s many years of experience in monitoring and huge amount of ‘training data’(1)as well as the world leading “Picture recognition Systems” developed by Harada’s research laboratory at University of Tokyo.

(The training data is to be learned as 'practice data', which is used to develop the recognition and monitoring systems. During the training sessions the system is double checked visually by manned operation so amendments can be made accordingly.)
The plan is that E-Guardian develops these types of custom made filtering systems tailored to the requirements of companies and government institutes, and continuously improves the technology further over time leveraging the industry-academic collaboration. It is projected at this stage that the outcome of the research leads to at least 2/3 cost reduction while yielding the same results compared with 100% visual monitoring by manpower.

[Harada research laboratory at university of Tokyo]

This research laboratory aims to invent intelligent systems beyond human intelligence by combining useful but infinite information in the physical space with huge amount of data and powerful computational resources in the cyber space. Their research has won the international competition of ‘Image annotation’such as testing pictures of 120 kinds of dogs and distinguishing them most successfully; ILSVRC2012 (Image Net Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge).

Lastly, E-guardian is welcoming companies to offer their numerous data as an input to this research. If your company is interested in participating, please contact us below.

[E-Guardin Inc. corporate information]

Representative        Yasuhisa Takatani
Head Quarter Office    Minato-ku Azabujuban 1-2-3 Plus Astre building level 4, Tokyo  
Established        May 1998
Capital Stock        340,005,000 JPY (as of Sep. 2013)

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Web monitoring, Manage social networks, Web forum and Buzz marketing, Picture and video blogs consulting, Online game customers support and operation, Social applications planning management, Audit advertisement, and Analyze rumors.

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