Located in the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship and established on March 14, 2018, the Fujitsu Co-Creation Research Laboratory is a new facility designed to accelerate innovative computing research, particularly Digital Annealer.

The University of Toronto, one of the top research universities in the world, along with Fujitsu, the leading Japanese information and communication technology company, have partnered to form the Fujitsu Co-Creation Research Laboratory, which will advance new algorithms and architectures for Digital Annealer and conduct research on applications related to healthcare, finance, intelligent transportation, and more.

Voices from the Fujitsu Co-Creation Research Laboratory Collaborators

Ali Sheikholeslami

Professor, Laboratory Head

Fujitsu Laboratories and I have been collaborating for nearly twenty years. Recently we have expanded the collaboration from essentially just one person to 11 faculty members with around 25 grad students and post-docs from various research fields, ranging from electrical and computer engineering to mechanical and industrial engineering, medicine, finance, and statistics. To my knowledge, the Co-Creation Lab has grown into the biggest research cluster at UofT with strong industry involvement. At the Co-Creation Lab, we have the opportunity to see DA’s progress and development first-hand and to contribute to it, as well as getting access to it ahead of other researchers. At our DA Monthly Seminars, we network and discuss ideas to find new collaborations. Currently, we are tackling a variety of issues including resource allocation in communications, radiotherapy, problems in finance, and city traffic. This collaboration is enabling us to solve these problems faster, together.

Junji Ogawa

Director, Fujitsu Consulting (Canada) Inc., Advanced Computing R&D Centre

We established the Co-Creation Lab to enable world-renowned research. Our support is not just grants: we also provide access to Digital Annealer, which solves combinatorial optimization problems, along with technical expertise on research. Digital Annealer is Fujitsu’s own technology that enables users to formulate social problems with fewer mathematical restrictions and solve them more accurately and faster.

Unlike traditional joint research projects, multi-disciplinary professionals with diverse background discuss and create together here in the Co-Creation Lab. We expect brilliant professors and students to join the lab and create innovative research. To enable that, we assure that Digital Annealer keeps progressing to support your research.

Muhammed Tahsin Rahman

Ph.D. Student, Valaee Lab

At the Co-Creation Lab my primary research interest is on the localization of a mobile device using Wifi signals. In this vein, the Digital Annealer (DA), and support from the Fujitsu team, helped significantly in pushing my research forward. Upon detailed investigation, we found that a well-known localization algorithm was actually a heuristic approach. Using the Digital Annealer, we could solve for a device’s location even in the presence of ambiguities, unlike in the conventional heuristic approach, which required relaxation of several constraints and which led inevitably to a reduction in localization accuracy. I believe that the DA is a powerful tool, especially in research areas that have been stagnant for years due to the inhibitions inherent in combinatorial problems. Essentially, the DA allows us to go back and look at old problems and see how well we can do now.

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