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US-ATMC (EE402) Seminar: Virtual Human Agent for Smart City

Fall '18 theme: AI in Smart Physical Systems: Will Asia Lead the Way?
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 4:30pm
Skilling Auditorium, 494 Lomita Mall
Atsushi Ishii (Couger) & Kazuaki Ishiguro (Couger)
Abstract / Description: 

The upcoming series features presentations by distinguished guest speakers from industry about practical innovations from Asia related to the use of artificial intelligence in smart physical systems, e.g. smart buildings, autonomous vehicles, drone fleets, supply chain management, smart manufacturing, etc


Atsushi Ishii, CEO, Couger

After being involved in the development of various services at IBM, Atshushi Ishii developed multiple large-scale search engines at Rakuten and Infoseek. He founded Couger and led the teams in Japan, US, and South Korea for developing multiple top-selling online games. He has also provided technical cooperation to one of the top teams for Amazon Robotics Challenge, provided AI learning simulator to Honda, and led the development of Cloud Robotics for a Japanese government-backed AI research project.

Atsushi is currently leading the development of "Connectome" using AI, AR and Blockchain. Also had given a speech at Ethereum's global conference "EDCON" and one of biggest technology conference "Tech Open Air" in Berlin.

In June 2018 he joined the University of Electro-Communication as a Visiting Research Fellow.

Kazuaki Ishiguro, Chief Blockchain Architect, Couger

After graduating from high school in Japan, Kazuaki Ishiguro went to university in Los Angeles and started his career as a DJ. He worked at multiple clubs in Hollywood as a regular DJ and started programming when he created music and video content for live music. He later went back to Japan and worked as a software developer at CTI-startup. He is self-taught on blockchain development. At Couger, he currently leads the blockchain development of "Connectome" and has given a speech at Blockchain EXE's event and Ethereum's global conference, EdCon. He is also a contributor of BigchainDB.