On August 28, 2014, Peking University’s School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and Ricoh Software Research Center Beijing Co.,Ltd.(SRCB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly open a research and development center focusing on the research and application of advanced visual processing technology.
Peking University’s vice president Professor Li Yansong visited SRCB on August 28th, where he met with Ricoh’s chairman. Both sides showed strong interest in mutual collaboration. During the meeting, Professor ZhaHongbin of EECS and Dr. Yu Hao, president of the SRCB, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly open the research and development center.
The joint research center will focus on visual processing technology, including the research and development of advanced image processing and video processing technology. The joint research center will further strengthen the bond between Peking University and the SRCB, and promises to bring innovative solutions to the public.
Ricoh Software Research Center (Beijing) Co., Ltd (SRCB) celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2014.
On August 28th, 2014, the SRCB held a celebration and dinner for its 10th anniversary at the Hotel Nikko New Century Beijing. In attendance were guests from affiliated enterprises, China’s leading universities and research institutes, the Ricoh Group and partner companies.
At the event, SRCB researchers demonstrated Ricoh’s products and technological achievements in the fields of visual processing technology, wireless networking, data mining, system control and more, while collecting feedback and suggestions for further research and development from guests.
After the technology and product demonstration, Ricoh’s chairman Shiroh Kondoh gave the opening speech, in which he introduced the company and highlighted the importance of an innovative spirit. He expressed his satisfaction with the SRCB’s contributions and achievements over the past 10 years, as well as his desire for a bright future. Professor Li Yansong, vice president of Peking University, also attended the anniversary event following the ceremony where he signed a Memorandum of Understanding to open a joint research and development center with the School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) of Peking University. In his speech, he congratulated the SRCB and affirmed Peking University’s support of the cooperation between the EECS and Ricoh. Following his speech, Yohzoh Matsuura, corporate executive vice president of Ricoh, introduced the company’s business development plans and expectations.
Following these speeches, Yu Hao, the president of the SRCB, gave an overview of the past ten years at Ricoh and expressed his high expectations for the future. 11 staff members received five-year and 10-year service awards, which were presented by Yoshinori Sakaue, the chairman of the SRCB.
Finally, the three winners of the 2014 Ricoh Theta Panoramic Camera Chinese University Innovation Competition presented the proposals they developed over the past five months to guests.
Professor Chen Xilin, the deputy director of the Institute of Computing Technology from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was invited to give a presentation on video surveillance and camera. He noted that the three main disadvantages limiting intelligent surveillance products currently on the market are resolution, high dynamic ranges and image quality. He stressed that improving hardware capabilities to meet software system performance should be an important topic for developers in the future.
To wrap up the event, the SRCB also invited Sun Le, deputy chairman of Chinese Information Processing Society of China, Shi Shuicai, president of TRS Company, Wataru Ohtani, associate director of Ricoh, and Yoshinori Sakaue, vice director of Ricoh Institute of Technology as panelists, and Yu Hao, president of SRCB as host, to take part in the Technical Summit Forum discussion on "What will our future office look like?" The forum created an open discussion platform for Ricoh employees, Chinese academics and industry leaders to exchange ideas and benefit everyone attending the ceremony. It attracted the attention of professors, industry experts and students, and a lively discussion ensued.
The SRCB inherited Ricoh's pioneering spirit of "Imagine Change" and showed this spirit in their relentless pursuit of innovation over the past decade. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the SRCB was an important milestone on the way to future developments.
The 2014 Ricoh Theta Panoramic Camera Chinese University Innovation Competition wrapped upon August 28th, 2014. Ten of China’s top universities and research institutes attended the event, including Tsinghua University, Peking University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS),the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Beijing Institute of Technology. Each of the teams was asked to provide a proposal for an original application to utilize Ricoh’s latest, subminiature panoramic camera: the Theta.
After three rounds of competition judged by Ricoh Japan and the Ricoh Software Research Center (Beijing) Co., Ltd (SRCB), the360-degree panoramic tour system developed by the computer science department of Tsinghua University, the spherical image object recognition and tracking system from Peking University, and the 360-degree hotel booking and evaluation system from the electronics department of Tsinghua University were awarded the top three prizes. The awards ceremony was held on August 28th, 2014, the 10th anniversary of the SRCB. The winning teams presented their proposals to the guests at the anniversary celebration.
This event was a good opportunity to promote academic cooperation and technological exchanges between the SRCB and China’s top universities. Through it, the SRCB and universities can develop more innovative commercial applications to expand Ricoh’s business.