Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

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Shigeru Sasaki, CEO Fujitsu
Laboratories and CTO Fujitsu
Developing new technologies
to solve social challenges
In 2018, Fujitsu Laboratories is marking a milestone year,
celebrating 50 years of innovating and developing cutting-
edge digital technologies. Their focus, however, remains firmly
on the future. Their challenge today is to find new ways of
solving the increasingly critical issues faced by modern society,
by creating state-of-the-art technology that delivers social
innovation on a global scale.
The process of digital co-creation is essential to our strategy. This involves adopting open
and collaborative relationships, working with customers to solve real-world problems
and working together to co-create new concepts and solutions. By introducing a
world of new business and services – all connected through a single platform – we
are able to accumulate information and knowledge while generating new advances.
By applying the combined global resources of Fujitsu Laboratories Group in
Japan, China, North America and Europe, we are working together to develop
new cutting-edge technologies that address real-world social challenges. Fujitsu
Laboratories sits at the heart of the overall Fujitsu business strategy and vision, with
our research direction being fed by and aligned to customer business strategies.
We execute our R&D programme with investment from Fujitsu’s business units
and affiliates within the Fujitsu Group. We also collaborate closely with numerous
research institutes and universities worldwide.
Focusing on Europe
We are centrally responsible for driving innovation in the field of cutting-edge research
in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) across a wide range of crucial
»Global CEO: Shigeru Sasaki
»European CEO: Dr Adel Rouz
»Fujitsu Laboratories and Fujitsu
Laboratories of Europe were
founded in 1968 and 2001,
»Global headquarters in
Kawasaki, EMEIA headquarters
in Hayes Park, London
»Services: Cutting-edge R&D
focused on human-centric
»No. of employees: 1,400
globally, 50 in Europe
»Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe
represents Fujitsu’s global
centre of excellence for
artificial intelligence, security
and internet of things (IoT)
services’ research activities in
Fujitsu Laboratories
applications. These include healthcare,
finance, security and manufacturing.
Headquartered in Hayes Park – close to
London – Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe
has had an active presence in the
continent since 1990. The UK operation
and our dedicated AI research centre in
Madrid represent Fujitsu’s global centre
of excellence for artificial intelligence,
security and internet of things (IoT)
services’ research activities in EMEIA.
Our teams of expert researchers,
drawn from leading international
universities and research organisations,
pioneer advanced data analytics,
machine and deep learning.
Open innovation is one of our key
activities and something we are heavily
passionate about, with 124 projects
currently in Japan, complemented
by 34 global projects in 11 countries
outside Japan. Many of these successful
co-creation projects are in Europe,
where Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe is
partnering with customers and research
organisations to find solutions to real-
world challenges. Examples include:
»Applying deep learning and
advanced creative analytics to mental
healthcare, with Madrid’s leading
San Carlos Hospital.
»Developing an AI-based
manufacturing solution with Siemens
Gamesa to accelerate the detection
of wind turbine faults.
»Extensive involvement in a range
of Horizon 2020 projects including
smart energy, technologies for
next generation 5G networks and
innovative digital services and
»Extensive work in the emerging
domain of 5G with the 5G
Innovation Centre in the UK, of
which Fujitsu was a founding
Transformation through
pioneering digital technologies
At the global level, the computing
revolution is a key focus for us –
working to solve issues that cannot
be resolved by current computing
technologies is something we are
fundamentally passionate about.
Take the complicated decision-
making performed by humans, and
methodologies concerning finding
the optimal data combination from a
large amount of information. These
are the keys to, for example, improving
radiotherapy for cancer and ensuring
the security of international financial
transactions. Our new Digital Annealer
is an important breakthrough, using
quantum-inspired technology and
conventional digital circuits to solve
a wide range of real-world issues,
and improve people’s lives around
Explainable and ethical
artificial intelligence –
the key to introducing
AI safely
The UK operation
and our
dedicated AI
research centre
in Madrid
Fujitsu’s global
centre of
excellence for
security and
internet of things
services’ research
activities in
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“Explainable AI” is another important
area of our pioneering activity –
a discipline that has enormous
potential and social implications.
Artificialintelligence is rapidly
becoming a part of people’s daily
lives, with its full-scale introduction
likely to occur in the near future.
There is currently, however, a
major limiting factor – namely the
inability to explain the reasoning
behind its decision-making. Our
focus moving forward is striving
to quantify AI-based decisions,
reflecting the essential ethical, legal
and social obligations faced by R&D
organisations if AI technology is to
be applied safely and reliably in the
With our latest innovations, we have
overcome this challenge, and it is now
possible to use AI safely for critical
applications. These include automatic
driving, asset and financial portfolio
management, medical care, gene
analysis, drug discovery, enterprise
decision-making and cybersecurity.
Human-centric innovation
By combining our cutting-edge
AI-based innovations with the next
generation of computing, networking,
IoT and security technologies, we are
already making significant progress
towards putting the “human in the
loop”. This represents the imperative
next step of realising accurate and
rapid decision-making with true
integrity. Fujitsu’s concept of “human-
centric innovation” involves the
harmonisation of exceptional expertise
and ideas from around the world with
our own technologies and experience.
The objective is to benefit and improve
the well-being of people all over the
For Fujitsu Laboratories, our global
mission can be boiled down into three
key points: generating R&D results
continually that will amaze the world,
deploying these results rapidly to proof
of concept and operational trials on a
global scale and finally the generation
of future innovation, including new
business models, that resonate firmly
through globalmarkets.
As our world becomes ever more
connected and controlled by
information and communication
technology, Fujitsu’s underlying
commitment is to ensure that society
benefits. Our R&D and innovation
focus is all about delivering the unique
human-centric values that will help
our society thrive in the digital future,
while we continue to broach engaging
new technological frontiers relevant to
contemporary issues.
The objective
is to benefit
and improve
the well-being
of people all
over the world
Digital co-creation
– solving real-world
problems with open and
collaborative relationships
Generating new
advances by connecting
business and services on
a single platform

This article was sponsored by Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy