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Due To Labor Shortage Japanese Startup Partners with Indian Students To Develop AI Project

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ExaIntelligence Inc, which is a Japanese Artificial Intelligence (AI) startup, will research industrial applications for artificial intelligence with students from India’s Andhra University, drawing upon the India’s science and engineering talent as Japan faces labor shortages, reported Nikkie Asian Review.

Andhra University, which was constituted in the year 1926, is not just one of the oldest educational institutions in the country, but is also the first to be conceived as a residential and teaching-cum-affiliating University, mainly devoted to post-graduate teaching and research.

ExaIntelligence and the university have signed a partnership on Tuesday under which the Japanese startup will include the students in AI development projects, when permitted by the client. The startup also may hire the students as data scientists to conduct analysis and work with tools in areas such as machine learning. Notably, the computer science program of Andhra University is highly regarded in India.

Though the company also partners with Japan’s Kyoto University and Waseda University, Japan’s information technology industry faces a scarcity of skilled workers. The current shortage of 15,000 people is estimated to reach nearly 50,000 by 2020, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan says.

ExaIntelligence was founded in February 2016 by Makoto Haruta, the former chairman of Japanese internet company DeNA. The venture, which hires AI engineers mainly from institutions such as Kyoto University and Osaka University, operates a research and development hub in Kyoto. The startup has taken on roughly 10 projects from major companies in Kyoto as well as businesses related to automobiles in Nagoya.

The Japan Times reports that as Japan’s population ages, the supply of young laborers within the construction field has decreased drastically resulting many companies in Japan are turning to Robots to fix this.

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