NTT R&D Forum 2018 Autumn kicked off this week in Tokyo, with the theme: ‘Transforming your Digital Visions into Reality’.

As always, it's an impressive event that showcases the truly varied research and development projects that are delivered by NTT's 5,000 strong team and $2 billion annual investment.

The showcases were split into six main themes:

  1. Media and User Interface - media processing technologies that provide a vivid and realistic sense of presence.
  2. AI - branded ‘Corevo’ for driving artificial intelligence into lifestyle and business applications.
  3. IoT - new value creation i.e. smart cities, smart mobility and smart healthcare
  4. Security - the latest research and tools for defending against cyber attacks
  5. Network - network technologies that are more cost effective, resilient, and flexible
  6. Basic Research - next generation research into optical and material science.

Each of these themes had multiple exhibits, with over 120 exhibits in total. Further details of the exhibits can be found here.

My top three highlights include:


NTT's immersive telepresence technology that provides an innovative approach to the visual delivery of live entertainment. With a focus on sporting events, it will be interesting to see how this may be used during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Smart City 

In particular NTT's collaboration with the city of Las Vegas and Dell Technology, where we are delivering a Proof of Concept (POC) to analyze the movement of people, traffic and other indicators, to pro-actively raise incidents and support incident response. For example, how to effectively route emergency vehicles to the scene of a crime and/or detect anomalous sounds such as a gun shot.

San Shi 

An innovative approach that enables analytics to be performed upon encrypted data. While this may not initially seem that exciting, the potential use cases, particularly when you consider data protection standards such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are huge. San Shi could enable collaboration between organizations that previously were unable to share information due to its sensitivity. If we consider the implementation of this within the cybersecurity intelligence arena, this could radically change organizations' views on sharing their threat intelligence.

A truly thought provoking event that makes the mind wonder just what the future may hold for the delivery of cybersecurity services. How many omni present, AI-driven, multilingual  security analysts would you like to support your fully automated smart city…?