October 04, 2018

TCS and Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, partner for research in digital technologies

Tata Consultancy Services expands its Co-Innovation Network with this partnership to research leading-edge technologies for real-world applications

Tokyo | Mumbai: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation, and Institute of Industrial Science of the University of Tokyo (IIS, UTokyo), one of Japan’s leading research institutes for engineering disciplines, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on technology research and facilitate inter-personnel exchange.

The partnership is the latest addition to TCS’s Co-innovation Network (COIN™), which brings together the best of academia, research, tech start-ups and alliance partners from across the world to collaborate and conceptualise innovation that helps customers in their digital transformation journeys.

The MoU opens the prospect of TCS and IIS, UTokyo, working together on fundamental research, technology validation and the real-world application and commercialisation of technologies, commencing in the area of robotics. It also paves the way for an exchange of scholars and researchers between the two organisations. 

Prof Toshiharu Kishi, director general, IIS, UTokyo, said, “We warmly welcome this strategic partnership with TCS, and see it as one of our gateways to capitalise the wealth of technological expertise that India’s finest talent has to offer. I have great conviction that IIS’s extensive research in the many fields of engineering, when amplified through the international industry-academia collaboration with TCS and its partner ecosystem, will contribute significantly to society through the creation of compelling value and answers to some of today’s most pressing challenges. I also believe the inter-personnel exchange between our organisations will contribute to IIS’s mission to nurture the next generation to shoulder such responsibilities.”

“In a Business 4.0™ world, building and leveraging a partner ecosystem is of strategic importance in creating and delivering value. This is the core idea underpinning our Co-Innovation Network that brings research and technology breakthroughs from academia to meet real-world customer needs,” said K Ananth Krishnan, executive vice president and chief technology officer, TCS. “TCS is pleased to strengthen its network and partner with the Institute of Industrial Science, UTokyo.”

“We are honoured to partner with a Japanese research institute of this caliber. Such partnerships with academia are a crucial component of our endeavours to support our customers’ transformation to become Business 4.0-ready enterprises,” added Tetsuya Nakamura, vice president and chief digital innovation officer, TCS Japan.