Asilla, which specializes in security systems featuring state-of-the-art behavior recognition AI, has established a new research team focused on human science. The team, known as the Human Science AI (HSAR Team), was launched in February 2023 with the goal of enhancing AI technology even further.
In this article, we spoke to Asilla’s CTO Masahiro Wakasa, the founder of the team, concerning the team's innovative ideas and cutting-edge technologies that will significantly transform the platform of behavior recognition AI.
HSAR is a team of experts in human science, the scientific study of human beings, composed not only of computer science specialists but also of professionals from diverse fields. The team includes specialists in areas such as 'gait analysis', which seeks to enhance the precision of gait recognition, 'neuroscience', which scientifically examines the structure of the human brain and behavior, and 'human trajectory', which aims to improve the accuracy of person identification, among other domains.
Specialist in Gait Analysis
Mr. Yap Miao Sin Robin ( from Singapore)
- National University of Singapore (Bachelor & Master: Knowledge Engineering)
- Tokyo Institute of Technology (PhD: Computational Intelligence and Systems Science)
- Engaged in research on gait analysis at Tokyo Institute of Technology
- Engaged in research on human gait recognition at HSAR.
Specialist in Neuroscience
Mr. Mohammad Abdolrahmani ( from Iran)
-University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences (Bachelor: Occupational Therapy)
-Iran University of Medical Sciences (Master: Anatomy)
・Osaka University (Doctor: Cognitive Neuroscience)
・Engaged in research on the relationship between behavior and neuroscience at Osaka University and RIKEN.
・Engaging in research on behavior analysis at HSAR
Specialist in Human Trajectory Analysis
Mr. Hesham Shehata ( from Egypt)
- Alexandria University (B.S. & M.S.: Mechanical Engineering)
- Kyoto University (Ph.D. Course in Social Informatics)
- After teaching physics at the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, he worked on human trajectory analysis research at Kyoto University.
- Engaging in research on human trajectory analysis at HSAR.
Specialist in Biomedical Engineering
Mr. Santosh Kumar (Morioka, Iwate)
-University of Toronto (Bachelor: Biological Engineering)
-Plans to enter into a Top PhD program
-Engaging in branding and university partnerships at HSAR.
Specialist in Behavior Analysis
Mr. Trung Quang Tran (from Vietnam )
-Hanoi University of Technology (B.S. : Control Engineering)
-Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (M.S.: Information Engineering)
-Engaging in research on behavioral analysis behavior analysis at HSAR
Specialist in Person Identification Analysis
Vi Duc Huan ( from Vietnam )
- Vietnam National University, Hanoi (B.S.: Physics)
- Hokkaido University (M.S. : Space Science)
- Engaging in research on human gait recognition
Specialist in Spatial Information Science
Mr. Nitish Jaiswal from New Delhi, India
- Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi (B.Tech: Civil Engineering)
-University of Tokyo (M.Tech: Spatial Information Science)
-Engaging in human gait recognition as a research associate at Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Computer Vision Expert
Mr. Niraj Yadav from Jaipur, India
-Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi (B.Tech: Information Technology)
-Engaging in computer vision algorithms development at HSAR
Computer Vision Expert
Mr. Lee Wei Chang from Taiwan
- National Tsing Hua University (B.S.: Information Engineering)
- National Tsing Hua University (M.S. : Information Engineering)
- Engaging in computer vision algorithms development at HSAR
Indeed, the HSAR comprises researchers from a range of countries including Egypt, Iran, Singapore, India, Taiwan, and Vietnam, making it a diverse team that transcends national boundaries.
The team's broad range of expertise and cultural backgrounds are expected to bring varied perspectives and values that can expand the scope of our research.
We did not specifically set out to recruit researchers from diverse nationalities and backgrounds for the Human Science AI Research Team. Our focus was on attracting individuals with expertise in the field of human science, who also shared our vision of taking behavior recognition AI to new heights. The unique value of Azira's technology naturally drew in people from various backgrounds, resulting in a diverse team with varied research interests, cultures, and backgrounds. Our aim is to leverage this diversity to broaden the scope of our research and achieve our goal of advancing behavior recognition AI.
While the language used by the team is predominantly English, members have varying perspectives on the field. The synergy between individuals who specialize in AI and those with expertise in human science has resulted in an unexpectedly positive outcome.
The team members are constantly on the lookout for new information in their respective fields, thoroughly reading and comprehending academic papers, and striving to gain new skills and knowledge. What may seem "obvious" to us in our own field can often present a completely fresh perspective in other fields.
Let me give you a specific example. One of our team members was conducting AI research and faced unexpected difficulties. He was about to give up when a colleague from a completely different field offered some advice that opened up a new approach. Thanks to this input, the research continued, and we are now tackling it in a new way. We learned that exchanging ideas and having informal conversations from different perspectives can directly impact our research and make a significant difference.
Each member of our team is dedicated to their individual work and takes their own evaluations seriously. This dedication and awareness of timelines and outputs enable us to produce highly effective results as a team, which is a unique and valuable feature.
HSAR has plans to expand the research team with the addition of more researchers to further strengthen the team. It is expected that a larger team will create even greater synergies and expand the scope of the research.
After completing his postgraduate studies at Tokyo Institute of Technology, he worked for JGC Corporation where he was involved in plant design IT work on overseas construction projects. He then joined Asilla Corporation, where he was in charge of proof-of-concept and product development projects related to behavior recognition AI, and became the company's executive officer and CTO in 2022. He continues to focus on product development using AI technology and research and development of new technologies.