Sony CSL was founded in February 1988. At Sony CSL, value is assessed by the degree to which achievements are perceived to contribute to humanity and society, to new science and technology, to industrial progress, and to product development. We respect and foster each member’s initiative and creative ability. A work of research is often a reflection of the researcher’s values, philosophy, and worldview. We gather “Crazy” people and let them challenge themselves to change the world.
When founded, Sony CSL focused on fundamental research in computer systems, including operating systems, the Internet, and user interfaces. As the organization evolved, its focus shifted to exploring ways to use computers in diverse domains such as systems biology, econophysics and artificial intelligence. And now, its major research themes are “Global Agenda,” which encompasses issues ranging from energy to food and healthcare; and “Human Augmentation,” which includes studies exploring human creativity and human-computer interaction/integration. In addition to Tokyo, we have a lab in Paris (founded in 1996).
We have two guiding principles: “Act Beyond Borders” and “Think Extreme.” Our priority is to empower each researcher to function to the best of his/her ability in the pursuit of fundamental, yet applicable research. While encouraging contribution to academia, we push our researchers to give back to humanity and society in concrete ways. The fruits of our research are incorporated into the products and initiatives of the Sony Group, or else are leveraged in collaborative efforts with companies outside of Sony. Finding investors and spinning off a project as a separate business entity is also an option at Sony CSL.