Konica Minolta awarded in Czech Republic for NLP Research collaboration

| 19 June 2019

On 13th June, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Czech, spol. s r.o. (Konica Minolta) received an award for its continuous support and investment in R&D to Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic.

Commemorating the educational institution’s 100th anniversary, Masaryk University recognised Konica Minolta for their collaboration in the research areas of Natural Language Processing (NLP), Semantics and Data Analytics, and Human Computer Interaction (HCI).

Since the opening of the first Konica Minolta laboratory in Brno in September 2015, the technology giant has established a close relationship with several research groups at Masaryk University. In particular, Konica Minolta’s Global R&D unit has been working with the Faculty of Informatics, the first of its kind in the country, to develop European and national-level projects to support PhD theses across NLP, Semantics and Data Analytics and HCI.

Within the area of NLP, the collaboration with Masaryk University generated interesting results about smart search components. Aggregating different company unstructured data sources, such as wiki, emails and task management tool, it is possible to deliver a powerful and integrated search engine. The results achieved within this research activities, constitute the backbone of Search & Priority solution that is soon to be part of the Workplace Hub ecosystem.

Search & Priority is a free of charge, on-premise, browser-based software, and will be the first publicly-available AI-enabled solution from Konica Minolta. The solution serves as a personal ‘digital office assistant’, blending human intelligence with artificial intelligence, and bringing structure above the noise of information and task overload. Integrating these Cognitive Services into the existing Workplace Hub platform, Konica Minolta is able to provide an all-in-one solution for IT management and AI services to the SMB market.


About Konica Minolta Global R&D

Since its establishment in 1873, Konica Minolta has had a long history of innovation. Konica Minolta Global R&D is the hub where innovative solutions in the field of information and communications technology come to life to transform the next generation of platforms and services from Konica Minolta. Konica Minolta Global R&D takes advantage of the most advanced technologies to support new business opportunities that are driven by innovation and our customers’ needs, with innovative applications for digital workplace, sensors information and automation, digital healthcare and smart data systems.



About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. Konica Minolta enables its clients to champion the digital era: with its unique imaging expertise and data processing capabilities, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers and solves issues faced by society. As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with workflow automation. The company further offers its customers solutions and managed services in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. With regard to its office printing solutions, ‘IDC MarketScape: Western Europe Smart Multifunctional Peripheral 2018 Vendor Assessment’ stated that Konica Minolta is ‘recognised globally as a leading smart MFP provider of note’. As a strong partner for the professional printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa (InfoSource). In the healthcare sector, Konica Minolta drives digitalisation of clinical workflows and offers a broad range of next-level diagnostic solutions. Its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R & D laboratories in Europe enable Konica Minolta to bring innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. For its solutions that combine ‘smart service with smart technology’, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Outstanding Serviceability 2018/2019’ from Keypoint Intelligence. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With almost 10,300 employees (as of April 2019), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.39 billion in financial year 2018/19.

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