Konica Minolta wins gold in the world’s largest AI competition hosted by Kaggle

| 15 July 2022

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) announces that the team, consisting of three engineers from Konica Minolta - one data scientist and two AI engineers – and one engineer from another company - won 10th place in the Image Matching Challenge 2022, hosted by the world’s largest AI competition platform, Kaggle, and received the gold medal.*


In the Kaggle competition, many world-leading data scientists and machine learning engineers vie to prove their skills. Konica Minolta is pleased to note that being among the winners of this prestigious competition has raised international awareness of the company’s design and technical prowess in data science and AI engineering.
 
The Konica Minolta Gold Medal Winners
  • Tomoya Okazaki and Makoto Ikeda: AI Technology Development Division, FORXAI Development Center, Technology Development Headquarters, Konica Minolta, Inc.
  • Hiroyuki Ujike: DX Promotion & Development Center, R&D Headquarters Business Technologies, Konica Minolta, Inc.
 
Outline and results of the competition
In the Image Matching Challenge 2022, participants had to develop an AI algorithm to accurately and quickly estimate the correspondence between two images taken from different angles. The winners were determined by how precisely the algorithm could match about 10,000 points in one of the images with the corresponding points in the other within the designated time.
 
The team, consisting of three engineers from Konica Minolta - one data scientist and two AI engineers -, and one engineer from another company, earned a high score by: streamlining the steps to extract important areas of the images; pipelining the processing to increase processing speed; and using a validation strategy. In pipelining the processing in particular, the Konica Minolta team realised that processing on the CPU, as well as on the GPU, could take too much time to do the required task, so they changed the setting to enable images to be processed on the GPU and CPU in parallel. This allowed the team to implement many machine learning models within the designated time, which greatly boosted their score.
 
Konica Minolta’s ICT specialists and FORXAI
Konica Minolta has been striving to foster and train specialists in imaging IoT and AI technologies, aiming to increase the number of its ICT specialists to around 1,000 to accelerate its digital transformation (DX) efforts under its DX 2022 Medium-term Business Plan. To help engineers improve their skills, the Konica Minolta participants could use the company’s hardware assets for the competition.
 
The technical prowess of these ICT specialists is at the core of Konica Minolta’s FORXAI imaging IoT platform.
 


FORXAI is a co-creation-based integration imaging IoT platform, developed to accelerate the shift to DX by visualising and solving issues faced by offices and other work sites. The platform comprises various IoT and AI technologies possessed by Konica Minolta and its partner companies.
 
The Konica Minolta team members participating in Image Matching Challenge 2022 are constantly conducting R&D on AI technologies as part of FORXAI Imaging AI, a group of high-speed and high-accuracy AI-based image processing technologies, with the aim of rapidly creating high-quality solutions to contribute to the evolution of workplaces around the world and enhance the safety and security of society.
 
Kaggle
Kaggle is the world’s largest predictive modelling platform that hosts competitions in which data scientists around the world compete and apply their skills to build optimal models based on data provided by companies and researchers. Kaggle is also the name of the company that operates the platform, now a subsidiary of Google LLC.
 
More than 8 million specialists in statistics and mathematics, including renowned data analysts, from 194 countries have registered with Kaggle. Participants in Kaggle competitions vie to build optimal models within the designated time by trying various algorithms and computational techniques. Working in partnership with many research institutions and companies, Kaggle is also known for its ability to deliver solutions to various issues, recently through its contributions to research on HIV, the Higgs boson, and traffic prediction.

* A total of 642 teams participated in the Image Matching Challenge 2022. Of these, 11 teams won the gold medal. https://www.kaggle.com/competitions/image-matching-challenge-2022/leaderboard 
 

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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. With its unique expertise in imaging, data processing and data-based decision making, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers - small and medium-sized businesses, large enterprises and public sector - and solves issues faced by society.


As a digital workplace solution provider, Konica Minolta helps its clients to identify and unlock the potential digitalisation holds and reach the next level in the digital maturity of their organisation by rethinking the workplace. In support of an ‘Intelligent connected workplace’, Konica Minolta offers cloud, IT, managed print and video solution services for remote working, collaboration, workflow management and automation and security. The company’s success in driving transformation is also confirmed by IDC, since the ‘IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment’ stated that Konica Minolta is ‘recognised globally as a leader in print transformation’. Konica Minolta has been a Microsoft Global Managed Partner since 2021.


Konica Minolta's Igniting Print Possibilities offering helps printers, converters and brand owners maximise workflow automation to increase efficiency. The company delivers consultancy in all communication matters as well as top-of-the-line production, packaging as well as label printers. Its finishing devices create print products that stand out and create added value. Konica Minolta has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe (InfoSource).


For an increasing number of organisations, success today is more than the narrow definition of financial prosperity – it also includes protecting the environment and having a positive impact on their workforce as well as the societies they are embedded in. With its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Konica Minolta has pledged to consistently pursue its sustainability and social responsibility goals.


The company has been repeatedly recognised for its rich history of social contribution as well as for working towards achieving the SDGs throughout its business and supply chain. Konica Minolta is listed among “2022 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World” and received the highest level in EcoVadis Sustainability Ratings.


For its innovative service approach that complements their devices perfectly, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Serviceability and Support 2020/2021’ 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 approximately 8,700 employees (as of April 2022), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 1.9 billion in financial year 2021/2022.


Worldwide, the company has over 39,000 employees and is operating in over 150 countries.


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