The Sony Computer Science Laboratories (Sony CSL) were founded in February 1988 for the sole purpose of conducting research relating to computer science. Our objective, as stated in the intent of establishment, is ''to contribute extensively to social and industrial development through original research that looks ahead to the 21st century and has the potential to achieve breakthroughs in computer technology.'' It is our policy to make public the results of our research. In the first decade after the foundation, we have been focusing on research in distributed operating systems, computer networks, programming languages, human-computer interaction, and other fundamental aspects of cutting edge research.
While the spirit of the orijinal intent is still valid, we are now expanding our areas of research further into complex systems, brain sciences, systems biology, and mechanisms of consciousness and cognition; all are areas where synergetic interactions with computer science research are expected. With work in these fields, we hope to bring new insight to our already extensive research in computer science. Each member of the Sony CSL sets his or her own research goals within these basic research themes. Results in any format such as research software or technical papers are published under the names of the individual researchers. This is because we believe that research should be carried out within a group, by individuals working on their own initiative, and that a laboratory should be a place dedicated to supporting this activity. The results achieved by each member are evaluated through such media as technical papers, research software products, and domestic and international conferences and professional associations. Therefore, in our compensation system, which is completely unrelated to seniority, each member is financially compensated in accordance with his or her achievements.
Chairman and Founder, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.
Research, in the true sense of the word, is to set a high ideal based on a full understanding and critical view of the existing state of technology, while striving for a new approach to bring it to reality. The Sony Computer Science Laboratories are the place for those aspiring researchers who know what research really means. We search for the technology that will prove its worth even in the years ahead. Our work is unrestrained by commercial needs. With the policy of bringing out the best in individuals, we respect and foster each member's initiative and creative ability. We contribute to the world by creating new possibilities for tomorrow.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.
A work of research is often a reflection of the researcher's values, philosophy, and worldview. From the initial choice of topic to more intricate strategic decisions, the researcher's personality clearly manifests itself in all phases of research. Like individual researchers, I believe laboratories, too, have distinct personalities.
In that case, what is the defining personality of Sony Computer Science Laboratories? My view is that it is the relentless drive to probe hitherto uncharted territories, forever striving to provide tangible benefits to humanity and society, intent on becoming yet another top player in already established fields, but the one-and-only pioneer that bravely sets foot on unexplored terrain.
Because of this unique personality, our research interests are never static but shift freely over time, dynamically adapting to societal changes and advances in scientific knowledge. For us, to commit to research is to invent the future - the future that embodies humanity's hopes and dreams. It is an endeavor demanding a propensity to relish new challenges, and the willingness to overcome any difficulties that inevitably face aspiring trailblazers.
We aim to become a laboratory that occupies an irreplaceable position within the world, and whose reputation and myriad achievements long stand the test of time.