Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. (Sony CSL) was established in February 1988. At Sony CSL, each researcher sets his or her own goals and carries out research based on the basic research themes of Sony CSL. All research results are published in the name of the individual researcher. This is because we believe that research is essentially the voluntary work of individuals or groups of individuals of their own free will, and that the institute should be a supporting entity. In addition, individual achievements are evaluated based on their overall impact, which consists of many dimensions, such as contributions to humanity and society, academic progress, industrial development, and products. In this environment, researchers conduct research for the benefit of the world and people, and aim to change the world with the results of their research. In some cases, the results are returned to society through the activities of the Sony Group, while in other cases, researchers start their own businesses and commercialize them. Sony CSL researchers with different disciplines stimulate each other to create new research areas and research paradigms, to create new technologies and new businesses, and to contribute to humanity and society.


Sony Computer Science Laboratories (Sony CSL) was established in Tokyo in 1988 with the aim of contributing to humanity and society by creating new research areas, new research paradigms, new technologies and new businesses. Currently, the scope of Sony CSL’s activities includes not only human but also planetary-scale issues, with the mission of "research for the future of humanity and this planet.” We respect the intellectual freedom of our researchers and focus on creating a better future through research activities that make full use of their creativity and ingenuity. As of 2022, Sony CSL will be based in Tokyo, Kyoto, Paris, and Rome, and will be engaged in a Planetary Agenda that addresses social issues such as sustainability, urban planning, and energy; Human Augmentation; and AI and data analysis-based research to create intelligent real-world systems and processes. Sony CSL, which serves as the headquarter, is engaged in research to make real-world systems and processes more intelligent and to enhance creativity and artistry. Sony CSL Tokyo, which serves as the head quarter, also conducts activities that go beyond academic research by bringing together researchers, projects, and organizations that support the research, all of whom have a variety of values that influence each other.

» Tokyo Research : Statement (Shinichi Furuya)

» Transboundary Research : Statement (Masatoshi Funabashi)


The Kyoto Laboratory, established in 2020, is dedicated to the theme of "Yutaka (abundance)". Remarkable technological innovation in recent years has brought many benefits to mankind. However, as technology permeates every corner of our lives and environment, intervening in every industry and social system, it is becoming increasingly clear that its impact is not exclusively positive. We are beginning to realize that our obsession with a handful of values such as sheer efficiency, comfort, material fulfillment, constant stimulation, and entertainment can sometimes create distortions as well. At Kyoto Lab, we use the term "Yutakasa" to describe a variety of values that have spilled over into the currents of our times, such as a relaxed mind and concern for the public. In Kyoto, a city where the old and the new coexist, we are reexamining the meaning of "Yutaka-ness" for people and society, and conducting research to find new ways to develop new technologies that will benefit everyone.

» Kyoto Research : Statement (Jun Rekimoto)

» Sony Computer Science Laboratories - Kyoto WEB SITE


Founded in 1996, Sony CSL - Paris is a small but vibrant research institute. Using tools from complex systems science, data science, and AI, the institute addresses fundamental challenges in areas as diverse as music understanding and creation, language and communication systems, sustainability, and innovation dynamics and creativity. The Music AI team explores the possibilities of AI-based music creation. Working closely with artists, the team focuses on contemporary popular music from the perspective of supporting studio musicians. With regard to language, the team studies all aspects of meaning, understanding, and language in human-centered AI. These efforts range from basic research on how autonomous agents generate new meanings and linguistic conventions in groups, to applications in creative writing and in helping people with language disorders. At a time when natural resources are being depleted and climate change is a serious issue, achieving a sustainable society is also an important challenge. Sony CSL - Paris has initiated various projects to raise awareness of the issue, including climate modeling through volunteer computing, participatory pollution observation, and local organic agriculture through digital technology. Research on creativity focuses on the ways in which the”new” (novel) emerges in various instances: human, social, technological, biological, and artificial systems. How humans and machines work together to explore possibilities and find new solutions is the goal through three approaches: theoretical, computational, and experimental.

» Paris Research : Statement (Peter Hanappe)

» Sony Computer Science Laboratories - Paris WEB SITE


Sony CSL - Rome was established in 2021 in Italy, a rich treasury of excellence and creativity. The office is located within the Enrico Fermi Research and Research Centre (”Enrico Fermi” Research Centre- CREF), a multidisciplinary scientific research and innovation center. Sony CSL - Rome will focus on creativity research that integrates information, sustainability, artificial intelligence and art with the following projects.

(i) Infosphere
It aims to reshape information technology, increase accessibility of information, and make online social dialogue more transparent, understandable, and healthy.

(ii) Sustainable Cities: Developing new tools for understanding the urban environment and creating predictive scenarios to make cities more sustainable in order to improve the living conditions of their citizens.

(iii) Extending Creativity By capturing how AI grasps the complexity of open-ended systems, we explore how AI can support people in finding creative, innovative, and practical solutions, supporting creativity and the arts.

» Rome Research : Statement (Vittorio Loreto)

» Sony Computer Science Laboratories - Rome WEB SITE