Yuzuru Tanaka – Real time information becomes very important

I’m very much interested in Facebook and also Twitter. This year, I started a new Facebook study supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Science and Technology in Japan. And this Facebook studies will make a plan for the coming five-year next phase action plan.

Initially, they asked me to focus on the application to green innovation, mainly energy saving. Since I live in Sapporo, so in Sapporo we have a lot of snowfall. So the snow plowing and removing is a very costly action, and so the operation. So we focused on the effective way of doing this by monitoring lots of sensors and also probe cars better.

One of the car companies in Japan has a very interesting system and they are willing to give us data. So we analyze them and try to find out the optimal way for plowing and removing, and then, as you know, this big disaster happened in Japan. So the minister asked us also to consider the application to disaster management response. And this requires the improvisation of federation of resources because there are lots of actions necessary which can be, which should be designed improvisationally depending on the different situations and the change of the situations. So, we are very much interested in this and also in such systems, the real time information from members of the public becomes very important.

So we are very much interested in how to deal with tweets.

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