Sensing Solution University collaboration Program

Creating a future of surprise and excitement through collaboration

Sensing Solution University Collaboration Program

SSUP is built around

“Sensing” and “Collaboration”

Our goal with the SSUP is to create innovative sensing solutions through open collaboration with a range of partners in higher education.

In doing so, we aim to create a world of surprise and excitement.

This is the Sensing Solution University Collaboration Program (SSUP).

The program offers real collaboration opportunities for a network of partners, from university labs to teaching facilities.

It encourages and supports research collaboration in the area of sensing solutions, and promotes innovation and education.

What are Sensing Solutions?

Sensing the world with devices such as low-power consumption microcontroller computers and cameras, to create solutions for real-world problems as well as in the entertainment world. We aim to create a better future and bring surprise and excitement.

The SSUP conducts research collaboration programs. The program includes providing research funds, and offers research support through free lending of research equipment for research themes that use Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation's sensing solutions. The SSUP also conducts related activities to encourage co-creation and to support education.

Programs and case examples

Research Collaboration Program

We will conduct research collaboration including providing research funds, for the research themes that use Sony Semiconductor Solutions' sensing solutions.

■ Achievements: More than 30 universities in Japan, the US, EU, India, and China.

Case examples

University of California Davis

A research project working on how to use drones to combat disasters.

Duke University

A research project working on biodiversity in the rainforest canopy.

ETH Zurich university in Switzerland

A research project working on deep learning for precision algorithms in smart agriculture, etc.

Equipment: Spresense

Examples in the US and EU

Research Support Program

We will support research by lending Sony Semiconductor Solutions’ sensing solutions equipment.

■ Achievements: More than 16 research labs. (Overseas programs to be announced soon)

Case examples

Hashimoto Laboratory, The University of Electro-Communications (Professor Naoki Hashimoto)

Research on Dynamic Projection Mapping. Synchronous imaging at the clock level between two cameras enables recognition of the exact position and shape of marker-less moving objects in real time.

■ Equipment: Dual Camera Kit

Figure: Object recognition by multi-camera

Photo: Example of setup in the laboratory

(Related activities) Promotion of co-creation and support for education

Sony Semiconductor Solutions will promote co-creation and support education through technical and planning support for related events and introductory classes.

■ Achievements: [Event] India and Japan (2nd event in progress), [Introductory classes] More than 10 universities at home and abroad.

Case examples


Indian National Hackathon Grand Challenge “SAMVEDAN 2021”

This event was co-organized by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras under the Government of India, and Sony India Software Center. Solutions using Spresense were developed for social issues in India, and the winning team received entrepreneurship support from the government.

Notice of final results

The "Ideathon and Hackathon of Sensing Solution" was also held in Japan.

Click here to visit the "Ideathon and Hackathon of Sensing Solution" website.

Equipment: Spresense

[Introductory classes]

Department of Mechatronics Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology, Meijo University (Professor Kenichi Ohara)

From undergraduate to master's programs, students conduct lectures and seminars using Spresense and participate in "Ideathon and Hackathon of Sensing Solution", where students present their project results. These lead to graduation theses, master's theses, and SSUP research collaborations programs.

Other class introduction initiatives:

Undergraduate 3rd year, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Nagoya University.

Mechanical and aerospace system training "Autonomous movement control of small mobile robots".

(Elective subject, Professor Yasuhisa Hasegawa, Associate Professor Tadayoshi Aoyama, Assistant Professor Masaru Takeuchi).

Undergraduate 3rd year, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University

The experimental topic "Edge AI Computing" of Information Engineering Experiment No. 1.

(Compulsory subject, Assistant Professor Mariko Isogawa).

Equipment: Spresense

* Currently, the programs are available in Japan, the US, EU, India, and China.

* Depending on the programs and equipment, the program may not be available in some regions.

* The application period, application conditions, and the number of projects vary for each program. Details will be announced from time to time, so please register and contact us if you are interested.

Equipment Introduction


A compact, low-power consumption board computer for IoT, with abundant computing power with its multi-core processors. A camera, GPS, high-resolution audio codec playback/recording, and built-in intelligent library enable low-power, edge AI on batteries.

Dual Camera Kit

This sensing PoC kit has been developed so you can focus on developing image and voice data processing algorithms without having to spend excessive time using image sensors. It comes with the hardware and software required for synchronized sensing with two independent cameras.

Stereo Camera Kit

This camera kit is mounted on the Vision Sensing Processor (VSP) developed by Sony Semiconductor Solutions. Hardware accelerator inside the Vision Sensing Processor quickly processes the data from the stereo sensors to calculate distance information. The VSP also has high power efficiency and can be used in many areas of edge computing. It can be used with up to 5 stereo inputs and is also used for autonomous drones.

ToF Camera Kit

This camera kit is mounted on the Vision Sensing Processor (VSP) developed by Sony Semiconductor Solutions. The "Time of Flight" (ToF) distance image sensor can be used to obtain not only 2D image information, but also deep direction information. The vision processor installed in the Vision Sensing Processor can achieve high precision processing in real time.

Click here for more details.

■ Click here for Spresense

■ Click here for Stereo Camera Kit and ToF Camera Kit

Please contact us directly for Dual Camera Kit.

* Depending on the programs and equipment, the program may not be available in some regions.

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