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[2022] New Possibilities with Imaging AI in a Wide Range of Areas!

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Morpho, Inc. is a company established in 2004 that conducts research and product development in image processing and Imaging AI ( artificial intelligence ) technology, mainly developing software businesses for smartphones, semiconductors, automobiles, and IoT globally.

Especially in the smartphone industry, we are strong in smart devices, such as providing camera image quality improvement technology to 7 of the top 10 manufacturers in the world, and in recent years we are also working on technology to realize smart cities.

This time, while introducing the outline and business contents of Morpho, Inc., I will explain the company’s strengths and trends.

Table of contents 

  • About Morpho, Inc.
    • Company overview
    • Vision
    • History
  • Business of Morpho, Inc.
    • Deep learning propulsion engine “SoftNeuro”
    • Video processing solution package “Morpho Video Processing Solutions”
    • PhotoSolid® electronic image stabilization and noise reduction technology for still images
  • Characteristics of Morpho, Inc.
    • Improving the level of shooting with smart devices
    • Collaboration with Denso on Autonomous Driving Technology
    • Benefits for both workers and customers
    • Towards a safe, secure, and comfortable society with video and image analysis AI
  • Latest Trends of Morpho, Inc.
    • AI solutions for smart cities
    • OCR solution for documents
    • Maintenance AI solution for social infrastructure
  • Recruitment information of Morpho, Inc.
    • Recruitment type
    • Application overview
  • Summary

About Morpho, Inc.

Company overview

company name Morpho, Inc.
Established May 26, 2004
location 2-2-1 KANDA SQUARE 10F, Kandanishikicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
representative Representative Director and President Masaki Hiraga
number of employees 95 people
capital 1,783,958 thousand yen

Vision

“Imaging AI makes the world richer”

Morpho started in 2004 as an imaging technology research and development company. Based on the belief that computer science is a practical science, our mission is not to end cutting-edge research with theory, but to adapt it to the needs of society and apply it to the world.

Morpho has created new possibilities and contributed to various fields of society through its Imaging AI, which combines advanced image processing with cutting-edge AI and deep learning technology.

History

May 2004 Established Morpho, Inc. in Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
October 2004 “PhotoSolid®” (still image 6-axis camera shake correction technology using image processing)Released “MovieSolid®” (movie 4-axis image stabilization technology)
June 2006 Began installing “PhotoSolid®” on NTT DoCoMo terminals
November 2006 Began installing “MovieSolid®” on NTT DoCoMo terminals
October 2007 Business and capital tie-up with NTT DOCOMO, INC.
July 2011 Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers Market
February 2012 Established Morpho US, Inc.
October 2013 Established Morpho Korea, Inc.
December 2014 Succeeded in developing image recognition technology using deep learningStarted providing “Morpho Scene Classifier™”, etc.
December 2015 Formed a capital and business alliance with DENSO CORPORATION.
April 2016 Announced “Morpho Deep Learning System™”, a deep learning product specialized for image recognition
April 2017 Business tie-up with SRL Co., Ltd.
November 2017 Capital tie-up with Miraca Holdings Co., Ltd. (now HU Group Holdings)
December 2017 Announced “SoftNeuro®”, the world’s fastest deep learning inference engine
August 2018 Established Morpho China, Inc.
October 2018 Acquisition of Finnish AI developer Top Data Science as a subsidiary
November 2018 NHK adopts flash reduction technology “Morpho Deflash™”
May 2019 “Morpho Video Processing Solutions™” Wins EVA’s Vision Product of the Year AwardReceived “Best Software/Algorithm Award”
June 2019 Partnership with Qualcomm to enhance mobile camera functions
November 2019 Converted PUX Co., Ltd. into an equity-method affiliate
December 2019 Established Morpho AI Solutions Inc.
June 2020 Established Morpho Taiwan, Inc.
September 2021 Formed a capital and business alliance with Micware Co., Ltd.

Business of Morpho, Inc.

Deep learning propulsion engine “SoftNeuro”

“SoftNeuro®” is the world’s fastest deep learning propulsion engine. It utilizes learning results performed using major deep learning frameworks to achieve high-speed processing on various environments such as edge devices. In addition, the multi-platform support enables the learning results to be deployed on a wide range of operating platforms, and the encryption of the trained network reduces the risk of leakage of the results.

Video processing solution package “Morpho Video Processing Solutions”

“Morpho Video Processing Solutions” is application software developed for video production. Morpho’s original algorithms and technology have realized high precision, and it is a solution package equipped with multiple functions necessary for video production, such as fine upscaling using super resolution and frame rate conversion using frame interpolation technology. increase. It also won the “Best Software/Algorithm Award” at EVA’s Vision Product of the Year Award 2019.

PhotoSolid® electronic image stabilization and noise reduction technology for still images

“PhotoSolid” is a motion detection technology ” SOFTGYRO® ” as the core, and Morpho’s unique composition technology for electronic camera shake correction for still images and noise reduction technology by combining multiple images. .

The electronic camera shake correction system combines multiple still images shot with a high-sensitivity, high-speed shutter and Morpho’s unique synthesis technology with “SOFTGYRO” as the core. Still image stabilization software technology. It is effective in conditions where camera shake and subject blurring are likely to occur, such as night view shooting and telephoto shooting.

Similarly, the noise removal by combining multiple images is a noise reduction function that minimizes the occurrence of ghosts and artifacts using Morpho’s unique synthesis technology with “SOFTGYRO” as the core.

This technology is currently being provided to 7 of the top 10 smartphone makers in the world.

Characteristics of Morpho, Inc.

Morpho has put advanced image processing technology and cutting-edge AI/deep learning technology into practical use. We have created new possibilities in the four areas of City.

Improving the level of shooting with smart devices

Morpho’s image processing software is installed in many smartphones, and as of the end of January 2021, it has exceeded 3.5 billion licenses. With this software, it is now possible to take high-quality photos and videos with a smartphone, even in scenes where there is motion and is prone to blurring, or when shooting at night, which was previously possible only with a digital camera or single-lens reflex camera. In addition, imaging AI that combines image processing technology and deep learning, such as automatically identifying subjects such as people and landscapes and optimizing images simply by tapping the shooting button, can be used to shoot with smart devices. My level has improved significantly.

Collaboration with Denso on Autonomous Driving Technology

In 2015, Morpho began collaborating with Denso Corporation on image processing technology and image recognition technology using deep learning. We have been promoting technology development related to support and basic research on automatic driving in deep learning. In addition, by installing imaging AI in in-vehicle cameras, we would like to extend automation and safety functions not only to automobiles but also to special vehicles such as construction machinery and agricultural machinery, as well as railways and ships.

Benefits for both workers and customers

At manufacturing sites, the automation of production lines using cutting-edge imaging technology is progressing rapidly. By using AI to automatically classify inspection images in inspection work that has been done by humans, it is possible to increase the speed and accuracy of the inspection process, increasing the number of inspections and shortening the period at the same time. We can. In addition, AI support enables even inexperienced workers to handle jobs that require skilled skills, leading to improved productivity and the elimination of the shortage of technology successors, reducing the burden and improving work quality. can create benefits for both workers and customers.

Towards a safe, secure, and comfortable society with video and image analysis AI

At Morpho, we are applying advanced image analysis technology to solve problems in smart cities, and are working on the development of AI solutions that visualize congestion situations, and monitoring AI that finds people who need assistance. In addition, by utilizing the know-how and technical capabilities of AI introduction that we have cultivated so far, we provide one-stop support from planning to implementation regarding the promotion of DX using AI.

Latest Trends of Morpho, Inc.

Morpho established Morpho AI Solutions Co. , Ltd. in December 2019, and continues to focus on AI . This time, we will introduce three main products of Morpho AI Solutions.

AI solutions for smart cities

In the smart city area, in recent years, there has been a growing interest in public safety and the use of AI using security camera systems to improve the efficiency of operations triggered by the corona vortex, and we are providing AI camera solutions. I’m here.

OCR solution for documents

There is a need to convert accumulated documents into text to improve the searchability of paper documents and build digital archives, mainly in large companies, governments and local governments. OCR text conversion using the latest deep learning is effective for this need.

Maintenance AI solution for social infrastructure

Many of the various infrastructures in Japan were developed during the high economic growth period and are now aging. While there is an increasing need for maintenance and inspections to ensure the safety of such various infrastructures, as a business operator there are constraints on costs, so we are providing maintenance AI solutions in collaboration with strategic consulting firms.

Recruitment information of Morpho, Inc.

Morpho, Inc. is currently hiring for the following industries and occupations.

Recruitment type

  • researcher
  • Product development engineer
  • Field application engineer
  • Legal department
  • AI consultant
  • Sales manager

Application overview

 test period

3 months after joining the company

Welfare

  • free online english school
  • Subsidies for purchasing a new smartphone for personal use
  • employee shareholding association
  • Shorter working hours for childcare that exceeds legal requirements (until the child enters elementary school)
  • Flextime & remote work system
  • 35-hour rule (a system that allows employees to devote up to 35 hours/month of their working hours to projects of their choice)
  • Recreational expense subsidies such as welcome parties and project launches that can be used on a quarterly basis
  • Club activity system (climbing club, ball game club, shogi club, etc.)
  • Long Term Income Protection Insurance (GLTD)
  • Various welfare programs of the Kanto IT Health Insurance Association (recreation facilities, etc.)
  • Hotel corporation special treatment
  • Moving support (Discount on brokerage fees for rental agreements)

Holiday

  • birthday vacation
  • Flexible leave that can be used all year round

Recruitment flow

Entry → Programming test (details will be sent by email) → 1st interview (*) → Aptitude test (web) → Final interview → Job offer* Online interview is also possible for the first interview

Summary

This time, I would like to introduce Morpho, Inc.

Morpho is creating new possibilities with imaging AI in a wide range of fields such as smart devices, automotive/mobility, factory automation, and smart cities, and we will keep an eye on it in the future.

In The Players series, I write articles focused on AI-related companies. By comparing various AI companies, we may be able to see the laws of successful AI-related companies.

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