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OU student receives encouragement prize at the 2018 Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Award for Excellence

SAKUMA Hiroshi (4th year, Systems Science Course, Systems Science and Applied Informatics, School of Engineering Science) received an encouragement prize at the 2017 Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Award for Excellence in the field of social contribution.

(Vice President Kurimoto presents the award to Mr. Sakuma / January 10, 2019 - Osaka University Hall)

JASSO Awards for Excellence are conferred upon students who have achieved outstanding performance in academia, culture/art, sports, social contribution, industry innovation/venture, and international exchange in order to recognize and encourage these students and cultivate promising and talented individuals who will play a key role in the 21st century.

In receiving this award, Mr. Sakuma was highly evaluated for his achievements, including his efforts as representative of the Artificial Intelligence Research Group (AIR), where he educated over 2000 individuals in the two years since the group's establishment, and his appointment to a leadership position for NEXT DAY 2019 as a Global Shapers Fellow of the Global Economics Forum (Davos).

Comment from Mr. Sakuma

"I'm so happy that activity, which had started as a student-led effort to learn and discuss about artificial intelligence, has been praised as being social contribution. I was also chosen as a Global Shaper, which is a title certified by the World Economic Forum, right around the time I received this award. I'll make use of the connections and support I've received to continue to devote myself to my goal of understanding human consciousness from an engineering viewpoint.

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