By Nirmesh Shah, Research Scientist at Sony Research India
25th January 2023
Nirmesh Shah, Research Scientist at Sony Research India gives us an insight into his trip to the Sony headquarters in Tokyo, Japan while delving deep into his observations of Japanese culture at the workplace and his experience interacting with researchers from Sony’s global R&D labs.
1. Tell us about your experience at the Sony Headquarters
Sony Headquarters, Tokyo
While applying for the position of Research Scientist at Sony Research India, I distinctively remember one point that stood out for me was the opportunity to travel to Sony R&D labs in Tokyo and the US.
Unfortunately, a week after I accepted the job offer, the pandemic began, and I knew travelling anywhere to would be nearly impossible, so I started taking virtual tours of Sony’s headquarters.
Fortunately, nothing is permanent, and everything gets better with time. With global relaxation in COVID, in June 2022 I had the privilege of visiting the Sony R&D lab at San Jose, USA to present a co-authored research paper by Sony Research India Team and I also attended the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) Workshop.
In December 2022 I also visited the Sony Headquarters, Tokyo lab to exhibit our work at the Sony Technology Exchange Fair (STEF), 2022. STEF is an annual technology exchange meeting held within the Sony Group. In fact, this year is the 50th anniversary of the STEF. At Sony’s headquarter in Tokyo, I learnt about the long history of ground-breaking technological innovations created by Sony to continue to be so relevant to their customers. Moreover, STEF has also allowed me to get a glimpse of Sony’s cutting edge research technologies. All in all, it was a wonderful and memorable experience leaving me inspired!
2. What were your observations of the cultural nuances and work ethic in Japan?
Sony Headquarters, Tokyo
During the time I spent at the Sony headquarters in Tokyo, I made a few observations about the work ethic and culture that intrigued me….
What did you learn from Sony Technology Exchange Fair (STEF) and your interaction with researchers within Sony Research India /global R&D labs?
A dinner party hosted by our Director Dr. C.C. Lee
The main objective of STEF was to exchange ideas and perspectives across Sony R&D labs to generate new values in business and I can say that this was a great learning for me. True to this, I witnessed a wide range of intriguing research concepts and their successful implementation in a range of Sony Businesses.
The members of the worldwide R&D labs and representatives from other Sony Business Groups showed a great deal of interest in my projects. Additionally, my team provided me with constructive criticism and tips on how to best deliver this concept to the visitors.
Moreover, I had lots of opportunities to network with members of other Sony R&D labs which opened doors to potential international collaborations. This was a great opportunity for me to connect with our clients who also attended the event.
Our managers at Sony Research India hosted a couple of dinners for us to interact and spent quality time with them. They also created several opportunities for us to take some time off with our colleagues to explore the beautiful city of Tokyo, together. This helped bring us closer and would make working together a lot easier.
To know more about the Sony Technology Exchange Fair, visit: Sony Technology Exchange Fair(STEF) 2022