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Japan's research giant using AI to control huge crowds

Pro soccer team looks to AIST to improve management at its 40,000-seat venue

TSUKUBA, Japan -- Controlling crowd movement at large stadiums can be a major challenge, especially in emergencies. Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology has teamed up with one of the country's top professional soccer teams to tackle the problem using artificial intelligence.

The huge research institute -- part of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry -- is partnering with the Kashima Antlers F.C. to better manage crowds and perform other tasks at 40,000-seat Kashima Soccer Stadium in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo.

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