Global Research Initiatives

The following research themes are initiated and pursued cooperatively across the three HRI locations in Japan, United States, and Germany.

Cooperative Devices
Cooperative Devices are novel physical entities with immersed computation that cooperatively work with each other in Intelligent Cyber Physical Systems (ICPS) that transcend the Internet of Things (IoT).
Frontier Robotics
One of HRI's new global research initiatives, Frontier Robotics, is exploring the development of an Intelligent Cyber Physical Systems (ICPS) in which robots support and enhance humans' activities.

Computer Science

Computer Science research is conducted in our San Jose California research center. This division focuses on technology innovation to support intelligent vehicle systems, cooperative intelligence, human-centered AI, and robotics.

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    Autonomous Systems
    The Autonomous Vehicle Systems group is engaged in development and integration of multiple sensory modules and the coordination of these components while fulfilling tasks such as stable motion planning, decision making, obstacle avoidance, and control.
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    Human Centered AI
    Human-Centered AI at Honda Research Institute involves projects that are inspired by human intelligence and includes systems that learn from and collaborate with humans in a meaningful way.
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    Curious Minded Machines
    The Curious Minded Machine is a collaboration among a diverse team of researchers to instill “curiosity” into intelligent systems, developing a type of artificial intelligence that enables life-long learning and has the ability to expand human potential and enhance people’s lives.
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    HRI Driving Datasets
    Honda Research Institute datasets are introduced to enable machine learning research related to traffic scene understanding, prediction, driver modeling, motion planning, and other themes that are important for intelligent mobility.

Material Science

Material Science research is conducted in our San Jose California research center. The focus of this center is on cooperative devices, advanced batteries, and novel functional nano-materials to support Honda’s future technology road map.

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    Nanomaterials for Energy Applications
    Our progresses in the understanding of growth mechanism and controllable synthesis have helped us to develop the pilot technology (with collaborator) for large scale production of SWNTs with dominant abundance of metallic tubes that allows evaluation of their performances in actual industrial energy devices.
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    Synthesis and Studies of Nanomaterials
    Synthesis and studies of growth mechanism and properties of low dimensional nanomaterials such as nanoparticles (0D), nanotubes (1D), and single layer materials (2D) for alternative energy technologies are the core of our research.
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    Advanced Batteries
    The Post Lithium-ion Batteries group conducts fundamental and applied research in the area of secondary batteries such as new ionic conduction batteries.
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    Advanced Material Science
    Advanced characterization techniques are the core of our scientific work.