Course Overview (Tentative)

1. Latest Advanced Technology and Tasks in Automobile Engineering (3 credits)

Class hours: Three 45-minute classes a day, three to four days a week. Days are not fixed. (13:30-14:15, 14:30-15:15, 15:30-16:15)

(1) The Car Industry, Market Trend, Circumstance and Its Future
Lecturers Mr. Kazuaki Iwamoto(Mitsubishi Motor Corp.)
Mr. Yuji Tozuka(ibid.)
Prof. Yukio Ishida (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Global Market trend by region
  • Development process overview
  • Global Automotive regulation and counter measures
  • Satety features
  • Cars in future
  • Electric vehicles
(2) Overview of Automative Development Process
Lecturers Dr. Chinmoy Pal (Nissan Motor Corp.)
Prof. Yukio Ishida (Nagoya Univ.)
  • New car model
  • Development process
  • Production
  • Sales and marketing
  • Impact of zero emission on technology
(3) Observation and Evaluation of Drivers' Behavior Perspective
Lecturers Prof. Kazuya Takeda (Nagoya Univ.)
Prof. Eijiro Takeuchi (ibid.)
Prof. Chiyomi Miyajima (ibid.)
  • Measurements of drivers' behavior
  • Data centric approach
  • Evaluations of risk factors
  • Improving drivers' behavior using drive recorders
(4) Car Materials and Deformation Processing
Lecturers Mr. Hirokazu Morishita (Toyota Motor Corp.)
Prof. Nobuki Yukawa (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Metal forming
  • High strength steel
  • Aluminum alloy
  • CFRP
  • Plastic working technology in the automotive industry
(5) Movements and Control of a Car
Lecturers Dr. Masaki Nakagawa (Toyota Central R & D Labs., Inc.)
Mr. Tatsuya Miyano (ibid.)
Prof. Toru Asai (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Introduction of automatic control and control engineering
  • Design of vehicle dynamics and control
  • Overviews of aerodynamics development of Formula 1
(6) Safety Engineering for the Prevention of Accidents
Lecturers Prof. Yousuke Akatsu (Nagoya Univ.)
Prof. Tatsuya Suzuki (ibd.)
  • Driving behavior analysis and assistance system design
  • Design of automated vehicle
  • Innovative safety concept in Nissan
(7) Crash Safety
Lecturers Prof. Masahito Hitosugi (Shiga Univ. of Medical Science)
Mr. Kazuo Imura (Honda R & D Labs., Inc)
Prof. Koji Mizuno (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Traffic injuries and impact biomechanics
  • Sudden illness while driving
  • Reconstruction of the car to pedestrian collision
  • Regulation & NCAP
  • Crash compatibility for small cars safety
(8) Automotive Embedded Computing Systems
Lecturer Mr. Kazuhiro Kajio (Toyota Motor Corp.)
Prof. Hiroaki Takada (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Introduction to automotive embedded systems
  • In-vehicle network technologies
  • E/E systems and ADAS
  • E/E systems and BSR
  • AUTOSAR classic
  • AUTOSAR adaptive
(9) Wireless Technologies in ITS
Lecturers Dr. Tsuneo Nakata (Denso Corp.)
Dr. Yasuhiro Hirayama (ibd.)
Prof. Masaaki Katayama (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Wireless Technologies for safe driving
  • VICS, ETC/DSRC, V2V and R2V communication systems
  • Sensors for Safe Driving: Radar, LIDAR, Camera
  • ITS + Big data
(10) Applications of CAE to Vehicle Development
Lecturers Not determined (Toyota Motor Corp.)
Prof. Toshiro Matsumoto (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Introduction to CAE
  • Finite element method
  • CAE application to vehicle development
  • Noise and vibration
  • Computational fluid dynamics
(11) Energy Saving Technology for Automobiles
Lecturers Mr. Tatsuo Teratani (Toyota Motor Corp. retired)
Prof. Shinji Doki (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Environmental change and energy-saving movement
  • Hybrid vehicles
  • Electric vehicles
  • Automotive power electronics
  • Integration of the vehicle system into the infrastructure
(12) Fuels and Automobile Catalysts for Environmental Friendly Cars
Lecturer Prof. Atsushi Satsuma (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Automotive catalysts for gasoline engines
  • Role of catalysts and metal surface
  • Automotive catalysts for diesel engines
  • Production of fuels
  • Fuels in future
(13) Fundamentals of Traffic Flow Characteristics
Lecturer Prof. Hideki Nakamura (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Roles of traffic engineering
  • Fundametals of traffic flow analysis
  • Traffic congestion and bottleneck phenomena
  • Motorway congestion countermeasures with V2X
(14) Cars and Roads in Urban Transportation Context
Lecturers Prof. Takayuki Morikawa (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Transportation systems in cities
  • Vehicle measures for environmentally sustainable transport (EST)
  • Travel behavior for EST
  • Trip reduction
(15) Automobiles in Aging society
Lecturers Prof. Hirofumi Aoki (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Aging society
  • Why they didn't notice?
  • Meaning of driving for elderly
  • Driving cessation
  • Approach to drive longer and safer
Presentation of Individual Research Projects & Final Evaluation
Contents Overseas students conduct research projects jointly with NU students based on a project of interest. At the end of the program each student has to give a presentation.
  • Attendance & participation: 20%
  • Written reports for seminars (15 reports): 20%
  • Presentation of group project work: 30%
  • Report of group project work:30%

2. Japanese (3 credits)

2.1 Elementary Japanese

Approximately two hours per day for 6 weeks (total 45 hours)

This class is designed for students who have little or no knowledge of Japanese, this level aims to acquire the most essential language patterns for everyday life, and be able to express intentions in uncomplicated adult-level Japanese.

2.2 Intermediate Japanese

Approximately two hours per day for 6 weeks (total 45 hours)

This class is designed for students who have already learned Japanese to some extent.

2.3 Advanced Japanese

Approximately two hours per day for 6 weeks (total 45 hours)

This class is designed for students who can speak Japanese rather fluently.

3. Automobile Industry Factory and Laboratory Visits

Toyota, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Suzuki, Yokohama Rubber, and National Traffic Safety and Environment Laboratory

4. Cultural Excursions

Kyoto, Nara and Tokyo