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. Akinori Nakanishi(Mitsubishi Motor Corp.)
Prof. Yukio Ishida (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Global Market trend by region
  • Development process
  • 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 Co., Ltd.)
Prof. Yukio Ishida (Nagoya Univ.)
  • New car model
  • Development process
  • Vehicle packaging
  • Performance design
(3) Observation and Evaluation of Drivers' Behavior Perspective
Lecturers Prof. Kazuya Takeda (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Measurements of drivers' behavior
  • Driving models
  • Evaluations of risk factors
  • Differences in characteristics of drivers
(4) Car Materials and Processing
Lecturers Mr. Hirokazu Morishita (Toyota Motor Corp.)
Prof. Nobuki Yukawa (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Lightweight materials for automotive applications
  • Innovation in metal forming
  • Computer aided engineering for metal forming
(5) Movements and Control of a Car
Lecturers Dr. Masaki Nakagawa (Toyota Central R & D Labs., Inc.)
Mr. Tatsuya Miyano (ibd.)
Prof. Toru Asai (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Vehicle dynamics (modeling, robust control)
  • Driver's expectation and motion sensitivity (maneuverability and stability, ride comfort)
  • Vehicle dynamics integrated management (steering control, braking / traction control)
(6) Safety Engineering for the Prevention of Accidents
Lecturers Prof. Tatsuya Suzuki (Nagoya Univ.)
Prof. Yousuke Akatsu (ibd.)
  • Driving-assist system
  • Modeling of driving behavior
  • Prediction of driving behavior
  • Recognition of environment
  • Innovative safety concept
(7) Crash Safety
Lecturers Mr. Koichi Kamiji (Honda R & D Co.,Ltd.)
Assoc. Prof. Masahito Hitosugi (Shiga Univ. of Medical Science)
Prof. Koji Mizuno (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Occupant protection
  • Crash worthiness
  • Restraint system
  • Impact biomechanics
(8) Automotive Embedded Computing Systems
Lecturer Mr. Kazuhiro Kajio (Toyota Motor Corp.)
Prof. Hiroaki Takada (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Applications of automotive embedded systems
  • Software platform for automotive embedded systems and standardization
  • In-vehicle network
(9) Wireless Technologies in ITS
Lecturers Dr. Tsuneo Nakata (Denso Corp.)
Dr. Yasuhiro Hirayama (ibd.)
Prof. Masaaki Katayama (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Wireless Technologies for Vehicle
  • Wireless Systems (VICS, ETC/DSRC, V2V and R2V)
  • Sensors for Safe Driving (Radar, LIDAR, Camera)
(10) Applications of CAE to Vehicle Development
Lecturers Dr. Yuichi Kitagawa (Toyota Motor Corp.)
Prof. Toshiro Matsumoto (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Computer-aided engineering
  • Crash and safety
  • Strength and reliability
  • Noise and vibration
  • Vehicle dynamics
  • Computational fluid dynamics
(11) Energy Saving Technology for Automobiles
Lecturers Mr. Tatsuo Teratani (Toyota Motor Corp. retired)
Prof. Shinji Doki (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Hybrid electric vehicles
  • Electric vehicles
  • Energy regeneration
  • Mobility for the next generation
  • Motors
  • Automotive power supply & batteries
(12) Fuels and Automobile Catalysts for Environmental Friendly Cars
Lecturer Prof. Atsushi Satsuma (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Exhaust purification
  • Automobile catalysts
  • Fuels and oil refinery
  • Biomass utilization
(13) Fundamentals of Traffic Flow Characteristics
Lecturer Prof. Hideki Nakamura (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Macroscopic traffic flow characteristics
  • Mechanism of traffic congestion
  • Shock wave analysis
(14) Cars and Roads in Urban Transportation Context
Lecturers Prof. Takayuki Morikawa (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Efficiency of Car-based Transportation
  • Coordination with Public Transportation
  • Inflow Control to City Center
(15) Automobiles in Aging society
Lecturers Prof. Hirofumi Aoki (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Senior driver
  • Driving cessaion
  • Quality of life
  • Engineering and training
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 and Yokohama Rubber

4. Cultural Excursions

Kyoto, Nara and Tokyo