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
  • Zero emission vehicles
  • EV & PHEV
  • Reliability/safety of EV-bassed vehicles
  • Future trend of xEV
(2) Overview of Automative Development Process
Lecturers Dr. Chinmoy Pal (Nissan Motor Corp.)
Prof. Yukio Ishida (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Planning(market research, product planning)
  • Development(research, product & technology development)
  • Production
  • Sales and marketing
  • Impact of zero emission on technology, design & society
  • Nissan LEAF
(3) Observation and Evaluation of Drivers' Behavior Perspective
Lecturers Prof. Kazuya Takeda (Nagoya Univ.)
Prof. Eijiro Takeuchi (ibid.)
Prof. Chiyomi Miyajima (ibid.)
  • Driving behavior signal processing
  • Data centric approach using big data
  • Research topics(driver identification, behavior prediction, driver state prediction)
(4) Car Materials and Processing
Lecturers Mr. Hirokazu Morishita (Toyota Motor Corp.)
Prof. Nobuki Yukawa (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Plastic working technology in the automotive industry
  • Parts development(weight reduction)
  • Manufacturing method development(use of net shape technique)
  • Response to globalization(use of simple and slim equipment)
  • Metal forming
  • High strength steel
  • Tailored blanks
  • Aluminum alloy/CFRP
  • Optimization of part structure
(5) Movements and Control of a Car
Lecturers Mr. Tatsuya Miyano (Toyota Central R & D Labs., Inc.)
Ms. Maiko Hirano (ibid.)
Prof. Toru Asai (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Introduction of automatic control and control engineering
  • Design of vehicle dynamics control
  • Concept and ideal target of vehicle dynamics(human motion in a car, measurement&analysis tool)
  • Vehicle dynamics integrated management(VDIM)
  • Estimation of vehicle attitude for stability contrl
(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
  • Model predictive control
  • Automated parking using graph map
  • Intelligent wheel chair
  • Innovative safety concept in Nissan
  • Safety shield & around view monitor
(7) Crash Safety
Lecturers Prof. Masahito Hitosugi (Shiga Univ. of Medical Science)
Prof. Koji Mizuno (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Impact biomechanics
  • Crashworthiness
  • Occupant prtection
  • Car-to-car crash
  • Real-world collision case analysis
  • Safety for pregnant women
  • Reconstruction of the vehicle to pedestrian collision
(8) Automotive Embedded Computing Systems
Lecturer Mr. Kazuhiro Kajio (Toyota Motor Corp.)
Prof. Hiroaki Takada (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Classification, current status, problems and their future
  • Example of engine management
  • Evolution of automotive control system and examples
  • Platform-based development
  • Toyota automated driving
  • Basic software for automated driving
(9) Wireless Technologies in ITS
Lecturers Dr. Tsuneo Nakata (Denso Corp.)
Dr. Yasuhiro Hirayama (ibd.)
Prof. Masaaki Katayama (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Overview of wireless Technologies for vehicle
  • EMC on vehicle
  • Role of wireless technologies for safe driving
  • VICS, ETC/DSRC, V2V and R2V communication systems
  • Sensors for Safe Driving(radar, LIDAR, camera)
  • Vehicle positioning system
  • ITS + Big data
(10) Applications of CAE to Vehicle Development
Lecturers Dr. Yuichi Kitagawa (Toyota Motor Corp.)
Prof. Toshiro Matsumoto (Nagoya Univ.)
  • CAE numerical methods(finite element method and boundary element method)
  • Current status of CAE applications
  • Noise and vibration application
  • Crash and safety/strength and reliability application
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Handling and ride comfort/robust optimization application
(11) Energy Saving Technology for Automobiles
Lecturers Mr. Tatsuo Teratani (Toyota Motor Corp. retired)
Prof. Shinji Doki (Nagoya Univ.)
  • The latest examples of energy-saving vehicles(hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles)
  • Dealing with the energy and natural resources issues
  • Automotive power electronics and three basic voltages
  • Integration of autonomous technology and infrastructure
  • Total energy management
(12) Automated Driving
Lecturer Dr. Nobuyuki Ozaki (Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corp)
Prof. Yoshiki Ninomiya (Nagoya Univ.)
  • History of automated vehicles
  • Digital infrastructure-high resolution 3D road maps
  • 3D LiDAR-based sensor fusion
  • Field evaluation and parameter optimization
  • Automated driving related traffic accidents (Uber, Waymo, Google)
  • Proactive driving and Future solution
  • ITS (Intelligent Transport System) & its sensing technology
(13) Fundamentals of Traffic Flow Characteristics
Lecturer Prof. Hideki Nakamura (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Transportation and traffic engineering
  • Microscopic and macroscopic analysis
  • Fundamentals of Traffic Flow Analysis
  • Traffic congestion and bottleneck phenomena
(14) Cars and Roads in Urban Transportation Context
Lecturers Prof. Takayuki Morikawa (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Transportation systems in cities
  • Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST)
  • Investment in public transport
  • Singapore's road pricing / London's road pricing
  • Parking Deposit System (PDS)
  • Simulation analysis of travel demand
  • Urban deployment of EST-TDM package policies
  • EST by trip reduction
(15) Automobiles in Aging society
Lecturers Prof. Hirofumi Aoki (Nagoya Univ.)
Prof. Le Anh Son (ibid.)
  • Aging society and meaning of driving for elderly
  • Traffic accidents related to older drivers
  • Approach to drive longer and safer
  • Classify driver mental workload
  • Involuntary eye movement and evaluate driver distraction
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