Course Overview

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
LecturersMr. 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
LecturersDr. Chinmoi 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
  • Future mobility society
(3)Observation and Evaluation of Drivers’ Behavior Perspective
LecturersProf. Kazuya Takeda (Nagoya Univ.)
Prof. Eijiro Takeuchi (ibid.)
Prof. Chiyomi Miyajima (Daido Univ.)
  • Driving behavior signal processing
  • Data centric approach using big data
  • Research topics(driver identification, behavior prediction, driver state prediction)
(4)Car Materials and Processing
LecturersMr. Hirokazu Morishita (Toyota Motor Corp.)
Prof. Nobuki Yukawa (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Plastic working technology
  • Parts development
  • Manufacturing method
  • Use of simple and slim equipment
  • Metal forming
  • High strength steel
  • Tailored blanks
  • Aluminum alloy/CFRP
(5)Movements and Control of a Car
LecturersMr. Satoshi Makido (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 to design vehicle dynamics
  • Human motion in a car
  • Vehicle dynamics integrated management(VDIM)
  • Estimation of vehicle attitude for stability contrl
(6)Safety Engineering for the Prevention of Accidents
LecturersProf. 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
(7)Crash Safety
LecturersProf. Masahito Hitosugi (Shiga Univ. of Medical Science)
Prof. Koji Mizuno (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Impact biomechanics
  • Crashworthiness
  • Car-to-car crash
  • Trafic injuries
  • Safety for pregnant women
  • Vehicle to pedestrian collision
(8)Automotive Embedded Computing Systems
LecturerMr. Kazuhiro Kajio (Toyota Motor Corp.)
Prof. Hiroaki Takada (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Classification of automotive embedded systems
  • Engine management
  • Automotive control system
  • Current status, problems and their future
  • Toyota automated driving
  • Basic software for automated driving
(9)Wireless Technologies in ITS
LecturersDr. Tsuneo Nakata (Denso Corp.)
Dr. Yasuhiro Hirayama (ibd.)
Prof. Masaaki Katayama (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Overview of wireless Technologies for 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
LecturersDr. Yuichi Kitagawa (Toyota Motor Corp.)
Prof. Toshiro Matsumoto (Nagoya Univ.)
  • CAE, FEM, and BEM application to topology optimization
  • Current status of CAE applications
  • Noise and vibration application
  • Crash safety, strength and reliability application
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Ride comfort/robust optimization application
(11)Energy Saving Technology for Automobiles
LecturersMr. Tatsuo Teratani (Former researcher at Toyota Motor Corp.)
Prof. Shinji Doki (Nagoya Univ.)
  • The latest examples of energy-saving vehicles(hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles)
  • Diversification of automotive fuel
  • Automotive power electronics
  • Autonomous technology and infrastructure
(12)Automated Driving
LecturerDr. 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)
  • ITS (Intelligent Transport System) & its sensing technology
(13)Fundamentals of Traffic Flow Characteristics
LecturerProf. Hideki Nakamura (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Transportation and traffic engineering
  • Microscopic and macroscopic analysis
  • Traffic Flow Analysis
  • Traffic congestion and bottleneck
(14)Cars and Roads in Urban Transportation Context
LecturersProf. Takayuki Morikawa (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Transportation systems in cities
  • Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST)
  • Parking Deposit System (PDS)
  • Urban deployment of EST-TDM package policies(road pricing, car-sharing, R&R)
  • Compact city
  • Substitution by telecommunication
(15)Automobiles in Aging society
LecturersProf. 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
 Presentation of Individual Research Projects & Final Evaluation
ContentsOverseas 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 Motors, Toyota Boshoku, Suzuki Meseum, Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and National Traffic Safety and Environment Laboratory


4. Cultural Excursions

Kyoto, Nara and Tokyo