Course Overview

Course Overview (Tentative)

1. Latest Advanced Technology and Trends 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)

Note: The classes may not be offered in the order listed below.

(1)The Car Industry, Market Trend, Circumstance and Its Future
LecturersMr. Kazuaki Iwamoto (Mitsubishi Motor Corp.)
Mr. Makoto Kamachi (ibid.)
Prof. Yasuhiko Sakai (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Global market trend by region
  • Industry circumstance
  • Mobility service
  • Zero emission vehicles
  • Future trend of EV
  • EV & PHEV
(2)Overview of Automotive Development Process
LecturersMr. Reuben Seah (Nissan Motor Corp.)
Prof. Koji Mizuno (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Product planning
  • Development and testing
  • Sales and marketing
  • Business evolution
  • Mobility services
  • Ecosystem


(3)Observation and Evaluation of Drivers’ Behavior

Prof. Kazuya Takeda (Nagoya Univ.)                   Prof. Alexander Carballo (Gifu Univ.)
Prof. Eijiro Takeuchi (Tier IV, Inc.)  
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
LecturersDr. Isao Goto (Toyota Motor Corp.)
Prof. Nobuki Yukawa (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Plastic working technology in the automotive industry
  • 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
LecturersDr. Satoshi Makido (Toyota Central R & D Labs., Inc.)
Prof. Toru Asai (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Introduction to automatic control and control engineering
  • Basic dynamics of cars
  • Planning for automated driving
  • Communication for vehicle control
  • Cooperative control of car
(6)Safety Engineering for Preventing Accidents
LecturersProf. Akira Ito (Nagoya Univ. formerly researcher at DENSO Co.)
Prof. Tatsuya Suzuki (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Driving behavior analysis and assistance system design
  • Steering assistance by risk potential filed
  • Pedestrian behavior modeling
  • Model predictive control for interactive drive
  • Intelligent personal mobility
  • Collision mitigation brake system
  • Autonomous emergency steering system
  • Night vision blind spot monitor
  • Driver status monitor
(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



Automotive Embedded Computing Systems
LecturersMr. Kazuhiro Kajio (Toyota Motor Corp.)
Prof. Hiroaki Takada (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Automotive E/E architecture
  • Automotive software platform
  • Classification of automotive embedded systems
  • Current status and problems
  • Functional safety
(9)Wireless Technologies in ITS

Prof. Takaya Yamazato (Nagoya Univ.)                           TBD

  • 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. Shinichi Arimoto (Toyota Motor Corp.)
Prof. Toshiro Matsumoto (Nagoya Univ.)
  • CAE (Computer-Aided Engineering)
  • FEM
  • BEM
  • Application to topology optimization
  • CAE application to vehicle (noise and vibration, crash safety, strength and reliability, fluid dynamics, ride comfort)
(11)Intelligent Transport System in Japan and Automomous Driving
LecturersProf. Nobuyuki Ozaki (Nagoya Univ.)                Prof. Yasuhiro Akagi (ibid.)
  • Nine systems developed
  • Current systems topics: CASE
  • National projects
  • Vehicle centric to human centric
  • Autonomous driving system
  • Vison beyond autonomous level 3
  • Social implementation of AD at Nagoya University
(12)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
(13)Cars and Roads in Urban Transportation Context
LecturerProf. Toshiyuki Yamamoto (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Transportation systems in cities
  • Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST)
  • Mixed traffic flow with automomous and human-driven vehicles
  • Car sharing
  • Charging electric vehicle and fueling hydrogen fuel cell vehicle
(14)Automobiles in Aging society
LecturerProf. Hirofumi Aoki (Nagoya Univ.)
  • Aging society 
  • Traffic accidents related to older drivers
  • Meaning of driving for elderly
  • Approach to drive longer and safer
  • Classify driver mental workload

Advanced Power Train Technology for Electric Vehicle in EU, US, China and Japan  – Teardown report of each EV –


Prof. Masayoshi Yamamoto (Nagoya Univ.),                        Dr. Thilak Senanayake (Nagoya Univ., Formerly researcher at DENSO Co. and Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc.)

  • Electric vehicle 
  • Hybrid electric vehicle
  • Fuel-cell electric vehicle
  • e-Axle
  • Power electronics
  • Inverter
  • DC-DC converter
  • On-board charger
 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