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University of Michigan Innovation Partnerships
University of Michigan Innovation Partnerships

The Toyota Research Institute/U-M Partnership

Drone Aerial photo of North Campus: MCity, the self driving car testing ground.

In 2016, the Toyota Research Institute (“TRI”) entered into a research partnership with the University of Michigan. The TRI/U-M partnership undertakes research in four thrusts: Autonomous Driving, Enhanced Automotive Safety, Indoor Mobility, and Accelerated Materials Design and Discovery.

TRI established an Ann Arbor office in 2016 because of the broad strengths of the university and the region, particularly in the areas of emerging high-level driver-assist systems, eventually leading to fully autonomous vehicles. In addition to the Ann Arbor office, TRI will also be near two well-established Toyota Technical Center campuses.

The partnership builds on Toyota’s strong and active presence in the Ann Arbor community, as the two local Toyota Technical Centers have long worked with U-M on safety research. Toyota is a founding partner of U-M’s Mcity, an interdisciplinary public-private research and development initiative that is developing the foundation for a commercially viable ecosystem of connected and automated vehicles.

Learn More About The Partnership Agreements Between U-M and TRI:

Project Proposals and Summaries

Every year, TRI invites proposals from U-M in the areas of machine intelligence applied to robotics, self-driving cars, and automotive safety. The research projects and faculty engaged in the TRI/U-M partnership can be viewed at the links below.

Partner Feedback

On funding for the Toyota Professorship in artificial intelligence:
“We are honored to fund this important new professorship,” said Dr. Gill Pratt, Toyota Research Institute CEO and Toyota Motor Corporation Fellow. “AI is an extremely important tool in our toolbox and the University of Michigan is one of our most important collaborators in our joint quest to bring to market a car incapable of causing a crash.”
– Dr. Gill Pratt, Toyota Research Institute CEO and Toyota Motor Corporation Fellow

Ryan Eustice on his dual role in academia and industry:
“I get to live in both worlds and share what I know about what’s cutting edge and serve as a mentor and guide in the next frontier. I also have a lot of perspective in how industry operates, what the pace is like, and what research looks like thanks to this dual academic and corporate experience. I can easily speak to students about both.”
– Ryan Eustice, Associate Professor, College of Engineering and Senior Vice President of Automated Driving at TRI

On industry funding for Girls Encoded:
“The benefit of having companies involved is that it shows students what they can do if they choose a career in CS. The challenge becomes one of investment. If we really want the needle to change in terms of diversity in the computer science field, it takes a lot of effort. It’s all hands on deck.”
– Rada Mihalcea, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Steering Committee

Norikazu (Jack) Endo
Senior Executive, Development of Artificial Intelligence into Automated Driving System and Connected Vehicle System, Toyota Research Institute

Gill Pratt
Chief Executive Officer of Toyota Research Institute (TRI) and a Fellow of Toyota Motor Corporation

Jessy W. Grizzle
Elmer G. Gilbert Distinguished University Professor Jerry W. and Carol L. Levin Professor of Engineering, Director of Robotics

Satinder Singh
Toyota Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Professor, Computer Science & Engineering

Staff

Umesh Patel
Associate Director, Corporate Research Alliances, Innovation Partnerships

Theresa Lempka
Associate Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, U-M College of Engineering

Faculty

Mohamed Abouelenien
Associate Professor, Computer and Information Science

Shan Bao
Associate Research Scientist, UMTRI Human Factors Group

Nikola Banovic
Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Dmitry Berenson
Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Mihai Burzo
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UM-Flint

Jason J. Corso
Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

David W. Eby
Research Professor and Head of UMTRI Behavioral Sciences Group

Tulga Ersal
Associate Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering

Ryan Eustice
Vice President of Autonomous Driving at the Toyota Research Institute and Professor, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering

Richard Frazin
Associate Research Scientist ofClimate and Space Sciences and Engineering

Fred Feng
Assistant Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, UM-Dearborn

Johann Gagnon-Bartsch
Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics

Brent Gillespie
Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Bruno J. Giordani
Professor, Neuropsychology

Sharon Glotzer
Anthony C. Lembke Department Chair of Chemical Engineering and John Werner Cahn Distinguished University Professor of Engineering

Rich Gonzalez
Director, Research Center for Group Dynamics and BioSocial Methods Collaborative, ISR; Professor of Psychology, Statistics and Marketing

Brent Griffin
Assistant Research Scientist, Electrical Engineering and Robotics

Jessy W. Grizzle
Elmer G. Gilbert Distinguished University Professor Jerry W. and Carol L. Levin Professor of Engineering Director of Robotics

Robert C. Hampshire
Assistant Research Professor, UMTRI Human Factors group

Jean-Baptiste Jeannin
Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering

Ilya Kolmanovsky
Professor, Aerospace Engineering

Justin Johnson
Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Matthew Kay
Assistant Professor, School of Information

David J. LeBlanc
Associate Research Scientist, UMTRI

Wei Lu
Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Brian Lin
Research Fellow, UMTRI’s Human Factors Group

Rada Mihalcea
Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Lisa J. Molnar
Associate Research Scientist in UMTRI’s Behavioral Sciences Group

Emily Mower Provost
Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Yi Murphey
Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research, UM-Dearborn

XuanLong Nguyen
Associate Professor of Statistics; Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Necmiye Ozay
Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Dimitra Panagou
Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering

Huei Peng
Roger L. McCarthy Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of Mcity

Anuj Kumar Pradhan
Assistant Research Scientist, UMTRI Human Factors Group

Lionel Robert
Associate Professor, Information

Nadine Sarter
Director, Center for Ergonomics and COHSE Occupational Safety Engineering and Ergonomics Program and Professor, Industrial and Operations Engineering and Robotics

James R. Sayer
Director, UMTRI and Research Scientist, Human Factors Group

Satinder Singh
Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, AI-Lab Director

Jeffrey Stein
Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Associate Director, Automotive Research Center

John M. Sullivan
Associate Research Scientist and Head of UMTRI Human Factors Group

Dawn Tilbury
Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Thomas F. Wenisch
Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Jessie Yang
Assistant Professor, Industrial & Operations Engineering

Shaobing Xu
Assistant Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering & Mcity

Zhengya Zhang
Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Sze Zheng Yong
Assistant Professor, Information

Ding Zhao
Assistant Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering

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