November 16, 2007

Honda awards research grants to seven U.S. universities

Mountain View, California – Honda has awarded US$50,000 in advanced research grants to professors at seven U.S. universities, at the tenth anniversary of the Honda Initiation Grant program and Technical Horizon Symposium. As part of the focus on advanced research and technology at an event held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, Honda demonstrated the latest running version of its humanoid robot ASIMO and other advanced technologies.

Honda established research and development operations in the U.S. more than 30 years ago, and today has 13 major R&D facilities in the U.S., focused on complete product development for automobiles, motorcycles and other products, along with advanced research.

The Honda Initiation Grant program was established in 1997 to foster collaborative research activity between Honda R&D engineers in the U.S. and members of the academic community in North America. The program is intended to fund innovative ideas in the early stages of research that are likely to make valuable contributions to technology over a term of five to ten years. Over the past decade, Honda has awarded 75 research grants to professors at universities throughout North America, focused on the development of technologies on the areas of environmental technology, fundamental material science, computer science and humanoid robotics, advanced safety technology, intelligent vehicle technology and aviation.

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