September 2, 2008


TOKYO (September 2, 2008) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., today awarded the inaugural Carlos Ghosn Award for advanced technology research. The award is open to individuals, groups or organizations, for outstanding achievements in the field of advanced technology in collaboration with Nissan. Winners receive a monetary grant worth two million yen.

This year's award recipients include:

  1. Combined Research on a hydrogen-free DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) low-friction film for use in automotive engines

    Professor Shojiro Miyake, Nippon Institute of Technology (Japan)
    Faculty of Engineering, Department of Systems Engineering

    Professor Jean Michel Martin, Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France)
    Laboratory of Tribology

    Prof. Miyake's project contributed to improve the mechanical performance of hydrogen-free DLC whilst Prof. Martin's work led to improved additive absorption. The two patents led to the development of the hydrogen-free DLC low-friction film coating, employed in the VQ3Q35HR and VQ25HR engines, for the Skyline and Infiniti G35. The hydrogen-free DLC coating reduces friction between the cam and valve lifter by a significant 40%.

  2. Research on human-vehicle interface technologies

    Professor Alex Pentland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US)
    Media Laboratory

    Prof. Pentland applied advanced behavorial sciences into the field of automotives, which promotes Nissan's human-vehicle interface concept. Prof. Pentland's advanced research on human dynamics and Nissan's car-robotics concept inspired the "robotic agent" that debuted in the Nissan PIVO2 concept vehicles. Other applications includes innovations such as Distance Control Assist and Around View Monitor, which are applied to Nissan cars today.

  3. Research on bio-mobility automations in vehicle assembly robots

    Professor Shigeo Hirose, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)
    Graduate School of Engineering

    Prof. Hirose's research imitates bio-mobility for application to vehicle assembly robots, to improve efficiency and productivity. For example, hand, arm and leg movements are replicated in the use of robotic hands to pick up auto-parts, the heavy-duty mechanical arms for body-assembly, and automated dolly platforms to deliver parts to assembly lines. These advanced assembly robots are employed globally across Nissan's manufacturing facilities, contributing to improved production cost, quality and ergonomics.

Nissan is committed to support academic research and currently has collaborations with over 200 universities. CEO Carlos Ghosn said "We welcome these collaborative efforts that will help open new technological horizons for Nissan. The award winners are to be congratulated for bringing their diversity of experience to enhance our products and technology for consumers".


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