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Meeting with the "MIT" of China

December 9, 2016

IUPUI School of Engineering Dean David Russomanno, seated right, signs a new agreement between the school and Tsinghua University that will lead to joint research on autonomous cars.

IUPUI School of Engineering Dean David Russomanno, seated right, signs a new agreement between the school and Tsinghua University that will lead to joint research on autonomous cars.

For nearly two decades, the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus has enjoyed a productive partnership with Tsinghua’s Department of Automotive Engineering focused on advanced hybrid and electric vehicles. This led to the establishment, in 2006, of the Transportation Active Safety Institute at IUPUI, a collaborative university, industry and government consortium to facilitate research in advanced active safety systems and technologies as well as automated and autonomous vehicles. Over the years, TASI has established academic partnerships with a number of leading academic automotive safety research centers in the U.S. and with Tsinghua.

While at Tsinghua, President McRobbie met with Tsinghua Vice President Shi Yigong to discuss the partnership between their respective research universities. They also discussed possibilities for further strengthening the collaboration, including Tsinghua’s interest in welcoming more IU students studying in areas such as informatics, computer science and art and design to China, which ranks among the top countries where IU students study abroad. The two leaders then witnessed the signing of a new partnership agreement between IUPUI’s School of Engineering and Technology, represented by Dean David Russomanno, and Tsinghua’s Department of Automotive Engineering that will lead to joint research on autonomous cars and what these vehicles, capable of sensing their environment and navigating with no human input, their technological challenges and what they mean to the future of human mobility. 

Original article can be found here.