The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has hired its new technical leadership team, which brings together a highly experienced group of scientists and engineers to help drive research into artificial intelligence and robots. Work at TRI will also be guided by an advisory board of corporate, scientific and public policy leaders from around the world.
Funded by an initial five-year US$1bn investment, TRI is a R&D enterprise designed to bridge the gap between fundamental research and product development. It has been launched with mandates to: enhance the safety of vehicles, with the ultimate goal of creating a car that is incapable of causing a crash; increase access to cars to those who otherwise cannot drive including the handicapped and the elderly; help translate outdoor mobility technology into products for indoor mobility; and to accelerate scientific discovery by applying techniques from artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Gill Pratt, Toyota executive technical advisor and CEO of TRI, said, “Our leadership team brings decades of experience in pushing the boundaries of human knowledge in computer science and robotics, but we are only getting started.”
January 13, 2016