A team headed by Jr. Associate Professor Sajid Nisar, now a faculty member at the Kyoto University of Advanced Science, took part in the Student Innovation Challenge (Mobility) at the 2019 IEEE International World Haptics Conference from 9–12 July, 2019, in Tokyo, Japan. The challenge was sponsored by Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. The aim of this international competition was to develop innovative haptic (related to the sense of touch) solutions for automobiles and mobility-related applications.
At the first stage of the competition, seven teams were selected from more than a dozen proposals submitted from around the world. Each selected team was given a research grant of $1,500 USD from the Hyundai Motor Company to fund prototype development. In the second and final stages the developed prototypes were showcased and evaluated at the conference.
Prof. Nisar's team developed a haptic-enabled multisensory ‘driving assistant’ system that helps drivers to drive more safely and efficiently. It uses a combination of artificial intelligence and intuitive haptic cues to let a driver know when to stop their vehicle, start moving it, or make a turn. The system has been shown to assist drivers in various common driving situations and to improve their overall driving performance. After rigorous evaluation by the competition jury, the ‘driving assistant’ developed by Prof. Nisar’s team was selected for the ‘Best Student Innovation Challenge Award’ with a cash prize worth US $1,000.
On this occasion Prof. Nisar expressed his appreciation of the dedication of the team members. He hopes that the proposed technology will be helpful in reducing road accidents by increasing drivers’ situational awareness. He looks forward to transforming this technology into a product that can have a positive impact on peoples’ lives.
For more information on the IEEE World Haptics Conference 2019 Student Innovation Challenge 2019 - Mobility: http://www.worldhaptics2019.org/program/sicmobil/
The Kyoto University of Advanced Science’s (KUAS) all-new, innovative English-taught engineering department is currently in the planning phase for its launch in 2020. The school itself has a 50-year history since its establishment, and is an accredited private institution located in the heart of Japan. By inviting the top-notch CEO of a Kyoto-based globally successful firm as chairman, the university aims to offer its academic resources in the international arena, with the exciting new engineering department being one example of these efforts.