About HRI - Honda Research Institute Japan Co., Ltd. (HRI-JP)

Innovation through Science

Innovation through Science

HRI creates innovations through science in cooperative intelligence and cooperative devices for a hybrid society where intelligent cyber-physical systems, humans and nature co-exist harmoniously.

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Welcome to Honda Research Institute

Innovation through Science

Honda Research Institute (HRI) was established in January of 2003 in Japan, the United States and Europe. Our mission is to go beyond automobile technologies and into new frontiers. Our overarching principle is “Innovation through Science.” We are engaged in the research of Cooperative Intelligence, Cooperative Devices, and Frontier Robotics towards a society where the relationship between intelligent cyber-physical systems, humans and nature are mutually beneficial. HRI takes a multidisciplinary approach combining artificial intelligence, robotics, systems science, neuroscience, material science, psychology, and social ethics to achieve this goal.

The unique nature of HRI is that we are an intermediary between the private sector and academia. Our members visit universities to engage in research or provide guidance to students. Professors, teachers, and students also come to HRI to cooperate on research projects. Additionally, through partnership with enterprise,HRI takes the initiative to realize the outcome of the research projects.

HRI aspires to contribute to the future by catalyzing innovative technologies that enable progressive change for society. Our principle is to innovate while maintaining depth of research in order to realize technology for the next generation. Please take the opportunity to visit us. You are always welcome at our institution.

Takashi Matsumoto
CEO / PresidentTakashi Matsumoto

Intelligent Cyber-Physical Systems (ICPS)

Intelligent Cyber-Physical Systems (ICPS) will be the result of several technological streams growing together, converging to create a new type of society: the Intelligent Cyber-Physical Society. It will be a hybrid society in which intelligent entities will live around, with and even in us. Intelligent Cyber-Physical Systems are characterized (as the naming already suggests) by advances in materials, sensors, energy devices, actuators and concepts of manufacturing on all spatial scales; i.e. all items that relate to the physical appearance and the capability of a metabolism-like degree of independence and comprehensiveness. However, they are equally characterized by a new level of intelligence that requires a substantial understanding of the human and its environment and that will lead to intelligent entities that we can trust in and that feel empathy towards their human partner irrespective whether they take the appearance of a friendly faced robot or an invisible machine that takes care of our health inside of our body.