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The Research & Development Group has organizational collaboration agreements with 14 major universities in Japan, and is promoting collaborative relationships with over 50 leading universities outside of Japan. The area of research with each partner institution is decided and is reinforced through joint research, as well as through collaboration in education and human resource development.

Recent research achievements from collaborative research in Japan include several projects conducted under the Funding Program for World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology: (1)"Ultra-high-speed database engine" with Professor KITSUREGAWA Masaru of the University of Tokyo, (2)"Proton beam therapy system" with Professor SHIRATO Hiroki of Hokkaido University, (3)"Automatic cell culturing systems for regenerative medicine" with Professor OKANO Mitsuo of the Tokyo Women's Medical University, and (4)"Atomic resolution holography electron microscope" with RIKEN and the Japan Science and Technology Agency. Outside of Japan, collaborative research is leveraging region specific advantages and talent, such as the basic research on quantum physics led by researchers at the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory; big data analytics in North America and research for rail systems in Europe to support Social Innovation Business, and in emerging nations such as China, India, Asia and in Brazil.
Global industry-academia collaboration has been stepped up in China. To enhance materials development in China, the "Hitachi China Materials Technology Innovation Center" was established within Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
We will continue to strengthen our industry-academia-government relations in pursuing open innovation.

Information & Telecommunications

University of Tokyo

Ultra-high-speed database engine


Hokkaido University

Proton beam therapy system


Tokyo Women's Medical University

Automatic cell culturing system for regenerative medicine

Exploratory research

RIKEN, Japan Science and Technology Agency

Atomic resolution holography electron microscope

Exploratory research

Cambridge University (UK)

Quantum property physics, low-power data processing systems

Big data analytics

Energy and Environment Research Center (USA)

Solution building for the oil & gas industry

Rail systems

Birmingham University (UK)

Fault detection using acoustics

Automotive systems

RWTH Aachen University (Germany)

Map data linkage chassis control

Technische Universität München (Germany)

Engine combustion analysis and simulation


Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China)

Development of manufacturing technologies adapted to Chinese materials, Design support

Hitachi China Materials Technology Innovation Center

Information & Telecommunications

Tsinghua University (China)

Utilizing ICT technologies for harmony with the environment

Natural resources, Energy

Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (India)

Uniqueness analysis of power demand curves

Natural resources, Energy

Universiti Teknologi Petronas (Malaysia)

Energy-saving data centers through gas-type district cooling

Opening up new markets

University of Campinas (Brazil)

Pre-empting future market changes through discussion