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Honda Research Institute (HRI), a Honda R&D subsidiary, and Boston University have agreed to begin joint research in the area of data security and privacy for artificial intelligence (AI) research. Since its foundation, with a passion to provide people everywhere with the joy of expanding their life’s potential, Honda has been striving to evolve mobility and improve the daily lives of people all around the world with its products including motorcycles, automobiles and power products. In the midst of this pursuit, and with the advancement of digital technologies including AI technologies, Honda began to see a growing possibility to create value in a wider range of fields beyond its current businesses. Responding to such changes in the business environment, in addition to its continuous pursuit of the art of making things (Mono-zukuri), Honda will take on new challenges in enhancing brand story creation about the new value and experiences (Koto-zukuri) Honda can provide through the art of making things. In this way, Honda will strive to make people’s lives more enjoyable using AI technology.

Honda will develop Cooperative Intelligence: AI that cooperates with people which will 1) empower: expands the potential of people, 2) share experience: accommodate and grow together with people, 3) empathize: be capable of understanding and relating to the emotions of people. In order to enable AI to cooperate with people, personal information about the users must be collected and analyzed. Using sophisticated information security, we must protect this information. To accelerate its research in the area of information security, Honda has chosen the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering of Boston University as one strategic partner for joint research collaboration. To coordinate and structure the collaboration, an oversight committee has been established, consisting of the members of Boston University and Honda, including Dr. Azer Bestavros, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science Department at Boston University and Founding Director of Boston University Hariri Institute for Computing, and Dr. Bernhard Sendhoff, Head of Global Operations of HRI and President of HRI Europe.

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