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School of Engineering and Technology signs agreement with Chinese university

January 10, 2017

 School of Engineering Dean David Russomanno, seated right, signs a new agreement between the school and Tsinghua University that will lead to joint research on autonomous cars.

School of Engineering Dean David Russomanno, seated at right, signs a new agreement between the school and Tsinghua University that will lead to joint research on autonomous cars. IU President Michael A. McRobbie and IU first lady Laurie Burns McRobbie stand behind Russomanno.

The School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI and Tsinghua University, China's top-ranked university, have signed an agreement that will result in joint research on autonomous cars capable of sensing their environment and navigating with no human input.

Among other areas, researchers will study the technological challenges of these vehicles and what they mean to the future of human mobility.

The signing took place during a weeklong trip by an Indiana University delegation to South Korea and China. IU President Michael A. McRobbie led efforts to create new intercultural and international opportunities for IU students and faculty and met with alumni and government officials in support of the university's international engagement.

For nearly two decades, the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus has enjoyed a productive partnership with Tsinghua's Department of Automotive Engineering focused on advanced hybrid and electric vehicles. This led to the establishment, in 2006, of the Transportation Active Safety Institute at IUPUI, a collaborative university, industry and government consortium to facilitate research in advanced active safety systems and technologies as well as automated and autonomous vehicles. Over the years, TASI has established academic partnerships with a number of leading academic automotive safety research centers in the U.S. and with Tsinghua.

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