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In partnership with the California Science Center in Los Angeles, Hitachi Southern California Regional Community Action Committee (Hitachi SCRCAC) hosted it’s eighth annual Hitachi Celebrates Science Day on October 12th. The event hosted more than 170 students, teachers and parents from schools and youth programs across Los Angeles, including Carver Elementary School, Boys Academic Leadership Academy, East L.A. Rising Boys and Girls Club, No Limits for Deaf Children and The Accelerated Schools.


This year's theme was "Robotics to the Rescue," which featured Hitachi's humanoid robot EMIEW3. EMIEW3 rolled onto the stage, it charmed and inspired students and educators alike as it demonstrated how robots could provide support in the classroom. The demonstration team from the Hitachi Global Center for Social Innovation – North America (CSI-NA). Dr. Jiro Hashizume, senior researcher, and Dr. Prasad Rallapalli, senior director, from the CSI-NA robotics team, along with design researcher Stephanie Monterrosa, showed the students how to program a robot like EMIEW3 and demonstrated the ways in which a robot could support school activities such as grading and security by using image recognition.



The students participated in the programing process and learned how to make EMIEW3 greet, wave its hands, move around and even dance. In a demonstration showing how a robot could be used to grade schoolwork, EMIEW3 asked students questions, encouraged them to retry if some of their answers were incorrect, and congratulated them if they got every answer correct. The students’ delighted smiles suggested that robots could be a natural and welcome fit in the classroom.


Prior to the event, CSI-NA researchers hosted a small-group brainstorming session that brought together educators from schools, government, and science centers to discuss how robots could assist in schools, both within and outside the classroom. One suggestion was based on the observation that some students might not have eaten breakfast, making it difficult for them to concentrate on their work. Dr. Hashizume suggested that a robot could help by using face or image recognition to identify such cases. Another suggestion to have robots help students one-on-one with reading assignments or ESL/foreign language coursework. Other participants suggested that robots could take care of time-consuming non-teaching tasks such as copying materials, fetching files and other logistical or delivery chores so that teachers could spend more time with students.



Hitachi Celebrates Science Day was a fantastic opportunity for CSI-NA to engage with students and get them inspired about robotics, and it was exciting to see so many educators with high expectations of how robots can serve and assist in schools. If you are an educator who is interested in potential field trial or proof-of-concept studies to validate the benefits of robots in schools, CSI-NA would like to hear from you. Please contact Prasad at to collaborate with Hitachi and Inspire the NEXT generation.

The Global Center for Social Innovation – North America (CSI-NA) is thrilled to share the Insights Laboratory techno talk series. Insights Laboratory taking decision-making to a whole new level and Insights Laboratory Revolutionizing Manufacturing through industrial IoT.


James Destro, Vice President, Product Management, Hitachi Vantara, and Rajesh Devnani, Vice President, Global Solutions Management, Hitachi Consulting Corporation join Chetan Gupta, Chief Data Scientist, Global Center for Social Innovation - North America, to discuss industrial artificial intelligence (AI) and how Hitachi is collaborating with customers and partners worldwide to resolve issues facing society and organizations today. Please find detail discussion at


Christopher Saldana and Nagi Gebraeel from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Jean Lau from Hitachi Vantara join Sudhanshu Gaur of the Global Center for Social Innovation – North America, to discuss the challenges and opportunities for Hitachi in collaborating with customers and academia to benefit society worldwide through industrial IoT. Please find detail discussion at



Future articles will address related topics such as the role of artificial intelligence in transforming mobility. Through co-creation of customer-driven solutions, Hitachi is expanding the boundaries of innovation. Partnering with customers and educational institutions worldwide, Hitachi strives to help resolve issues facing organizations and society – envisioning a better tomorrow.


If you would like to learn more about our Insights Laboratory activities, please don't be hesitated to reach to us at

Get inspired by some of the best minds in technology at Hitachi Vantara’s NEXT 2018 in San Diego, California, September 25-27. Learn about the latest innovations straight from the visionaries driving the future. Among the distinguished speakers are senior researchers from the Global Center for Social Innovation – North America (CSI-NA), who will share their thought leadership in these breakout sessions.

Slide1.JPGImprove Your Asset Life Cycle Management – Amit Kumar, Senior Solution Strategist, CSI-NA with Anindya Bhattacharya from Hitachi Consulting Corporation

See how life cycle issues can be solved with a holistic view of your assets, starting with procurement, commissioning maintenance, operations and services, and portfolio management. Learn how to improve agility and scalability by analyzing your operational processes, asset and process interactions, asset performance and the health of surrounding environments.


How IoT Edge Intelligence Has Transformed Manufacturing – Sudhanshu Gaur, Ph.D., Director and Laboratory Manager, CSI-NA with Suhail Jiwani from Hitachi Vantara

No industry drives industrial internet of things (IoT) applications and embraces digital technologies like manufacturing. See how IoT edge solutions deliver real-time insights and intelligence to improve quality, yield and product traceability. Learn about sensing, connectivity, analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), and see case studies that demonstrate how the Hitachi edge solution has changed manufacturing.


Artificial Intelligence Meets IoT: Tales from the Field – Ahmed Farahat, Ph.D. and Haiyan Wang, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientists, CSI-NA

Using AI for IoT can increase the availability of equipment, make operations more predictable and enhance the quality of your products. Learn how to apply AI to IoT data to improve equipment operation and maintenance, and see use cases from fleet maintenance, operation scheduling and manufacturing quality.


Improve Your Manufacturing with Insights from IoT Analytics – Wei Yuan, Ph.D., Senior Researcher and Team Leader, CSI-NA with Zack Pu, Ph.D. from Hitachi Vantara

IoT analytics can help manufacturers overcome poor machine availability, low production performance and poor overall equipment efficiency. Give plant managers real-time visibility into their operations, and provide meaningful analytics and insights for better decisions. Experts from Hitachi demonstrate how Hitachi Lumada uses advanced analytics and IoT to transform manufacturing across the value chain.


Blockchain: Build Digital Trust in Your Enterprise – David Pinski, Chief Strategist, CSI-NA

Is blockchain a fad, a fundamental shift – or something in between? Whatever it is, you need to know about blockchain to understand its impact on your business. This session provides a basic introduction to blockchain technologies and how they might impact your industry. Don't know what DLT or ICO mean? Find out here! Come early to get the latest insights from this popular session.


Can We Improve Autonomous Driving with IoT and Cloud? – Subrata Kundu, Ph.D., Senior Researcher and Team Leader, and Sujit Phatak, Senior Researcher and Group Leader, CSI-NA

See why Hitachi Group companies are leaders in autonomous driving technologies. Learn about the sensors and controllers for advanced driver assistance systems, the application of IoT for connected autonomous mobility, and the cloud-based co-simulation platform for rigorous testing developed by Hitachi America.


Improve Your Maintenance Reliability with Machine Learning- Chetan Gupta, Ph.D. Head of Industrial AI Lab, CSI-NA with Shahbaz Haque from Hitachi Consulting and Ashwin Sridhar from Google Cloud.

Hop aboard for a detailed showcase of how artificial intelligence (AI) improves maintenance on high-speed trains, which are among the world’s most complex, high-precision instruments.


Don’t miss this chance to meet our incredible researchers at NEXT 2018

Global Center for Social Innovation (CSI) has just launched the first article of Insights Lab article series to highlight Hitachi’s innovative AI / Industrial IoT solutions.


The very first round table meeting that moderated by Dr. Umeshwar Dayal, Global Head of the Insights Lab, participated with Brad Surak, Chief Product and Strategy Officer of Hitachi Vantara, as well as Brijesh Khanna, Sr. Vice President along with Beverly Rider, Sr. Vice President of Social Innovation Business, led great conversation on how to engage together to contribute to customers!


Please find the exciting article on Hitachi R&D website.


Future conversations in this series will focus on how Hitachi is pushing the boundaries of innovation with customer-driven solutions using AI, analytics and IoT in co-creation and other initiatives to deliver results that make a difference! 


More articles will be shared in June and July!

At Hitachi Research, the corporate statement “Inspire the Next” isn’t just a slogan, we put it to practice. The Global Center for Social Innovation- North America (CSI-NA) worked with the Hitachi, Ltd., Los Angeles Office, which sponsors a student poster contest as part of the “Los Angeles Times in Education” (TIE) program.


TIE is a program which provides e-newspapers and weekly lesson teaching guides for K-12 educationHitachi is a long time sponsor of this program, supporting study units for grade 6-12, as well as a Student Poster Contest which encourages students to reflect on changes happening in the world. Past themes have included “Climate Change and Smart Cities.” The theme for the 2017-18 Hitachi poster contest was “Robotics,” where students were asked to think about “a problem in their community and to design a robot that would help overcome that problem.” Over 350 entries were received. Ms. Lori Gage of the Los Angeles Office, who led the activity, was amazed by the ingenuity and creativity of the entries which reflected student awareness on a wide range of societal issues from natural disasters to social issues such as homelessness, healthcare, and environmental issues such as water pollution.


The Robotics Team from CSI-NA was invited to be part of the panel to judge the entries. Drs. Masahito Togami, leader of Robotics Team and Prasad Rallapalli, Senior Director of the IT Platform Systems Lab took on what turned out to be a daunting task of having to select the grand prize winner for the junior (Grade 6-8) and senior (Grade 9-12) age groups, from among the finalists for each grade. The Robotics Team was very impressed by the high quality of the entries and the students’ creativity and critical thinking in relation to robotics solutions, so it was not an easy decision to select the finalists.


  Judges from left: Dr. Togami, Dr.  Rallapalli and Ms. Lori Gage

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Dr. Rallapalli and Dr. Togami holding the Grand Prize winning poster    

Healthcare Robot (Grade 6-8)

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Dr. Togami, Yanfang Yu and Dr. Rallapalli holding the Grand Prize winning poster

Ocean Pollution Cleaning Robot (Grade 9-12 Group)


CSI-NA is planning to participate in Hitachi Science Day, another Community event later this year.

Women in Smart Energy (WISE), a meetup group, was established in the Silicon Valley in December 2017 with the main mission of supporting fellow professionals in their career development and to provide a platform for networking and knowledge sharing. Although it only kicked off a few months ago, WISE membership already consists of many leading and influential women executives and senior technical leads in the power and energy industry. 


Dr. Bo Yang, leader of Energy team at the Global Center for Social Innovation-North America (CSI-NA), R&D Division, Hitachi America, Ltd., organized the first panel discussion to be held by WISE. The inaugural event was hosted on March 6 at the CSI-NA Silicon Valley Research Center, and the topic of discussion was “Cyber Security.”



Dr. Bo Yang, Energy Team Leader of CSI-NA

Attack surfaces are expanding as response times to threats are shrinking. From hardware to software to policy, what are the appropriate solutions and approaches to reducing cyber risks in the energy sector? The panelists, four cyber security experts from different industry, discussed perspectives on understanding and mitigating these risks in this mission-critical industry sector.


The panel was moderated by Ms. Christine Hertzog, a Senior Technical Advisor for ICT and Cyber Security R/D/D programs at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), who works extensively with utilities on this topic. The panelists discussed philosophy, practical issues and potential fixes of the cyber security challenges for different industry.



Left to right: Christine Hertzog, Valerie Bubb Fenwick, Candace Suh-Lee,  Katrin Jakob and Aditi Hilbert


Panelist Valerie Bubb Fenwick, who currently leads the Security Solutions Engineering team at Intel as the director of Software Engineering, shared lessons from many years of experience in computer security. Panelist Candace Suh-Lee, a Senior Technical Leader - Cyber Security, Power Delivery and Utilization sector at EPRI, who is expert in information and technology security in the energy sector, pointed out the common challenge of seeing cyber security as an after-thought in software design. Panelist Katrin Jakob a Co-Founder to White Hawk Software, shared the importance of protecting mission critical code against code modification and reverse engineering based on many years of experience in R&D project management. Panelist Aditi Hilbert, Head of Product at Runtime, pointed out the necessity of strengthening software testing and standardization of the quality control. Aditi leads Product Management at Runtime, focusing on solving the challenges of securing and managing trillions of constrained IoT devices in industrial, consumer, and medical markets.

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If you would like to learn more about future Hitachi Energy meetup events, please contact Dr. Bo Yang or through

Hitachi’s human symbiotic service robot, EMIEW3, was invited to participate in the VIP Halcyon Dialogue Robotics Showcase held on the September 28, 2017. More details could be found on EMIEW3 @ Halcyon Dialogue Robotics Showcase.


The demo video was just published on Hitachi Brand Channel!




If you would like to learn more about EMIEW3, please contact  or through


DistribuTECH held its 28th annual exhibition last month from Jan 23-25 in San Antonio, Texas, attracting approximately 13,500 participants from 77 countries. A number of startup joined the over 500 companies exhibiting, including major companies. The Global Center for Social Innovation – North America (CSI-NA) joined Hitachi Group companies, Hitachi Vantara, Hitachi Power Solutions and Hitachi Chemical to exhibit, demonstrate solutions and introduce new innovations for Utility 3.0.


Utility 3.0 is a concept where "utilities" are responsible for public business such as providing electricity, have evolved to comprehensively take responsibility for societal infrastructure through reform drivers, such as decarbonization, decentralization and digitalization. Hitachi’s exhibition presented 3 themes: Grid Edge Network Utility, DER Centric Power Flow and Digital Utility.


The 2 demos presented by CSI-NA, Hitachi Energy Resource Optimization (HERO) and Wind Forecasting, received many visitors who were interested in learning more about power distribution through Hitachi’s IoT platform.


1. Hitachi Energy Resource Optimization (HERO) research program


    • Optimal energy dispatch for energy storage to provide grid services and maximize revenue
    • Accurate energy and price forecasting
    • Integrated battery performance optimization considering multiple constraints, i.e. asset life cycle, ROI and operational efficiency


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2. Wind Forecasting


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    • Independent Power Producers (IPP) need to be able to reliably predict power from renewable sources
    • Presented machine learning based solutions to predict power in 15-minute intervals up to 24 hours in advance for the next 24 hours




                                                        POWER TEAM (From left): Yanzhu Ye (Sr. Researcher), Shota Shimazaki (Sr. Director, Energy BU, Hitachi, Ltd.), 

                                                         Bo Yang(Sr. Manager);  Chandra Venkatraman (Principal Research Scientist) of CSI-NA


If you would like to learn more about our power solutions, please contact or

With the explosive growth in IoT, Fog Computing becomes more and more important as a bridge connecting the cloud and things. The OpenFog Consortium and the IEEE Communication Society co-hosted the Fog World Congress @ Marriott Santa Clara on Oct 30th - Nov 1st, which brought industry and research together to explore the technologies, challenges, industry deployments and opportunities in fog computing. 


Dr. Joydeep Acharya and Dr. Sudhanshu Gaur of the Global Center for Social Innovation - North America (CSI-NA), were there with other colleagues from Hitachi Global Research, to talk about their research focus. Dr. Acharya, Senior Research Engineer in the Digital Solution Platform Laboratory of CSI-NA, presented a peer-reviewed paper on GPS analytics for mobile IoT to achieve context aware data compression and privacy. Representing the research team at Hitachi America R&D, Dr. Acharya also contributed to the White Paper on Autonomous Driving recently released by the OpenFog Consortium to share knowledge for safer & smarter transportation.


The demonstration of Railway Maintenance-as-a-Service introduced fog & edge related research activities with our solution partner, Hitachi Rail Europe, and visitors showed great interest in the real world use case.




Dr. Sudhanshu Gaur, Director of Digital Solution Platform Laboratory of CSI-NA talked about the fundamental challenges facing industrial IoT given complex business dynamics requiring faster decision-making, reduced costs and enhanced security and privacy. To overcome these challenges, Dr. Gaur presented key fog design principles that can unlock the true potential of industrial IoT.


                          Sudhanshu Gaur, Director of Digital Solution Platform Laboratory


Hisanori Matsumoto, Dr. Norikatsu Takaura and Dr. Takashi Isobe, from the Center for Technology Innovation, Hitachi, Ltd., co-presented on industrial use-cases in smart factories using deep, machine and reinforcement learning, holistic anomaly detection of 3M (Man, Machine, Material) and network, parameter optimization for the launch of a plant, as well as dynamic smart sensing system with efficient data extraction, and predictive maintenance of plant facilities.




From left:  Hisanori Matsumoto, Sr. Researcher;  Norikatsu Takaura, Chief Researcher; Takashi Isobe, Sr. Researcher


If you would like to learn more about Hitachi’s research regarding Fog Computing, please contact CSI-NA

Last month, Halcyon partnered with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to celebrate innovations in the fields of AI and Robotics in Washington, D.C. Halcyon Dialogue is a series of high-level discussion among global leaders, experts and innovators, focusing on major topics which impact society, including implications of robots for global society, emergency management strategies and social impact-based sciences. Top industry leaders, scientists, government officials and policymakers participated in this invitation-only event.


Dr. Yasuo Osone, General Manager of the Center for Technology Innovation – Mechanical Engineering (CTI-ME) delivered a lecture entitle “Human Symbiotic Robot & AI Technologies for Social Innovation” at the 2017 Annual Hitachi Lectureship at AAAS on September 26, and EMIEW3, Hitachi’s human symbiotic service robot, was invited to participate in the VIP Halcyon Dialogue Robotics Showcase held on the September 28.


EMIEW3 was developed as a human symbiotic robot, to provide services in a human-centric environment, such as supporting or guiding people in public facilities. The Robotics team at the Global Center for Social Innovation – North America (CSI-NA), was joined by colleagues from CTI-ME in Japan, to demonstrate some of EMIEW3’s capabilities.

             Robotic team @ Halcyon Dialogue

Back row: Dr. Osone (3rd from left), Mr. Nakamura (4th from left), Dr. Homma (5th from left)

Front row: Dr. Togami (1st from left), EMIEW3 (2nd from left), Dr. Baba (3rd from left)


Drs. Togami and Homma from CSI-NA demonstrated how EMIEW3 might guide a traveler seeking assistance in an airport. EMIEW3’s first appearance on the east coast was very well received, with many comments and compliments from the audience confirming the potential of humanoid robots in providing beneficial services in increasingly diverse and also aging societies.



Demo of EMIEW3 helping a traveler looking for information


CSI-NA Robotics Team will focus on PoC (Proof of Concept) activities engaged with customer collaboration to confirm human support capability of EMIEW. We look forward to your feedback and opportunities for co-creation with potential customers.


For more information, please contact

At Hitachi Research, the corporate statement “Inspire the Next” isn’t just a slogan, we put it to practice. This summer, the Global Center for Social Innovation- North America (CSI-NA) decided to inspire the next generation of researchers and engineers by holding a “Take Kids to Work” day on August 10 at the Silicon Valley Research Center.


The children were greeted by a Welcome Board with their names and researchers eager to show off their cool work.

The children learned how important design was to a product and the difference it can make from researchers of the User Experience Design Laboratory, and how Fleet Management technology which uses AI can give a better driving experience through the race car simulation. The highlight though was the human symbiotic robot, EMIEW3, which demonstrated how humans and robots might one day coexist. EMIEW3 not only quizzed the kids but entertained them with a magic show and an inaugural dance performance!

The day left a strong impression on the children, with some of them saying they wanted to become  robot researchers, while others said they would like to become train engineers at Hitachi, and all very proud of the “cool stuff” that their parents were doing at Hitachi. For researchers, it was a good opportunity to receive the feedback and experiences from next generation that could be reflected to their researches. What better incentive is there than to make the world a better place for the next generation! Happy Summer! 

This month’s post introduces the Financial Innovation Laboratory (FIL) of the Global Center for Social Innovation – North America (CSI-NA) and recent activities.


The CSI-NA/FIL was established in 2016 to support co-creation projects with customers in the financial sector. Projects in FIL are currently focused on blockchain and data science. One recent major achievement is part of FIL’s activity in the Hyperledger community.


Hyperledger is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. It is a global collaboration, hosted by The Linux Foundation, with over 100 participating organizations, including leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing and Technology. 


Hitachi, a Premier Member, is part of the team of 159 engineers from 27 organizations including Hitachi, IBM and major IT vendors, developing Hyperledger Fabric. As a major contributor, FIL is proud to share the news that Hyperledger Fabric 1.0 is now available, as recently announced in a news release issued by the Hyperledger Foundation on 11 July 2017. Mr. Nao Nishijima, one of the main contributors from the CSI-NA FIL team, commented in the release, “I am delighted to see Hyperledger Fabric V1.0 released. It is a great pleasure for me to contribute to a significant step for the wider and practical application of blockchain technology for enterprise level and to support improvement and launch of innovative blockchain platform. Hitachi continues to contribute to Hyperledger community and to provide blockchain solutions for various industries.” 


CSI-NA is looking to progressively promote customer collaboration applying this production ready development of Hyperledger Fabric 1.0.  (Related article in HDS Community: “Blockchaining in Singapore” by Hu Yoshida)


If you would like to know more about the Hyperledger Project, or are interested in co-creation using this technology, please contact Nao Nishijima ( or David Pinski (, Laboratory Manager at CSI-NA/FIL or CSI-NA

Hannover Messe , one of the world’s leading trade fairs for industrial automation,  was held from April 24 to 28 at Hannover Messe in Germany. Approximately 225,000 people attended the event this year.


Hitachi showcased several OT x IT technologies for enabling smart manufacturing. The demo from Hitachi Research, showcased by the Global Center for Social Innovation-North America (CSI-NA) focused on enabling real-time visibility and intelligence into production line operations. In particular, it addressed issues such as easing the integration of new devices into industrial IoT systems, edge analytics for real-time asset health monitoring, and subscription-based notification services for connecting shop  floor events with appropriate stakeholders. The demo was part of an official Hannover Messe Industrie tour and garnered interest from both manufacturing professionals as well as students.



Apart from showcasing our technology, this year’s participation also provided Hitachi with the opportunity to capture trends in industrial IoT as well as on-the-spot feedback from users and experts. One question that was asked a lot was on Hitachi’s countermeasures to the risk of cyber-physical security attacks in an ultra-connected world, especially in relation to manufacturing plants. Security is a critical issue, and Hitachi is involved in a comprehensive initiative to secure various societal infrastructure within the H-ARC framework. Hitachi is also actively involved in relevant standardization activities. We also received several requests from university students to make our manufacturing testbed open to accelerate research in academia. We are happy to say Hitachi is working with various open innovation forums such as OpenFog Consortium .


The Center for Technology Innovation (CTI) showcased its multipurpose AI technology, where a  robot autonomously “learned” to optimize its actions to achieve a pre-specified outcome without further instructions. The technology impressed customers seeking AI applications to their businesses, and led to many deep discussions on how customer business might be improved with Hitachi AI Technology/H. These discussions suggested that this technology could be a real differentiator for customers, and contribute to accelerating collaborative creation activities with customers in Europe.



Hitachi AI Technology/H demo                                                Humanoid robot EMIEW3 demo


For more information please contact

Yanfang Yu

Technology at the Wheel

Posted by Yanfang Yu Apr 4, 2017

In January, I introduced Hitachi’s Technology for Autonomous Parking – Easier & Tighter. This month I would like to share one of the University Alliances projects that the Global Center for Social Innovation North America (CSI-NA) Automotive Products Lab (APL) joined in collaboration with Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas (HIAMS) in a partnership with the University of Michigan, Mobility Transformation Center (MTC).


“Connected Car” is one of the most exciting technology developments to happen in the automotive industry over the past 50 years. Cars are getting smarter and more communicative, thanks to advances in sensor technology, enormous data exchange and high-speed communication. The implications will have a major impact on the global automotive industry for years to come. 


In response, HIAMS, along with CSI-NA/APL and Clarion, have focused on creating new technologies for next-generation cars, including tools that assist vehicles in parking, lane changing, braking, 360-degree sensing and a whole host of other technological features that will assist customers in providing a more comfortable and enjoyable driving experience.  In order to evaluate these features in a safe and reliable manner, Hitachi established an Affiliate Membership with the University of Michigan's Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) in 2015.  The MTC operates Mcity, a unique test facility with a controlled test environment that was specifically designed to evaluate the capabilities of connected and automated vehicles and systems that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars. HIAMS, CSI-NA/APL and Clarion are now leveraging the capabilities at Mcity in order to develop, fine tune and create the most reliable automotive component systems in the industry that will lead the way in automated mobility in the years to come.


Please take a look!


For more information about University Alliances, please contact us through


For more information about the University of Michigan Mobility Transformation Center and Mcity, please visit

This month,  we’d like to introduce – webSpoon, a contribution to the Pentaho Community from the Global Center for Social Innovation – North America.


Pentaho Kettle is the open source ETL engineering tool from Pentaho. It has a graphical designer called Spoon, a great tool that allows data integration from flat files and RDBMS to Hadoop and beyond to be intuitively designed. To address the needs of developers for a browser-based tool, CSI-NA developed webSpoon, an alternative to Spoon with the same look & feel. WebSpoon allows you to design and execute data integration tasks in a web browser over a network. It could also be used to expand use cases of Spoon and PDI to data security and privacy, managed PDI development environment (either on the cloud/on-premise), data integration embedded in other web apps, online collaboration, etc.


Figure 1. webSpoon in a web browser


This project has been open-sourced in GitHub [1] and a Docker image is available to download from Docker Hub [2]. This is just one of many developments taking place in the Pentaho community, and is a very popular path for advanced features to reach a high level of stability and maturity while providing early access to cutting edge technology.

Figure 2. Dr. Hota Talked at Pentaho Community Meeting 2016 (PCM16)


Please give it a try and let us hear your opinion. Your feedback and comments are very important to the maturity of this exciting new development.


For more details, please contact or, or follow @HiromuHota.