COLUMBUS, IN — Toyota Material Handling North America (TMHNA) has generated continued interest and responses for the TMHNA University Research Program during its second year. This sponsored research program was created to drive the next generation of technologies for the entire supply chain, logistics and material handling industry. Proposal themes spanned topics such as virtual and augmented reality, energy infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 from leading universities across North America.
After soliciting input from more than 60 leading universities, TMHNA has selected three proposals to award funding:
- Intelligent Material Handling (iMH) Systems for Warehouse Applications — Proposal Author: Michael Kuhl, Rochester Institute of Technology
- A Unified Dynamic Control for Energy-Aware Electrical Vehicle Operations — Proposal Author: Seok Gi Lee, University of Miami
- A Modeling Framework for Material Handling for Industry 4.0 — Proposal Author: Kevin Gue, University of Louisville
“The research this program generates fuels our industry’s future technological advancements, which is why we are proud to see its continuation and progress for a second year,” said Brett Wood, president and chief executive officer for Toyota Material Handling North America. “In our continued collaboration with top universities, professors and researchers, we are excited to see how their work will impact our industry and the warehouse of the future.”