Toyota Research Institute is set to pay as much as $2.4 million in a research team at the University of Michigan to study further on how to improve the production capability of batteries. Coming from Michigan daily, the certain research will combine machine learning and data simulation.
The Professor of mechanical engineering namely Krishna Garikipati is said to be the lead investigator for the research team, together with the associate professor of mechanical and materials science engineering, Vikram Gavini.
Gavini said the investment will take effect next month, alongside with a chosen group of University students, scholars and scientists that is set to join the team to study the in depth with regards to the assigned task to them by Toyota.
Toyota would like to reach the goal on how to develop a new type of battery that will be able to power vehicles that can produce zero emissions, which aligns with the Toyota Research Institute main goals of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 90 percent by the year 2050.
The chief of science officer Eric Krotkov stated in a University Record article that accelerating the pace of materials discovery will help lay the groundwork for the future of clean energy and could bring us even closer to achieving Toyota's vision of reducing global average new-vehicle CO2 emissions by 90 percent by 2050.
Vikram Gavini said that they are solving equations at smaller scales and then they are collecting a lot of data on a small scale and they are using artificial intelligence to figure out how is the materials of physics at that particular scale and passing it on to the next scale. Gavini added that the hope is that eventually if they did the research the right way they will be able to predict material properties.
He also said the Toyota Research Institute is funding fundamental science problems and they are not hesitant to take from high-risk problems and Gavini think that that's very good to the University, because they work such problems
The Toyota Research Institute also invested in research projects with the different schools, company and universities including Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University at Buffalo, the University of Connecticut and Ilika, a United Kingdom-based material science company.
Toyota Research Institute would take high-risk in terms of improving what they have that will sure benefit them and the rest of the users. If the further research study came out to be successful everyone from Toyota and the rest of the people will experience a glimpse of it.