EE402A Colloquium

Partnership-driven Business Growth in Komatsu: Autonomous Trucking and Smart Construction
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:50pm
Skilling Auditorium
Hisashi Asada (Komatsu Ltd.)
Abstract / Description: 

Mr. Hisashi Asada, General Manager of the Business Innovation Center, ICT Solution Division, Komatsu Ltd., discusses Komatsu's partnership-driven approach to new business areas that combine telematics and Internet-of-Things with autonomous driving technologies. The talk will address KOMTRAX, Komatsu's Autonomous Hauling Service (AHS) for very large trucks in mine sites, and also their new initiatives for productivity improvements in construction, such as ICT-based field automation machines and smart construction. Mr. Asada will share some examples of which areas Komatsu builds external partnerships, and which areas remain within Komatsu in order to deliver better services/solutions quickly and keep sustainable competitiveness. In addition, Asada will briefly look at some of the challenges in external partnerships. Come join us to learn how Komatsu is realizing cost reduction and productivity improvement in customer sites with these services and solutions.


The Autumn 2015 series explores the role of international partnerships of various types (joint development projects, M&A, corporate VC, etc.) in developing advanced intelligent systems. An intelligent system can be defined as a complex technology combination that integrates relatively sophisticated data analysis with some learning function or real-time environmental adaptability. Distinguished speakers from industry and government will showcase examples with at least one Asia partner in domains such as IoT (Internet of Things), autonomous vehicles and other robotics, smart wearable devices, and next generation energy and transportation systems.


Hisashi Asada has been involved in the research and development of Komatsu products for over 20 years. His fields of expertise include development of robotic systems for welding and semiconductor manufacturing, as well as development of electronic control systems and hydraulic components in construction machines. Recently Asada's work has shifted to machine usage analysis and utilization improvement activities, which leads to data driven innovations in customer fields. He holds a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Osaka University.