Toyota Material Handling funds research projects

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

COLUMBUS, Indiana—In July 2016, Toyota Material Handling North America (TMHNA) announced the TMHNA University Research Program, a sponsored research program created to drive the next generation of technologies for the entire supply chain, logistics and material handling industry. The program received outstanding response, with application proposals from leading universities across North America.

After evaluating a competitive set of applications, TMHNA has selected three proposals to award funding:

Applying Location-based Informatics, Simulation and Optimization Methods to Forklift Driver Behavior, Congestion and Wireless Charging Studies 
Participating Universities: State University of New York at Binghamton; University of South Florida

The Impact of Emerging Logistics Paradigms on Material Handling System Functional Requirements 
Participating Universities: Clemson University; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Arkansas

Data-driven Failure Predictive Analytics for Internet of Things (IoT) enabled Service Systems
Participating University: University of Wisconsin-Madison


The selected projects will receive financial support of up to $500,000 per year. Faculty that receive financial support through the University Research Program may be invited to renew the contract for up to three years based on the research outcomes.


“These universities have presented projects that can help foster innovation for the growth of our industry and the warehouses of the future,” said Brett Wood, president and chief executive officer for Toyota Material Handling North America. “We look forward to seeing what this funding and collaboration will allow these universities to accomplish, and the positive impacts their research could have on driving the future of our industry.”