Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha: Establishment of the Maritime and Ocean Digital Engineering Cooperation Program at the University of Tokyo

August 08, 2022

Aiming to build a cooperative simulation platform for sustainable maritime logistics

Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK)
MTI Co., Ltd.
Japan Marine United Corporation
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd.
Japan Radio Co., Ltd.
BEMAC Company
ClassNK
NAPA Ltd.

NYK Group Company MTI Co., Ltd., Japan Marine United Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group Company Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Furuno Electric Co., Ltd., Japan Radio Co., Ltd., BEMAC Corporation, ClassNK and NAPA Ltd. have teamed up to establish the Maritime and Ocean Digital Engineering (MODE) cooperative program at the University of Tokyo from October 1. The program aims to promote and improve digital engineering technology and skills for the maritime sector. by building a cooperative simulation platform.

Context and objective of the program

The Japanese maritime industry faces challenges, such as developing and implementing new technologies in the context of global decarbonization, maintaining maritime services by integrating autonomous vessels to help seafarers and improve the safety, and ensure high productivity in a context of increasing complexity of ship design and manufacturing processes.

MODE aims to address these challenges using Model-Based Development (MBD)* and Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE),** which are increasingly being introduced in the automotive industry.

MBD and MBSE approach problems by examining the functions of products and components as computer models and then verifying their behaviors through simulations. MBD and MBSE not only make it possible to optimize complex system designs, but also to create a collaborative development process (“Maritime and Ocean Digital Engineering”) involving a wide range of actors, including shippers and operators.

The research and teaching program using MBD and MBSE for the maritime domain will be established by forming an extensive network between the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences and the Graduate School of Engineering of the University of Tokyo and research institutes around the world that promote cutting-edge engineering initiatives. , and knowledgeable experts from other industries such as automotive, aerospace and aviation.

The program aims to develop, implement and hone users in the development of new technologies. It is also expected to expand in maritime areas such as offshore wind power generation and undersea resource development.

An inaugural symposium is scheduled for the afternoon of October 4 at Ito Hall, University of Tokyo. MODE is committed to supporting next-generation technologies and skills in the Japanese maritime sector and serving as a platform for collaboration between industry, academia and government.

Program Overview

・Period: From October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2027 (5 years)
・Representative faculty member: Hideaki Murayama, Professor, Department of Ocean Technology, Policy and Environment, Graduate School of Frontier Science, University of Tokyo
・Activities: Research and teaching on model-based development methods and a common simulation platform in the maritime industry. Research and teaching on technologies and international rules for decarbonization and autonomous ships. International cooperation.

* Model Based Development (MBD)
Disclosed is a development method for reducing the total working hours and development period by using a simulation model in the design and development of a product, and for reducing physical prototyping and product testing. ‘test.

** Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)
A system engineering method that uses a modeling language to describe the system by defining the concept of operation and clarifying the functional requirements based on the objectives to be achieved by the system, then designing, developing, verifying and validating the system.

Application details

Regarding research and application of joint course research:
Professor Hideaki Murayama
Department of Ocean Technology, Policy and Engineering, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo
Tel: +81-4-7136-4043
Email: [email protected]

Professor Kazuhiro Aoyama
Artifact Research, Engineering Center/Department of Systems Innovation, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo
Tel: +81-3-5841-6504
Email: [email protected]

Regarding the media response:
Public Relations Office, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo
Email: [email protected]