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Hitachi America R&D

Hitachi America, Ltd. Research & Development - About Us

About Us

Hitachi America Research and Development Division (R&D) brings together some of the world’s greatest minds to research and innovate for a better future. For three decades, Hitachi America R&D has collaborated with business and research leaders worldwide to address industry and social issues, creating next-generation solutions that make the planet a safer, smarter, healthier and more secure place.

A Century of Innovation

Research and development is the cornerstone on which Hitachi was built. From development of the 5-horsepower motor in 1910 to the recent development of humanoid robots, our teams have helped solve the problems of the day while also looking to society’s future.

Hitachi America R&D was established in 1989 to locate research centers close to industry-leading advanced markets. We are now part of the Hitachi Global Center for Social Innovation (CSI), where our focus is on pioneering solutions to drive social innovation in the Americas. We pursue research that supports many of Hitachi’s backbone businesses, including semiconductors, automotive systems, IT platforms and networks.

Our Research

Hitachi is a unique company that can vertically integrate – from materials and products to technologies and complex solutions – to provide end-to-end value to our customers. And Hitachi America R&D is the catalyst that makes this happen.

At the core of the Hitachi America R&D process is a unique combination of advanced IT, operational technology (OT), and products and systems that lead to comprehensive solutions. We tap the power of big data analytics, the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and other advanced technologies to develop innovative solutions.

Our Team and Research Centers

Hitachi America R&D’s talented team includes more than 100 highly skilled, multidisciplinary members in the Americas who are tackling societal challenges to achieve a greener environment, more efficient exploration of resources, smart vehicles, and better healthcare, agriculture, mining and transportation solutions.

From our strategic locations in Santa Clara, California; Farmington Hills, Michigan, we work closely with our customers to fully understand their requirements. Through our market-driven co-creation approach, we share visions, generate concepts, and quickly develop innovative technology and solutions that are validated through proof-of-concept prototypes at our customers’ sites.

Our Detroit Research Center works closely with customers on OT and product development to introduce new concepts for manufacturing and next-generation vehicles, including vehicle electronics, emission-reducing systems and vehicle dynamics. Our Silicon Valley Research Center works on asset life cycle management, optimized manufacturing, predictive maintenance and finance.

Join Us

We look forward to exploring new opportunities for co-creation with customers in our industry-leading centers. Together we can co-innovate solutions across industry sectors to create a better future for us all.

Our Research Centers

Detroit Research Center

Detroit Research Center

34500 Grand River Avenue, Farmington Hills, MI 48335
Phone 248.474.2800
Fax 248.473.8420

Silicon Valley Research Center

Silicon Valley Research Center

2535 Augustine Dr, 3rd Floor, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Phone 408.986.6300

Corporate R&D Worldwide

Corporate R&D Worldwide

Message From General Manager

George Saikalis, Ph.D.

It's with great pleasure I welcome you on our website. Society today is connected as never before in history. This brings with it awareness that we share many issues but, at the same time, a tremendous opportunity to work together to efficiently resolve them. Our aim is to co-create digital solutions using IoT, big data, artificial intelligence in focused business domains related to Power/energy, industry/distribution/water, urban, finance/public/healthcare along with infusing value added to our product business.

Hitachi is a unique company that can vertically integrate from materials to products, technologies and complex solutions thereby providing end-to-end value to our customers. Research & Development is a key catalyst to make this happen. Using the power of big data, analytics, IT/IoT platforms and the tremendous breadth of Hitachi technology and industrial strengths, we aim to develop innovative solutions by leveraging the ONE HITACHI approach working with our Hitachi business groups. Our talented team of highly skilled multi-disciplinary members in the Americas is tackling many societal challenges to achieve a greener environment, more efficient resources exploration, smart manufacturing, smart vehicles, healthcare, agriculture, logistics, fintech, energy and transportation. Our team includes experts in many areas including data science and AI, domain and industry, operational technology, products and systems research, solution architecture, ethnography, design thinking and business incubation.

Strategically based in Santa Clara, California and Farmington Hills, Michigan, we engage with our customers to fully understand their requirements. This market-driven co-creation approach allows us to share visions, generate concepts and quickly develop innovative technology and solutions which are validated through Proof-of-Concept (PoC) prototypes at our customers’ sites. As part of corporate R&D, we also have access to Hitachi global R&D footprint and leverage open innovation with academia.

To further capitalize on our global strength, we established the Insights Laboratory. This new global research team focuses on R&D resources globally to create innovative AI/Analytics technology enablers and solution cores to accelerate the development and delivery of industrial IoT solutions. This will strongly empower the global scaling of use cases for Lumada, Hitachi IoT Platform.

We look forward to exploring new opportunities for co-creation with you, our customers in our industry-leading centers designed to facilitate co-innovation for Social Innovation solutions.

George Saikalis, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and CTO
Hitachi America, Ltd. - R&D