Nissan Names Maarten Sierhuis To Lead New Silicon Valley Research Center

   Nissan Names Maarten Sierhuis To Lead New Silicon Valley Research Center

PR Newswire

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 18, 2013

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan today announced the
hiring of Dr. Maarten Sierhuis as research director to lead the newly opened
Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley (NRC-SV). Sierhuis, a recognized expert
in the field of artificial intelligence, will lead the new center's efforts in
the areas of autonomous driving and connected-vehicle systems.

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Sierhuis joins Nissan following a career in research and software engineering
spanning 25 years, including time with NASA, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center,
NYNEX Science & Technology, IBM Corporation, and as a founder of startup
Ejenta, as well as a visiting professor and fellow with the Interactive
Intelligence group at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Carla Bailo, senior vice president, Research and Development – Nissan Americas
said: "Maarten's extensive experience in artificial intelligence and
human-machine interface, along with his relationships within the Silicon
Valley tech community, make him the ideal candidate to lead our new Silicon
Valley research team."

Nissan announced the opening of NRC-SV at an event today. The new center aims
to expand Nissan's global research capability through collaborative
partnerships with companies and research institutions in one of the world's
top technology hubs.

Sierhuis has a bachelor of science in Computer Science from The Hague
University and a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence/Cognitive Science from the
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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with more than 4.9 million vehicles in 2012, generating revenue of 9.4
trillion yen ($US118.95 billion) in fiscal 2011. With a strong commitment to
developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a
comprehensive range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A
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of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle
and winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious
2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards.

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