Welcome to Honda Research Institute Europe.
At HRI-EU our products are ideas – ideas that lead to innovations.

Science without innovation neglects opportunities.
Innovation without science remains shallow and superficial.
Innovation Through Science is part of the HRI philosophy.
It keeps us focused on our role in Honda and in the society at large.

In 2003, when the Honda Research Institutes were founded in Japan, in the United States and in Europe, research into computational intelligence, optimization and robotics was our central focus. More than a decade later artificial intelligence is seen as the next big tech thing. We couldn’t agree more. Intelligent systems will shape our future in many ways, ranging from autonomous and accident-free driving to personal robots and from smart design and manufacturing to the efficient use of resources. We envision intelligent systems to work among us, for us and with us. This is why we call it Cooperative Intelligence. The ideas and concepts our researchers introduce on the next pages are the basis for achieving cooperative intelligence.

We hope to spark some interest in you and we encourage you to get in touch with us.
After all, progress in artificial intelligence will affect us all. Please enjoy!


Ideas lead to innovation

  • cooperation is about sharing experiences
  • capability needs confidence & trust
  • cooperation ensures self-reliance
  • cooperation opens up new perspectives
  • cooperation is multi-embodied
  • cooperation advances machine intelligence
  • cooperation is about enhancing our capabilities
  • cooperation means sharing goals and intentions
  • cooperation is learning from each other
  • cooperation is about togetherness

Cooperative Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is the ability  to use optimally limited resources – including time – to achieve goals in complex environments.
Based on the defnition of intelligence by R. Kurzweil.  The age of spiritual machines:
When computers exceed human intelligence. Penguin, 2000.

Cooperative Intelligence is Artificial Intelligence embedded in a Social Context
Cooperative intelligence is the ability to use optimally limited resources to achieve goals in complex environments together with others. Where Artificial Intelligence focuses on the capability, Cooperative Intelligence ensures confidence and trust when interacting with artificial systems. The interaction can take place for the benefit of the system, e.g. to cope with restricted functionality and robustness or to use interaction to teach the system. However, the interaction can also benefit the human. Even if the system is able to perform a task autonomously, cooperation can be desireable for several reasons. In order to have confidence or even trust in the system, we need to understand its state and intention. There are other reasons why we might prefer cooperation to autonomy in the AI system.

Cooperative Intelligence enables us to build up a relationship of confidence and trust with artificial systems, it enhances our capabilities, allows us toshare our experiences and to strengthen our role in society.