Nissan Names Maarten Sierhuis To Lead New Silicon Valley Research Center<7201.T>

Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:02pm EST

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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

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.

About Nissan North America
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consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and
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2010, 2011, and 2012 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More
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About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.,  Japan's second-largest automotive company, is
headquartered in  Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers
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 pioneer in zero-emission
mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction 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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