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Research Group Index

The Department comprises the seven major fields described below as the basis of its research and education.

Structural Engineering
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Earthquake Engineering
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Geotechnical Engineering
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Construction Materials
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Water Environment Studies
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Regional Planning and Traffic Engineering
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Landscape Planning and Design
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Structural Engineering


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Zhishen Wu, Professor, Dr. Eng.

Research Fields
・Structural, Computational and Nonlinear Engineering
・Natural Disaster Prevention
・Management and Control of Infrastructure with Intelligence

Present Subjects
・* Evaluation, health monitoring, and repair techniques for existing structures
・* Development of hybrid composite structural systems with intelligence (control / adaptation, sensors / actuators, and health monitoring)
・* Development of nonlinear, discontinuous, concurrent and adaptive computational techniques for large-scale, complex systems in urban, civil, and environmental engineering
・* Management and control systems and extending the useful life of road traffic structures
・Scaling laws and fractality in solids, from pore to geological scales
・Investigation of thermodynamic performance of adaptive brittle materials

Mao Kurumatani, Associate Professor, Dr. Eng.

Research Fields
・Computational Mechanics
・Applied Mechanics

Present Subjects
・Development of numerical methods for fracture simulation
・Modeling of fracture behavior in concrete
・Fracture mechanism of concrete structure subjected to tsunami impact

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Earthquake Engineering


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Ryosuke Inoue, Associate Professor, Dr. Eng.

Research Field
・Earthquake Engineering

Present Subjects
・Statistical evaluation of the response of long-period spectral attenuation relations at Japanese rock sites
・Statistical evaluation of site amplification factors in the long-period range at Japanese basin sites.
・Aseismic design of large oil tanks mitigating oil-sloshing.
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Geotechnical Engineering


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Satoshi Murakami, Associate Professor, Dr. Eng.
Research Fields
・Geotechnical Engineering
・Geo-informatics (Geo-information Technology) and Hazard Map
・Constitutive Equation and Numerical Analysis
・Geotechnical Preservation, Mitigation and Adaptation Technologies to Geo-disasters

Present Subjects
・Evaluation of Natural Geo-hazards by Using Geo-information Database
・Vulnerability Assessment of Geo-hazard Induced by Global Climate Change
・Preservation, Mitigation and Adaptation to Geo-disasters in Geotechnical Engineering
・Elasto-plastic Constitutive Equation for Saturated soils, Unsaturated Soils, and Artificial Cemented Soils Mixed with Tire-chips
・Evaluation of Stability of Ground Subjected to Multi-impact of Rain fall, Earthquake, and Fluctuation of Groundwater Level

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Construction Materials


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Tatsuya Numao, Professor, Dr. Eng.

Research Fields
・Concrete Engineering
・Building Materials

Present Subjects
・* Simultaneous phenomena of heat and mass transport in concrete
・* Long-term properties of concrete
・* Utilization of concrete sludge
・Metal corrosion in concrete caused by chloride ions
・Influence of material properties on the thermal environment of residents

Takao Harada, Associate Professor, Dr. Eng.

Research Fields
・Maintenance Management Engineering
・Information Processing System for Civil Engineering

Present Subjects
・Development of bridge asset management systems
・Life cycle cost analysis for civil infrastructure
・Development of intelligent inspection system using radio frequency identification (RFID)
・Infrastructure management using biological information

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Laboratory of Water Environment Studies


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Nobuo Mimura, Professor, Dr. Eng.

Research Fields
・Global Environmental Engineering
・Coastal Engineering

Present Subjects
・* Assessment of Asia Pacific countries’ vulnerability to sea-level rise and climate change from global warming
・*Adaptation to climate change
・*Sustainability of human society
・Scientific basis for water environment management
・Analysis of sandy beaches’ erosion

Hiromune Yokoki, Professor, Dr. Eng.

Research Fields
・Coastal Environment Engineering
・Global Environmental Issues in Coastal Zones

Present Subjects
・Adaptation technology against coastal erosion on atoll islands (Tuvalu, Majuro)Hydrodynamics of sandy beaches of coral reefs
・Impact assessments of the sea-level rise on global coasts
Adaptation methods of coastal protection systems to sea-level rise and climate change
Method for estimating the directional spectrum of short-crested random waves
Numerical simulation of wave fields in harbors with overtopping waves
Statistical analysis of erosion of sandy beaches


Hisamichi Nobuoka, Associate Professor, Dr. Eng.

Research Fields
・Coastal Engineering

Present Subjects
・Numerical modeling of waves and wave-induced currents
・Integrated coastal zone managements
・Prevention of storm surges and tsunami disasters
・Projection of impacts to coastal areas in climate changes

Masafumi Fujita, Associate Professor, Ph. D.

Research Fields
・Environmental Engineering
・Water and Wastewater Engineering

Present Subjects
・Assessment of anthropogenic impacts on coastal ecosystem of atoll islands in the central Pacific
・Wastewater treatment and management in atoll islands
・Management of aging water distribution systems

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Regional Planning and Traffic Engineering


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Toshiaki Kin, Professor, Dr. Eng.

Research Fields
・Transportation Planning
・Regional Planning

Present Subjects
・Car ownership and use
・Travel demand analysis
・Planning and design for railway station areas

Minoru Yamada, Professor, Dr. Eng.

Research Fields
・Traffic Engineering and Control
・Road Safety

Present Subjects
・* Adaptive design of intersections with overpasses based on illegal behaviors of pedestrians
・* Crossing and approach behaviors of drivers at entrances of commercial centers
・* Quantitative evaluation of disturbances arising from parking activity
・* Factors affecting road capacity, describing the varieties of driver attributes

Terumitsu Hirata, Associate Professor, Dr. Eng.

Research Fields
・Transportation Systems Engineering
・Transport Policy

Present Subjects
・Planning of intercity transport system
・Environmental impacts of urban and transport system
・Operations of transportation system in the natural disasters
・Air transportation systems and airport planning

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Landscape Planning and Design


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Yuji Kuwahara, Associate Professor, Dr. Eng.

Research Fields
・Image Processing
・Geomatic Engineering
・Environmental Surveying
・Atmospheric Environmental Engineering (CO2 Density)
・Satellite Remote Sensing

Present Subjects
・Mapping for land protection of atoll islands
・Monitoring of coastal vegetation intended for Southeast Asian Nations
・Measurement of CO2 density intended for Ibaraki Pref., Japan

Takayuki Kumazawa, Associate Professor, Dr. Eng.

Research Fields
・Landscape and Urban design
・Architecture and city planning

Present Subjects
・Analysis of Landscape Structure and developments of Landscape assessment method
・Analysis and developments of Landscape and city planning System
・Human assessment and behavior in city and Architecture
・Participative Planning and Consensus Building in community design

Aya Ichinose, Assistant Professor, Dr. Eng.

Research Fields




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