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spacerYoshimi Sonoda, Professor
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arrow Research Interests: PC-based simulation, Impact phenomenon

arrow In order to protect our life from disasters and maintain social capital, my laboratory is studying two kinds of issues. The one is to evaluate structures safety against disasters such as derailment accident using numerical simulations. The other is to develop an efficient impact hammering test system for existing aging structures by acoustic analysis.

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spacerMitsuteru Asai, Associate Professor
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arrow Research Interests: FEM, Computer Simulation

arrow My research is to develop new simulation tools mainly for structural design in civil engineering. FEM for nonlinear continuum mechanics and SPH for fluid dynamics have been utilized in my research. The current main research topic is Fluid-Structure interaction problem to prevent coastal disaster during storm surge and Tsunami.

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spacerYukihide Kajita, Associate Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Urban disaster prevention

arrow My research field is to find the seismic performance of urban structures. I am working to do what I can to protect not only people’s lives but also social activities against earthquakes.

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spacerHiroki Tamai, Assistant Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Structural analysis, Impact mechanics

arrow My specialty is structural engineering. I have studied and will keep to study under the slogan of “To construct a secure and safe infrastructure and society from the view point of structural engineering.” Especially, I have studied about evaluation of impact resistant performance of a Reinforced Concrete (RC) structure against hard impact by using Finite Element Method (FEM).

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spacerJoon-Ho Choi, Assistant Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Seismic Safety of Bridge Structure, Isolation and Dissipation Device

arrow In order to protect social infrastructure facilities from earthquake "appropriate seismic design" is required, and I think exploring of "appropriate seismic design" is one of our mission future. I am researching on seismic design method for bridge structure, and in particular, focusing on the seismic retrofit and seismic design methods using various isolation and dissipation devices.

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spacerShinichi Hino, Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Bridge, Structural design

arrow Roads and railways are very important means of traffic and transportation in our daily lives, and toward this, bridges are an indispensable part. My study theme is to safely and economically construct and maintain these bridges.

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spacerHidenori Hamada, Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Social environment creation, Environmental friendly material development, Life extension of structures

arrow The English word “civil engineer” means, in my opinion, “an engineer who is engaged in the creation of social environment.” From day to day, I continue my study in civil engineering to create a safe and comfortable social environment for people to live in

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spacerShigenobu Kainuma, Associate Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Steel structures, Maintenance

arrow Severe corrosion and fatigue damages have been observed in various steel structures. It is important to devise a method of predicting the corrosion and fatigue behavior of the members to ensure the safety of such structures. I am developing the evaluation technique for corrosive environment using corrosion monitoring sensor, corrosion damages using Nondestructive Testing (NDT), time-dependent corrosion behavior using spatial statistics, etc.

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spacerYasutaka Sagawa, Associate Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Construction materials, Concrete

arrow My research interests include durability of concrete structures and recycling of by-products for concrete materials. Concrete is used for various civil structures and supports our daily lives. Current research is focused on microstructure and mechanical properties of cement-based materials and labor-saving by using precast concrete blocks.

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spacerNoriyuki Yasufuku, Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Geomechanics, Geotechnical engineering, Earth reinforcement

arrow I develop my research and educational activities from the engineering point of view, that is, by taking into consideration the roles of soil and the ground. Among environmental issues, I am now completely preoccupied with a desert greening project. We look at the relationship between humans and Nature in the middle of the vast desertification area.

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spacerHemanta Hazarika, Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Recycled geomaterials in constructions, Earthquake hazards and mitigations, dynamic behavior of geomaterials, Soil-structure interaction, Landslides and slope stability

arrow Engaging in research involving earthquakes, tsunamis, recycled geomaterials and landslides. For the safe design and construction of infrastructural facilities with low cost, the research aims at innovative use of construction materials. The salient feature of the research is that it combines two important factors confronting the human society today: (1) disaster mitigation and (2) reuse (recycle) of waste materials for a better environment.

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spacerYasuhiro Mitani, Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Geoenvironment, Geospaitial Information, Geographical Information System(GIS), Disaster prevention and mitigation

arrow My research theme is the creation of a safe and comfortable geo-environment surrounded ground surface and underground. Therefore, I carry out the research and education on the development of the civil engineering technology which harmonizes with the environment by using Geospatial Information and Geographic Information System (GIS).

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spacerGuangqi Chen, Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Risk management, Disaster prevention, Global warming, Numerical simulation

arrow Guangqi CHEN received his D.Sc. from the University of Tokyo. Before joining the faculty of the department of civil & structural engineering in 2000, he was a lecture at Kyoto University. From science to engineering, Chen has pursued change with the times. He has transcended the traditional frameworks of study areas and is developing the active collaboration of interdisciplinary researches. The areas of his current research interest are geotechnical engineering, geo-disaster prevention, risk management for natural disasters and numerical simulation methods.

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spacerKiyonobu Kasama, Associate Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Geo-disaster prevention, Disaster risk management, Soil recycling

arrow The main research has been in the area of ground improvement technologies such as cement-mixing and geodisaster risk management for ground liquefaction induced by earthquake. I have also carried out research on the mechanics of artificially solidified soil, design and performance of anti-liquefaction ground in ground improvement applications and the development of new soil recycling technology to produce high strength soil comparable to concrete material.

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spacerRyohei Ishikura, Associate Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Ground improvement, Soft clay, Geo-material, Durability of soil structure

arrow In order to solve environmental problems and natural disasters, I challenge to the technical development with making the most use of various functions which soils and grounds conventionally posses. The main research has been in the area of ground improvement techniques, the geotechnical utilization of industrial by-product and its application for the practice.

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spacerHiro Ikemi, Assistant Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Geographical information system (GIS), Geo-environment

arrow With a focus on “development in harmony with the global environment,” I am studying the long-term relationship between the geo-environment and human activities using GIS, especially regarding land-use, land-cover, and natural disasters etc. I am also exploring sustainable ways of widely sharing knowledge about it using GIS.

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spacerZentaro Furukawa, Assistant Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Geo-environmental Laboratory Works, Investigations and Simulation

arrow My research topic is mainly preventing land degradation such as desertification and soil contamination. In order to solve these two problems, controlling water and chemical environment in targeted ground is necessary. I have been trying to control the ground environment by using powers of plants experimentally and numerically. I have been working in Mongolian deserted area to find suitable water and chemical environments for plant living in the degraded land. And I am also trying to predict long-term effect of countermeasure for soil contamination by using plants conducting experiments and numerical analysis.

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spacerKenichi Tsukahara, Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Urban and Regional Planning, Disaster Resilient Land and Infrastructure management, International Cooperation for Infrastructure Management

arrow Due to depopulation, intensifying natural hazard by climate change, and fragile financial condition of public sector, Japan is facing difficulties in managing infrastructures and national land. To find feasible and sustainable ways to cope with these difficulties, we are conducting researches on 1) disaster resilient and sustainable land use management, 2) financially sustainable infrastructure management, and 3) ways of utilizing Japan’s experience and knowledge to emerging Asian countries.

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spacerShunsuke Managi, Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Urban Engineering, Planning, Governance, Economics, Transportation, Resource & Energy Economics

arrow My study includes broad areas on urban engineering & economics.

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spacerSatoshi Toi, Associate Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Highway traffic, Urban planning, Resident participation

arrow I am conducting research on the problems of urban transportation with an emphasis on motor vehicle traffic, port logistics in northern Kyushu, and improvements in the East Kyushu Expressway. I wish to contribute to the improvements in social infrastructure that support physical distribution and human exchange in Japan and East Asia.

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spacerYoshinao Oeda, Associate Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Transportation environment, Barrier-free designs, Ergonomics

arrow In transportation planning and urban planning, My main researches are on the relations, the influences and the effects between transportation facilities and the transportation environment, especially including the use of railway transportation that ease environment and the designs of city for the elderly persons and the barrier-free.

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spacerAkihiko Higuchi, Associate Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Restoration and creation of beautiful scenery, Environment design, Community renovation

arrow It is my duty to study the philosophy on which our ancestors based nature and culture, construct a methodology to deal with landscapes, and implement this philosophy and methodology in decisions on how we should retain Japan’s beautiful inherent scenery, restore it, and create it.

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spacerNoriyasu Kachi, Assistant Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Urban and National Land Structure, Risk of Natural Disaster, Urban Sustainability, Triple Bottom Line

arrow In Japan, where population decline and aging have been exceeded, the sprawled urban area has become highly vulnerable to natural disasters, the decline of the accessibility to urban facilities or social services. We are studying about the methodology to improve their risk in the broad sense.

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spacerChiaki Matsunaga, Assistant Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Transportation planning, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design , Secure and safe community

arrow I specialize in the planning aimed at effective and efficient utilization of public transportation facilities including roads, railways, and buses, etc. Particularly for the study of anticrime measures through transportation planning, I am studying on the relation between street crimes and transportation facilities and phenomena.

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spacerShinichiro Yano, Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Preservation of aquatic environment, Relations between currents and natural aquatic environment

arrow I am conducting research to maintain in good condition aquatic environments such as coastal areas and rivers. I intend on beginning with the approach of fluid dynamics that analyzes currents to the technical development in order to adapt the approach to the expected global warming.

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spacerYukihiro Shimatani, Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Harmony between disaster recovery and river environment, Releasing Toki to the Wild, Designing river landscape

arrow I am cheerful, forward looking, and easygoing by temperament. My enjoyment is to conduct surveys on the river with students and having delicious food. My objective is to build up rivers and basins with beautiful landscape, which are very natural and safe against floods.

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spacerNoriaki Hashimoto, Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Coastal & ocean engineering, Coastal disaster prevention

arrow An observer on a boat in the offshore region easily recognizes the pattern of wave forms as being made up of large and small waves moving in many directions. The irregularity of wave form is an important feature of waves in the sea. I am fascinated by the ever-changing irregularity of waves and trying to express them and forecast them in mathematical formulations. I would never lose my interest in pursuing the wonder of ocean waves.

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spacerMasaru Yamashiro, Associate Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Wave overtopping, Sea spray

arrow The main subjects of my study are coastal disasters and defense facilities. To obtain useful knowledge for coastal defense, I am attempting to clarify the natural phenomena in coastal region through field observations, model experiments and computer simulations.

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spacerSatoquo SEINO, Ph.D
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arrow Research Interests: ecological engineering, environmental conservation, river, coast, biodiversity, fishery

arrow My study area is ecological engineering of the sea shore, rivers and coasts. More specifically, engineering for creating a society that harmonizes the ecosystem and human beings, e.g..: ・conservation and restoration of biological diversity and the habitats of tidal flats and sandy beaches, ・water resource management in river basins and local communities, ・management of fishery grounds, ・environmental planning and assessment.

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spacerAkira Tai, Associate Professor
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arrow Research Interests: hydraulics、coastal ocean、river、field observation、data analysis and computer simulation

arrow I am conducting research on the physical processes of coastal ocean and river in the Kyushu Island through field observations, data analysis and computer simulations.

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spacerHironori Hayashi, Assistant Professor
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arrow Research Interests: River, Stream restoration, River landscape design, Unionid mussels, Resident participation, Facilitation of consensus-building, Watershed management for flood control

arrow I am interested in river landscape, living things, human and engineering. I am actively involved in stream restoration projects with citizens. I conduct my research in order to make rivers safe and richly endowed with nature.

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spacerTakahiro Kuba, Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Biological wastewater treatment, Preservation and creation of the water environment

arrow I am conducting research on the technology to clean sewage using micro-organisms as part of biotechnology and on how to preserve valuable water resources and waterfront environment indispensable to human life.

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spacerTakayuki Shimaoka, Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Solid Waste management, Environment problems in East Asia

arrow I have been conducting research on solid waste management and engineering for more than 25 years. Since then I have focused on various research themes largely related to (1) the development of recycling technology of solid wastes, (2) the development of solid waste landfilling methods, (3) the appropriate treatment of disaster wastes, and lately, (4) the solid waste management in China.

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spacerHirofumi Nakayama, Associate Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Environment and economy, Wastes, Recycling

arrow I am conducting research and imparting education in the environmental systems engineering that comprehensively and systematically deals with environmental problems in association with economy and society.

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spacerYoshinari Hiroshiro, Associate Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Groundwater Environmental Systems, Water Resources

arrow I specialize in water environment, particularly in groundwater environment. Groundwater is polluted by humans, and even natural water may be harmful to humans. My researches aim to develop and construct the sound hydrological cycle systems that allow creatures including humans to have wide biodiversity.

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spacerKoji Nishiyama, Assistant Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Weather modification technology (Artificial rain), Meteorological forecasting technology linking to heavy rainfall and drought

arrow I am currently working on two themes linking to meteorological and hydrological aspects. One is to create artificial rain for effectively obtaining water resources. The other is to develop useful tool for diagnosing field patterns causing heavy rainfall and extreme drought using artificial intelligence techniques.

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spacerTeppei Komiya, Assistant Professor
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arrow Research Interests: Solid waste management, Recycling, Disaster waste management

arrow The world holds issues on solid waste management and recycling. My study focuses on utilization of incineration residues of solid waste, decrease of environmental risks related to landfilled solid waste, and disaster waste management.

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