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An introduction to faculty staff members and laboratories in Environmental Engineering.

Note: Information on the laboratories is current as of the 2016 academic year. There may be changes to this information in the 2017 academic year.

 

Shoichi ANDO
Professor

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Vibration Engineering Laboratory

Norio IWATA
Professor

Structural Engineering
We do research on vibration to understand damping performance and improve damping techniques, as well seismic design procedures that take damping into account. Our aim is to ensure overall safety and comfort of buildings not only in major earthquakes, but also during small to moderate earthquakes and wind events.
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Landscape & Heritage Study Laboratory

Masaaki OKADA
Professor

Landscape Engineering, Heritage Studies
Research on landscape evaluation and history of civil engineering. We embrace the concept of using landscapes near to us as community assets in doing design. We start with familiar places, and identify issues and research ways to resolve them.
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Architectural Acoustics Laboratory

Hiroshi ONAGA
Professor

Architectural Acoustics
We study speech intelligibility in noisy or reverberant sound fields and desirable acoustics for concert halls, as well as methods to protect speech privacy.
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Concrete Structure/Material Laboratory

Ichizo KISHIMOTO
Professor

Concrete Structures
We do research on the earthquake resistance and durability of concrete structures. For example, in a study working in collaboration with a private company, we investigated the performance of concrete structural members using high-strength shear reinforcement (rebar wound around the interior of columns and beams of a building) developed by the manufacturer. In addition, we are working on a study of concrete cracking from the perspective of durability and aesthetics. This research is attractive because the need is strong in the real world and is relevant to people’s lives.
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Architectural Planning Laboratory

Takeshi SUZUKI
Professor

Architectural Planning, Environment Behavior Study
We focus on how people live in populated places, and examine and research what kinds of architecture, facilities, and spaces should exist in the future in regions and cities, and how they should be planned and implemented.
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Environmental Hydraulic Laboratory

Kohsei TAKEHARA
Professor

Hydraulics
We are engaged in a wide range of research including gas transport phenomena in oceans and surrounding flow fields related to the motion of microorganisms. In addition, we are studying the phenomenon of water droplets and gas bubbles using the world's fastest video camera developed at this university.
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Urban Management Laboratory

Yasuo TOMITA
Professor

Transport Planning, Urban Planning, Regional Planning
We are working broadly on urban management in an aging society and low-carbon society from both a theoretical and practical perspective. In particular, we are studying town planning by the residents themselves that applies urban management techniques.
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Wind Engineering Laboratory

Hiroshi NODA
Professor

Wind Engineering, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Risk Assessment
As seawater temperatures near Japan have risen in recent years, disaster damage caused by powerful winds, for example, typhoons and tornadoes, has been increasing. We study the safety of buildings with respect to strong winds and the strong winds themselves.
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Laboratory of Composite Structural Engineering

Hiroshi HIGASHIYAMA
Professor

Structural Engineering, Bridge Engineering, Maintenance Engineering
For the sake of safe, reliable and comfortable living, we research the development of new materials and structures, investigate methodologies, and study maintenance of existing structures. We deepen our understanding by examining phenomena, touching on materials and structures in experiments and analysis.
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Social System Laboratory

Takaahiro HISA
Professor

Urban planning、Urban design、Community design
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Timber Structure Laboratory

Masahide MURAKAMI
Professor

Timber Structures
A variety of construction methods exist for wood structures. In addition, wood is a biological material, and thus, material strength is also uncertain. Consequently, the theory of structural design is still underdeveloped compared to reinforced concrete and steel-frame construction. We have adopted a research theme of developing computational theories and evaluating structural performance that will be beneficial in the structural design of various load-bearing elements. Since it is difficult to theoretically elucidate the full behavior of wood structures, we focus our research on tests of actual full-size structures.
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Housing for Life and Well-Being Laboratory

Kentaro YAMAGUCHI
Professor

Architecture Planning
In manufacturing, it is essential to get a picture of user needs and lifestyles. Using a variety of research methodologies, we gauge the needs of people who have difficulty in making their wishes known, for example, the elderly and the disabled, and study what is desirable in products, architecture, and communities from the standpoint of these people. In particular, we are undertaking comprehensive research on facilities for the elderly, from assistive devices and equipment to buildings and regional planning.
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Bridge Engineering Laboratory

Masahiro YONEDA
Professor

Bridge Engineering, Structural Engineering, Structural Dynamics
Bridges that hold up and survive, even when typhoons with wind speeds of 80 meters per second arrive, and also when earthquakes of magnitude 8 strike. Bridges for which no shaking occurs that will cause discomfort when vehicles pass by or when people are walking. We do research on such bridges.
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Urban Planning Laboratory

Yoshihisa WAKITA
Professor

Urban Planning, Architectural Planning
Based on knowledge and techniques of urban planning and architectural planning, we define the principles of space configuration in cities, villages, and houses indigenous to regions in Japan as well as in Southeast Asia, with a view toward resolving regional problems. At the same time, we are engaged in practical research on techniques to promote collaborative community development with citizen involvement.
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Laboratory of Environmental Engineering in Architecture

Masaru ABUKU
Associate Professor

Building Physics
We research the comfort, energy efficiency, and durability of buildings.
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Applied Mechanics Laboratory

Tomoo OKINAKA
Associate Professor

Material Mechanics, Applied Mechanics, Image Measurement Systems
In the break-up and collapse of a structure, splitting cracks will branch and propagate for several hundred meters. We use experiments and computer simulation to investigate what phenomena are occurring in such situations.
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Environmental Geotechnics Laboratory

Katsuyuki KAWAI
Associate Professor

Geotechnical Engineering, Geoenvironmental Engineering, Disaster Prevention
Using a three-phase mixture comprising soil particles, water, and air, we faithfully model geo-materials that exhibit complex behaviors depending on their composition ratio, and search for clues to solve problems by simulating ground disasters such as landslides and soil contamination.
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Environmental Sanitary Laboratory

Haruki SHIMAZU
Associate Professor

Environmental Engineering
Our laboratory investigates the status and sources of pollution from chemical substances in the atmosphere and water, in microorganisms, and the like. We examine whether the possibility exists that a substance would have an adverse impact on people and ecosystems, and conduct research with the aim of building appropriate systems to manage and control chemical substances.
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Water Environmental Measurement Laboratory

Yasuhide TAKANO
Associate Professor

Environmental Measurement Engineering, Hydrology
Using measurement instruments of our own making, as well as tethered balloons, electron microscopes, and the like, we investigate the state of the environment in urban areas mainly by measuring the heat and moisture environment (temperature, humidity, concentration of substances, etc.) in the atmosphere above cities.
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Architectural Environment and Building Services Laboratory

Yasuhiro NAGASAWA
Associate Professor

Architectural Environmental Engineering, Architectural Equipment Engineering, Thermal Environment and Indoor Air Quality
We conduct research on the planning, analysis, and evaluation of environmental building service systems to achieve indoor environments that will enable people residing in buildings to live in comfort and good health with minimal energy consumption.
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Environment Material Laboratory

Takayuki FUMOTO
Associate Professor

Concrete Engineering, Construction Materials, Environmental Materials
We are working to elucidate deformation and fracture behavior within materials, the distribution of deterioration in concrete, and optimal conditions for producing bio-coke, building on particulate measurements, deterioration distributions, and deformation measurements, from 3D X-ray computed tomography (CT) images. We will also clarify the physical properties of recycled materials and the characteristics of various types of concrete using them.
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Environmental Biological Science Laboratory

Kazuaki MATSUI
Associate Professor

Microbial Ecology, Evaluation of Impacts on Microbial Ecosystems
We are working on a variety of research projects to understand the microbial ecosystems. We isolate and characterize spore-forming mercury resistant bacteria to understand the dissemination nature of the mercury resistant transposon among bacteria. We also try to elucidate the quantitative relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning with microbes.
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Earthquake-Resistant Structure Laboratory

Tomohiro MATSUMIYA
Associate Professor

Steel Structures, Earthquake-Resistant Structures
Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. To enable people to live with peace of mind, we are conducting research to help improve the seismic safety of steel-frame buildings.
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Welfare Planning Laboratory

Takao YANAGIHARA
Associate Professor

Transportation Planning
We research the relationship between people and the social environment from a variety of perspectives, such as engineering, health and well-being, psychology, and cognitive science. In particular, in recent years, we have also been doing R&D on equipment to support independent living by people with disabilities.
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