Announcement of 2020 Blind Prediction Contest

We are pleased to announce the beginning of our Blind Prediction Contest:   Recently, hospitals have come under scrutiny for their ability to absorb many types of disasters and continue to function with minimal impact. The primary focus of the current experimentation and research is to take a more holistic approach to generate more robust hospital resilience data.   We will attempt to measure and classify functionality and the current resilience in a hospital setting by using: (1) a full-scale representation of a complex two-building multi-story hospital with both a fixed and isolated base, (2) various nonstructural components and (3) critical medical equipment. The testing will take place in December […]

Farewell Gathering for Mr. Guiseppe Marzano

Yesterday was Mr. Guiseppe Marzano’s last day with our lab; due to the concerns of the Corona Virus, we were not able to give him a farewell party. Instead, we were able to have a small coffee break and share our thoughts and words of encouragement towards Guiseppe. After completing his doctoral studies, Guiseppe will return to Italy; we wish him the best in his future endeavors. Congratulations on your graduation.

Welcome to Jasmine Gipson, Yuki Matsumoto, Naohisa Yoshida

Ms. Jasmine Gipson started a new research life at Kyoto University as a research student. She has completed the Master’s degree in UC Berkeley and is preparing for the Ph.D. program, starting from September 2020. Mr. Yuki Matsumoto and Naohisa Yoshida are the senior students of the undergraduate school of Architecture, Kyoto University and work on the Bachelor thesis study with our research group.

Mr. Taketo Kobayashi and Mr. Akito Fukuzawa completed the Bachelor program

Mr. Taketo Kobayashi and Mr. Akito Fukuzawa, the senior students of our research group, completed the graduation research presentation, and successfully submitted their graduation thesis. Congratulations on your graduation. Although the graduation ceremony was canceled in response to the coronary calamity, please take a break and refresh minds. We wish your further success in the master’s program starting from April. All the laboratory members

Mr. Ryo Ichikawa and Mr. Shingo Hamauzu successfully completed the Master program.

Ryo Ichikawa and Shinsuke Hamauzu completed the Master’s Thesis Hearing on February 6th. They submitted a master’s thesis summarizing their two-year research activities and successfully completed the master’s course. Congratulations on your successful completion. The entire nation and the world are in an emergency situation under the Corona calamity. Nonetheless, we wish their success even in the new workplaces with adaptability they have learned during life in the research group. Ikeda-Kurata research group

Visit by Prof. DesRoches from Rice University in the USA

Prof. Reginald DesRoches, William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering at the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University, visited our laboratory. Prof. DesRoches and our group members discussed some of our recent research progresses. Prof. DesRoches also gave a public presentation entitled “The promise of smart materials in earthquake resistant design”.

Prof. Ikeda gave a talk at the 30th DPRI, Kyoto University Public Lecture Series

The 30th DPRI Public Lecture series was held at the Campus Plaza Kyoto, Kyoto Station, Kyoto, Japan on 24th September 2019. The theme of the 30th Session was “Managing disasters ~ Preparing to live flexibly even after a disaster ~”. Prof. Yoshiki Ikeda gave a talk entitled “Earthquake-Resistant, Base-Isolation and Protective Systems: Self-Help in Building Structures”. DPRI News:

Foundation of New Research Section “Health Emergency and Regional Disaster Risk Management”

The new research section named “Health Emergency and Regional Disaster Risk Management” was founded (  and the kickoff symposium was held at Kyoto University  ( on June 29, 2019 . Prof. Kurata join the new section with double appointment. Prof. Kurata served for the symposium as a coordinator of the panel discussion. The keynote speech was held by Dr. Ryuma Kayano of WHO (World Health Organization) Kobe Center and the WHO KC website reported the activities of the symposium (