Birthday Wishes to Professor Ikeda and Farewell Celebration to Dr. Liangi Qi

On August 27th*, we celebrated a milestone with Professor Ikeda as he celebrated his 60th Birthday. We continue to wish him health and longevity. We sadly said farewell to Dr. Liangi Qi as he returned to his university in China. We wish him the best in his future pursuits. *Due to the restrictions of COVID-19 were not able to host an in-person gathering but still wanted to celebrate somehow.

Prof. Kurata appointed as Editorial Board of Journal of Earthquake Engineering

The Journal of Earthquake Engineering (https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ueqe20/current) is an international journal in the field of earthquake engineering that was first published in 1997. Recently, it has become an official journal of the International Association for the Seismic Performance of Non-Structural Elements (SPONSE), an academic organization established for the purpose of evaluating the seismic performance of nonstructural elements. The journal has a relatively short history, but in recent years the number of citations has increased and the Impact Factor has risen to nearly 3.  Prof. Kurata serves as  the Editorial Board of the journal for five years.

2020 US-Japan E-Defense Testing on Frame-Spine-FLC System

On December 14-17, 2020, we conducted a shake table experiment on a 4-layer damping steel building at E-Defense with the University of Illinois, Lehigh University, Oregon State University, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention, and Hokkaido University. This project is supported by the National Science Foundation of the United States. Although the researchers from the U.S. were unable to come to Japan due to the corona disaster, we managed to complete the experiment successfully through the unity of the team and real-time information sharing using various online tools. We would like to express our gratitude to all the students and technical staff who helped us with the […]

2020 E-Defense Test on Steel Hospital Building

From December 1 to 8, 2012, at E-Defense, the world’s largest seismic table test facility, we conducted seismic tests on a steel-framed hospital building to establish a method for quickly determining the functional continuity of facilities that serve as hubs for local medical care, such as base hospitals for disasters, after an earthquake. Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) has been conducting the project in collaboration with the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED), as part of the “Resilience Enhancement Project Centered on the Tokyo Metropolitan Area,” a project subsidized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). We are conducting research to improve […]

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: http://www.dpri.kyoto-u.ac.jp/news_en/12745/

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 (http://www.dpri.kyoto-u.ac.jp/organization_en/iasdrrg_en/rddms/herdrm/)  and the kickoff symposium was held at Kyoto University  (http://www.dpri.kyoto-u.ac.jp/news_en/12506/) 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 (https://extranet.who.int/kobe_centre/en/news/KyotoUniv_Symposium_2019).