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”.
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/
Mr. Jiantao Huang from Southwest Jiaotong University in China jointed our laboratory as a doctoral student.
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).
Dr. Konstantinos A. Skalomenos, who spend four years in our laboratory as a JSPS postdoctoral fellow and a specially-appointed Assistant Professor, is appointed as an Assistant Professor in the University of Birmingham. All the staff of the Ikeda-Kurata laboratory wishes the further success of Dr. Skalomenos.
Ms. Kako Onishi, Mr. Keiichiro Kunitomo, and Ms. Mie Toki presented their Bachelor thesis in a poster presentation session held by the Department of Architecture and Architectural system. All of them received good evaluations by the professors in the department and DPRI. Congratulations for good presentations!!
Prof. Larry Fahnestock of UIUC, Prof. James Ricles of Lehigh University, Prof. Richard Sause of Lehigh University, Prof. Barbara Simpson of Oregon State University, Prof. Taichiro Okazaki of Hokkaido University, and Dr. Yosuke Kawamata of NEID visited our laboratory and Prof. Simpson gave us a talk on innovative spine brace design. We also had a social gathering to deepen our collaboration.
Dr. Kailai Deng, a JSPS postdoctral research fellow, is appointed as an Associate Professor of South-West Jiaotong University and left our laboratory. All the staff of the Ikeda-Kurata laboratory wishes the further success of Dr. Deng.
Prof. Kurata, Dr. Kailai, and Ms Onishi visisted South West Jiaotong University in Chengdu for structural testing of beam-column connections. Prof. Kurata gave a talk on seismic design of nonstructural components design and testing.。 The collaborative research is posted online in the SNS account of South West Jiaotong University tps://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/baSiJlEVfnhbkgGC6Nq5MQ