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Urban and Civil Engineering

Study fields in the department encompass urban, civil engineering planning and building infrastructures that aim at a safe and comfortable society. The mission of the department is to educate future engineers devoted to designing, constructing and maintaining infrastructures (e.g., roads, railroads, bridges and waterworks) towards a sustainable urban environment.

Students in their fresh-person year start learning basic subjects in engineering such as calculus and physics. Sophomores are introduced to topics in fundamental mechanics such as structural mechanics and hydraulics. They also take experimental subjects that nurture their independent and critical thinking. Junior students learn more advanced topics including earthquake engineering, construction management and public economics. In the beginning of the second semester, most junior students join laboratories where they shall perform research towards their graduation thesis that continue in their senior year. Throughout the four- year-course, Problem-Based learning (PBL) subjects are provided in each year, including graduation thesis. Topics of those courses are related to the engineering design process such as intelligent transportation system, disaster prevention, and infrastructure longevity. The department offers a wide range of education and training activities towards an all-rounded education with critical thinking, including experiments, exercises, seminars and field works of applied nature.

Program Outcomes and Accreditation

  1. Ability to apply mechanics in order to develop safe and sustainable design in an urban environment.
  2. Ability to design a structure appropriately to meet the needs of clients.
  3. Understanding of basic to state-of-the-art technologies and/or research in the fields of “Urban Design”, “Urban Environment” and “Disaster Mitigation”.

As a unique feature of the department, our program is accredited by the Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education (JABEE). Graduates can be qualified as Associate Professional Engineers. The graduates find their employment typically ranging from construction and consulting companies to governmental offices.

Fields of Research

The urban and civil engineers of today are seeking solutions to benefit both the society and individuals to reduce environmental pollution. Research laboratories in the department are dedicated to improving the human environment through the planning, design, construction, and life-long management of infrastructures and transportation systems.

There are three major fields in the department where intensive research is performed

  1. Disaster Prevention Engineering
    The topics are asset management of existing infrastructures based on reliability theory, and economic impact from a natural disaster and its recovery process. In addition, health monitoring of infrastructure using sensors such as accelerometer, ultrasonic, and infrared camera is investigated. Development of circulation system of concrete, cement and aggregate is also one of the topics.
  2. Environmental Engineering
    One main topic is water environment including coastal areas, rivers, urban water supply, sewage works and atmospheric environment in urban areas. The other topic is geotechnical environment including development of ground improvement methods, damage in soil structures by environmental effects; development of countermeasures, including micro-bubbles and water repellant sands against liquefaction.
  3. Urban Planning and Management
    The focuses of urban planning group are on comprehensive land use planning system under the approaching era marked by declining population, participation of various stakeholders in the urban and regional planning process. Management group investigates the application of construction information modelling and building information modelling (CIM/BIM) for enhancement of productivity.

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Academic Staff


  1. 1. Spatial variability of geotechnical properties
  2. 2. Bayesian Bridge Weigh-In-Motion (BWIM)
  3. 3. Reliability Estimation of Existing Structures
  1. (1) Geotechnical Investigation
  2. (2) Ground Improvement
  3. (3) Pile Foundation
  1. (1) Detection of fatigue crack of rib-to-deck weld of orthotropic steel deck
  2. (2) Detection of water leakage of drainpipe of bridge
  3. (3) Detection of fatigue crack under paint coating
  1. Membrane technology
  2. MBR
  3. Membrane fouling
  1. 1. Centrifuge modelling of geotechnical
  2. 2. Slope stability
  3. 3. Site investigation of labour accident caused by geotechnical works
  4. 4. Ground vibration
  5. 5. Geotechnical earthquake engineering
  1. (1)A stochastic model for deterioration process
  2. (2)Probable Maximum Loss Index of Water Supply System

Associate Professor

  1. Structural Health Monitoring, Maintenance, Sensing, Steel Structures
  1. (1) Development of dynamic geodemographics using mobile big data
  2. (2) Realization of micro population census by deep learning using satellite images in developing countries
  3. (3) Dynamic understanding of consumption trends before and after COVID-19 pandemic using mobile big data
  4. (4) Development of a method for estimating the spatial distribution of vacant houses using public data
  5. (5) Ultra-high resolution spatial analysis of urban heat island phenomena (UHI) using thermal infrared images collected by drones
  1. (1). Public procurement system
  2. (2).Disaster management
  3. (3)Automatic acquisition of productivity and working conditions in construction projects.
  1. (1) Recycled aggregate
  2. (2) Hard urethane
  3. (3) Resin concrete