Department of Civil Engineering Laboratories

Planning and Management

Design for Healthy Cities

  • The city of Calgary—in harmony with nature

  • Urban structures are like the human body

The structure of countries and cities can be compared to the structure of the human body—the roads that carry people and goods can be likened to blood vessels, and the communication networks that carry information are like the nervous system. In the same way that healthy living extends the lives of people, our study aims to enable cities to live longer in good health—in other words, to be sustainable—by identifying what states constitute “good health” from the standpoint of a city.

Instructor: Atsushi Suzuki

Design of Urban Structures That Consider Residential Desirability of Locations

  • Example of simulation results with GIS

  • Development of models focusing on the relationship between household attributes and housing choices

We are developing computer simulations to investigate how city structures will change in the future, when depopulation and the aging of society will be in advanced stages in many cities in Japan.
Attractive urban structures are designed using a GIS (geographic information system) and a micro-simulation model focused on the relationship between household attributes and housing choices.

Instructor: Atsushi Suzuki

Design of Environment-Friendly Traffic Flow

  • Using a simulator to measure the impact on a driver behavior

  • Predicting traffic conditions based on traffic flow simulation

We conduct R&D on new IT-based traffic information systems, while considering their influence on the mental state and driving behavior of drivers. By predicting which road conditions are abruptly changeable and by using appropriate information to smooth road usage both temporally and spatially, we design environment-friendly traffic flows where no congestion occurs.

Instructor: Yukimasa Matsumoto

Design of Mobility for Regional Revitalization

  • Bus location system with regional information

  • Bus location system developed by our laboratory

Safe and reliable public transportation should be available at any time and for anyone, from children to the elderly. Such public transportation should provide mobility that is friendly to both people and the environment. As regions are revitalized, further promotion of public transportation can be expected. We design mobility systems and the best ways to facilitate the regional revitalization that will be required in the near future.

Instructor: Yukimasa Matsumoto

Advanced Research Center for Natural Disaster Risk Reduction (NDRR) Launched

Meijo University’s “Research Project for ‘21st Century-Type’ Natural Disaster Risk Reduction” was adopted as a Strategic Research Base Development Program for Private Universities by MEXT Japan (the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) in 2012, and NDRR was launched. NDRR promotes advanced research in the prevention and reduction of disasters in order to reduce the risks of “21st century-type” natural disasters faced by modern society, which include floods and landslide damage caused by torrential rain and earthquakes in urban areas.

Advanced Research Center for Natural Disaster Risk Reduction website