Our laboratory is dedicated to conducting research on sustainable cities of the future. To this end, we investigate the actual situations and structural natures of modern urban issues such as population decline, environmental issues and natural disasters, and develop solutions through numerical analysis based on global information systems (GIS) technology. We also work with local communities in the vicinity of the Shonan campus and help to develop solutions for local issues. For example, we are involved in field studies and analyses of community programs such as environmental beautification works along the Shibuta river, in conjunction with a local NPO based in Hiratsuka. Also, in nearby Hadano, we are working with the municipal authorities on emergency maps designed to improve readiness for natural disasters such as earthquakes, while at Oisomachi we are developing a traffic simulator to promote efficient evacuation plans for events like tsunamis. Our international students study changes in land use and traffic congestion solutions in their hometowns. For students studying public infrastructure, working with local residents is a valuable experience, given that more people will be involved in town planning in future. International students are often involved, and this is a formative experience that gives them a window into Japanese culture and values.
My research topic is public transportation systems in Hanoi. The laboratory work has given me a global perspective on the civil engineering profession. The laboratory is equipped with a range of cutting-edge instrumentation and equipment for both lab research and field surveys. For example, I am using microscopic multi-modal traffic flow simulations in my research.
There are many students from different countries around the world working together successfully in this laboratory. My research is on Urban Land Expansion using GIS and remote sensing and Land Development Direction in Kabul, Afghanistan. The overall goal of my research is to understand the extent and the factors driving urban land expansion in Kabul.