Prof. Ikuo Towhata
Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo
Vice President for Asia，International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
Introducing Prof. Ikuo Towhata
Professor Ikuo Towhata has been working in the field of disaster mitigation technology with emphases on earthquakes and landslides. Prof. Ikuo Towhata obtained his Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral degrees at University of Tokyo, Japan.
His academic experience began as a research associate and lecturer at University of Tokyo. Currently he is a visiting professor at Kanto Gakuin University, Yokohama, Japan. His affiliations include Member of the Japanese Geotechnical Society, Life member of the Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society, Member of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Fellow member of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers, Member of the Japan Association for Earthquake Engineering, Member of the Japan Landslide Society, Honorary member of the Nepal Geotechnical Society, Associate Member of Science Council Japan. Prof. Ikuo has published more than 400 English papers in International Journals and Conference including a comprehensive book in 2008 "Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering".
Abstract of the Talk
After the nuclear accident at Fukushima No.1 Power Plant in Japan, 2011, many efforts have been made to settle the problem, stopping leakage from the contaminated reactor buildings, cleaning contaminated soils around the power plant and many others. Although those efforts were effective to a certain extent, the output has not been satisfactory yet. One of the reasons for this is the shortage of collaboration by many different engineering fields. Due to this reason, the Japanese Geotechnical Society has been allowed to join the activity team with the governmental support to propose and study possible solutions. Noteworthy is that many on-going problems in the power plant are of geotechnical nature such as ground water contamination, stopping leakage, removal of molten nuclear fuel (called debris) and final disposal of those fuels and damaged reactors in underground tunnels. Prof. Towhata addressed the overall picture of the accident as well as the said efforts during the period of 2011-2016 and will talk about the contribution of his expertise to problems that experts of nuclear engineering could not solve properly. He showed the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration for addressing such complex problems.
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