Welcome to Kishita Laboratory Website!

Kishita Laboratory started its history in April 2016 at Department of Precision Engineering, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. We are jontly doing research activities with Umeda Laboratory of the same department. Based on expertise in the field of scenario design, life cycle engineering, design engineering, and sustainability science, we have been working on development of system design theory and methodology for sustainability*. Most of our research topics aim at designing sustainable futures based on in-depth understanding of the system of interest**. Our research is characterized by integrating timeline or temporal dynamics into the design process.

Drawing on Life Cycle Thinking, Scenario Thinking, and Design Thinking, we are attempting to elucidate the desirable interaction between technology and society toward sustainability. Examples of our research topics include, but are not limited to (for details, please see here):

Umeda-Kishita Laboratory is looking for prospective students at graduate level (master's and PhD). We are always seeking people to work together with, who are keen to break barriers between disciplines and to solve real-world problems. Although our laboratory belongs to an engineering department, students from diverse academic backgrounds are welcome. We are highly encouraged to promote collaborations with industry, national/local governments, and external research institutes both in Japan and overseas. We are aiming to establish a new, transdisciplinary academic field. If you are interested in joining us, please do not hesitate to contact us!

(*)Sustainability is the concept that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (modified from WCED, 1987). In general, given the finiteness of resources on the earth, sustainability requires us to consider all the aspects of economy, environment, and social equity. (Extra: Famous video presented by Prof. Hans Rosling, showing interesting stats on long-term demographic and income changes)
(**)The system to be designed depends on the research project, including product-service system (PSS), energy system, urban system, and sustainable business model.


Our paper has been published online in Technological Forecasting and Social Change. We have proposed a scenario structuring methodology for computer-aided scenario design.
Yusuke Kishita, Yuji Mizuno, Shinichi Fukushige, Yasushi Umeda, "Scenario Structuring Methodology for Computer-Aided Scenario Design: An Application to Envisioning Sustainable Futures," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 160, (2020), 120207, doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2020.120207.
Dr. Kishita wrote a book chapter focusing on backcasting in Future Design published by Springer.
Our paper has been accepted in Technological Forecasting and Social Change. We proposed the concept of scenario design and developed scenario structuring methodology for computer-aided scenario design.
Yusuke Kishita, Yuji Mizuno, Shinichi Fukushige, Yasushi Umeda, "Scenario Structuring Methodology for Computer-Aided Scenario Design: An Application to Envisioning Sustainable Futures," Technological Forecasting and Social Change. (in press)
Our paper has been accepted in IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. We proposed a method for designing roadmaps toward a sustainable vision using a backcasting approach. This paper is based on Master's thesis by Ms Yuki Okada, who finished her master's in March 2020.
Yuki Okada, Yusuke Kishita, Yutaka Nomaguchi, Tomoaki Yano, Koichi Ohtomi, "Backcasting-based Method for Designing Roadmaps to Achieve a Sustainable Future," IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. (accepted)
Our paper has been accepted in Sustainability. We proposed a method for designing scenarios using citizen-participatory workshops, with which we created long-term energy visions for Suita City, Japan.
Michinori Uwasu, Yusuke Kishita, Keishiro Hara, Yutaka Nomaguchi, "Citizen-participatory Scenario Design Methodology with Future Design Approach: A Case Study of Visioning for Low-carbon Society in Suita City, Japan," Sustainability, Vol. 12, No. 11, (2020), 4746, doi:10.3390/su12114746.
Mr. Yufune, who finished his bachelor program in March 2020, presented the following paper at CIRP LCE 2020 via online:
Kazuya Yufune, Ryo Ishida, Naoya Sato, Yusuke Kishita, Yasushi Umeda, "Developing demand forecasting model of remanufactured parts of mining machinery," the 27th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, 13-15 May, (2020).
Dr Kishita gave a guest lecture on scenario design and backcasting at a seminar held at European Commission Joint Research Centre Ispra, Italy.
A book chapter "The Use of Backcasting to Promote Urban Transformation to Sustainability: The Case of Toyama City, Japan" has been published by Springer.
Dr. Kishita joined the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Sustainability, Sustainable Organizations Section as a Review Editor.
A guidebook on Digitalize for the environment: A guide for municipalities and companies wanting to explore and realize the potential of digitalization is now available online. Dr. Kishita served as one of the contributing authors.
JAMDSM Special Issue on Design and Digital Engineering has been released online. Dr. Kishita took the role of one of Chief Editors.
EcoDesign 2019 International Symposium was held at Pacifico Yokohama, Japan. More than 200 papers were presented by colleagues from 25 countries and regions. Thank you very much for joining us! Two of our master's students (Okada-san and Watanabe-san) were presented their papers.
Dr. Kishita gave a guest lecture titled "Scenario Design of Sustainable Mobility Futures" at Technical University of Braunschweig for master's students. Mobility futures for 2050 were discussed through a facilitated workshop. It was fun!
A brief introduction of Dr. Kishita is uploaded here at the website of School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo.
The 3rd expert workshop on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in Malaysia was successfully held at LESTARI, UKM. Photo is here. This workshop was organized as part of PECoP-Asia project.
Our paper has been published online in Journal of Cleaner Production. The paper can be downloaded free of charge via this link until 24 November 2019.
Noriaki Nakatsuka, Yusuke Kishita, Tatsuya Kurafuchi, Fumiteru Akamatsu, "Integrating wastewater treatment and incineration plants for energy-efficient urban biomass utilization: A life cycle analysis", Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 243, (2020), 118448.
Dr. Kishita was awarded Certificate of Merit for Frontier Achievement from Design and Systems Division, Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME).
Dr. Kishita is on sabbatical from August 2019 to February 2020 in Germany and UK. He will be working as a visiting scholar at TU Braunschweig, Germany (August-November 2019) and University of Cambridge, UK (December 2019-February 2020).
Dr. Kishita was awarded the 7th Kaya Award from Japan Society of Energy and Resources.
Our lab members presented papers at CIRP LCE 2019, which was held at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. See Publications for details.
Dr. Kishita was awarded The Young Scientists' Prize of The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology 2019 for his work "Research on Scenario Design Methodology for Sustainability."
Based on Strategic Partnership Agreement between University of Cambridge and the University of Tokyo, we organized the 2nd workshop on Future Technology for Sustainability (FTS) on the University of Tokyo Hongo Campus. Please visit here for details. In addition, the reporting article has been published on the IfM website.
Our paper presented at EcoDesign 2017 has been published in Springer book:
Kohei Saiki, Yusuke Kishita and Yasushi Umeda, "Describing Diffusion Scenarios for Low-Carbon Products Using Life Cycle Simulation," Technologies and Eco-innovation towards Sustainability II, In: Hu, A., Matsumoto, M., Kuo, T. and Smith, S. (eds), Springer, Singapore, (2019), pp. 345-359, doi:10.1007/978-981-13-1196-3_27.
Our paper has been published online in IEEE Systems Journal. The approach proposed here is to integrate system dynamics and scenario planning to determine product design goals:
Marc-Andre Chavy-Macdonald, Kazuya Oizumi, Yusuke Kishita, Kazuhiro Aoyama, "A System Dynamics and Scenarios Framework for Architecting Product Design Goals for Changeability," IEEE Systems Journal, (2019), doi:10.1109/JSYST.2018.2886565.

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7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan
Hongo Campus, Engineering Building #14,
Room 727 (Kishita's Office), Room 1034 (Umeda-Kishita Laboratory)
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Phone/Fax: +81-(0)3-5841-6478 (ext. 26478)
E-mail: kishita[at]