Welcome to Kishita Laboratory Website!
Kishita Laboratory started its history in April 2016 at Department of Precision Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. We are jontly doing research activities with Umeda Laboratory at the same department. Based on experties in the field of scenario design, life cycle engineering, design engineering, and sustainability science, we have been working on development of theory and methodology to design social systems and manufacturing industry 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.
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.
EcoDesign 2019 (25-27 November 2019) will be organized in Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan. Please join us!
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)
[Access to Hongo Campus/Access to Engineering Building #14/Google Map]
Phone/Fax: +81-(0)3-5841-6478 (ext. 26478)