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 at 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 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):
- Scenario design for sustainable futures
- Development and assessment of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) visions (from a manufacturing perspective)
- Future Design using participatory backcasting at municipal scale
- Scenario simulation for energy system (including uptake of new energy-related
- Technology roadmapping for sustainable manufacturing industry
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
- 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
- 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,
- 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.