Professor Kimiro MEGURO is a Director of International Center for Urban Safety Engineering at the Institute of Industrial Institute, the University of Tokyo.
After receiving his Ph. D. degree from the University of Tokyo in 1991, he joined IIS. Dr. MEGURO has wide range of research field in disaster management and urban safety from structural to non-structural measures. As a specialist of numerical simulation, he has developed several new models by which total behavior of structures and/or materials from a sound state to a complete discrete state can be simulated. Applying these models, he has been studying dynamic failure behavior that is highly nonlinear and very difficult to be simulated by conventional models. While in the other field, or as a specialist of non-structural measures and policy making, he has proposed some important social systems and policies for disaster reduction. He has been working on the human evacuation problems during disaster. He is also studying the application of new technologies, like virtual reality, GIS/RS and/or ICT to disaster management and urban safety issues, such as evacuation, fire-fighting drill, risk assessment, education on disaster, disaster information management, disaster manual etc. Also, he has been working for promotion of disaster countermeasures in developing countries.