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Tatsuo Kanno Last modified date:2023.11.22

Professor / Structural Engineering and Disaster Mitigation Section
Department of Architecture and Urban Design
Faculty of Human-Environment Studies

Graduate School
Undergraduate School

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Academic Degree
Dr. Eng.
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
Earthquake Engineering, Earthquake Disaster Prevention
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
Originally buildings have a role of shelter to protect us from the rages of nature. However, when the buildings are destroyed by an earthquake shaking, they become dangerous weapons to kill people. In order not to change the buildings into dangerous weapons, we have to not only build the buildings strongly against the earthquake shaking, but also understand the characteristics of the earthquake ground motions that are the enemy for the buildings. Because earthquake ground motions change greatly depending on the underground structures, it is important to grasp them to understand characteristics of the ground motions.

Based on modeling of underground structures and computer simulation of earthquake ground motions, in our laboratory, we are trying to solve various problems concerning underground structures and earthquake ground motions, such as the elucidation of the cause of severe earthquake motions that have a major influence on the seismic safety of buildings.

In such research, we think that it is very important to find out useful information for understanding characteristics of earthquake motions and underground structures from observed data. We not only use data observed by ourselves, but also observed data provided from the public seismic observation networks which have been dramatically expanded in recent years. In addition, we actually observe microtremors caused by various vibrations, such as traffic vibrations and ocean waves, in the study area, and use them for research.
Research Interests
  • Sophistication of underground structure model for prediction of strong ground motion in volcanic sedimentary basin
    keyword : volcanic deposits, underground structure model, microtremors, earthquake, damping characteristics
  • Study on introduction of AI technology to microtremor exploration
    keyword : microtremor exploration, AI technology
  • Study on improving the accuracy of ground motion prediction equation
    keyword : ground motion prediction equation
  • Estimation of Underground Structures and Effects of Surface geology on Seismic Motions
    keyword : Underground Structures, Microtremors, Seismic Motions
  • Study on strong ground motion simulation
    keyword : strong motion prediction, strong ground motion simulation
  • Study on the elucidation of the cause of long period earthquake ground motions observed at Aso city during the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake.
    keyword : The 2016 Kumamoto earthquake, Aso city, long period earthquake ground motions
Academic Activities
1. Kanno, T.、A. Narita、N. Morikawa, H. Fujiwara and Y. Fukushima, A New Attenuation Relation for Strong Ground Motion in Japan Based on Recorded Data, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 96, 879 - 897, 2006.06.
Membership in Academic Society
  • Architectural Institute of Japan
  • Japan Association for Earthquake Engineering
  • Seismological Society of Japan
  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists of Japan