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Yamada Yasuhiro Last modified date:2021.11.25

Professor / Energy Resource Engineering
Department of Earth Resources Engineering
Faculty of Engineering

Graduate School
Undergraduate School

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Academic Degree
PhD (RHBNC, Univ of London UK)
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Yes Doctor
Field of Specialization
Energy Resource Engineering, Subsurface Exploration, Borehole Informatics
ORCID(Open Researcher and Contributor ID)
Research Interests
  • Subsurface exploration and utilization: what a wonderful world! /
    Energy resources geology / Methane hydrates / CO2 storage /
    Mantle drilling / Mantle resources /
    Digital outcrop / Image analysis / VR / Drone /
    Structural geology / Subsurface geodynamics / Stability evaluation / Submarine landslides / Analogue modeling /
    State-of-the-art drilling science / Drilling informatics / Geophysical logging analysis /
    Exploration geophysics / Subsurface exploration
    keyword : Resources, Energy, Drilling, Mantle, Earth, Image analysis, Deformation, Physical properties
Academic Activities
Educational Activities
In order to change society for the better, I believe that researchers must be actively involved in educational activities. Since students studying at Kyushu University are expected to play an important role in an increasingly complex and international society after graduation, we are working to educate students so that they have the knowledge and skills to meet the expectations of society, as well as a multifaceted, international perspective and logical thinking.

Specifically, through lectures, exercises and fieldwork, students are taught not only textbook knowledge and skills, but also the complexity of natural phenomena and how humans understand only part of them, how they are connected to other phenomena and global issues, and how the human space-time scale affects the process of perceiving them. The course also provides students with the opportunity to think about the relationship between global activities and human life. We also work with students on the links between global activities and human life, in particular the social and energy systems that underpin modern civilisation and the SDGs and ESGs.

In recent years, due to the risks and costs of outdoor activities, education and research in the field have become increasingly difficult worldwide. In response to this, we are working on safe and efficient field education, incorporating technologies such as virtual fields, which are now being offered by overseas universities. In addition, we are using our experience of remote experiment research, which is being carried out in collaboration with companies, to seek better ways of conducting remote experiments and to make experimental education using cross-reality (XR) technology a reality.

With the help of friends in various parts of the world, we are strengthening our collaboration with universities and institutions in Japan and abroad that are interested in environmental and energy issues, using schemes such as JICA and JOGMEC, and my position as a visiting professor at the University of London. At the same time, I am taking a more ambitious approach to human resource development programmes such as exchanges and training with high schools and companies, as well as publicity and promotional activities.