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SPERC: Soft Path Engineering Research Center

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For the development of a sustainable society, development and implementation of new engineering systems (soft-path engineering) for resource/energy, safety/security, environmental protection, information and communication, life science and so on, are indispensable.
The Soft Path Engineering Research Center, established in April 2011, promotes distinctive research in three areas of soft path engineering: safety/security, future engineering, and new materials/energy. The center facilitates several research groups for each area that focus on specific themes, but operates them in a way which generates synergies between groups and across fields. The existing Non Destructive Evaluation and Science Research Center and Research Center for Regional Disaster Management will continue their research activities as research groups ( "research centers" ) for the new center.

Non Destructive Evaluation and Science Research Center (safety/security area)

In order to develop technologies for safety evaluation and maintenance of aging industrial/social infrastructure and equipment structures, the center advances its unique research into evaluation technology to establish technology for highly reliable deterioration diagnosis of metallic materials.

Research Center for Regional Disaster Management (safety/security area)

The center clarifies mechanisms and regional characteristics of natural disasters, particularly volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, tsunami and floods, and develops methods to prevent/reduce the impact of disasters by using networks with the government, industry, academia and residents. It also provides support for efforts to raise awareness of disaster prevention and educational activities for disaster prevention.