Center for Needs-Initiated Projects

Overview of KIT Education and Research Project Centers

The four Centers described below have been established for a limited time to propel specific research projects and outcomes. The centers will further our long-term vision of “human-oriented technology” as they respond to KIT needs and requests in addition to those of business, industry and regional organizations. Each of these project centers is associated with a research field in which we already have significant achievements and is a showcase of work characteristic of KIT.

Purpose of the Education and Research Project Centers

One of the missions of Kyoto Institute of Technology is to contribute to the sciences, art, culture, and industry through the exploration of wisdom, beauty, and technology within Kyoto, a historical center of Japanese traditional culture and applied art. Our mission guidelines require us to focus on projects which benefit society in an environmentally-friendly way, integrating wisdom and beauty, and to create technology in alignment with the best of human potential and ethics. We are constantly evolving.

President Kiyotaka MORISAKO


KIT Education and Research Centers

1.Center for Lifetime Prediction

Industry has taken notice of our research into advanced metal and composite materials such as GFRP and CFRP (glass reinforced plastics, carbon fiber reinforced plastics), resin molded products, and rubber materials. We are striving to establish accelerated methods of testing durability under various conditions, to clarify the mechanisms of long-term deterioration of manufactured products, and to disseminate common platform technologies that promote careful use of excellent products for a long time.

[Director]
Dr. Hiroyuki Nishimura (Faculty of Fiber Science and Engineering)
[Project Period] November 2015 through March 2019

2.Center for Green Innovation

Building on the outcomes of our research into energy efficiency, we are propelling forward the “Next-generation Energy System Creation Strategy for Kyoto,” a MEXT-subsidized project for regional innovation, and are working to attract researchers to this field. The university is striving to enhance its three areas of strongest expertise. One of these is Green Innovation. We are working in close collaboration with the Green Innovation project team to establish a research hub in the field of green innovation.

[Director]
Dr. Masahiro Yoshimoto (Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Electronics)
[Project Period]
November 2015 through March 2020

3.Center for Rubber Science and Technology

We collaborate with institutions the world over in producing young researchers and engineers who are responsible for the development of next-generation rubber industries and manufacturing centers. We disseminate original knowledge useful for the advancement of rubber science and technology. As a research hub for natural rubber, a material that has an important role to serve in the 21st century from the perspective of sustainability, we are contributing to a low-carbon world.

[Director]
Dr. Yuko Ikeda (Faculty of Molecular Chemistry and Engineering)
[Project Period]
November 2016 through March 2021

4.New Era Creative City Research Center

As a strategy for improving Japan’s intellectual productivity, we have developed a “new-generation work place research center” that has been re-inventing the main stage for intellectual production activities ? the workplace. We have extended our research to encompass the concept of unifying urban-planning level connections among company workplaces. This will serve to facilitate the creation of new industries by revitalizing enterprises, regions and communities.

[Director]
Dr. Ryusuke Naka (Faculty of Design and Architecture)
[Project Period]
November 2016 through March 2019