Prof. Narito Kurata

Dr. Kurata is now a Professor of Tsukuba University of Technology.

His research interest includes structural health monitoring and control of buildings and civil engineering structures. In recent years, he was particularly interested in sensor networks and autonomous time synchronization sensing systems.


Ph.D. (2000)                 Architectural Engineering, The University of Tokyo.
M. Engrg. (1986)          Architectural Engineering, The University of Tokyo.
B. Engrg. (1984)           Architectural Engineering, Waseda University.


Professor, 2013-present
Faculty of Industrial Technology, Tsukuba University of Technology, Ibaraki, Japan
Supervisory Research Engineer, 2010-2013
Kajima Technical Research Institute, Kajima Corporation, Tokyo, Japan.
Supervisory Research Engineer, 2005-2010
Planning Manager, 2003-2005.
Senior Research Engineer, 1996-2003.
Research Engineer, 1986-1996.
Kobori Research Complex, Kajima Corporation, Tokyo, Japan.

Key academic activities

Seismic Response Control System with Variable StiffnessDeveloped variable stiffness system to show effectiveness of unti-resonance theory and apply to actual buildings.
Passive Damping DeviceDeveloped passive hydraulic damper for high-rise buildings to show structural response reduction performance and apply to actual buildings.
Semi-active Structural Control SystemDeveloped semi-active hydraulic damper and control system to realize structural control of buildings in large earthquake and apply to actual buildings.
Ubiquitous Wireless Sensor Network for SHMDeveloped ubiquitous wireless sensor network system to realize structural health monitoring of buildings and civil infrastructures.
Autonomous Time Synchronization Sensing System for SHMDeveloped autonomous time synchronization sensing system to realize structural health monitoring of buildings and civil infrastructures.
SHM and Maintenance Technologies for World Heritage StructuresDeveloped sensor system for SHM and maintenance of world heritage structures include the Battle Ship Island in Japan and Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Professional Society membership

Member            The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
Member            Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ)
Chair                 Committee on Information System Technology, AIJ
Chair                 Research Working Group of the Information Required for Reconstruction and Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster, AIJ
Chair                 Committee on Smart Monitoring of Architecture and Building, AIJ
Member            The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE),
Vice Chair         Smart Sensing System Committee, SICE
Member            Ubiquitous Sensor Network Committee, The Institute of Electronics, Information, and Communication Engineers (IEICE)
Chair                 Committee on Sensing Solution Technology of IoT and CPS, Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA)