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HASHIMOTO Yuichi Professor

Human Sciences / Regional Sciences
Specialized Field
Geography, Geographical Information Science (GIS)
Research Subject
Development of analysis method using GIS for spatio-temporal structure of urban social and economic activities. Especially, Analysis for seasonal difference of living environment in cold, snowy area.
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Lab. Letters: Messages from the Laboratory

Understanding people’s livelihoods based on geographical information science: Elucidating the spatio-temporal structure in metropolitan area

When the subject of geography comes up, some people may regard it as hard to deal with. But have you ever noticed that geography is actually a familiar science for looking at the living environment and livelihoods? Take Tokyo, for instance. The simple question of how this densely populated megacity came to be created inspired me to take up research on metropolitan areas. As part of a project to clarify the spatio-temporal structure of metropolitan areas, I’m currently involved in joint research with the Graduate School of Engineering. I’m working on developing a road traffic control system for Sapporo based on geographical information system and a satellite positioning system.

A student I’d supervised presented his research indicating that the capacity of disaster shelters in winter in Sapporo is insufficient to accommodate all evacuees, and the research was highly regarded at a conference. Hokkaido has an abundance of community-based research themes worth addressing.

  • A database that visualizes vehicle speeds (measured in the city center of Sapporo in 2004)
    A clear relationship was identified among weather conditions, vehicle running status, and the driving behaviors of motorists.

Playing a role as a hub of industry-academia-government collaboration: Find a rewarding sense of satisfaction from contributing to society.

My laboratory plays a central role in industry-academia-government collaboration on geographical information science. We derive great satisfaction from meeting social demands by giving our research findings back to society, which motivates us to conduct new research. Furthermore, intellectual training, such as seen in the gathering and analysis of data through experiments to draw certain conclusions, is an instrumental in working at any position. If you’re interested in geography, livelihoods and social structures beyond the framework of liberal arts and science courses, why not visit my laboratory?

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