Topic: Recent research for constructing middle-rise wooden building
- joint development using GIR technology and related basic research -
・Graduate Student, The University of Tokyo, Dr. Eng.
(2009. 4 ~ 2012. 3)
・Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
(2010. 4 ~ 2012. 3)
・Postdoctoral Fellow, Tokyo University of Science
(2012. 4 ~ 2013. 3)
・Assistant Professor, Tokyo University of Science
(2013. 4 ~ 2016. 3)
・Associate Professor, Kyushu University
(2016. 4 ~)
・Visiting Associate Professor, Tokyo University of Science
(2016. 4 ~)
○ Other Past Work
・Lecturer (part time)
－ Chiba University
－ Musashino Art University
－ Tokyo Polytechnic University
－ The University of Tokyo
・Visiting Researcher, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience
(2013 ~ 2018)
Recently the applicability of timber structure has been expanded, and we also try to support these activities in the research field. One of the important features of timber structure is not able to make a rigid frame, because the flexibility of wood is affected. However, high stiffness joint is necessary to construct middle-rise or more high-rise building, and we need to develop it. This presentation shows the joint which currently being developed. The joint is developed with the goal of ensuring high rigidity by using Glued In Rod (GIR) Technology. Furthermore this presentation also shows the related research, which is the basic research for evaluating the characteristics of GIR components, such as the boundary condition between glue and steal, mechanical property of glue, and friction of wood surface.
Ping Yeap LOH Department of Human Life Design and Science, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University, Japan
Topic: Human Factors and Ergonomics in the Workplace: Emerging Fields and Technologies from a Human Physiological Response Perspective
Ping Yeap Loh is a faculty member at the Department of Human Life Design and Science, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University, Japan. He received his BOT(Hons) from the National University of Malaysia, Malaysia, in 2009; MDes and PhD degrees from the Kyushu University, Japan, in 2015 and 2017, respectively. His research interests include ergonomics, occupational therapy, musculoskeletal disorders, and assistive technology.
The first topic is the emerging field of medical imaging and ergonomics research, which focuses on comprehensive research using medical imaging techniques and their application in ergonomics research. For example, ultrasound imaging can be used for carpal tunnel syndrome prevention among office workers. Second topic is the field of human physiological adaptation to exoskeleton robots and power augmentation explores how human bodies respond to wearing exoskeleton robots that enhance physical abilities.
Masaaki Iwamoto Assistant Professor, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University
Topic: Design of lightweight timber structures
Dr. Masaaki Iwamoto is Assistant Professor at Kyushu University and a first class registered architect in Japan. He has extensive professional experience as an architect in both Japan and Vietnam. His research on low-cost structure in Asian countries, has resulted in various prototypes and demonstrate expertise in working in hot and humid climates. In 2020, he completed his PhD on Cambodia’s most well-known modern architect, Vann Molyvann.
Born in 1982 in Tokyo, Iwamoto studied architecture at the University of Tokyo. In 2006-2007, he joined the Institute of Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design, Stuttgart University, as a research fellow. After having practice as architect in Tokyo, he joined Vo Trong Nghia Architects in 2011 as partner / design director of Ho Chi Minh City HQ and became a driving force in a diverse range of conceptual projects. In 2015, Iwamoto moved his base in Japan and established his firm, ICADA. In 2016, he joined Kyushu University, Japan, as assistant professor.
With his background in Japan, Germany and Vietnam, he pursues methodology to integrate local knowledge into global context. His practical and theoretical works received a number of international awards, including the gold medal of KUKAN Design Award, the largest spatial design award in Japan. Major works of ICADA are: TRIAXIS Suma Kaigan (KUKAN Design Award 2020, Gold/ The Wood Design Award 2021, Forestry Agency Award), Kyushu University Biolab (KUKAN Design Award 2020, Bronze) and Knot-hole House (ADAN architects of the year 2018).
I introduce my practice of lightweight timber architecture designed and constructed in Japan.
Timber structure is now attracting attention around the world for the realization of sustainable development. Research and design of lightweight timber structures that efficiently use fewer materials will become increasingly important.
As case studies of lightweight timber structures in Japan, three works, "Knot Hole House" (2017, Hiroshima), "TRIAXIS Suma-Kaigan" (2018, Kobe), and "Attic House" (2022, Fukuoka) will be introduced and their social and aesthetic possibilities will be discussed.
YAMAMOTO Masayoshi Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability Center for Integrated Research of Future Electronics Division Professor
Nagoya University, Japan
Ph.D. (Engineering) （ 2004.3 Yamaguchi University ）
Manufacturing Technology (Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Chemical Engineering) / Power engineering / Power Electronics
1. Nagoya University Professor
2. Nagoya University
2016.12 - 2017.4
Shimane University Associate professor
2011.4 - 2017.4
3. Shimane University Lecturer
2006.4 - 2011.3
2004.4 - 2006.3