Earthquake Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Group (EDPMG) is one of the research groups under the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Saitama University

As apparent from the name of our group, we conduct research with primary focus on earthquakes. Various branches of work that are being carried out under the vast field of earthquake engineering are (including but not only limited to):

  • seismology and seismic wave propagation
  • site and propagation path effects of strong ground motions
  • deformation of surface soil layer due to earthquake faults
  • seismic excitation and structural response
  • nonlinear modeling of soil response
  • mechanics on granular material
  • seismic soil-structure interaction (SSI)
  • dynamic failure of ground
  • base isolation systems
  • lifeline systems
News and Topics


Usama Zafar of our group won the 'Best Paper Award' at the 7th Wold Congress on Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering (CSEE'22) that was held virtually between April 10-12, 2022. His award winning paper is titled "Influence of nonlinearities on the vertical kinematic interaction of piles" (DOI: 10.11159/icsect22.173). We congratulate him for winning this award!

Further details can be found here:


The university graduation ceremony was held on March 24, 2022, and both the masters and undergraduate students of our group graduated on that day. Here is one of the photos taken right after the graduation ceremony involving graduating students, faculty members, and staff member of our group.

Yuki Mizukawa_Excellent Master Thesis Award








A joint technical online seminar between Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) and Saitama University (SU) was held on March 15, 2022, led by Assoc. Prof. H Taniyama from SU side. From CUET side, Assoc. Prof. Md. Aftabur Rahman and his research group participated in the event. Technical presentations were made from both sides, both by the faculty members and students. At the end of the seminar, discussion on future collaborations was carried out. A screenshot of the seminar showing participating members is posted here.

Yuki Mizukawa_Excellent Master Thesis Award








As a part of student activities, Japanese and international master’s students of our group visited Sendai (Miyagi) on Nov. 21 to learn about the reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The full-day trip provided a good platform for the visiting members to see and understand the reconstruction.

The same visiting members also participated in two online real-time special lectures given by Assoc. Prof. Phan Huy Dong of Hanoi University of Civil Engineering, Vietnam on Dec. 9 and Assoc. Prof. Nakhorn Poovarodom of Thammasat University, Thailand on Dec. 15. The lectures covered various interesting research aspects in the fields of structural and geotechnical engineering and at the same time highlighted the link between research and industry.

Report on the activity can be seen from here:

2021.12.08  - (Overdue post)

Yuki Mizukawa of our group won the 'Excellent Master Thesis Award' for the academic year 2020. His master's thesis research work is titled "On the technique for early detection of dangerous buildings using aerial video footages in the aftermath of an earthquake (地震直後の危険な建物を空撮動画から早期検出する手法の研究)".

Conferred by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the award honours master's students who conduct excellent master's research and make outstanding final presentation. Of all the master's graduate of 2020, only 2 other students besides Yuki Mizukawa were awarded the excellent master thesis award. We congratulate him for this achievement!

Further details (in Japanese) can be found here:

Yuki Mizukawa_Excellent Master Thesis Award








(Yuki Mizukawa (front row left) and Prof. Saitoh (back row left) during the award ceremony)


Prof. Masato Saitoh was awarded the 'Best Lecture Award' for the year 2016 in a ceremony today at Saitama University. The award recognizes the work and effort by an individual among all the instructors of the Faculty of Engineering at Saitama University and is based on lecture feedback obtained from the students.

2017.11.24_M Saitoh_Best Lecture Award








(Prof. M Saitoh with the received award)


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