Student written Research Laboratory Guidebook 2023Nagaoka University of Technology

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Urban Transport Engineering and Planning Laboratory

Professor / Kazushi SANO  Assistant Professor / Takao TAKAHASHI  Assistant Professor / Teppei KATO

ProfessorKazushi SANO

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Assistant ProfessorTakao TAKAHASHI

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  • Motivative research life
  • "Play when you play"_ "Research when you study"
  • International interaction and exchange culture


Prof. Kazushi SANO / Asst. Prof. Teppei KATO
Prof. Sano is a pioneering professor in the transportation studies domain with a multidisciplinary research interest. He is an excellent advisor and has got a keen insight into the cutting edge of research in the transportation domain, which always encourages the students to quality and novel research outcomes. Prof. Sano has a very enthusiastic and humble personality, as he is always delighted to spend his leisure time with his students with full of enjoyment.
Asst. Prof. Kato is a young enthusiastic, and professional researcher. His main research areas include traffic network analysis, cost-benefit analysis, and traffic flow theory. His dedication to students is what makes him a counselling supervisor.

Research Content

The Urban Transport Engineering and Planning Laboratory creates an international environment with more than 30 students worldwide. Coming to our laboratory, you will have the chance to broaden your knowledge, research skills, and life experiences. We are encouraged to focus our research on leading urban transport topics such as traffic demand management, traffic planning, public transport development, supply chain management and transportation infrastructure management. We are given the opportunity to learn and master big data analytics, field survey and advanced simulation systems such as Paramics Microsimulation, JICA STRADA, Gurobi 9.0, SPSS, QGIS, PTV VISSIM 2019, AIMSUN 8.2 and so on. Our lab conducted many projects related to choice modelling for mass transit stations, traffic flow, traffic signal light cycle, the effect of snow on traffic safety, and traffic safety under severe weather.

Motorcycle Driver's Behavior At Signalized Intersection

A Day in the Lab

We have a colorful life in the research room. It is a life filled with research, learning and experiencing the diversity of cultures. We actively seek and explore new horizons of knowledge alongside our friends, under the guidance of dedicated professors. We have academic discussions and weekly progress reports. And, if you are the nature-loving person, you will discover many charming places nearby, from the street of cherry blossom, the field of tulip, lavender and to the hill of rose. As located in the most famous rice terrace in Japan, the surrounding landscape itself is a breathtaking scenery, especially in the winter season.

Weekly seminar

Thesis Subjects

  • (M)A probabilistic model development to predict traffic accident tendency under snowy conditions for expressway
  • (M)How Topology Changes Under Disruptive Conditions Affect Transportation System Resilience and Traffic Flow
  • (D)Joint Discrete Choice Modeling of Integrated choice and latent variables model for Mass Transit Stations Area and Effect of Residential Self-selection from COVID-19 pandemic

The number of
PhD Graduates


Major employers of Graduates

  • University of Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Vietnam
  • Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education, Vietnam
  • University of Transport and Communications, Vietnam
  • Institute of Transport Science and Technology, Vietnam
  • Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand
  • University of Moratuwa, Srilanka
  • Ministry of Road and Transport Development of Mongolia, Mongolia
  • Mongolian Custome General Administration, Mongolia
Writer : Thi Nhu Quynh PHAN, Civil and Environmental Engineering
(Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Vietnam Aviation Academy)