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Welcome to our laboratory


Our main target is to develop the leading technology in computational science of fluid flow (solid-gas-liquid multiphase flow) by using the particle method for predicting flood flows due to a tsunami, a storm surge and an extremely heavy rain, and for improving water quality to preserve waterfront environment (e.g. aeration and sand capping on underwater mud). In addition, development of the Lagrangian simulator of crowded people, similar to the particle method, is being conducted for promoting a crowd refuge planning in various disasters.

We aim for establishment of the methodology of computational science and engineering, to describe various phenomena in civil engineering by a fluid/granular-material analogy.


Hitoshi Gotoh, Professor    


[U.S. Patent, patent No.8521466]


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Link to patent No.8521466 in USPTO(United States Patent and Trademark Office)


[Technical book “Computational Wave Dynamics” has been released.]

echnical book “Computational Wave Dynamics” has been released from World Scientific Publishing Co(June 7, 2013). From our research groupe, Gotoh serves as one of the editors and Harada serves as one of the authors of this book.

Computational Wave Dynamics
by Hitoshi Gotoh, Akio Okayasu and Yasunori Watanabe
234pp, ISBN: 978-981-4449-70-0, Hardcover, US$54



[CEJ Award 2011 / JAMSTEC Nakanishi Award]

Eiji Harada, Hitoshi Gotoh and Naoki Tsuruta won CEJ Award 2011 and JAMSTEC Nakanishi Award in November 2012. In more detail, please visit Publication-Award page.

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[Most Cited Coastal Engineering Articles]

Our publication: Corrected Incompressible SPH method for accurate water-surface tracking in breaking waves (Coastal Engineering, Volume 55, Issue 3, March 2008) has been listed in the 2nd position in the Most Cited Coastal Engineering Articles. Another our publication: Modified Moving Particle Semi-implicit methods for the prediction of 2D wave impact pressure(Coastal Engineering, Volume 56, Issue 4, April 2009) is also ranked at the 5th position in the Most Cited Coastal Engineering Articles(as of November, 2011).


[Most Cited Applied Ocean Research Articles]

Our publication: Enhanced predictions of wave impact pressure by improved incompressible SPH methods (Applied Ocean Research, Volume 31, Issue 2, April 2009) has been listed in the 12th position in the Most Cited Applied Ocean Research Articles. Another our publication: A higher order Laplacian model for enhancement and stabilization of pressure calculation by the MPS method (Applied Ocean Research, Volume 32, Issue 1, February 2010) is also ranked at the 16th position in the Most Cited Applied Ocean Research Articles(as of November, 2011).


[Most Read Computers & Fluids Articles]

Our publication: GPU-acceleration for Moving Particle Semi-Implicit method (Computers & Fluids, Volume 51, Issue 1, December 2011) has been listed in the 1st position in the Most Read Computers & Fluids Articles(as of December, 2011).


[First place in the annual ranking of Top 25 Hottest Articles (Applied Ocean Research)]

In Annual ranking Top 25 Hottest Articles (Applied Ocean Research) in the academic year Oct. 2009- Sep. 2010, our publication: Enhanced predictions of wave impact pressure by improved Incompressible SPH methods (Applied Ocean Research, Volume 31, Issue 2, April 2009) the academic year Oct. 2009- Sep. 2010ranks our publications at 4th and 6th.


[Special Page] Particle Method Benchmark

Special page named “Particle Method Benchmark” provides various benchmark tests of violent flows simulated by our high-performance particle methods.



[Crowd behavior simulator reported in Science Magazine “Newton”]

Our crowd behavior simulator and its applications are reported in the serial article entitled “CyberWorld” of the Graphic Science Magazine “Newton” in the issue of September, 2010. Translations will be published on the Korean, Taiwanese, Beijing Editions.

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As a small introduction to our laboratory, keywords are shown as follows:


Coastal Engineering

As the Chair of Coastal Engineering at Kyoto University, our laboratory was originally founded in 1967 (see the page of “History”). The coastal engineering is a field dealing with disaster prevention, environmental preservation and human activities at a coast. We have worked on a wide theme from the coastal disaster prevention from a tsunami and a high tide, to the coastal environmental problems such as the ecosystem changes of an artificial beach. We also have contributed to a proposal and the advice for the coast management measures in the technical advisory committees of the national and the local governments.


Simulation Engineering

Although the coastal engineering is one of the most important research fields for us, we approach various research fields, such as a protection against flood disasters in a river basin, a technology for preservation of water environment and so on, by the advanced technology of computer simulation.


Particle Method

A particle method (SPH method and MPS method) is mainly investigated in our laboratory. Although a violent flow with whitecaps and splash, such as a wave breaking at a coast or a hydraulic jump in a river, was difficult to be simulated by the conventional numerical models of fluid, a simulation of a violent flow is enabled by a particle method, which is the Lagrangian solver of the equation of motion of fluid.


Development of Frontier Technology of Fluid Computation

Activities of our laboratory are not limited to applications of existing particle methods to various hydraulic phenomena. In our laboratory, a basic study of the calculation principle, which can be applied to all related fields of fluid science and engineering, is performed. SPS-Turbulence Model for turbulence calculations of the particle methods is a technique that is developed firstly by our laboratory members. Accurate particle methods (CISPH-HS method, CMPS-HS method, etc), which have been developed in our laboratory, have been published on international academic journals registered with ISI Web of Science of THOMSON-REUTERS. Our accurate particle methods have been referred not only in construction engineering but also in many research fields of fluid science and engineering. Publications on this subject won a higher rank (Top five) for the plural periods in the download ranking of the Science Direct “Top 25 Hottest Articles (Coastal Engineering and Applied Ocean Research )”.

In Annual ranking Top 25 Hottest Articles (Applied Ocean Research) in the academic year Oct. 2009- Sep. 2010, our publication is ranked first.

In addition, Top 25 Hottest Articles (Coastal Engineering) in the academic year Oct. 2009- Sep. 2010, ranks our publications at 4th and 6th.

As to an accumulated number of times cited for a specific journal in Scopus, three of our publications are ranked first:

Our publication: Corrected Incompressible SPH method for accurate water-surface tracking in breaking waves (Coastal Engineering, Volume 55, Issue 3, March 2008) has been listed in the top 10 cited papers (articles published in the last five years, form 2006 to 1010) of Coastal Engineering (as of January 4, 2011). In this list, our paper is the only 2008 paper (Other papers in the list were published in 2006 or 2007).


Multi-physics by Particle Method

The target of the particle method is not limited to a fluid. The particle method is a general model of continuum, which can integrally describe an elastic body, a plastic body and a fluid. Large deformation phenomena that brought about difficulties in application of conventional technique, such as the FEM, can be analyzed by a particle method. The multi-physics that unify various phenomena in three major dynamics related to construction engineering, such as structural mechanics, soil mechanics and hydrodynamics, is possible. In our laboratory, the hybrid model of elasto-plastic body and fluid based on the particle method has been developed as a tool of interface fields between soil mechanics and hydrodynamics. This model can be applied to the prediction of a river-bank destruction due to a flood for urban disaster prevention.


Crowd Dynamics Model

If a person is regarded as a single particle, a crowd is a granular body with gathering particles. Auto traffic and the pedestrian crowd in urban areas can be interpreted based on the physics of a granular body. But because a person acts actively based on self-acquired information, the mathematical model of an active behavior is necessary. In our laboratory, the crowd behavior simulator CBS has been developed. CBS has been applied to disaster evacuations (CBS-DE), such as evacuations at the time of floods and tsunamis, evacuations at the time of the fire from the underground spaces (shopping center, a tunnel, etc.). CBS can be also applied to a pedestrian space design, such as a railway station square. Developing computational hardware will make an over-100,000 people scale calculation possible in near future. Construction of a Virtual City as the tool of the social experiment in a virtual space will be realized.



Because over 100,000 particles are tracked in the calculation of particle methods, a device that helps intuitive understanding of calculation results is indispensable. For example, in the numerical simulation of waves, a state as if we observe from a side of an experimental water tank is reproduced with CG. It is called Numerical Wave Flume. In addition, in crowd behavior simulator CBS, the model of a person with moving hands and feet is drawn. The CG and the dynamic image as post-processing of the simulation is indispensable for the interpretation of heavy computations performed in our laboratory.


Please refer to the page of [Researches] for detailed contents. In addition, dynamic images (animations) of the simulation results are shown in the page of [CG Gallery].


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