Visit from Kanazawa University


Mr. Nakagawa, M2 student at Kanazawa University, is visiting our laboratory for a week this week. He wrote a self-introduction and we are pleased to publish it here! (Below is written by Mr. Nakagawa)

My name is Nakagawa, and I am from Kanazawa University. I am very happy to have been invited by Prof. Fukuda through my supervisor, Prof. Dantsuji. I will be staying here for about a week.

I am very grateful to Prof. Fukuda and his laboratory member for creating a comfortable atmosphere for me from the first day. I am also very grateful for the detailed questions and suggestions they gave in response to my research presentation at the seminar the other day. I would like to take this back home and apply it to my research in the future.

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The 22st Behavior Modeling Summer School


On 18th to 20th September, Behavior Modeling Summer School 2023 was held in a hybrid form on the Hongo campus and online. This year, four members of our laboratory, M1 and B4, participated the summer school.

In this year’s analysis, we created a transportation mode choice model, applied the model to test data, and tried to analyze the characteristics of people who did not fit the model. We had a little bit of a hard time during the three days, but with the help of the advice we received from the professors, we worked together and managed to get the results we wanted!

As a result, we did not win any prizes, but our ideas and attempts were appreciated by the professors. On a personal note, this summer school was the second and last opportunity for me, since M1 and B4 students usually participate in our lab, and it was a great experience for me to deepen my knowledge, not to mention that I had many learning opportunities during this 3-day school period to concentrate on the behavioral models. Thank you very much.bmss2023.jpg[Nakamura]

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Graduation ceremony & A message from Chee Yung


On September 22nd (Friday), the graduation ceremony for the graduate school was held at Hongo Campus. Krittanai and Chee Yung have successfully completed their master’s programs. Krittanai was also awarded the Nishino Akiyo Award, which is an award for the Japanese language class.



Krittanai will continue to stay in our lab after this October and pursue a doctoral degree. Chee Yung, on the other hand, will be leaving Japan upon graduation. Below is a message from Chee Yung (please refer to the English page for the original text):


Hi, I am Chee Yung. Time has flown by, and I now stand as a graduate of the University of Tokyo. The past two years have been an incredible journey filled with challenges, growth, and unforgettable memories.

During the first semester, because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, I had to attend classes and lab seminars through online platforms. While all professors and students were kind and willing to offer various forms of assistance, the absence of physical interaction presented a significant challenge. Thankfully, I was able to arrive in Japan during the second semester, which marked the beginning of a journey that allowed me to engage in-person with everyone in the UTokyo community. Despite the busy coursework and presentations, I found it enjoyable to meet with everyone at UTokyo and immerse myself in discovering Japanese customs.

As I conclude my time at UTokyo, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to my supervisor, Prof. Fukuda. He has been an invaluable source of support throughout my journey at UTokyo, offering assistance not only in academic matters but also in my daily life and financial support, especially during the midst of the pandemic. Moreover, despite the fact that I made some mistakes during my time in Japan, his remarkable tolerance created a supportive environment in which I felt comfortable learning and growing. This significantly boosted my confidence in completing my research.

Furthermore, I was fortunate to become a member of LIIS. Due to my limited knowledge of Japanese customs and my poor proficiency in the Japanese language, I was somewhat uneasy and apprehensive when I first arrived in Japan. However, all the members of the LIIS were very welcoming and friendly. Through numerous drinking parties and various activities such as lab trips, hotpot parties, fireworks festivals, skiing, and watching baseball games, I gradually adapted to Japanese life, became more cheerful, and began to relish my time in Japan. More importantly, I have come to regard them as some of my closest friends in Japan, and I will undoubtedly cherish the memories of the days we spent together!

In terms of my research, I have developed a semi-dynamic link-based transit assignment model for predicting passenger volumes within the Tokyo Metropolitan Area’s railway network, taking into account time dynamic effects and various characteristics of the railway network, such as the presence of multiple railway companies, differing fare systems, and through services. While I have encountered several challenges and made some mistakes throughout my research journey, I now view these setbacks as natural parts of the process. In fact, these mistakes have provided me with valuable opportunities to enhance my study and fortify my research position. Therefore, I encourage all of us not to fear making mistakes but to remain steadfast, for, as the saying goes, “to err is human.”

To conclude, these two years have been full of challenges, both in my daily life and in my studies. However, I was fortunate to receive help and encouragement from many individuals during my stay in Japan. While I cannot thank each and every one of you individually in this article, please know that your collective support and kindness have left an unforgettable mark on my heart. Lastly, I wish everyone all the best, and I hope to see you all again in the near future!

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Report on the Musha Shugyo Program


Hi, I am Hasegawa. Over the past three weeks, I participated in the Musha Shugyo Program, an overseas research program organized by the Graduate School of Engineering.

The Musha Shugyo Program is designed to offer travel support to students, enabling them to organize their own visits to prestigious overseas research laboratories. This program encourages students to present their research findings and receive reviews from leading experts in various fields. The goals are to solidify their position within the international research community, boost research motivation, and potentially initiate international research collaboration (quoted from the application guidelines).

During the first half of the program, I had the honor of visiting Prof. Fosgerau at the University of Copenhagen. In the latter part, I travelled to the University of Bern to visit Prof. Ehrlich. My connection with Prof. Fosgerau was established through Prof. Fukuda, who had worked in Denmark about 15 years ago. Furthermore, Prof. Ehrlich’s research on the post-evaluation of place-based policies in the EU significantly influenced my undergraduate thesis. Hence, I took the opportunity to request a visit, and I’m grateful that he kindly accepted my request, despite it is hard to be accepted.

Both professors invited their colleagues during my presentation, so I received many questions and comments from their professional standpoints in urban and spatial economics. Particularly, their recognition of my research on the revitalization of rural areas in Japan through multi-habitation, a topic I have been researching, was highly significant and motivating for my future research.

Furthermore, during interactions with the students at the host institutions, we discussed our personal backgrounds, current research, and insights into our respective countries. It was a good opportunity for me to view Japan and Tokyo from an external perspective and rethink our daily lives in the city.

Although it was a short period of time, each day was very exciting for me. These three weeks also made me clear where I need to improve. I look forward to utilizing this experience to advance my future research and hope for the opportunity to share my research findings with the professors someday!


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EASTS@Shah Alam


[4-7 September, 2023]

Mr.Krittanai presented his research at the 15th EASTS conference 2023, which was held in Shah Alam, Malaysia on 4th-7th of September, 2023. The title of his presentation was as follows:

“How Do Fares Affect the Utilization of Ride-hailing Services: Evidence from Uber Japan’s Experiments (Sriwongphanawes Krittanai and Daisuke Fukuda)”EASTS2023_1.jpgAfter the presentation, he engaged in a stimulating conversation with the participants where they exchanged their experiences regarding the use of ride-hailing in their own countries. We would like to express our graditudes for all the comments and questions.

In addition, his paper was considered for the best award for EASTS. Although his paper did not win, it will be published in the journal of EASTS called Asian Transport Studies (ATS)

During the conference, he had the chance to meet people from many countries, both in academic and industrial, which was a valuable experience for him. Finally, on the last day of the conference, he joined the technical site visit to Smart Selangor Operation Center (SSOC) to learn about the intelligent transportation systems in Shah Alam.

This is a very good opportunity for him to gain experiences and knowledge which will definitely inspire his future work as a Ph.D. student.EASTS2023_2.jpg

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Hearing Survey in the Kamikitayama Village


[28-31 August 2023]

In Kamikitayama Village, lcoated within the Yoshino District of Nara Prefecture, we conducted a joint hearning survey with the members of Waseda University’s Sasaki Kunaki Laboratory. Thanks to the introduction by Professor Fukuda and the arrangement made by Professor Sasaki from Waseda University, Hasegawa and Ebashi from our lab joined as surveyors.

We were assigned to different districts and visited each household in the village. We asked questions about their daily lives and their thoughts on the future of the village. kamikitayama1.jpgThe villagers welcomed us warmly, and we were able to hear honest and frothright stories from them. On the other hand, we also realized the serious fact of depopulation and aging in the village through concrete conversations. Before that, I had a concern about the decline of rural areas and entered this field and research lab with that awareness, but this survey has further strengthened that consciousness for me.

Additionally, we spent four days living and dining together, deepening our friendship with the members of the Sasaki Laboratory. Following last summer’s joint seminar camp in Nagaoka, this year’s activities included BBQ, watermelon smashing, and fireworks. It was a very enjoyable time, not limited to the survey. I would like to express my gratitude to the members of the Sasaki Laboratory for their meticulous preparations.

We plan to compile the findings of this survey as a feedback material. It woll serve as the material for an upcoming workshop scheduled for this December, where the villagers will take the lead in considering the future of their community. Once again, I would like to express my  appreciation to everyone at the Nara Prefecture Office, the residents of Kamikitayama Village, and the members at Waseda University’s Sasaki Laboratory for their invaluable support throughout this survey.


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Master’s thesis final defense


[28 July 2023]

On July 28 (Friday), a face-to-face master’s thesis final defense was held at the Hongo Campus for students expected to graduate in September. Mr. Chee Yung and Mr. Krittanai from our lab presented their theses, and both of them had passed the final defense.

The presentation topics were as follows:

  • Chee Yung: Development of a Semi-Dynamic Link-Based Transit Assignment Model
  • Krittanai: How Do Prices Affect the Utilization of Ride-hailing Services: Evidence from Uber Japan Experiments

Following their presentations, valuable comments and questions were received from professors, including Professors Hato, Kikuchi, Sawada, and Morimoto. We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to them.



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Field Trip in Mainland Okinawa


Hi, I am Mega, a B4 student from our lab. I visited Okinawa last weekend.

In order to experience the tourist traffic congestion that I am going to address in my bachelor thesis, I participated in the Ocean Expo Fireworks Festival, which is said to be the busiest event in the Motobu area. I am deeply grateful to Mr. Uechi, a D1 student from Ryukyu University, who has a connection with the Fukuda Laboratory. Thank you for your assistance and for getting us caught up in the traffic congestion.

Moreover, we had a social gathering, and I had the opportunity to hear Prof. Kamiya’s passionate talk. I will use this experience as a basis for my research! Thank you everyone in the Okinawa!


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JSCE Spring Conference @ Fukuoka University


[3-4 June, 2023]

Mr. Krittnai presented his research at the Spring Conference of the JSCE Committee of Infrastructure Planning and Management, which was held at Fukuoka University on 3rd (Saturday) and 4th (Sunday) June. The title of his presentation was as follows:

“How Does Price Affect the Utilization of Ridesourcing Services: Evidence from Uber Japan’s Experiments (Sriwongphanawes Krittanai and Daisuke Fukuda)”

We received valuable comments regarding Mr. Krittanai’s presentation from many professors and participants. Thus, we would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude.


Moreover, we also participated in the conference as audiences. Over these two days, presentations from various fields were held. We had the chance to know some interesting research conducted by students from other universities with whom we have been involved in previous research activities, especially during the poster session! This experience provided us with great inspiration for our future master’s research. We are grateful to participate in this conference!


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Welcome, Dr. Ali-gul Qureshi and Dr. Jose Escribano-Macias!


On May 19th, our lab had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Ali-gul Qureshi and Dr. Jose Escribano-Macias. Dr. Ali-gul Qureshi is an associate professor at Kyoto University with a research focus on urban logistics studies, while Dr. Jose Escribano-Macias is a research associate at Imperial College London, specializing in autonomous vehicles, urban logistics, and resilience studies.

During their visit, we engaged in fruitful discussions on various topics, including urban transportation network modeling, e-hailing services, urban resilience, and disaster reconstruction. The exchange of viewpoints provided valuable insights and opened up possibilities for future cooperation opportunities.Welcome_Ali_and_Jose.jpgWe extend our gratitude to Dr. Ali-gul Qureshi and Dr. Jose Escribano-Macias for their visit and look forward to exploring some cooperation opportunities with them in the near future.

[Chee Yung]

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