Practical Research and Collaboration Division
Disaster Resilient Society Promotion Lab
Associate Professor

Concurrent: Graduate School of Engineering
Research Subject(s)
My current research topics are 1) effective and sustainable disaster tradition and 2) effective information and intelligence process system in emergency response based on empirical method and practical in situ implementation. In addition, to develop active projects and tools for promoting disaster resilient society.
Key Words
disaster tradition / disaster information / disaster culture / information management process / evacuation behavior
Research Activities

Effective and sustainable disaster tradition
It is important to build the process that consist of contents collecting, structuring, visualization and promotion and the management method to continue user growth based on marketing perspective for effective and sustainable disaster tradition activities. This research project aims to model and implement effective and sustainable disaster tradition methods as action – research and cooperation implementation with practitioners working for disaster tradition at the affected areas in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake disaster and researchers specializing in disaster science, library and information science, tourism study, psychology and more research fields.

The following picture is ruins of Great East Japan Earthquake Kessenuma Ciry Memorial Museum. IRIDeS has a satelite office in the museum to conduct co-reseafch with Kesennuma City.

Establishment of methods for recoding and succession diaster response experience
Today, coming up to several years after the occurrence of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the number of personnel who experienced the earthquake disaster is decreasing. If no measures were taken, the knowledge learned from the disaster response would vanish from the governmental office. We examined previous studies on disaster response memory inheritance. The authors then analyzed and summarized the method of effectively passing down the memories of the disaster.

In particular, we support the succession projects in Miyagi Prefectural Government and Sendai City Government affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster The following picuture is disastr ethnography interview in Miyagi  Prefectural Government.

Effective information and intelligence process system for the Info-plosion Era 
When a disaster occurs, staff members of national and local governments conduct disaster-response efforts to ensure incident stabilization and to recovery their region. Researchers in disaster areas study the situation and disaster responses, consider new lessons, and provide appropriate responses and support. Researchers must understand and analyze the disaster situations and response procedures to help the staff members and investigations respond appropriately. The world standard of disaster-response systems, ICS (Incident Command System) describes the COP (Common Operational Picture), which demonstrates the importance of analyzing and understanding the situations appropriately.  Specifically, we investgate disaster management process of EOC in local governments and SNS data in the emegency phase and design effective propcess methods.

The following picture is a disaster response trainnig in Kesennma City Government.

Selected Works

Shosuke Sato, Masahiro Iwasaki: Learning from the Training for the Successors and Storytellers the Legacy of Atomic Bombing in Hiroshima City: Lessons for Disaster Storytellers, Journal of Disaster Research Vol. 16, No. 1 (in press)

Shosuke Sato, Fumihiko Imamura: Evaluation of Listeners on the Storytelling of Disaster Response Experience: The Case of Service Continuity at Miyagi Prefectural Office after Experiencing the Great East Japan Earthquake, Journal of Disaster Research Vol. 16, No. 1 (in press)

Shosuke Sato: Effectiveness and Limitations of Social Networking Services in Disaster Responses: A Review 7 Years on from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, 2018 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management (ICT-DM2018),6pp., DOI:10.1109/ICT-DM.2018.8636369, 2018.12. 

Shosuke Sato, Anawat Suppasri, Sebastien Penmellen Boret, Masaharu Nakagawa, Fumihiko IMAMURA: Archiving Disaster Remains:  The Case of ”Sasanao Factory” in Yuriage Village, Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture, The 11th Ache Intaernational Workshop and Expo on Sustainable Tsunami Disaster Recovery (AIWEST-DR 2018), 2018.10. 

Shosuke Sato, Kazumasa Hanaoka, Makoto Okumura, Shunichi Koshimura: Grasp of Disaster Situation and Support Need inside Affected Area with Social Sensing - An Analysis of Twitter Data before and after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster Occurring -, Journal of Disaster Research, Vol.11 No.2, pp. 198-206, 2016.3. 

Selected Memberships
  • Institute of Social Safty Science
  • Japan Society for Natural Disaster Science
  • Japan Society for Dsister Information Studies
  • Japan Society of Civil Engineering
  • etc.
Selected Awards
  • The Commendation for Science and Technology by MEXT (2021 The Young Scientists' Award, 2015 Awards for Science and Technology)
  • ISSS Annual Best Paper Award (2019, 2013)
  • ISSS Best Technology Award(2018)

The title of Distinguished Researcher was granted in May 2021.