- Department of Computer Science and Engineering/Division of Information Systems
- Associate Professor
- Courses - Undergraduate
- NS01 Dynamics
PL01 Intro. Programming
PL03 JAVA Programming I
FU11 Numerical Analysis
- Courses - Graduate
- ITC10A Practical Data Analysis with Lunar and Planetary Databases
- Planetary Science, Astronomy, Remote Sensing
- Educational Background, Biography
Ph.D., Earth and Planetary Sciences, The University of Tokyo, March 2008.
Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Kobe University, 2008-2009.
Associate Professor, Research Center for Advanced Information Science and Technology (CAIST), The University of Aizu, 2009-2015.
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, The University of Aizu, 2015-Present.
Visiting Associate Professor, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), 2016-2018.
- Current Research Theme
- Hayabusa2 extended mission
Development of the Asteroid Discovery Application COIAS
- Key Topic
- Planetary Science, Planetary Defense, Planetary Resource
- Affiliated Academic Society
- Japan Society for Planetary Sciences, Astronomical Society of Japan, Japan Geoscience Union, American Astronomical Society
- School days' Dream
- Current Dream
- Favorite Books
- Messages for Students
- Publications other than one's areas of specialization
- Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa2
Many members from the University of Aizu, in particular faculty members from CAIST/ARC-Space, have been involved with Hayabusa 2, the asteroid explorer launched by JAXA in 2014. Our University's members have been conducting research in connection with this project in anticipation of Hayabusa 2's arrival at the asteroid 162173 Ryugu in 2018, to be followed by its return to Earth in 2020. Specifically teams at the University have been engaged in developing observation instruments, which include the near infrared spectrometer installed on Hayabusa 2, and in developing analytic software that will model the shape of the asteroid based on data captured by the probe's observation instruments.
JAXA Hayabusa 2 project website
*Material from JAXA's digital archives has been used for the banner images, etc.
- Developing analytic software for lunar and planetary exploration data
Japan's lunar and planetary exploration projects have already generated a lot of observation data, as seen from its Hayabusa asteroid explorer project and Kaguya lunar explorer project. To get the most out of this valuable asset, software will be required that assists with analyzing all that data, helping researchers to advance their scientific analyses across a broad front.
We are investigating technologies that enable the visualization of complex data in an easy to understand fashion, and technologies that will let researchers spot really important pieces of information from a huge mass of data.
- Onboard instruments for Lunar and Planetary Exploration missions
Onboard instruments for Lunar and Planetary Exploration missions
- Promotion of Space Software from UoA! (Factories for Start-Up Ventures, etc.)
This has been started as an educational project supported by Coordination Funds for Promoting AeroSpace Utilizaiton MEXT (2017-19).
O02-2 Factories for Start-Up Ventures no.2 Space Utilization of Remote Sensing Data, CFS Creative Factory Seminar, O03 SCCP Lunar and Planetary Data Analysis & Tanpopo on ISS, and delivery lectures for junior/senior highschool students.
- Scientific analysis of earth, lunar and planetary remote sensing data
So that we may learn more about the formation and the future evolution of our solar system, it is extremely important to analyze the remote sensing data captured by lunar and planetary explorers and earth observation satellites. Deploying software technology for analyzing data researched and accumulated by the University, our teams are making new discoveries in the field of earth planetary science and conducting further research into disaster prevention and the environment.
Dissertation and Published Works
Kitazato, K., Milliken, R. E., Iwata, T., Abe, M., Ohtake, M., Matsuura, S., Takagi, Y., Nakamura, T., Hiroi, T., Matsuoka, M., Riu, L., Nakauchi, Y., Tsumura, K., Arai, T., Senshu, H., Hirata, N., Barucci, M. A., Brunetto, R., Pilorget, C., Poulet, F., Bibring, J.-P., Domingue, D. L., Vilas, F., Takir, D., Palomba, E., Galiano, A., Perna, D., Osawa, T., Komatsu, M., Nakato, A., Arai, T., Takato, N., Matsunaga, T., Arakawa, M., Saiki, T., Wada, K., Kadono, T., Imamura, H., Yano, H., Shirai, K., Hayakawa, M., Okamoto, C., Sawada, H., Ogawa, K., Iijima, Y., Sugita, S., Honda, R., Morota, T., Kameda, S., Tatsumi, E., Cho, Y., Yoshioka, K., Yokota, Y., Sakatani, N., Yamada, M., Kouyama, T., Suzuki, H., Honda, C., Namiki, N., Mizuno, T., Matsumoto, K., Noda, H., Ishihara, Y., Yamada, R., Yamamoto, K., Yoshida, F., Abe, S., Higuchi, A., Yamamoto, Y., Okada, T., Shimaki, Y., Noguchi, R., Miura, A., Hirata, N., Tachibana, S., Yabuta, H., Ishiguro, M., Ikeda, H., Takeuchi, H., Shimada, T., Mori, O., Hosoda, S., Tsukizaki, R., Soldini, S., Ozaki, M., Terui, F., Ogawa, N., Mimasu, Y., Ono, G., Yoshikawa, K., Hirose, C., Fujii, A., Takahashi, T., Kikuchi, S., Takei, Y., Yamaguchi, T., Nakazawa, S., Tanaka, S., Yoshikawa, M., Watanabe, S., & Tsuda, Y. Thermally altered subsurface material of asteroid (162173) Ryugu. Nature Astronomy 5, 246-250 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-020-01271-2
Kitazato, K., Milliken, R. E., Iwata, T., Abe, M., Ohtake, M., Matsuura, S., Arai, T., Nakauchi, Y., Nakamura, T., Matsuoka, M., Senshu, H., Hirata, N., Hiroi, T., Pilorget, C., Brunetto, R., Poulet, F., Riu, L., Bibring, J.-P., Takir, D., Domingue, D. L., Vilas, F., Barucci, M. A., Perna, D., Palomba, E., Galiano, A., Tsumura, K., Osawa, T., Komatsu, M., Nakato, A., Arai, T., Takato, N., Matsunaga, T., Takagi, Y., Matsumoto, K., Kouyama, T., Yokota, Y., Tatsumi, E., Sakatani, N., Yamamoto, Y., Okada, T., Sugita, S., Honda, R., Morota, T., Kameda, S., Sawada, H., Honda, C., Yamada, M., Suzuki, H., Yoshioka, K., Hayakawa, M., Ogawa, K., Cho, Y., Shirai, K., Shimaki, Y., Hirata, N., Yamaguchi, A., Ogawa, N., Terui, F., Yamaguchi, T., Takei, Y., Saiki, T., Nakazawa, S., Tanaka, S., Yoshikawa, M., Watanabe, S., & Tsuda, Y. The surface composition of asteroid 162173 Ryugu from Hayabusa2 near-infrared spectroscopy. Science 364, 272-275 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aav7432