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Professor Kenji Takizawa to receive the JSPS Prize

Professor Kenji Takizawa, member of the Multiscale Analysis, Modelling and Simulation Unit, will receive the 15th JSPS Prize from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He is one of the 25 recipients out of the 426 nominees this year.

The JSPS Prize recognizes and honors young researchers with “rich creativity and superlative research ability.” To be eligible for the prize, researchers must be under the age of 45 and hold a doctoral degree or have an equivalent educational background and research experience, as well as demonstrate outstanding research outcome. Researchers in all areas of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are considered.

Professor Takizawa received the prize for his research on “New-Generation Computational Methods and Analyses of Flow Between Solid Surfaces in Contact.”

With his team and collaborators, he developed powerful space-time (ST) methods for computational analysis of fluid-structure interactions (FSI), fluid-object and fluid-particle interactions, free-surface flows and two-fluid interfaces. With these ST methods, they focus on advanced computational engineering analysis of diverse and challenging real-world problems, such as spacecraft parachute FSI; cardiovascular flow analysis with arterial wall deformation; flapping-wing aerodynamics with wing motion extracted from video recordings of an actual locust in wind tunnel; and flow analysis around a tire with road contact and deformation.

Their research is disseminated and recognized internationally, with a large number of journal articles indexed by the Web of Science, a large number of citations, and a good number of awards.

On receiving the prize, Professor Takizawa comments, “This recognition in computational analysis is a great honor for me. I thank Professor Tayfun Tezduyar (Rice University) for his collaboration, all the past and current TAFSM members at Rice and Waseda for their contribution, and Waseda’s Top Global University Project for their support.”

By offering young researchers the support they need to advance their research and by increasing their motivation, the JSPS Prize is helping bring more research activities in Japan to a globally competitive level. The selection committee, composed of top researchers in the country in their respective fields, carefully reviews the nominees’ research records. The prize recipients will also be given 1.1 million yen.

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