Presentation of doctoral dissertation – Bageshree Katneshwarkar

Ms. Bageshree KATNESHWARKAR will be delivering a presentation regarding her doctoral dissertation. The details are as follows.

Presenter: KATNESHWARKAR Bageshree
Date and Time: Monday, December 5, 2022, 13:30 to 15:00
Place: Ishikawadai 4 B03/04, Ookayama campus, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Chairing Teaching Staff: Prof. Kinouchi Tsuyoshi
Thesis Title: “Quantitative investigation of drought impacts on agriculture and relation with socioeconomic security of farmers”
Panelists: Prof. Tsuyoshi KINOUCHI, Prof. Manabu KANDA, Assoc. Prof. Takashi (恭志) NAKAMURA, Assoc. Prof. Takashi (隆志) NAKAMURA, Assoc. Prof. Alvin C.G. VARQUEZ


Recurring droughts and its dire consequences on the agriculture sector is challenging the socioeconomic security of farmers in agrarian countries like India. The complex, multidimensional, spatially extensive, and water extreme phenomenon of drought is the costliest natural disaster which is anticipated to be frequent and more severe in the warming world. The profound impacts of droughts include agriculture failures, groundwater depletion, water scarcity and economic losses, which is specifically threatening the agriculture, and allied businesses. Under the deteriorating socioeconomic status of farmers subject to frequent droughts, especially in central parts of India, drought assessment holds a paramount importance. Multiple climatic and hydrologic factors are responsible for droughts and vegetation conditions, where meticulous attribution of these primary drivers and understanding of their integrated effect is crucial for holistic drought quantification and disaster contingency planning. Despite a well-established system of drought management in India, which is typically univariate and depends on analysis of multiple variables, the process has its own limitations where this integrated effect is typically overlooked, frequently leading to ambiguous drought categorization. In the present study, dynamics and variability in vegetation and its interlinkage with regional drought characteristics were analyzed in the form of greening and browning trends along with discerning the governing factors and their possible implications on the farmers in the central state of Maharashtra in India. Furthermore, using the confounding primary drought drivers, a novel multivariate Joint Drought Index (JDI) was proposed for seasonal agriculture drought classification which shall provide a unique perspective for drought monitoring and mitigation by increasing the accuracy of drought severity analysis in India and beyond. Moreover, taking farmers suicide as an index showing the socioeconomic status of farmers, the possible relation between vegetation variability, dynamics in hydroclimatic variables, droughts, and role of JDI in the farmer’s socioeconomic status is also discussed. The results of this study should provide crucial insights for policymakers in India and worldwide and should be valuable for revisiting the drought management plans and creating efficient drought mitigation systems in areas facing harsh conditions of droughts.

Best presentations at GEDES Master’s interim presentation (September 2022)

The GEDES program and the Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering congratulate the following students for winning the best presentation awards during the recent interim presentation for Master’s students held last September 28, 2022.

RADHITIYA Al Furqan (Abe laboratory)
Title: “The Necessity of Transition Management of Informal Sector in Recycling Activity in Indonesia”

WANNAWILAI Palika [Nakamura (隆) laboratory]
Title: “Detecting Turbidity and Chlorophyll Concentrations in Shallow Coral Reef Areas”

WANG Yikai (Takada laboratory)
Title: “Channel Modelling and Detection of Micro-Doppler Signature Due to Person Falling”

Keep up the good work!

GEDES Course orientation (September 28, 2022)

We are pleased to welcome you to our Master’s and Doctoral programs in Global Engineering for Development, Environment and Society (GEDES). You are cordially invited to the online course orientation scheduled on September 28th from 16:00.

For attending the orientation online, please register from the link below.

開催時刻:2022年9月28日 04:00 PM 大阪、札幌、東京

If you have never attended a zoom meeting before, you may need to install the Zoom Client, or it may be automatically installed.
Make sure to try well in advance.

You can download the orientation materials for your own use during and after the orientation.

The orientation file can be accessed here: 20220928_GEDES_Orientation

GEDES graduation ceremony on September 22, 2022

We are pleased to announce that the graduation ceremony for GEDES
master’s degree graduates will be held as shown below,
following the graduation ceremony by the university

– Date and time: 15:30 onwards, September 22, 2022
– Venue: Ishikawadai Bldg.4, B02-05
– In-person. Face masks are required.

Graduating students will receive the diploma at this ceremony.

For those who cannot make in-person, please contact the GEDES office:

GEDES Master’s and Doctoral Students Interim Presentation, Sept. 28, 2022

Master’s and doctoral students are required to present their progress in the interim presentation of GEDES. An interim presentation will be held on September 28, 2022. From 9:00-10:30, the master’s interim presentations will be held. It will be followed by the doctoral interim presentations from 10:45 – 12:15.

Frequently visit this page for updates.

Eligible Students

The following students are eligible to present in the interim event after consulting with the academic supervisor. For students who are uncertain, kindly confirm with your academic supervisor.

  • Master’s students enrolled in September 2021
  • Doctoral students enrolled in September 2020, April 2021, and September 2021.
  • Exceptional cases (discuss with supervisor)


Master’s Presentations

Doctoral presentations

Registration Procedure

Eligible students

Master’s students

Doctoral students

Instructions for Presenters

Registered students will receive updates, including the program, submission procedure of presentation materials, and zoom link.


Contact the GEDES chair or the GEDES office (

Best presentations at GEDES Master’s students thesis presentation (August 2022)

On August 4, 2022, a final thesis presentation of master’s students of GEDES was held in hybrid-style at the Suzukakedai campus of Tokyo Tech. After the impressive presentations from all the students, two best presenters and an outstanding presenter were selected by the department faculty.

The following was awarded the outstanding best presentation:

  • Jessica CHRISTINA “Uptake and Effects of Microplastics on Manila Clams” (supervisor: Jeffrey S. CROSS)

The following were awarded the best presentations:

  • Yuta A. TAKAGI “Modeling the growth and nutrient reducation potential of seagrass meadows in the Berau coastal system, East Kalimantan, Indonesia” (supervisor: Takashi NAKAMURA [中村隆志])
  • Jiantao ZHANG “Numerical study on force performance and vortex dynamics of flapping foil in ground effect” (supervisor: Takashi NAKAMURA [中村恭志])


Best presentations at GEDES Workshop on students’ activities (Aug. 3rd, 2022)

The following students won the best presentation awards in the recently held GEDES workshop on students’ activities held on August 3, 2022.

Name Presentation title
Do Ngoc Khanh  Teaching Assistant Activities in the Ordinary Differential Equations and Physical Phenomena Course
Enkhuur Munkhsuld Participation on “JpGU 2022” (Japanese Geoscience Union Meeting 2022)
Che Chia Kang Activity as a TA for Transdisciplinary Engineering Experiment A

Keep up the good work!

Presentation of doctoral dissertation – Takuhi Hara

We are pleased to announce the following public presentation for the doctoral dissertation of Mr. Takuhi Hara. The details are as follows.

Name: Mr. Takuhi Hara (alumnus of Takeshita Lab)

Dissertation Title: “Research on recovery and solidification of radioactive Cesium from contaminated soil generated at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant” (in Japanese)
Date and Time: August 2, 13:00-14:30
Manager: Prof. Kiyohiko Nakasaki
Hybrid-style presentation:
On-site venue: Conference Room on the 1st floor of North Bldg. 1
Online participation (Zoom pre-registration):

GEDES Workshop on students’ activities (August 3, 2022)

Date & Time9:00 AM onwards, August 3, 2022

Venue: Online (Zoom meeting)

Eligible Activity: It is only allowed to register activities that were conducted within 1 year. Also, doctoral course students cannot register the activities during the master’s course except for the application for the “Doctoral Recurrent Program”.

Program: Click here


    • Presentation style: Oral presentation using PowerPoint/PDF slides via Zoom meeting (NOTE: The style is different from the previous Poster Presentation style)
    • Language: English
    • Presentation time
      • Course with 1 credit: 6 minutes (2 min. presentation and 4 min. Q&A)
      • Course with 2 credits: 7 minutes (3 min. presentation and 4 min. Q&A)
      • Course with 3 credits: 8 minutes (4 min. presentation and 4 min. Q&A)
      • Course with 4 credits: 9 minutes (5 min. presentation and 4 min. Q&A)

Presentation contents (following items should be clearly presented)

    • Your activity and/or experience including background, objective and achievement/conclusion
    • What you learned or were trained?
    • What challenges/learning/training do you still need based on your activity/experience?
    • For more detail, please check the course syllabus in OCW.


If you want to register multiple courses, please register separately. However, you cannot register multiple courses with the same activity (for example, you cannot get credit for both of Global Engineering Off-Campus Project and ALP Overseas Training for the same overseas activity. Also, you cannot register two of Global Engineering International Workshop even if you make two presentations in a single conference).

Deadline for registration5 pm, July 27, 2022

    • If you do not make registration by the due date, you cannot make a presentation.


    • Submit a report after the presentation.
    • Contents should include replies to the questions for your presentation as well as the contents of questions you asked for other presentations.
    • The report should be written in English or Japanese in A4-size word document.
    • There are minimum page limits depending on the number of credits to be obtained.
      • 1 credit: 2 pages or more
      • 2 credits: 4 pages or more
      • 3 credits: 6 pages or more
      • 4 credits: 8 pages or more
    • Deadline5 pm, August 10, 2022
    • Submit to your supervisor via e-mail

Inquiry: Takashi Nakamura: nakamura.t.av[at] (*Please change [at] to @)