Basic Information

ARC-Space / Research Center for Advanced Information Science and Technology (CAIST)
Senior Associate Professor
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Courses - Undergraduate
・ Introduction to Programming・ Calculus I [Re-take]・ Calculus II [Re-take]
Courses - Graduate
Practical Data Analysis with Lunar and Planetary Databases


Earth and planetary science, especially surface processesLunar and planetary exploration Data analysis and visualizationGeophysicsInternal structure of planetary body Environmental changeNumerical simulation of material transport
Educational Background, Biography
B. S., 1997 The University of Tokyo M. S., 1999 The University of Tokyo Ph. D (Science), 2002 The University of Tokyo Post doctoral fellow, Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, 2002-2003 COE research fellow, Kobe University, 2003-2004 Post doctoral fellow, University of California, Berkeley, 2004-2006 Post doctoral fellow, National Institute for Environmental Studies, 2006-2009 Associate Professor, The University of Aizu, 2009- Current.
Current Research Theme
Analysis of the data from Japanese lunar orbiter SELENE/Kaguya and global mapping of the mineral distribution on the MoonVisualization of the big data from SELNENE/Kaguya missionAnalysis of the data from Mars explorations and clarification of the subsurface structure of MarsAnalysis of the data from the Japanese Earth satellite ALOS/Daichi for monitoring of marsh water environment
Key Topic
Satellite remote sensing, Lunar and planetary explorations, Earth observation, Data analysis, Data visualization and analytics, Geophysical information system, Environmental studies
Affiliated Academic Society
The Japanese Society for Planetary Sciences, Japan Geoscience Unio, American Geophysical Uniom


Travel, Reading books
School days' Dream
Pilot (narrow sense)
Current Dream
Pilot (broad sense)
Tomorrow is another day. Enjoy! If you want to continue something.
Favorite Books
Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
Messages for Students
Take a larger view! Discover new horizons with us!
Publications other than one's areas of specialization
2015 The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Prizes for Science and Techonology: Public Understanding Promotion Category)

Main research

Student Cooperative Class Project: Lunar and Planetary Data Analysis

Student Cooperative Class Project: Lunar and Planetary Data Analysis

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Promotion of Space Software from UoA! (Factories for Start-Up Ventures, etc.)

Educational Project supported by Coordination Funds for Promoting AeroSpace Utilizaiton MEXT.
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dissertation and Published Works

1. Ogawa, Y., Matsunaga, T., Nakamura, R., Saiki, K., Ohtake, M., Hiroi, T., Takeda, H., Arai, T., Yokota, Y., Yamamoto, S., Hirata, N., Sugihara, T., Sasaki, S., Haruyama, J., Morota, T., Honda, C., Demura, H., Kitazato, K., Terazono, J., Asada, N., The widespread occurrence of high-calcium pyroxene in bright-ray craters on the Moon and implications for lunar-crust composition, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, DOI: 10.1029/2011GL048569, 2011.
2. Ohtake, M., T. Matsunaga, J, Haruyama, Y., Yokota, T. Morota, C. Honda, Y. Ogawa, M. Torii, H., Miyamoto, T. Arai, N. Hirata, A. Iwasaki, R. Nakamura, T. Hiroi, T. Sugihara, H. Takeda, H.
Otake, C. M. Pieters, K. Saiki, K. Kitazato, M. Abe, N. Asada, H. Demura, Y. Yamaguchi, S., Sasaki, S. Kodama, J. Terazono, M. Shirao, A. Yamaji, S. Minami, H. Akiyama, J. L. Josset, The global distribution of pure anorthosite on the Moon, Nature, 461, pp. 236-240, DOI: 10.1038/nature08317, 2009.
3. Matsunaga, T., M. Ohtake, J. Haruyama, Y. Ogawa, R. Nakamura, Y. Yokota, T. Morota, C. Honda, M. Torii, M. Abe, T. Nimura, T. Hiroi, T. Arai, K. Saiki, H., Takeda, N. Hirata, S. Kodama, T., Sugihara, H. Demura, N., Asada, J. Terazono and H. Ohtake, Discoveries on the lithology of lunar crater central peaks by SELENE Spectral Profiler Spectral Profiler, Gophys., Res. Lett., 35, DOI: 10.1029/2008GL035868, 2008.
4. Ogawa, Y. and M. Manga, Thermal demagnetization of Martian upper crust by magma intrusion, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, 10.1029/2007GL030565, 2007.