Dr. Shinji Sassa
Dr. Shinji Sassa is Head of Soil Dynamics Group and Research Director of Asia-Pacific Center for Coastal Disaster Research (APaC-CDR) at Port and Airport Research Institute, Japan. He obtained his Dr. Eng. from Kyoto University. He is best known for his seminal works on wave-induced seabed liquefaction that have been extensively cited worldwide. His main research areas are Waterfront and Coastal Geotechnics, Subaqueous Sediment Gravity Flows and Ecological Geotechnics. These pioneer and address the multidisciplinary research encompassing Geotechnics, Hydraulic/Coastal Engineering, Geophysics and Ecology. He was an invited panelist, twice, at the 15th and 17th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, ISSMGE. He has been a member of the International Geoscience Programme of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, and served as a panelist leader at the UNESCO SMMTC conference in Kyoto 2011. He is also the Technical-Oversight-Committee nominated member of TC213 on Scour and Erosion of ISSMGE. He is the recipient of several distinguished awards, including the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Best Paper Award twice and the Best Technical Development Award from the Japanese Geotechnical Society and the Presidential Award from PARI. His selected papers have been published in the world-leading journals in the diverse fields of geotechnics, geophysics and ecology such as Géotechnique, Journal of Geophysical Research, Geophysical Research Letters and Marine Ecology Progress Series concerning liquefaction, sediment transport and geomorphodynamics, submarine landslides, and benthic ecology in estuarine, coastal and marine area.