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Report on COMPSAFE 2014

The 1st International Conference on Computational Engineering and Science for Safety and Environmental Problems (COMPSAFE2014) was held in the beautiful city of Sendai, Japan during the cherry blossom season of April 13-16, 2014 as the first thematic conference of the Asian Pacific Association for Computational Mechanics (APACM) as well as a new IACM special interest conference. This is also the first conference ever organized by the Japan Association for Computational Mechanics (JACM) and the Japan Society of Computational Engineering and Science (JSCES). Also, the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University firmly supported the conference as an on-site organization in many aspects.

The topics of the conference are a variety of methodologies and techniques in computational mechanics, and computational engineering and sciences, and their applications related to (1) safety- / risk-related, disaster-preventing topics including various types of natural hazards such as earthquake, tsunami, typhoon / hurricane / cyclone, flood, explosion of volcano, land slide, (2) accidents and failures of engineering artifacts involving fractures, crashes, explosion and etc., and (3) environmental and social problems such as air / water pollution, radioactive contamination, global environment problems, evacuation and so on.

The conference started with a pre-conference excursion tour to Onagawa town, one of many tsunami disaster areas of the 2011 Great East-Japan Earthquake, of which introductory lecture was given by Prof. Shunichi Koshimura of IRIDeS. About 120 delegates participated in the tour and witnessed the outcome of the tremendous tsunami along with a slow, but steady restoration of the area. The Opening Ceremony took place at Sendai International Center on 14th April, with opening remarks given by Conference Chairs, Profs. Kazuo Kashiyama and Shinobu Yoshimura, followed by Prof. Genki Yagawa, President of IACM, and Prof. Sung-Kie Youn, President of the APACM. A plenary lecture was delivered by Prof. Fumihiko Imamura on tsunami disaster and 14 semi-plenary lectures were delivered by distinguished researchers on fluid dynamics to earthquake hazards, nuclear power plant accidents to impact and shock problems. About 280 presentations were given within 22 mini-symposia. Among over 300 delegates, about 200 are domestic participants, 60 from Asian countries, 20 from Europe and 10 from the US.

The conference banquet took place at Sendai Shozankan, where beautiful cherry blossom trees and Noh theater welcomed the participants. Prof. Satoshi Tadokoro of IRIDeS delivered a brief, but informative lecture on rescue robots committed to the accident at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, followed by a kagami-biraki event, breaking of the lid of a ceremonial sake barrel. The participants also enjoyed a powerful Japanese drum performance by local professional players as a prayer for the restoration of the Tohoku region. As we all know, the banquet was an important social occasion.

The conference closed successfully with a promising expectation towards the second COMPSAFE, which is planned to be held in three years somewhere in Asian-Pacific region. Finally, we would like to thank all the members of the international advisory committee, the local organizing committee, and the local arrangements committee for their help and effort for this conference.