Born in Tokyo in 1935, Dr. Kitagawa accepted a post at the Ship Research Institute, Ministry of Transport soon after graduating from the Department of Naval Architecture at Yokohama National University. His career at the Institute included the posts of Head of Ship Performance Division and General-Director of the Institute. After a stint as President of the Shipbuilding Research Centre of Japan, he was appointed a professor at the Civil Engineering of Hokkaido University in Sapporo, chairing the Ice and Snow Technology Laboratory. His main areas of work include ship hydrodynamics, ice and snow engineering, marine environmental technology and railway engineering. Because of his breadth of interest and understanding in many areas critical to the project, as well as his extensive international career, Dr. Kitagawa served INSROP as its overall coordinator.
Born in Tokyo in 1933, Prof. Ono started his career in cold-region research at the Institute of Low Temperature Science (ILTS), Hokkaido University, after graduating from the Faculty of Science, Tohoku University. Over his long career, Prof. Ono has taken part in numerous scientific expeditions, such as the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition in 1958-59(IGY) and the Arctic Ice Dynamics Joint Experiment (AIDJEX) in 1972. His professional career includes the posts of professor at the Institute of Low Temperature Science, Head of the Arctic Environment Research Center, Deputy Director of the National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) and Dean of the School of Mathematical and Physical Science at the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (GUAS). Prof. Ono has been a member of the International Arctic Science Committee and Arctic Ocean Science Board. After retiring from the NIPR and GUAS, he became a Professor Emeritus of both NIPR and GUAS. Today Prof. Ono serves as President of the Japanese Society of Snow and Ice.
Prof. Yamaguchi was born in Mie prefecture in 1955. He received his PhD from the Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, University of Tokyo. Immediately after graduation, Prof. Yamaguchi joined the teaching staff at the same department. He is currently a professor at the Department of Environmental and Ocean Engineering, University of Tokyo. His work on polar environmental engineering includes numerical prediction of pack ice flow and fluid engineering, including cavitation. During 1992-1993 he was a guest researcher at the Institute for Marine Dynamics, National Research Council of Canada. Prof. Yamaguchi has received several awards from such bodies as the Society of Naval Architects of Japan, the Ocean Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Visualization Society of Japan. In INSROP, Prof. Yamaguchi executed a study on ice condition prediction systems and was the leader of the expedition team of the experimental voyage along the Northern Sea Route.
Koh Izumiyama was born in 1957 in Sapporo, Hokkaido. In 1983, after graduating from Hokkaido University, he entered the Ship Research Institute, Ministry of Transport. He has been working on ice-related subjects such as ice-going ships, ice loading on offshore structures and model testing in ice. He joined the 26th Japan Antarctic Research Expedition and worked at the National Research Council of Canada as a visiting researcher for a one-year term. In INSROP he took part in the experimental voyage in the Northern Sea Route in 1995.
Born in 1951 in Fukuoka prefecture, Kazuhiko Kamesaki graduated from the master course of naval architecture at Kyushu University and earned a Ph.D. at Hokkaido University. He has worked with NKK Corporation since 1976, specializing in ice engineering topics for over 20 years. He is presently Head of Ship and Marine Engineering Laboratory at Tsu, Japan.
Dr.Kamesaki was engaged in INSROP 1993-1998 as a reviewer, supervisor and coordinator of the NSR simulation study and co-author of the Integration Book. Dr. Kamesaki took part in the experimental voyage in the Northern Sea Route in 1995, along with Prof. Yamaguchi and Mr. Izumiyama.