Name: Toshiharu Taura
Nationality: Japanese
Postal Address: Department of Mechanical Engineering,
Graduate School of Engineering,
Kobe University,
1,1 Rokkodai, Kobe-city, 657-8507 Japan
E-mail: taura_at_mech.kobe-u.ac.jp
Phone: +81. 78. 803. 6503



CV

1979 M.Sc. in Engineering, University of Tokyo
1991 Dr. Eng. University of Tokyo
1979-1992 Nippon Steel Corporation as Engineer, Manager and Researcher
1992.4-1999.3 Full Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kobe University, Japan
2006.4-2008.3 Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering
2005.10-2009.3 Visiting Professor, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
2009.4- Full Professor, Organization of Advanced Science and Technology
(also, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering), Kobe University
2011.4-2013.3 Vice Dean, Organization of Advanced Science and Technology, Kobe University
2013.4-2015.3 Dean, Organization of Advanced Science and Technology, Kobe University
2015.10-2017.3 Director, Integrated Research Center of Kobe University

Research Interest

He is currently working on several research issues that focus on the creative thought process of both engineering and industrial design, including interdisciplinary aspects of design science. His research aim is to identify standard characteristics of design, i.e. answering the question “what is design?” from the viewpoint of creativity.


Activity (International)

the Design Society; Advisory Board (2007.8-2013.8) & Former Leader of Design Creativity SIG (2007.4-2012.11)
Design Research Society; Fellow


Award (International)


2004.5 BEST PAPER AWARD, 37th International Seminar on Manufacturing Systems
2006.7 BEST PAPER PRIZE, DCC’06: 2nd International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition

Editorial Board of International Journal

International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation (Editor-in-chief)
Journal of Design Computing
Design Research Quarterly


Committee of International Conference

1st ICDC (2010); International Conference on Design Creativity, General Chair
2nd ICDC (2012); International Conference on Design Creativity, Vice Chair
3rd ICDC (2015); International Conference on Design Creativity, Program Chair
4th ICDC (2016); International Conference on Design Creativity, Advisory Board

TMCE 2008; TOOLS AND METHODS OF COMPETITIVE ENGINEERING (2008), International Advisory Panel
TMCE 2010; TOOLS AND METHODS OF COMPETITIVE ENGINEERING (2010), International Advisory Panel
TMCE 2012; TOOLS AND METHODS OF COMPETITIVE ENGINEERING (2012), International Advisory Panel

DCC’06; 2nd International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition (2006), Advisory Board
DCC’08; 3rd International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition (2008), Advisory Boardl
DCC’10; 4th International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition (2010), Advisory Board
DCC’12; 5th International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition (2012), Advisory Board
DCC’14; 6th International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition (2014), Vice Chair
DCC’16; 7th International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition (2016), Vice Chair

ICED’09; International Conference on Engineering Design, Scientific Committee
ICED’11; International Conference on Engineering Design, Scientific Committeed
ICED’13; International Conference on Engineering Design, Scientific Committee
ICED’15; International Conference on Engineering Design, Scientific Committee
ICED’17; International Conference on Engineering Design, Scientific Committee

DESIGN 2010; 11th International Design Conference (2010), Scientific Advisory Board
DESIGN 2012; 12th International Design Conference (2012), Scientific Advisory Board
DESIGN 2014; 13th International Design Conference (2014), Scientific Advisory Board
DESIGN 2016; 14th International Design Conference (2014), Scientific Advisory Board

ACM Creativity & Cognition 2009, Program Committee
ACM Creativity & Cognition 2011, Program Committee
ACM Creativity & Cognition 2013, Program Committee

ICoRD’09; International Conference on Research into Design, Programme Co-Chair
ICoRD’11; International Conference on Research into Design, Programme Co-Chair
ICoRD’13; International Conference on Research into Design, Programme Chair
ICoRD’15; International Conference on Research into Design, Programme Chair
ICoRD’17; International Conference on Research into Design, Co-Chair

3rd Int. Round-Table Conference on Computational Models of Creative Design(1995), Advisory Board
4th Int. Round-Table Conference on Computational Models of Creative Design(1998), Advisory Board
5th Int. Round-Table Conference on Computational Models of Creative Design(2001), Advisory Board
6th Int. Round-Table Conference on Computational Models of Creative Design(2005), Advisory Board

4th Int. Conference of Artificial Intelligence in Design (1996), Vice Chair
5th Int. Conference of Artificial Intelligence in Design (1998), Vice Chair
6th Int. Conference of Artificial Intelligence in Design (2000), Vice Chair
7th Int. Conference of Artificial Intelligence in Design (2002), Vice Chair

etc.