Minoru Osawa

Assistant professor (termed),
 Mathematical System Design Lab.,
Address: 6-6-06, Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579, Japan.
Phone: +81-22-795-7419 
E-mail: minoru.osawa.a5 [at] tohoku.ac.jp

(Last update: July 20, 2017)

Background and Work Experience [ CV, Google Scholar ]

  • 2016.10 – Present: Assistant Professor. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Tohoku University.
  • 2014.04 – 2016.09: JSPS Research Fellow (DC1).
  • 2016.09: Ph.D. in Information Science. Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University, Japan. (Supervisor: Takashi Akamatsu
  • 2012.03: B.S. in Civil Engineering. Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Tohoku University, Miyagi, Japan.
  • 1990 – 2008: Born in Tokyo and then raised in Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan.

Research Interests

  • Regional Science, Regional and Urban Economics, Economics of Transportation, Social and Economic Networks
  • Evolutionary Game Theory, Pattern Formation

Work in Progress

  • "Emergence of urban landscape: Equilibrium selection in a location choice game" (with Takashi Akamatsu), Nov. 2016.
  • "On stable spatial equilibria of social interaction models" (with Takashi Akamatsu), in preparation.
  • "Bottleneck congestion and road capacity investment" (with Haoran Fu and Takashi Akamatsu), in preparation.

Discussion Papers

Papers (Refereed)

  1. "First-best dynamic assignment of commuters with endogenous heterogeneities in a corridor network" (with Haoran Fu and Takashi Akamatsu), 
    Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, to appear.
  2. "Harris and Wilson (1978) model revisited: The spatial period-doubling bifurcation in an urban retail model" (with Takashi Akamatsu and Yuki Takayama),
    Journal of Regional ScienceVol. 57, No. 3, pp. 442–466, 2017. [PDF]
  3. "Spatio-temporal analysis of gasoline shortages in the Tohoku region after the Great East Japan Earthquake" (with Takashi Akamatsu, Takeshi Nagae, and Hiromich Yamaguchi), 
    Journal of JSCESpecial Issue (Invited Papers) on 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Vol.1, No.1, pp.447–469, 2013.
  • Please visit the Japanese page for the complete list of publications including my refereed papers in Japanese, as well as the domestic conference presentations.

Conferences Presentations

  1. "Spatial scale of agglomeration and dispersion: Theoretical foundations and empirical implications" (with Takashi Akamatsu, Tomoya Mori, and Yuki Takayama),
    12th North American UEA Meeting at the 64th RSAI, Vancouver, Canada, November 2017. (Accepted)
  2. "First-best dynamic assignment of commuters with endogenous heterogeneities in a corridor network" (with Haoran Fu and Takashi Akamatsu),
    International Symposium on Transport and Traffic Theory (ISTTT22), Northwestern University, Chicago, July 2017.
    [Acceptance Rate: 10.3% w.r.t. 4-pages extended abstract submissions (first-round screening), 30.7% w.r.t. full paper submissions (second round)] [Online Appendix]
  3. "A control strategy to prevent propagating delays in high-frequency railway systems" (with Kentaro Wada and Takashi Akamatsu) 
    The 1st European Symposium on Quantitative Methods in Transportation Systems (hEART1), Lausanne, Switzerland, 2012.


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