Takanori Sakai

Associate Professor, Logistics and Information Engineering

Dr. Takanori Sakai is an Associate Professor at the Department of Logistics and Information Engineering, School of Marine Technology, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT).

Takanori's research interest lies in urban freight transportation and logistics. His current research subject is the advanced urban and transportation simulations for evaluating land use, smart transportation systems, and novel transportation policies. When he was in MIT-ITS lab, he was engaged in the development of SimMobility, an agent-based urban simulation platform for transportation and land-use. He led the development of SimMobility Freight, one of the main modules in SimMobility. Furthermore, he has been conducting studies on how the evolutions in Information and Communication Technology and freight transportation systems transform the logistics land use in metropolitan areas and affect the transportation system and the environment.

Takanori obtained a Ph.D. degree from the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2017. Before joining TUMSAT, he was a Senior Postdoctoral Associate at Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), the MIT’s research institute in Singapore. He has an extensive record of research in transport studies and received the Best Paper Awards in the Transportation Research Board (TRB) (US) Urban Freight Transportation Committee in 2017 and 2018 for the research taking novel approaches in urban freight modeling and analysis.

He is currently serving as a committee member of the TRB Freight Transportation and Logistics Committee (AT015).

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Shugo Nibe

Graduate Student (M2)

Shinya Tanaka

Undergraduate (B4)

Research: State-of-the-Practice in Last-mile Deliveries

Toshiki Motojima

Undergraduate (B4)

Research: E-commerce Demand Modeling for an Urban Freight Simulation

Yurika Takano

Undergraduate (B4)

Research: The relationship between Intra and Inter-Commodity Flow and Logistics Facilities in Tokyo


Shota Iizuka (2022, Barchelor's degree)

Research: "Decision factors for online and offline shopping: analysis using the NYC Mobility Survey data under the coronavirus pandemic"

Kohei Santo (2022, Barchelor's degree)

Research: "Study of logistics facility locations for e-commerce"