The 12th International Symposium of SSMS: Abstract deadline is March 15th, 2019

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The Rise of Mega Metropolitans: the challenges of super concentration of population/resources on sustainable and resilient society


Large metropolitan centers all over the world are experiencing a rapid concentration of population and resources. How does this unprecedented concentration of population and economic activity influence the social and economic foundations of a country? What implications can be foreseen for disaster prevention and development? While cities can benefit from economies of scale as they grow larger, addressing the inefficiencies and waste that accompany overpopulation also become a central challenge.

Super-concentration can affect various aspects of livelihood, and what results is not necessarily an environment contributing to the better quality of life. In addition, the increased concentration of human life has profound implications for the vulnerability of communities and societies to natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. On the other hand, in both developing and developed countries, we see regional areas that were once thriving and supporting communities suffering from depopulation and facing a crisis of obsolescence.

How are we then, to face these issues that accompany super-concentration? How can we adapt and respond, and how will such actions affect our countries and communities? What kind of improvements can we make to the current modes of disaster prevention/response, and to actions that enhance the quality of life? As technological developments and innovation proceed rapidly, how will our societies evolve? These are some of the many questions we aim to discuss through the theme of super-concentration.

This conference will be an interdisciplinary platform for academic, public, and private professionals to share their ideas, knowledge, experience, and research results. Our aim is to facilitate synergies and discover new ways in which we can understand our society, and envision a better one for the future. Some specific topics that we believe are relevant to the thematic discussion of the conference are listed below:



  1. 1. Disaster, Resilience and Management

-Mega Disasters and Challenges

-Disaster Early Warning, Preparedness, Prevention and

Response &  Recovery

-Pre and/or Post-Disaster Reconstruction and Rehabilitation

Planning and Management

-Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Planning

-Disaster Risk Financing

-Business Continuity Planning

-City Structure and Resilience

  1. Environment and security of Water, Energy, Food

-Asset Management, Information Management and Water

Resource Management

-GIS and Remote Sensing

-Climate Change and Environmental Management

-Resiliency and Poverty

  1. Infrastructure Planning and Management, Asset Management

-Infrastructure Management and Materials

-Construction Management and Dispute Resolution

-Urban Farming

-Rural-Urban Transformation and Land Conversion

  1. Sustainable Society and Quality of Happiness

-Indicators of Happiness

-Resource Efficiency to Sufficiency for People

-Beyond Cost Benefit Analysis

-Thinking the Future Generation

-AI, IoT, Auto Vehicle and Society

-Sustainable Economy

  1. Engineering and Management

-Material design and development

-Structural Engineering

-Material/Structure and Cost/Infrastructure Management

  1. 6. Entrepreneurship and Regional Revitalization, Starting up Promotion

-Entrepreneurship and New Business Creation

-Regional Revitalization

-Tourism Planning

-Renewable Energy Business

-Utilizing Regional Resources

-IoT/AI Business

  1. Aging Society Planning, Operation and Management

-Innovative Enhancement Capacity

-Adaptive Forms and Behaviors

-Policy and Budgeting for Resilient City

-CSR/CSV and NGO’s Contributions and International


-Social Systems Management

-Sustainable Economy

  1. Concentrated Urbanization

-Transportation planning and modelling

-Housing and real-estate market effects

-Waste management and capacity

-Infrastructure Planning

-Telecommunications and ICT platforms



Hongo Campus, The University of Tokyo, Japan


Important Dates

Deadline for 300-word Abstract: 15th March , 2019

Notice of Acceptance: 21st April, 2019

Deadline for Full Paper/ Extended abstract: 31st July, 2019

Registration Deadline: 31st July, 2019



Prospective authors are expected to submit either full paper or extended abstract. Authors can choose the type of paper  when they register on the web. Regardless of your paper type, you  need to submit your 300- word abstract by the abstract submission deadline (15th March, 2019)

Extended Abstract: 2 pages

Full Paper:10-12 pages

Format is available on the URL below.

All the full papers will be reviewed by reviewers selected by SSMS.

The authors who submit 2-page extended abstracts are also entitled to make presentation at SSMS2017. They are also allowed to submit their full paper after the symposium for reviewing.


Abstract Submission

Prospective authors (Include those who submit extended abstracts)  are invited to submit abstracts

(around 300 words in Englishby 15th March, 2019

All the authors need to create their account on the society website to register themselves as participants. Authors can submit their abstract from their web account.

How to Register

You can register yourself  by opening your web account on SSMS website. Regardless of your  participation type, both authors and general participant (audience) need their own web account.

On your account, you can:

  • see the status of your registration
  • make registration fee payment by credit card
  • abstract submission
  • full paper / extended abstract submission
  • re-submit modified paper (before deadline)

When you create your account for the first time,  E-mail will be sent to you with ID and Password you chose.

Please keep your ID and Password to login.

Registration Number :

Each registered participant will have 4 digit registration number. This number is regarded as your ID number and also used for paper serial code.

Change and Cancellation

If you wish to make changes of your participation type or cancel your participation, please contact SSMS2019 organizing committee secretariat since participants can not modify once registered information by themselves.


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