Kazuro Hirahara

Kazuro Hirahara is Director of the Earthquake Generation and Strong Motion Modelling Group of Japan's $US 400m National Priority Science Agenda Project, Earth Simulator of the Science and Technology Agency; and a Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, the Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University. He received his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, in 1981. His current research is focussed on simulation of earthquake cycle and prediction of strong motion, crustal dynamics using GPS observations and Finite-Element modelling, and the structure of Earth's interior using waveform tomography techniques. Professor Hirahara is a visiting scientist of QUAKES as part of the International Visitors Program of the APEC Cooperation for Earthquake Simulation sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and Australian Research Council (ARC).