Shunsuke Otani is Professor in the Department of Design and Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Chiba University, Japan. He graduated from the University of Tokyo with a BEng and obtained MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He taught at University of Toronto untill 1979, after which he returned to University of Tokyo, working in the Department of Architecture until March 2003. He worked on shaking table tests of reinforced concrete frames at University of Illinois, testing of columns under bi-directional lateral loading, and testing of three-dimensional beam-column connections under bi-directional lateral loading. He received the Architectural Institute of Japan Award (1990) for his research on "Study on Elastic-Plastic Earthquake Response Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Buildings" and the Japan Prestressed Concrete Engineering Association Award (1996) for his technical paper entitled "Hysteresis Model for Prestressed Concrete Members and its Effect on Earthquake Response".


  • S. Otani [2001] "Development of smart systems for building structures", Proceedings of the 32nd Joint Meeting of the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Program in Natural Resources Panel on Wind and Seismic Effects, National Inst. of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland, pp. 141-153.
  • S. Otani [2001] "Earthquake Resistant Design of Reinforced Concrete Buildings", Invited Keynote Speech, Proceedings 1st International Conference on Concrete & Development, Tehran, Iran, pp. 65-75.
  • Wu, XH., S. Otani and H. Shiohara [2001] "Tendon Model for Nonlinear Analysis of Prestressed Concrete Structures", Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 127, No. 4, pp. 398-405.
  • S. Otani [2001] "New Japanese Structural Design Provisions toward Performance-based Design", Invited Paper, Proceedings ICCMC/IBST 2001 International Conference on Advanced Technologies in Design, Construction and Maintenance of Concrete Structures, Hanoi, Vietnam, pp. 1-10.
  • R. Alaghebandian, S. Otani and H. Shiohara [2000] "Effect of Distributed Mass on Earthquake Response of Reinforced Concrete Frames", Proc. Twelfth World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Auckland, New Zealand.