The purpose of ICUS is to identify, investigate, and resolve issues towards the realization of sustainable urban systems for the prosperity and safety of society considering challenging socio-economic problems such as depopulation and aging society, shrinking economic resources, advanced technology, environmental awareness and climate change, dense but decentralized urbanization, and so forth.

ICUS is composed of three research divisions –‘’Urban Safety and Disaster Mitigation,’’
‘’Environment Informatics,’’ and ‘’Social Infrastructure Management’’- which form the core research works. Activities in these fields are intended to fulfill the objectives of ‘’Promotion of advanced research,’’ ‘’ Construction of networks,’’ and ‘’Information collection and dissemination.’’