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Arnel Salvador (National Institute of Physics, UP Diliman)
The National Institute of Physics: History and Current Status 
Talk schedule: 09:30 Monday 24 October 2011

Arnel Salvador. Courtesy: personalmemoir.wordpress.com

Prof. Arnel Salvador is the current Director of the National Institute of Physics.

He obtained his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1994.

Currently, his research group focuses on MBE grown nanostructures based on III‐V and Si materials (quantum dots, wires and wells, nanowires) and their corresponding properties, optoelectronics, RF devices.


Albert de Roeck (CERN)
The Large Hadron Collider: The Big Bang Machine
Talk schedule: 10:30 Monday 24 October 2011

Albert de Roeck. Courtesy: physicsworld.com

Albert de Roeck is a senior research scientist and staff member at CERN. He is also a professor at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and a visiting professor at the Institute of Particle Physics and Phenomenology in Durham (UK).

He obtained his PhD at the university of Antwerp on an experiment at CERN, studying the multiparticle dynamics in hadron-hadron interactions, by colliding meson beams on protons and nuclear targets.

After his PhD, Albert spent 10 years at the German particle physics laboratory, DESY, where he and his team made very precise measurements of the quark and gluon structure of the proton.

In the late 90’s, his interest turned to the possibility to discover new physics, in particular Supersymmetry and Extra Dimensions, and he returned to CERN and joined an experiment at the large electron-positron collider LEP.

Albert is now one of the leaders of the physics program and the preparation for physics analysis at the CMS experiment at the LHC.

Source: ccrma.stanford.edu


Paritosh Mokhasi (WOLFRAM)
Real-Time Estimation of Turbulent Velocity Fields Using Sparse Sensor Measurements

Talk schedule:  11:15 Monday 24 October 2011

Paritosh Mokhasi. Courtesy: LinkedIn

Dr. Paritosh Mokhasi is a Junior Kernel Developer at Wolfram Research Inc.

He obtained his PhD from the Illinois Institute of Technology, USA.

His specialty is in the field of computational fluid dynamics.  He is an expert on  numerical simulations using various mesh-based and mesh free methods, approximation theory and radial basis functions (RBF),  low dimensional models esp. using Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD),  spatio-temporal data assimilation, nonlinear dynamical systems modelling, and time series analysis.


Susumu Okubo (Kobe University)
Development of High-Frequency High-Field ESR system and Its Application to Spin Frustration System
Talk schedule:  13:15 Monday 24  October 2011

Susumu Okubo. Courtesy: http://www.phys.sci.kobe-u.ac.jp

Dr. Susumu Okubo obtained his Doctor of Science degree from Tohoku University, Japan in 1996.

He is currently an Assistant Professor at Kobe University where is also a member of the Coherent Photoscience Laboratory of the Molecular Photoscience Research Center.

He has been doing research in Electron spin resonance (ESR) of frustrated spin systems and High-field ESR of low-dimensional quantum spin systems. He is also involved in the Fermiological study of low-dimentional organic conductors.  He is an expert on instrumentations for high magnetic field.


Dr A. Gouaillard holds a Masters’ degree in Electrical Engineering (2002) and Sciences (2002), and a Ph.D. from the National Institute of Applied Science in Lyon, France (2005). His Ph.D was co-supervised by the Keio University in Tokyo, Japan where he was teaching advanced computer graphics to graduate Students.

He worked first at Caltech then at Harvard Medical School, Systems Biology Department, as a research associate involved in a multi-institution Center For Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS). He focused on Gene Expression Data Extraction from Embarrassingly large Fluorescent Confocal Microscopy Datasets (TeraBytes).

He joined SIgN in November 2009.

Source: www.sign.a-star.edu.sg


Kendra Castillo (Manila Observatory)
Surface Biophysical-Carbon-Climate Sensitivities to Tropical Deforestation
Talk schedule:  10:00 Tuesday 25 October 2011

Kendra Castillo. Courtesy: ateneophysicsnews.wordpress.com/

Dr. Charlotte Kendra Gotangco Castillo finished her Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in Purdue University, Indiana this 2011. She is now back in the Philippines working as Program Manager of the Klima Climate Change Center of Manila Observatory.

Kendra’s work centers on the climate change science-policy nexus and human-nature dynamics. Her most recent research focused on modeling different tropical forest deforestation rates, analyzing both the carbon and non-carbon or physical impacts on climate, and exploring the policy implications. She has also worked on the co-benefits aspect of managing climate change, such as synergizing climate change adaptation with disaster risk management, and integrating climate change mitigation into sustainable development.

Source: ateneophysicsnews.wordpress.com


Rommel Bacabac (University of San Carlos, Cebu)
Stretching Molecules and Deforming Cells using Optical Tweezers with High-precision Force Sensing

Talk schedule:  10:30 Tuesday 25 October 2011

Rommel G. Bacabac. Courtesy: USC Medical Biophysics group

Bro. Rommel Bacabac finished his PhD at Academic Center for Dentistry in Amsterdam (Universiteit of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit), the Netherlands in 2005.  He was also a postdoc at the same center until 2006 working on mechanosensitive cells and microgravity.

He is the current group leader of the Medical Biophysics group of the University of San Carlos, Cebu. His group’s research directions are in Biorheology, Polymer mechanics, Cell mechanics, and Mechanosensing.

Maricor Soriano (UP Diliman)
A Project Status Report : Preliminary Findings of the CHED Assessment of Institutes Offering Physics Programs

Talk schedule:  09:30 Wednesday 26 October 2011

Maricor Soriano. Courtesy: BA Racoma

Dr. Maricor Soriano finished her PhD from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 1997.  She was a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Machine Vision Media Processing Group of the University of Oulu, Finland from 1998-2000.

Her core research is in Color, Video,  and Image Processing as applied to Marine Science, Art Conservation, Biometrics, and Spectral and Medical Imaging. These days, she is in close collaboration with the Archaeological  Studies Program of the University of the Philippines in the study of the Angono Petroglyphs and of the writings on the Ticao stone.

She is also passionate on Physics Education.  As a former President of the Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas, she was heavily involved in the CHED-led improvement of the undergraduate Physics curriculum.


Percival Almoro: Let there be (diffused) light: Novel methods for wavefront reconstruction
Talk schedule:  10:00 Wednesday 26 October 2011

Percival Almoro. Courtesy: Photonics Research Laboratory

Dr. Percival Almoro is a faculty member of the National Institute of Physics (NIP), University of the Philippines. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics at the NIP in 2004. He carried out postdoctoral research at the Institut für Technische Optik, Universität Stuttgart, Germany (2005-2006), and at DTU-Fotonik, Danish Technical University, Denmark (2007-2009).

His research interests include coherent measurement techniques and fringe analysis.


Jay Arre Oliveros Toque (Kyoto University and UP Diliman)
Digitization and analytical imaging of world cultural heritage using state-of-the-art high-resolution scanning technologies

Talk schedule: 10:30 26 October 2011

Jay Arre Oliveros Toque

Dr. Jay Arre Oliveros Toque is concurrently an Assistant Professor at the College of Engineering, University of the Philippines Diliman and a postdoctoral fellow at the Advanced Imaging Technology Laboratory, Kyoto University, Japan.

He is an expert on the  state-of-the-art imaging technologies used for the digitization and analytical imaging of world cultural heritage.  His recent projects include the digitization of the Kannon do at Ninnaji Temple, Kyoto, Japan; of the Pharonic artifacts at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, Egypt; and of the Pharonic, Coptic, Islamic and Greco-Roman Artifacts at the Cairo University Museum.  He also worked in the digital archiving of historical maps at the Seoul University Museum, Korea; and of the Ship Designs and Panoramic Clippings at the Science Museum Library and Archives in Wroughton, UK.

Final Note:  Schedule may change and speakers may cancel.  Please visit Paperview, the SPP’s submission portal for updated announcements. I am also not an organizer of the SPP’s Physics Congress and any mistakes in this post is my sole responsibility.