Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Call For Participation: International Symposium on ICT For Health (ICT4Health 2008)



ICT4Health 2008

International Symposium on ICT For Health
(in conjunction with the 4th ONCO-MEDIA meeting in Asia)
February 29 - March 1, 2008
Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

Sponsored by the French Embassy in Manila


Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has an important role in healthcare delivery, especially in many developing countries and communities.

The International Symposium on ICT For Health (ICT4Health 2008) aims to provide a forum for research and information exchange among healthcare practitioners, ICT professionals, researchers, faculty, students and various institutions engaged in ICT and Health (academe, government, industry, NGOs, etc.)

ICT4Health 2008 will be held in conjunction with the 4th ONCO-MEDIA Project Meeting in Asia. ONCO-MEDIA ( is an international research collaboration on biomedical applications of Grid technology funded by the ICT Asia Regional Program of
the French Government.

ICT4Health 2008 is being sponsored by the French Embassy in Manila.


ICT4Health 2008 will cover (but are not limited to) the following topics:

· Bioinformatics
· Biomedical Applications of Grid Computing
· Biomedical Imaging
· Computational Methods and Algorithms for Biomedical Applications
· ICT-facilitated Collaboration in Biomedical/Health Research
· ICT in Disease Prevention and Epidemiology
· Improvement of Healthcare Delivery Through ICT
· Information Retrieval/Data Mining for Health Applications
· Medical Databases
· Medical Informatics
· Medical Ontology
· Mobile and Wireless Applications for Health
· Modeling and Simulation in Medicine
· Using ICT in Remote Consultation, Diagnosis and Treatment
· Using ICT to Improve Public Health Systems
· Using ICT to Improve Medical Health Facilities


Contributed papers/presentations on the symposium
topics are being solicited.
Selected papers will be peer-reviewed and will be
published in a special issue
of the Philippine Information Technology Journal
(PITJ) (provided that the papers are presented in
ICT4Health 2008).

Use the ACM paper format (maximum of 4 pages for
EXTENDED ABSTRACTS): See the following link for
Submit Extended Abstracts to Dr. Rafael P. Saldaña (
see contact details below ).

Important Dates:

Deadline for Submission of Extended Abstracts: 20 January 2008
Notice of Acceptance: 25 January 2008
Early Bird Registration: 29 January 2008
Symposium: 29 February – 1 March 2008

Keynote Speakers:

Daniel RACOCEANU, Ph.D., Dr. Habil.
IPAL - Image Processing Application Laboratory
French National Research Center – CNRS,
National University of Singapore – NUS,
Institute for Infocomm Research,
A/Prof at the University of Franche-Comté, France

Alfredo Bengzon, M.D.
President and CEO
The Medical City Hospital
Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines

PROGRAM (Tentative)

Day 1. February 29, 2008 (Friday)

08:00 – 08:30 a.m. Registration
08:30 – 09:00 Opening Session/Welcome Remarks
09:00 – 10:00 Keynote Paper 1
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:00 Invited Paper 1
11:00 - 11:30 Invited Paper 2
11:30 - 12:00 Invited Paper 3
12:00 – 01:00 p.m. Lunch Break
01:00 – 01:30 Invited Paper 4
01:30 – 02:00 Invited Paper 5
02:00 – 02:30 Invited Paper 6
02:30 – 03:00 Invited Paper 7
03:00 – 03:15 Coffee Break
03:15 – 03:45 Invited Paper 8
03:45 – 04:15 Invited Paper 9
04:15 – 04:45 Invited Paper 10
04:45 – 05:15 Invited Paper 11

Day 2. March 1, 2008 (Saturday)

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Keynote Paper 2
10:00 – 10:15 Coffee Break
10:15 – 12:00 Parallel Sessions
12:00 – 01:00 p.m. Lunch Break
01:00 – 03:00 Parallel Sessions
03:00 – 03:30 Closing Session/Distribution of
03:30 – 05:30 ONCO-MEDIA Business Meeting

Registration Fees:
1. Foreign Participants: 100 U.S. Dollars ( 70
Euros or 11,500 Japanese Yen)

2. Local Participants:Early Bird Registration Fee: PhP 2,500 ; Regular
Registration Fee: PhP 3,00
Php = Philippine Peso

1) The registration fee includes the following: 3
snacks, 1 lunch, symposium kit, and certificate of
2) The registration fee does not include hotel
accommodation and transportation expenses.
3) Check payments should be made payable to: ATENEO DE
4) Subsidies (reduced registration fee) will be given
to students who will participate in ICT4Health. To
apply for subsidy, contact Dr. Rafael Saldaña (see
contact details below).
5) All participants must submit a Pre-Registration

For more information, contact:

Dr. Rafael P. Saldaña
Convenor, ICT4Health 2008
c/o Grid and High Performance Computing Group
School of Science and Engineering
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108, PHILIPPINES
and Editor-in-Chief, Philippine Information Technology
Telephone Numbers: (+63 2) 709090, (+63 2) 4266125
Fax: (+63 2) 4266125
Mobile: +63 928 5043121
E-mails: ,

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Invitation: PNOI 2008 (Philippine National Informatics Olympiad 2008)


The Computing Society of the Philippines (CSP) and Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) are organizing PNOI 2008 (Philippine National Programming Olympiad) scheduled on February 9, 2007 at ADMU, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

PNOI 2008 is an individual programming contest for high shool students in the Philippines. It is a preliminary event related to the APIO '08 (Asia Pacific Programming Olympiad 2008) and the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI). High school students in the Philippines may send at most five individual contestants. The mechanics of the contest will be announced soon.

The top winners in PNOI 2008 will be trained to compete in APIO '08. The CSP and Ateneo de Manila University will train high school students to be able to compete in the Asia-Pacific Informatics Olympiad and the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI).

For more information, contact:

Dr. Rafael P. Saldaña
Project Director
Philippine National Olympiad in Informatics (PNOI 2008)
Tel: (02) 426-6125, (02) 7090907
Fax.: (02) 426-6125
Mobile: 0928-504321
E-mail: raffysaldana@

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Christmas Greetings 2007

Dear Relatives, Friends, and Colleagues:

I wish you a very meaningful Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Isang Makabuluhang Pasko at Masaganang Bagong Taon sa Inyong Lahat!


Raf/ Raffy/ Rafael Saldaña

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2008 Launch

Photo Captions: (1) With Paulo Tioseco (my former student and thesis advisee at Ateneo, who is now with Microsoft Philippines, and Allan Espinosa (faculty member of Ateneo); (2) With organizers and guests during the Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2008 Launch.

Event: Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2008 Launch
: Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Time: 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Venue: Annabel's Restaurant, Tomas Morato, Quezon City
Notes: (To Follow)


Philippine Madrigal Singers Concert/Christmas Lantern Exhibit

Photo Caption: Large Christmas Lanters (Parol) made by students of Bauan, Batangas, Philippines are on display at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photos taken on December 18, 2007. All Rights Reserved, Raffy Saldaña, 2008.

Event: Philippine Madrigal Singers Concert/Christmas Lantern Exhibit
Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Time: 8:00 - 10:30 p.m.
Venue: Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila
Notes: (To Follow)

Ateneo Math Department Christmas Party 2008

Photo Caption: Faculty and Staff of the Ateneo Mathematics Deparment during the annual Christmas Party on December 17, 2007 at the residence of Dr. Mari-Jo Ruiz in Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines.

Event: Math Department Christmas Party
Date: Monday, December 17, 2008
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Venue: Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Notes: (To Follow)
More photos are available at:

PSHS '77 Christmas Party 2008

Photo Caption: Some members of the PSHS Class of 1997 during its Chrismas Partyheld on December 15, 2007 in Marikina City, Philippines.

Event: PSHS Batch '77 Christmas Party

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2007

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 m.n.

Venue: Marikina City, Philippines (House of Bern Lapuz)

Notes: (To Follow)

More photos are available at this link:

Joint Meeting of the PSHS NAA and PSHS AA

Photo Caption: Officers of the PSHS Alumni Association and the PSHS National Alumni Association during a meeting at Eastwood, Quezon City, Philippines on December 14, 2007.

Event: Joint Meeting of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) Alumni Association and the PSHS National Alumni Association
Date: Friday, December 14, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Venue: Serye Restaurant, Citiwalk, Eastwood, Quezon City, Philippines
Notes: (To Follow)

Organizing Committee, ICT4Health 2008 (Int'l Symposium On ICT For Health)

Photo Caption: Members of the Local Organizing Committee of ICT4Health 2008, School of Science and Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University. Photos taken on Friday, December 14, 2007.

Event: Meeting of the Local Organizing Committee, ICT4Health 2008
Date: December 14, 2007
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Venue: Dean's Conference Room, School of Science and Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines
Notes: (To Follow)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Happy Birthday, Regina!

Photo Caption: (1) Photo of Regina and me; (2) Regina with her mother, Amy; sister, Raissa; and father Felix. Photos taken on December 11, 2007.

Last December 11, 2007 was the 7th birthday celebration of my godchild ("inaanak"), Regina, daughter of my friend Felix (Dr. Felix Muga II of the Mathematics Department of Ateneo de Manila University). Regina celebrated her birthday at McDonald's Katipunan, infront of Ateneo.

Here are some photos taken during Regina's birthday party. More photos can be found at this link:

Happy Birthday, Regina!


Ninong Raffy

Monday, December 17, 2007

'Bravissimo!' - A Tribute To Excellence (Philippine Madrigal Singers Concert)

Media Release. Source:

The Philippine Science High School Alumni Association and PSHS Class of 1982 sponsor 'Bravissimo! – A Tribute to Excellence' a Philippine Madrigal Singers concert on 18 December 2007, 8:00 p.m., Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines.

The Madz, as they are affectionately called by fans, recently won the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing in Arrezzo, Italy, last August. A two-time winner of this prestigious competition, they are the only choir in the world that has ever achieved this feat since the inception of the Grand Prix in 1989. The event shall be their only gala performance this December; thus we expect there to be tremendous response from the music-loving public to this concert. As the concert is a fundraising activity for the PSHS Alumni ‘Natatanging Guro Endowment Fund’ (NG Fund) , fellow Pisay Alumni can also contribute to the fund by joining ‘Sponsor-A-Teacher to the Madz concert’. If you cannot watch the concert but want to contribute to the fund, why not buy a concert ticket for a Pisay teacher? That way, a Pisay teacher watches the concert at the same time you contribute to the NG fund … a good deal?Net proceeds of the event will go to the PSHS Alumni ‘Natatanging Guro Endowment Fund’. The fund’s goal is to help maintain high standards of teaching excellence at our alma mater, the country’s premiere institution for secondary education. Income from the fund will help provide financial incentives and programs designed to recruit, retain, and help further improve the level of teaching excellence at PSHS. For ticket prices and seat reservation, watch for e-mail in the next few days. You may also check out the website for links to more information about this and other upcoming alumni events this Christmas.‘Bravissimo! – A Tribute to Excellence’ is organized by the PSHS Alumni Association and the PSHS Class of 1982. Chris Franco ‘82 Chairman, Batch 82 / PSHS Alumni Xmas events committee.

Ticket prices are available at:

Orchestra Center P 2,000 ($50 for US based) Orchestra Left / Right P 1,500 ($37.5) Balcony 1 Center P 750 ($18.75) Balcony 1 Left / Right P 600 ($15) Balcony 2 Center P 400 ($10) Balcony 2 Left / Right P 300 ($7.5)

For inquiries or to purchase tickets, please contact:

For Philippine Based Gerry Parco at +639209514350 /, Vicky Santos-Abraham at +639189432516 /, or Chris Franco at +639172432307 /

For U.S. Based Lenito Sinay at +15085662155 /, Liza Virata-Theimer at +12407885187 / or login to for ordering online.
Raffy Saldana
The Pisay '77 Blogger

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Embassy of France To The Philippines To Sponsor ICT4Health 2008 (First International Symposium on ICT For Health)

Today, December 11, 2007, I received a very welcome message from the Embassy of France to the Philippines informing me that the French Embassy will sponsor the First International Symposium on ICT For Health (ICT4Health 2008) to be held on February 29 to March 1, 2008 in Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.

I am the convenor of the said symposium. While I was still in Taipei, Taiwan (for the ICT Asia Regional Seminar sponsored by the French Government) I submitted a funding request to the French Embassy in Manila to support the project that I am organizing on behalf of Ateneo de Manila University -- the First International Symposium on ICT For Health.

For details about ICT4Health, please visit its temporary website:

Sunday, December 9, 2007

CSP Seminar in Baguio City: More Photos

Note: These photos were taken during the Seminar on ICT sponsored by the Computing Society of the Phippines and hosted by the University of the Cordilleras in Baguio City, Philippines on December 8, 2007. Click on photos to view larger images. See related blog entry,

CSP Seminar on ICT, University of the Cordilleras, Baguio City, December 8, 2007

(Photo Captions: (1) Dr. Rafael
Saldaña, Past President of CSP, with Ms. Nancy Flores, Dean of University of the Cordilleras; (2) New members of the CSP in an oath-taking ceremony led by Dr. Rafael Saldaña on December 8, 2007 in Baguio City.)

On December 7, 2007
I went to Baguio City (in Northern Luzon, Philippines) to conduct a seminar on ICT (Information and Communications Technology) for the Computing Society of the Philippines (CSP).

The seminar was held at the University of the Cordilleras on December 8, 2007.

Our host is the College of Computer Studies of the University of the Cordilleras, led by its dean, Ms. Nancy Flores. (Note: Nancy is currently the President of the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators [PSITE].)

The guest speakers are: Dr. Henry Adorna (of the Department of Computer Science, University of the Philippines and currently Secretary of the CSP) and myself (Dr. Rafael Saldaña of Ateneo de Manila University and Immediate Past President of CSP).

More than 100 participants from Baguio City and other schools in Northern Luzon participated in the CSP Seminar.

At the end of the seminar we inducted more than 60 new members of CSP in an oath-taking ceremony. These new CSP members will form the Computing Society of the Philippines Northern Luzon Chapter.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Supercomputing Cluster Challenge Won By The University Of Alberta (Canada)

Cluster Challenge

"A team of undergraduates from the University of Alberta, Canada, won the inaugural Supercomputing cluster challenge, a three-day cluster-building marathon, during the SC07 (International Conference For High Performance Computing, Networking, and Analysis) held at Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Nevada,USA on November 10-16, 2007. Competing teams assembled small clusters on the exhibit floor, running benchmarks and applications selected by industry and high performance computing veterans.

Power consumption was limited: each team was allowed just a single 26 amp, 110 volt circuit. Clusters were judged on the speed of benchmarks and throughput of application runs.

The University of Alberta’s winning system was a 64-core (Xeon 2.66GHz) system with 20Gbit InfiniBand and 16GB of memory running Scientific Linux. The competition was designed to show how accessible clusters have become: the systems built by the student teams would have been considered top-of-the-line super computers just ten years ago."


PISAY PAROL: Christmas Lanterns (PSHS Fund Raising Project)

Christmas Lanterns For Sale

Visit: for details and pictures.

These parols (Chirstmas lanterns) will be for sale during the Pisay Pasko Alumni Xmas Homecoming, during PSHS selected events, at or at or please contact Marj, Loida, Ruther or Doods at +6326673690 (ordering and delivery w/in Metro Manila) or Adee Sipin at +639175595180 / (for inquiries on Pisay Parols and NG Fund).

Delivery within Metro Manila is P300/parol; please inquire about shipping rates outside of Metro Manila.

  • PISAY PASKO…A Dedication Ceremony of the PSHS Natatanging Guro Endowment Fund Project – Dec. 7, 2007 4:30pm.

All alumni, faculty, students, and friends of the Philippine Science High School are cordially invited to attend the 'Pisay Pasko', a dedication ceremony of the PSHS Natatanging Guro Endowment Fund project. The ceremony will be held on Friday, December 7, 2007 from 4:30 to 7:00 pm, at the Administration Building area of the school's main campus in Diliman, Quezon City. Representatives from the various groups collaborating on the worthwhile project will be on hand to pledge their support. These groups include the PSHS Alumni Association, PSHS Foundation, Inc., the school's faculty and administration, and the PSHS Class of 1982.
Performances by the champions of this year's Paskorus competition, plus the PSHS Himig Agham Glee Club, will render Christmas and other songs to mark the event. As culminating activity, symbolizing the bright light that PSHS teachers cast on their students and our country, there will be the lighting of a giant 10ft. Natatanging Guro Pisay Parol and a fireworks display. Light refreshments will also be served.

It is envisioned that the Natatanging Guro Fund will become a multi-million peso endowment, income from which will be used to finance programs intended to attract, develop, and retain the best teaching and faculty talent for the premiere science and technology secondary school in the Philippines. Programs will eventually include awards for teaching excellence; faculty study and research grants; and, faculty exchange programs.

We look forward to seeing you on December 7.

For more information, contact:

Adrian Sipin (

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Ramanujan Prize 2007 Awarded To Argentinian Mathematician

(Photo Caption: Jorge Lauret, Argentinian Mathematician. Source:

Jorge Lauret, professor of mathematics at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, has been awarded the 2007 Srinivasa Ramanujan Prize "in recognition of his outstanding contributions to differential geometry and group representations".

The award ceremony was held on December 3, 2007 at Trieste, Italy. The Ramanujan Prize is awarded to outstanding young mathematicians from developing countries and is supported by the Niels Henrik Abel Memorial Fund through the participation of the International Mathematical Union.

The Prize carries a $10,000 cash award donated by the Niels Henrik Abel Memorial Fund.

The prize, set up by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and the International Mathematical Union, is designed to honour researchers under 45 years of age who have conducted outstanding research in developing countries.

"Jorge Lauret has been awarded the prize in recognition of his outstanding contributions to differential geometry and group representation", says the prize selection committee.
Jorge Lauret works in the field of Riemannian geometry, especially on questions related to geometry and symmetry. A Riemannian manifold is an abstract mathematical space that can be "curved" in interesting ways –this curvature codes a lot of information about the structure of the space. Lauret has made several outstanding contributions to the study of such objects.

Members of the prize committee: Professor Le Dung Trang (chairman), Professor Bernt Øksendal, Professor Jacob Palis, Professor Peter Sarnak, Professor Srinivasa Varadhan.

The Award was established in 2005 by ICTP in cooperation with IMU (International Mathematical Union) in the name of Srinivasa Ramanujan, India's greatest mathematical genius (1887-1920) of the 19th century. He made outstanding contributions to the analytical theory of numbers, elliptic functions, continued fractions, and infinite series.


PSHS Teacher Endowment Fund


PSHS Alumni, Foundation, and Administration Join Hands to Launch Natatanging Guro Teacher Endowment Fund

The Philippine Science High School Alumni Association and the PSHS Foundation will formally launch the Natatanging Guro Endowment Fund (NG Fund) in a simple dedication ceremony on December 7, 2007, at 4 pm, at the school's main campus in Diliman, Quezon City. Various government officials and administrators connected with PSHS are expected to grace the event. They include Dr. Filma G Brawner, PSHS System Executive Director and Dr. Jessamyn Marie O. Yazon, OIC, Office of the Director, PSHS Main Campus.

PSHS is the Philippines' only government-funded high school with the mandate to prepare high school students for future careers in science and technology. Created in 1963 during Pres. Diosdado Macapagal, and subsequently expanded under the terms of Presidents Fidel Ramos and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the school now has 8 campuses in different regions of the Philippines in addition to the main campus in Quezon City, with close to 3,000 students enrolled at any given time. Since 1969, the PSHS system has produced more than 11,000 graduates that have gone on to become leading lights in their professions in medicine, engineering, math and science, education, as well as in business and in the arts.

Over the decades, the PSHS AA and PSHS Foundation have delivered many projects in that complemented the resources that the government provides to run the country's science high school. The NG Fund marks the first time that the two organizations are working together on a project of this nature, and could thus act as the catalyst for future collaborative endeavors that will positively impact the PSHS.

The NG Fund will assist in the further development of the PSHS system, by helping it achieve world-class levels of faculty excellence. Over a period of time, through various fund-raising activities, as well as by tapping government and private donors, both locally and abroad, the target is to set up a P100 million fund. Income from the fund will support initiatives such as:

· Cash awards for teaching excellence

· Study grants for PSHS faculty members who would like to pursue advanced degrees in their fields, or in pedagogy

· Grants to conduct research, write scientific papers for publication, and to attend scientific conferences

· Faculty exchange programs with peer academic institutions globally, which would hone teaching talent and foster the transfer of leading-edge teaching methods to the country

These programs, and those that will be developed in the future, will help the PSHS system attract, develop, and retain the best teaching talent available in the country, to ensure that the school continues to build the critical mass of science and technology leaders, thus contributing to the Philippine nation-building

Images of Taiwan: Taipei 101, Part 2

(Click on photos to view larger images. Photos by Raffy Saldaña, 11/24/07, Taipei, Taiwan)