Thursday, June 19, 2008

Invitation: Computational and Informatics Aspects of Cancer (Colloquium/Seminar Series)

TO ALL INTERESTED Science and Engineering faculty and students of Ateneo de Manila University:


I would like to invite you to paticipate in an interdisciplinary colloqium/seminar series on "Computational and Informatics Aspects of Cancer."

The colloquium/seminar series is scheduled every Monday, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in SEC 303A during the first semester of SY 2008-2009.

The aim of this colloquium/seminar series is to develop an interdisciplinary research group in the School of Science and Engineering that will include the following computational and informatics aspects of cancer research: algorithms, databases, data mining, computer aided diagnosis, e-learning, expert systems, modeling & simulation, ontology, applied mathematics, bioinformatics, computational biophysics, systems biology, visualization, high performance computing and Grid technology applications.

At present the group consists of some undergraduate & graduate students and faculty members under the following departments: Mathematics; Information Systems and Computer Science (DISCS); and Electronics, Commmunications, and Computer Engineering (ECCE). The group also aims to pursue collaboration with other disciplines and with medical practitioners in the Medical City Cancer Center and other cancer institutes.

Current research projects involved in the group are as follows:

1. Ontology for breast cancer
2. Developing an expert system for breast cancer risk analysis
3. Data mining algorithms for breast cancer diagnosis
4. Content-based image retrieval (CBIR) of digital mammograms using Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI)
5. Modeling and simulation of tumor growth using cellular automata
6. Grid-based retrieval and analysis of digital mammograms.

The group is linked with two international projects including:

1. ONCO-MEDIA project ( (funded by the French government's ICT-Asia regional program)

2. EUAsiaGrid project ( (funded by the European Commission FP7 program)

The group will also utilize the Medgrid/Agila high performance computing cluster facility of the School of Science and Engineering.

I would also like to invite experts among you who are interested to provide inputs in the cellular, biochemical, medical, environmental and othe aspects of cancer research. Science and engineering students who are looking for thesis topics in the field of biomedical computing and informatics are also welcome to attend the colloquium/seminar series.

Thank you.

Rafael P. Saldaña, Ph.D.
Ateneo Cancer Informatics Research Group (ATCG)
& Ateneo Grid and High-Performance Computing Group (A-GRID)

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