Sunday, November 29, 2009

EUAsiaGrid Workshop on Natural Disaster Mitigation (Bangkok, Thailand)

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EUAsiaGrid Workshop on Natural Disaster Mitigation
November 30 - December 2, 2009
Bangkok, Thailand

The EUAsiaGrid Workshop on Natural Disaster Mitigation will be held from 30 November to 2 December 2009 in the Imperial Tara Hotel, Sukhumvit 26, Bangkok, Thailand.

This event is hosted by Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute (HAII), National Electronics and computer Technology Centre (NECTEC) from Thailand, and Academia Sinica Grid Computing Centre (ASGC) from Taiwan.

The Asia Pacific region is a hazard prone area, and many countries in this region are at relatively high risk of multiple major natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, etc. Many endeavours to mitigate catastrophes were deployed ranging from building sensor networks for monitoring and proactive alarm to building more accurate simulation model for potential disasters.

An advanced e-Infrastructure is the most viable way to integrate current solutions, and engage more experts, knowledge and technology for continuously improved services for risk management and hazard mitigation. The EUAsiaGrid Workshop on Natural Disaster Mitigation aims to facilitate a grid-based e-Science Infrastructure for hazards mitigation with the collaboration with domain experts.

During this workshop, earthquake and climate change will be the two main topics. Use cases of Grid applications will be demonstrated. In addition, sharing mechanism of local data, content standards for hazards mitigation information system, analysis tools and simulation models will also be discussed. The workshop allows us the opportunities to exchange new ideas about grid-based simulation tools and new collaboration model.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Invitation: Talk on High Performance Computing, Grid Computing and Cloud Computing

Dr. Suhaimi Napis, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia


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The EUAsiaGrid Project


in cooperation with the

Ateneo Innovation Center

School of Science and Engineering

cordially invites you to a talk on

"From High-Performance Computing to Grid Computing to Cloud Computing:

Experiences from the University of Putra Malaysia (UPM)

and the EUAsiaGrid Project"


Suhaimi Napis, PhD

Chief Technology Officer and Director

InfoComm Development Centre


Associate Professor of Plant Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

Date: FRIDAY, November 27, 2009

Time: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Venue: Rm. 303 SEC Bldg. A, Ateneo de Manila University

For more information,


Dr.Rafael P. Saldaña


EUAsiaGrid Project

Mathematics Department

School of Science and Engineering

Ateneo de Manila University

Tel. (02) 4266125

Mobile: 0928-5043121


Monday, November 23, 2009

Seoul Declaration for Green Information Technologies (IT) 2009

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On sustaining and progressing efforts & collaboration towards advancing Green IT and Smart Grid initiatives in Asian countries following from the first Asia Government Green IT Summit held in Seou, Koea, 28 - 29 October 2009,


A connection of people who share a common vision and passion is an important first step to make positive impact for our planet. This summit provided the timely opportunity for government, academia and industry leaders from ten countries across Asia and the US to exchange ideas and learn from each other on visions, strategies, plans, technologies and government policeis related to Green IT and Smart Grid innovations.

As all of us have just begun this journey together, we believe that we cannot affort to stop here but have to move forward to build upon what we have established from this important gathering.


As inaugural members and witnesses of this important initiative, we hereby declare to continue to connect, exchange ideas, and collaborate with fellow members of this summit, so as to collectively tacke global problems such as climate change through Green IT and Smart Grid innovations.


Participants, Asia Government Green IT Summit 2009, Seoul, Korea


Asia Governnment Green Information Technology (IT) Summit 2009 (Seoul, Korea)

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Asia Government Green Information Technology (IT) Summit 2009
October 28 - 29, 2009
The Shilla Seoul Hotel, Seoul, Korea

Sponsored by:

Korea Nationa Information Society Agency (NIA)
Intelligent Transport Society of Korea (ITS Korea)
IT Service Industry Association (ITSA)
Intel Corp.


Aligned with Korea's Presidential Vision of "Low Carbon Green Growth", the Asia Government Green IT Summit 2009 aims to address the key challenges we face across focus areas of Green IT, Smart Grid, and Green Government; and to provide solutions on how information technologies can hasten low carbon green growth for mutual prosperity by exchanging ideas, discussing opportunities as well as sharing best practices.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Philippine Grid Computing Forum and Workshop 2009

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November 17 - 18, 2009
Advanced Science and Technology Institute
Diliman, Quezon City


Congratulations! Dr. Marasigan, Dr. Reyes and Dr. Ruiz

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Note: Dr. Jose Marasigan and Dr. Mari-Jo Ruiz are my fellow faculty members in the Mathematics Department of Ateneo de Manila University. Congratulations, Dr. Marasigan and Dr. Ruiz!

From the Ateneo de Manila University Website:


Marasigan, Reyes, Ruiz named emeritus professors

Three Loyola Schools faculty members will be conferred the rank of Professor Emeritus for their exceptional service and “distinguished academic record.” The announcement was made by Ateneo President Bienvenido F. Nebres, SJ on November 9, 2009, after the recommendation of the Committee on Faculty Rank and Permanent Appointment and the approval of the Board of Trustees.

The new emeritus professors are Dr. Jose A. Marasigan and Dr. Mari-Jo P. Ruiz both from the Department of Mathematics, and Dr. Soledad S. Reyes of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Dr. Jose A. Marasigan
Dr. Marasigan finished BS Mathematics (Honors Course) at the Ateneo de Manila University in 1962. He pursued further studies at the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt in the former West Germany as a fellow of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) until he earned his Doctorate in Natural Sciences (Mathematics) in 1971. He completed his DAAD Postdoctoral Fellowship from March -June 1979.

Jose MarasiganAs exchange scientist for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Dr. Marasigan worked with fellow scientists at the following academic institutions: Sophia University (1982), Tokyo Institute of Technology (1982), Osaka University (1990), Osaka Kyoiku University (1991), Hirosaki University (1993), and Osaka University (1995).

In 1984, he was the Australian Universities' International Development Program Fellow at the Australian National University and, in 2007, an IMAMIS Visiting Fellow at the University of Nice, France.

He is a multi-awarded professor both here and abroad. His awards include the Young Mathematician Grant of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) to the International Congress of Mathematicians (Helsinki, Finland) in 1978 and the Outstanding Young Scientist Award (Mathematics) from the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) in 1982.

Throughout his teaching career, he has taught Math at all levels at the Ateneo de Manila, initiated the Program of Excellence in Mathematics (PEM) for mathematically gifted high school students, and acted as coach and leader of Philippine team to the International Mathematical Olympiad. He also spearheaded the establishment of the five-year BS-MS in Applied Mathematics Major in Mathematical Finance at the Ateneo de Manila University, and served as president of the Mathematical Society of the Philippines for two terms (1983-1989).

Dr. Soledad S. Reyes

soledad reyesDr. Reyes graduated with an AB English Literature degree from Maryknoll College in 1966 and received her MA in Literature from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1971. She obtained her PhD in Philippine Studies from the University of the Philippines in 1979, and her MA in Sociology of Literature from Essex University, England in 1981. Reyes joined the Interdisciplinary Studies faculty of Ateneo as instructor in 1971 and never left since. In 1986, she earned full professor status at the university.

Students in the Philippines and abroad who are interested in learning more about Philippine culture and literature have benefited from Dr. Reyes’ expertise. In 1997, she was an exchange professor handling modules on Philippine literature and popular culture at Peking University. In 1992, she was among the delegates of the Ateneo to the Peking University-Ateneo de Manila University Exchange Program. In 1987, she engaged students of Xiamen University in China on a two-month series of lectures on Philippine literature, culture and history as part of the exchange program between the two universities.

Dr. Reyes has served the Ateneo in various capacities including editor of the "Loyola Schools Review" (Humanities) from 2001 up to the present. She is currently an active member of PEN International as well as the Writers’ Union of the Philippines (Unyon ng mga Manunulat ng Pilipinas – UMPIL). From 1987-1995, she served as board member of UMPIL.

Dr. Reyes is also a multi-awarded writer and author of books, the most recent of which are “From Darna to Zsazsa Zaturnnah: Desire and Fantasy and Other Way” (2009) “A Dark Tinge to the World: Selected Essays 1987-2005.”

Dr. Mari-Jo P. Ruiz
Mari-jo ruizDr. Ruiz received her doctorate in Mathematics in 1981 at the Ateneo de Manila. At the Courant Institute of the Mathematical Sciences of New York University, she earned a degree in MS Mathematics in 1965. Two years before, in 1963, she received her BA in Mathematics from Marymount Manhattan College. Graph Theory and Operations Research is her field of specialization.

She has served the Ateneo in various capacities. From 1965 up to the present, shehas been a Math professor at the School of Science and Engineering. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2005. Other positions she has held were: School of Arts and Sciences dean from 1994-2000, Math Department chair from 1992-1994, Management Engineering Department chair (1981 to 1983, 1984 to 1987, 1989 to 1990) and Management Engineering Department acting chair from 1975 to 1976.

Throughout her career, she has served on the editorial board of various local and international journals, has published papers, textbooks and books, and has participated in national and international conferences and workshops. A number of prestigious companies and government offices have sought her research expertise, including the Department of Health, Software Ventures International Corporation, Colgate-Palmolive Philippines, Computer Information Systems, Inc., and Philippine Airlines.

Emeritus professors are selected on the basis of their distinguished academic record and university service. This title may be conferred upon professors who have reached the formal retirement age. But because of their distinction, they are encouraged to continue to render active service in the university in different capacities. They are likewise entrusted to help pass on the school's culture to the next generations of faculty and students.

On November 20, 2009, Friday, 4:00 p.m., the Ateneo community will come together to show their gratitude and appreciation for the three LS professors' contributions to the university. The ceremony will be held at the Escaler Hall, Science Education Complex (SEC), Ateneo Loyola Heights campus.


Meeting: Presidential Council on Research and Development (PCCRD) Meeting, DOST, Taguig City (Nov. 2009)

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Meeting of the Presidential Council on Research and Development (PCCRD)
National Academy of Science and Technology Bldg. (NAST)
Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
Bicutan, Taguig City
Date: 17 November 2009 (Tuesday)

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A Day in my Math 20.3 Class (Applied Calculus) : Nov. 2009

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Photos: AMC 125 Class of Dr. Saldaña (Nov. 2009)

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A Post Birthday Celebration with Colleagues (Nov. 2009)

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

6th East Asia SIAM Conference (Malaysia, 2010)

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Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Scientific Committee of the East Asia SIAM (Society for Applied and Industrial Mathematics), I would like to invite you to participate in the 6th East Asia SIAM Conference to be held on June 22 - 24, 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Also, if you have qualified students, please encourage them to participate in the EASIAM Student Paper Prize 2009.

Please see below for details.

Thank you.

Dr. Rafael P. Saldaña
East Asia SIAM Committee

Applied Mathematics International Conference 2010

(AMIC 2010)


The Sixth East Asia SIAM Conference

June 22 - 24, 2010

Institute of Mathematical Sciences,

Faculty of Science University of Malaya

50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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In 2010, the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, University of Malaya will be hosting the 6th East Asia SIAM (EASIAM) Conference in conjunction with the Applied Mathematics International Conference (AMIC2010) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The EASIAM Conference is an annual meeting in the series of conferences. EASIAM provides a platform for exploration and application of mathematics to science, industry, engineering and technology in the East and South East Asia. Previous EASIAM meetings were held in Hong Kong, Sapporo, Xiamen, Daejeon, and Brunei. EASIAM is a section of SIAM, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), which promotes research that will lead to effective new mathematical and computational methods and techniques for science, engineering, industry and society. It also provides media for the exchange of information and ideas among mathematicians, engineers, and scientists.

Conference Objectives:

1) To provide a venue for the exchange of new ideas and interaction between local and international participants, updating with the latest research in mathematics, as well as interaction between the local and international participants.
2) To promote research and enhance collaboration among researchers and scientists
3) To stimulate publications in the areas of applied mathematics


1. Applied Mathematics.

2. Engineering Mathematics

3. Operational Research and Optimization.

4. Numerical Analysis.

5. Linear Algebra and Applications.

Conference Venue:

Darby Park Executive Suites, Kuala Lumpur


Scientific Committee:

EASIAM Scientific Committees:

Nguyen Van Huu, Hanoi University of Science
Pham Ky Anh, Vietnam National University
Victor D. Didenko, Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Roger Hosking, Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Zhong-ci Shi, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Wai-Ki Ching, University of Hong Kong
Tao Tang, Hong Kong Baptist University
Hendra Gunawan, Bandung Institute of Technology
Leo H. Wiryanto, Bandung Institute of Technology
Hisashi Okamoto, Kyoto University
Shao-Liang Zhang, Nagoya University
Hyung-Chun Lee, Ajou University
Xiao-qing Jin, University of Macau
Haiwei Sun, University of Macau
Mohd Omar, University of Malaya
Abd Rahni Mt Piah, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Rafael P.
Saldaña, Ateneo de Manila University
Weizhu Bao, National University of Singapore
Zuowei Shen, National University of Singapore
I-Liang Chern, National Taiwan University
Ming-Chih Lai , National Chiao Tung University
Yongwimon Lenbury, Mahidol Univeristy

AMIC 2010 Scientific Committees:

Siti Aishah Hashim Ali, University of Malaya
Wan Ainun Mior Othman, University of Malaya
Noor Hasnah Moin, University of Malaya
Md Abu Omar Awang, University of Malaya
Nordin Hj. Mohamad, University of Malaya
Amran Hussin, University of Malaya
Mohd Khanafiah Ismail, University of Malaya
Mohd Salmi Noorani, National University of Malaysia
Ahmad Izani, University of Science Malaysia
Norsarahaida Amin, University of Technology Malaysia


Ong Seng Huat
Mohd Omar
Wan Ainun Mior Othman
Siti Aishah Hashim Ali
Md Abu Omar Awang
Che Wan Mariam Saad
Nordin Haji Mohamad
Mohd Khanafiah Ismail
Amran Hussin
Noor Hasnah Moin

Registration, Accommodation and Visa:

All conference participants must register before 1st April 2010. The registration fee is RM900 (US$270). Full-time students may register for RM450 (US$135). The registration fee includes conference materials, lunches, tea breaks, a conference banquet and a sightseeing tour.

For all participants please prepare payment via cheque and made payable to the "Bendahari Universiti Malaya" before May 1st 2010.

To register and book the accommodation at the conference venue, please complete and e-mail us the attached registration form (doc) (pdf) to before April 1st 2010. Accommodation for standard room is RM 230 per day.

Participants are also kindly requested to arrange their own accommodation. Suggested accommodations within the vicinity of the conference venue include.

1. Hotel Nikko

2 .Mandarin Court Hotel

3. Corus Hotel

4. Equatorial Hotel

5. Hotel Maya

To obtain an invitation letter for the visa application to Malaysia, please contact Dr Mohd Omar (

Paper Submission:

Both full papers and extended abstracts of 2 to 3 pages are accepted for submission. Papers and extended abstracts will be refereed. To be eligible for publication in the Conference proceedings, an accepted paper must be presented at the Conference by one of the authors.

Papers should be submitted by e-mail to before April 1st, 2010. For further enquiries please contact or fax to +60379674143.

The selected full manuscripts of the conference will be published within a proceeding under the responsibility of an Editorial Board AMIC2010 appointed by the Organizer.

The official language of the conference is English. A full manuscript must be submitted in English language.

Notification of Abstract Acceptance: March 1st, 2010
Final full paper submission: April 1st, 2010.

EASIAM Student Paper Prize:

Principal Guidelines
The EASIAM Student Paper Prizes are awarded every year to the student author(s) of the most outstanding paper(s) submitted to the EASIAM Student Paper Competition. This award is based solely on the merit and content of the student's contribution to the submitted paper.

The purpose of the Student Paper Prizes is to recognize an outstanding scholarship by students in applied mathematics or computing.

Requirements to enter the Competition
To enter the competition, each applicant
- must be a student of a country in the East or Southeast Asia;
- must not attend the oral defense longer than six months before the deadline of the competition submission;
- and must submit: a short vitae including his/her list of publications (at most two pages). The student's advisor must submit a letter that describes and evaluates the paper's contribution to the literature and the student's role in the publications.

Notification of Prize Winners
The EASIAM president will notify the recipient(s) around April 15. 2010.
Each recipient is required to present his or her paper at the EASIAM meeting where the prizes are awarded.

Description of the Award
Each recipient of the EASIAM Student Paper Prize shall receive a
certificate and reimbursement of up to US$250 toward travel expenses. Up to four awards will be awarded each year.

Deadline of the application
February 15, 2010. Please send your submission to Prof. Byeong- Chun Shin, Secretary, Chonnam National University, Korea, at


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Top Five (5) Philippine Schools in Competitive Computer Programming, 2007

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Year 2007

Based on the performance of their top teams in the ACM Philippines Inter-Collegiate Programming Competition, 2007.

Compiled by:

Dr. Rafael P. Saldaña
Contest Director
ACM ICPC Philippines 2007
Associate Professor
Mathematics Department
Ateneo de Manila University


1. University of the Philippines-Diliman

2. Ateneo de Manila University

3. University of the Philippines-Los Banos

4. De La Salle University

5. FEU-East Asia College

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All Rights Reserved. Rafael P. Saldaña, 2009.

Top Ten (10) Philippine Schools in Competititve Computer Programming, 2008

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Year 2008

Based on the performance of their top teams in the ACM Philippines Inter-Collegiate Programming Competition, 2008.

Compiled by:

Dr. Rafael P. Saldaña
Contest DirectorA

CM ICPC Philippines 2008
Associate Professor
Mathematics Department
Ateneo de Manila University


1. University of the Philippines-Diliman

2. Ateneo de Manila University

3. De La Salle University-Manila

4. Ateneo de Naga University

5. Ateneo de Davao University

6. Cebu Institute of Technology

7. University of Cebu-Main Campus

8. FEU-East Asia College

9. De La Salle Canlubang

10. University of San Jose-Recoletos (Cebu)

(Note: University of the Philippines-Los Banos did not participate in ICPC Philippines 2008.)

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All Rights Reserved. Rafael P. Saldaña, 2009.

Top Ten (10) Philippine Schools in Competitive Computer Programming 2009

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Year 2009

Based on the performance of their top teams in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest Asia Manila Regional Site, 2009.

Compiled by:

Dr. Rafael P. Saldaña
Contest Director
ACM ICPC Asia Manila 2009
Associate Professor
Mathematics Department
Ateneo de Manila University


1. University of the Philippines - Diliman

2. Ateneo de Manila University

3. De La Salle University - Manila

4. University of the Philippines - Los Banos

5. Ateneo de Naga University

6. University of Immaculate Conception - Davao

7. University of San Jose-Recoletos (Cebu)

9. FEU-East Asia College

10. Ateneo de Zamboanga University

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All Rights Reserved. Rafael P. Saldaña, 2009.


Congratulations! Winners, IUPC 2009 (Inter-University Programming Competition)

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First Place: Team Underscore ("_"), Ateneo de Manila University

Second Place: Team Cursor 2, University of the Philippines-Diliman

Third Place: Team Cursor 1, University of the Philippines-Diliman

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Friday, November 13, 2009

IUPC 2009: Inter-University Programming Competition (ADMU, Philippines, Nov. 14, 2009)

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November 14, 2009
Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

Organized by: Computer Society of the Ateneo (CompSAt)


Event Name: Inter-University Programming Competition (IUPC)
Date: November 14, 2009 (Saturday)
Time: 12:00NN – 5:00PM
Venue: Faura Building , Ateneo de Manila University

Participating Schools:

1. Ateneo de Manila University
2. University of Santo Thomas
3. University of the Philippines Diliman
4. Mapúa Institute of Technology
5. FEU-East Asia College


1. Dr. Pablo Manalastas
2. Dr. Rafael Saldaña
3. Mr. David Diy
4. Mr. Russell Santos


Assembly Time: 12:00NN

Assembly Place: Judges’ Room (F-224)

Snack Room: DISCS Faculty Lounge


12:00 - 12:30 Registration

12:30 - 1:00 Introductions and Reading of Rules

1:00 - 4:00 Contest Proper (Snacks in between)

4:00 - 4:05 End of Competition and Settling down

4:05 - 4:25 Announcements of Winners and Awarding

4:05 - 4:25 Closing Remarks



Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Enabling Grids for E-science (EGEE) User Forum (Sweden)

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On behalf of the EUAsiaGrid Project in Ateneo de Manila University, I would like to invite interested individuals to participate in the 5th EGEE User Forum. Please see details below. Thank you.

Dr. Rafael P. Saldaña
EUAsiaGrid Project in ADMU

Enabling Grids for E-science (EGEE) User Forum
April 12 - 15, 2010
Uppsala, Sweden

Call for Abstract
List of participants
Trainings - Workshops
Plenary Speakers
General Information
Press room
Previous events

Call for Abstract

The User Forum is a key annual event organised by the Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE) project. The forum provides an important opportunity to scientific communities exploiting distributed infrastructure technologies, to present their work, discuss technology usage with colleagues, and learn about advances in middleware and application services.

The 5th EGEE User Forum will take place on 12-15 April 2010 in Uppsala, Sweden. The
event is organized in collaboration with the European Grid Initiative (EGI) and the Nordic DataGrid Facility (NDGF), and will be hosted by the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC), the Uppsala Multidisciplinary Center for Advanced Computational Science (UPPMAX) and PDC - Center for High Performance Computing at KTH. This year the User Forum marks the end of the EGEE series of projects and the transition to a sustainable European e-Infrastructure model led by EGI, the European Grid Initiative. UF5 will help pave the ground for this transition by expanding its focus to cover a broader scope of European e-infrastructures and distributed computing technologies, providing the opportunity for the first time to all the relevant users community to meet, interact and collaborate.

The scientific programme consists of daily plenary sessions featuring distinguished keynote speakers, followed by parallel sessions focusing on e-Infrastructure use within the various user disciplines, and also on specific supporting technologies. Sessions for demonstrations and posters will augment the oral programme, and provide a key element of the forum.

The programme committee invites abstracts for contributions in one of following general topics:
• Planned or on-going scientific work and results obtained using distributed computing technologies,• Data-intensive and data-oriented distributed applications,• Experiences from application porting and deployment of existing software in distributed computing environments,• Software services exploiting and/or extending grid middleware (gLite, ARC, UNICORE etc),• Programming environments,• End-user environments, scientific gateways and portal technologies,• Emerging technologies within the European distributed computing infrastructures (cloud, virtualization etc),• National and international activities and collaborations for share and exploitation of e-Infrastructures,• Support services and tools for user communities.

Contributions may be offered the possibility of either an oral presentation, a poster or a demonstration. The Programme Committee will assume responsibility for assigning proposed contributions to the various parts of the event. The demonstrations can follow any of the above topics and must have a strong requirement for a visual or interactive presentation. Contributors should make sure that enough people will register and attend the User Forum in order for the demonstration to be manned continuously during one of the two dedicated demo sessions planned for Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.

The Programme Committee expects that submitted abstracts follow the pre-defined template provided online from the User Forum abstract submission and scientific program management system. This will facilitate the evaluation of the abstracts and the production of a "Book of Abstracts" summarizing the contributions. Abstracts must be submitted using the “Submit a new abstract page” under the Call for Abstracts section in the above link. In the submission template it should be indicated whether an oral submission could be placed as a poster if required and who among the authors will be responsible for giving the presentation. Precise information will be provided for the preparation of oral presentations, posters and demonstrations. Prospective authors should read the “Author Instructions” section which provides important information regarding abstract submission. Abstracts submitted via other means (email, etc.) or after the submission deadline will not be taken into consideration. Any enquiries regarding abstract submission should be forwarded to the Programme Committee chair.

Important Dates:

Abstract submission opening date: 20th of October
Deadline for abstract submission: 7th of December
Notification of acceptance: 15th of January

More information:

EGEE project home page:

UF5 official web site:

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE CHAIR Vangelis Floros, GRNET (efloros(at)



A Birthday Reflection (2009)


It's my birthday today.

It's time for me to pause and reflect.

Have I done more good things than bad ones?

Have I made positive contributions to society and humankind?

Did I strive for excellence and service?

Did I make other people happy or sad?

Did I contribute to environmental protection or did I contribute to environmental degradation?
Did I contribute to the development of my country and people?

Have I been good to my parents and loved ones?

What are the things that I need to improve?

What are the bad habits that I need take out of my system?

Did I use my talents to improve the lives of other people?

Have I been true to myself and to other people?

Have I been a good servant of God?

Another year... another year older... and hopefully, another year wiser.

I thank all loved ones, relatives, friends, colleagues, and everyone who remember me on this special day.

I pray for humility, honesty, sincerity, faith, hope, and charity.

Bless me Lord.

Raffy Saldaña
11 November 2009


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Meeting: Loyola Schools Faculty Day and SOSE Research Symposium

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From. Ms. Marivi Cabason, Assistant to the Dean, School of Science and Engineering:

Please be reminded of the following upcoming activities:

1. LS Second Semester Faculty Day
Friday, Nov. 13, Leong Hall Auditorium


7:30 - Mass

8:00 - Registration

8:30 - Talks by Fr. Ben, Dr. Cuyegkeng, Dr. Tony La Vina, Mrs. Toni Gonzaga (tentative), Mr. Eduardo Calasanz on the environment, climate change, role of teachers and academics in disaster response, and the university response

12:00 - Lunch break

1:30 - Topics on quality assurance, research, library resources, etc.

3:00 - Break out by school

All full-time and part-time faculty are enjoined to attend.

2. SOSE Faculty Research Symposium

Monday, Nov. 16, 4:30 pm, Faura AVR

Updates on research, innovation and directions of the school, and LSR.
All are enjoined to attend. Dinner will be served after the symposium.
Please sign up with your department secretary for the headcount.


Marivi Cabason
Assistant to the Dean
School of Science and Engineering


AMC 125: Lecture No. 1. Introduction to Probability Theory

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AMC 125 – Mathematics for Computer Science II
Dr. Rafael P. Saldaña
Mathematics Department
School of Science and Engineering
Ateneo de Manila University


Source: Grimaldi, 150 - 156.





Under the assumption of equal likelihood, let S be the sample space for an experiment E. Each subset A of S, including the empty subset, is called an event. Each element of S determines an outcome, so if S = n and a is an element of S, A is a subset of S, then

Pr({a}) = The probability that {a} (or, a) occurs = {a}/S, = 1/n, and

Pr(A) = The probability that A occurs = A/S = A/n

Note: We often write Pr(a) for Pr({a})


1. When you toss a fair coin, what is the probability that you will get a head?

2. If you toss a fair die, what is the probability that you will get

(a) a 5?
(b) a 6?
(c) a 5 or a 6?
(d) an even number?
(e) an odd number?

3. There are 20 students enrolled in Dr. Saldana's class. If Dr. Saldana wants to select two of his students, at random, he may make a selection in (20 2) = 190 ways, so S = 190.

Suppose that Ace and Bob are two of Dr. Saldana's students in class.

Let A be the event that Ace is one of the students selected and B be the event that the selection includes Bob.

What is the probability that Dr. Saldana selects

a. Both Ace and Bob?

b. neither Ace nor Bob?

c. Ace but not Bob?

to be continued...