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The speakers of MODEL 2009.

The College of Computer Science hosted two major workshops in the field of Computer Science last May 4-6, 2009 namely, MODEL 2009, an international workshop on Modeling, Simulation, and Grid Computing and PANDA Grid, a small group gathering of Computer Scientists and Physicists who are into Grid Computing.

Participants of both workshops were billeted at the Hometel. There were two sessions in the afternoon for MODEL 2009. Dr. Kilian Schwarz and Dr. Florian Uhlig, both from Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung mbH Informationstechnologie (GSI), Germany introduced Grid Computing and Applications to the participants. GSI is a German Federal Research Institute whose primary research goal is to understand the structure and behavior of the world that surrounds us. In the second session, Dr. Pablo Saiz of Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN) gave a lecture on Introduction to AliEn (Grid Environment). CERN is a European organization for research in high-energy particle physics located in Switzerland.

Fr. Francisco T. Estepa, SVD receiving a plaque of appreciation from Dr. Rafael Saldaña.

The formal opening of both workshops was conducted on the second day, May 5, 2009. The University President, Fr. Francisco T. Estepa, SVD gave the Welcome Remarks. Along with the introduction of participants was the giving of tokens to the speakers of the MODEL 2009. The opening program ended with a performance from the Diwanag Dance Troupe. The keynote speech was delivered by Dr. Kilian Schwarz who discussed about Computing for Facility for Antiprotons and Ions Research (FAIR). He was followed by Dr. Rafael Saldaña from Ateneo de Manila University who introduced the EUAsiaGrid Project: Enabling a Common e-Science Infrastructure Between Europe and Asia. Engr. Weilong Ueng, a Senior Engineer from the Academia Sinica Grid Computing Center in Taiwan presented a paper on Biomedical and Earth Science Applications of Grid Computing.

Dr. Costin Grigoras giving a lecture on AliEn Grid Computing.

The afternoon session was started with a plenary talk by Dr. Dan Protopopescu of the University of Glasgow, UK. His paper dealt on the PANDA Grid. Dr. Muhammad Al-Turany of GSI, Germany, shared on FairRoot, and Dr. Costin Grigoras, talked about MonaLisa for Grid and Site Monitoring.

The plenary presentations were followed by breakout sessions. One group had a hands-on tutorial on gLite (Grid Middleware) at the Computer Laboratory conducted by Mr. Rey Vincent Babilonia of DOST-ASTI and Engr. Rod Michael Coronel of Ateneo de Manila University. The second group listened to other paper presentations at the Lesage AV Hall.

The group had a conference dinner at the Metro Center Hotel in the evening. It was graced by Fr. Andres Guban, SVD Vice President for Administration. The participants were again awed by the dance performances of the Diwanag Dance Troupe.

Model 2009 Participants.

The morning session on the third day, May 6, 2009, was a bit heavy with eight speakers, mostly paper presentations. Among the lectures conducted were Computational Technology by Dr. Vivien Visaya of Ateneo de Manila University, Parallel Linear Space Algorithms for the Longest Common Subsequence Retrieval Program by Mr. Arian Jacilod of UP-Los Baños, A Multiagent System Framework for Solving the Student Sectioning Problem by Mr. Joseph Anthony Hermocilla of UP-Los Baños and Solving Soduko Puzzles Using Clonal Selection Algorithm with Simulated Annealing by Mr. John Paul Yusiong of UP-Visayas Tacloban College. After the morning break, there were lectures on Dynamic Modeling of Overcurrent Protection Relays for Open-Loop Response to Electrical Phasors in Electrical Systems by Mr. Roy Canseco of UP-Diliman, Browser-Based Maps by Ms. Lizhier Coralde from UP-Los Baños, An Ontology Model for Breast Cancer Data Retrieval System by Mr. Andrei Coronel from Ateneo de Manila University and Enabling Ateneo Cluster Computers for Grid-Based Cancer Research by Mr. Kevin Cristobal from Ateneo de Manila University.

MODEL 2009 is held once in every two years, the last one being held at Boracay in 2007.

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