Sciences Cluster

Visiting prof to start lecture series on modelling and simulation

Dr. Florian Miksch, DCS visiting professor.

Dr. Florian Miksch, DCS visiting professor.

The visiting professor of the Department of Computer Science, Dr. Florian Miksch, will begin his bimonthly talks entitled “Lecture Series on Modelling and Simulation: Theory and Applications” starting 11 December 2013. The talk tomorrow will be at 4-5 PM at the UP Cebu AVR2.

Dr. Miksch is a professor from Vienna University of Technology. He is active in the fields of modelling and simulation, data mining, and project management. His PhD dissertation is entitled “Mathematical Modelling for New Insights into Epidemics by Herd Immunity and Serotype Shift”.

Among the recent published works he co-authored are “Hybrid Combination and Modular Modelling Techniques in Health Technology Assessment – An Example Based Explanation for Communicable Diseases”, “Analysis and comparison of different modelling approaches based on an SIS epidemic”, and “Modular modelling and hybrid combination in health technology assessment models – examples and technology”.

Faculty, students help address town’s oil spill woes

For raising more awareness about an oil spill in Cordova town in Cebu’s east coast, an environmental lawyer extended her appreciation to the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu).

Lawyer Gloria Estenzo Ramos lauded the UP Cebu community for heading the forum dubbed “Impact of Oil Spill in Cordova” at the school’s Audio Visual Room 2 last Sept. 11.

The forum, the first convened by the academe about the spill, was hosted by the Political Science 189 or Environmental Politics and Policy class of Prof. Zenaida Ligan.

Ramos, an instructor with the University of Cebu College of Law also encouraged UPians to do more particularly through research.

“Cordova needs our help and we can do that through forums like this,” said Ramos, who is also the coordinator of Philippine Earth Justice Center Inc.

She sought assistance for running an information campaign, saying that her group cannot do all the work by itself.

Ramos was joined by Julieta Baguio of the Cordova agriculture department and Owen Migraso of the Central Visayas Fisherfolk Development Center.

Cordova is the worst-hit town in the aftermath of an oil spill that followed the collision of MV St. Thomas Aquinas and a Sulpicio Lines cargo ship at the Lawis Ledge Aug 16.

Cordova townsfolk, most of whom depend on fishing for their livelihood, are unable to make ends meet since their catch is considered unfit for eating.

Hectares of mangroves in the area may die of oil contamination.

UP Cebu Dean Liza Corro said the faculty will certainly release a study about the spill “especially on social economics” in Cordova.

She also said the biology and environmental science professors gave preparedness advice to the Lapu-Lapu city government even before the spill.

Dr. Mary Joyce Flores, a UP Cebu biology and environmental science faculty said they are are doing research in collaboration with the University of San Carlos.

“We don’t want to compete. We want to help Cordova,” said Flores, who joined Prof. Henry Francis Espiritu and Dr. Mary Gretchen Chaves as forum reactors.

Prof. Ligan’s environmental politics and policy students will also conduct research in Cordova.

“We will endeavor to ascertain what possible livelihood programs can be suggested or recommended to the municipality based on what the affected community wants,” she said.

“We are pro-active.”

The students, Ligan said, went to Cordova Sept. 24 to interview affected residents.

They will present their research in the Oct. 7 session of the Cordova Municipal Council.

Contributed by Carmen Jonahville Matarlo
*This story is brought to you by students of Journalism 102: News Writing and Journalism 104: Editing in cooperation with the UP Cebu Public Information Office.

IT solutions offered for diners, scholarship seekers

Two teams so far were chosen as finalists in the Ideya Challenge, the information technology (IT) startup contest sponsored by the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The first, Team Scholarly proposed a system for notifying students about scholarships for which they can apply.

The second, Team Find, Eat and Go aspires to develop an application that would connect diners and restaurants.

Team Scholarly, who qualified July 25 includes junior computer science majors Julia Menchavez, Mary Louise Hermosa and Iona Concepcion.

“We chose to address this problem because we realize it’s not easy to look for scholarships, and the application process is long and tedious,” Hermosa said.

Team Find, Eat and Go is composed of junior management students Jan Zuriel Dionson and Christine Meriz and computer science student Jay Arnel Bilocura. The group’s idea qualified Aug. 13.

“We believe that our idea will have a positive impact on the economy of the Philippines and our product will be beneficial to other people,” Bilocura said.

A fifth batch of proposals was screened Sept. 14 to 15.

Computer science senior Dana Marie Perez, head organizer of Ideya Challenge said, “We want to harness the creative minds of the participants and help them turn their ideas into business-viable solutions to problems in society as well as produce marketable improvements to existing IT-based tools, products, and services.”

The Ideya Challenge is organized by Prof. Kurt Espinosa, computer science department chairman in collaboration with the Student Council and the DOST’s Cebu Business Incubator in Information Technology (CeBuinIT).

To join, participants must form a team of three, with at least two student members. One member must be a computer science major or have background in IT.

Each team is required to pick one or two teachers as adviser. Each member has to login using their Facebook account.

In an e-mail, Prof. Espinosa said, “Anyone can be a member of only one team during the bimonthly elimination rounds. The team can submit only one idea.”

“If the team does not qualify in the bimonthly elimination round, they can submit another idea or the same idea but more refined according to the comments of the screening committee for the next bimonthly elimination round. ”

“Anyone can be a member of different teams per elimination round. If the team qualifies during the bimonthly elimination round, they can no longer submit another new idea for the next rounds nor be a member of any other team,” Espinosa said.

The teams should post their ideas and solutions on Ideya Challenge’s website, where voting for the elimination round takes place.

The ideas are screened based on soundness, business viability and impact on society.

For the eliminations from June to October, the screening committee’s vote will comprise 90 percent, while the participants’ vote will comprise 10 percent of the average.

For the top 10 ideas, the screening committee’s vote will comprise 80 percent while the participants’ vote will comprise 20 percent of the score.

The top 10 will be announced Nov. 15.

For the final round, the top 10 will be ranked from 1 to 10 by judges composed of investors who expressed interest in financing the winning projects.

The top three teams win and will be recommended to national and international startup competitions. The final event will be on Nov. 26, 2013.

Winning ideas will also be developed at the CeBuinIT.

The winning team will receive Php 10,000 and two free webhosting services, while the second and third placers will receive P7,000 and P5,000 respectively.

Contributed by Monna Eve Señara

*This story is brought to you by students of Journalism 102: News Writing and Journalism 104: Editing in cooperation with the UP Cebu Public Information Office.

Canadian professor to lecture on improving Java garbage collection

Gerhard W. Dueck, Ph. D. (CS)

Gerhard W. Dueck, Ph. D. (CS) Faculty of Computer Science, University of New Brunswick (Photo credit to: http://cs.unb.ca/~gdueck/)

The UP Cebu Department of Computer Science will host a lecture by Dr. Gerhard W. Dueck on Garbage Collection in Multi-Threaded Java Programs this September 23, 2013, 10:30AM-12NN, at the auditorium of the UP Cebu Interactive Learning Center.

Dr. Dueck’s lecture will deal with the problem of stop-the-world phases in the garbage collection mechanism of the Java programming language which are “particularly undesirable in a multi-core multi-threaded environment.” He will present a possible prediction method that will reduce the instance of stop-the-world phases.

Dr. Dueck is a visiting professor from the University of New Brunswick, Canada. His research interests also include Reversible Logic, Multiple-Valued Logic, Minimization of Logic Functions, Symmetric Functions, Simulated Annealing, Reed-Muller Expansions, and Digital Design.

View the abstract of the talk here: AbstractGC_Dueck.

DCS offers 2-day seminar-workshop on Advanced Data Structures

The Department of Computer Science of the University of the Philippines Cebu will be holding a two-day seminar-workshop on Advanced Data Structures this September 20-21, 2013 at the Audio-Visual Room (AVR)-2 of the college’s Lahug campus. This seminar-workshop will be given by Dr. Jaime DL Caro of the University of the Philippines Diliman, a recognized expert in the field.

The activity aims to offer better appreciation and application of selected topics in Advanced Data Structures. It is further aimed to enhance and improve the participating school’s curricular activities and offerings.

This Advanced Data Structures seminar-workshop is offered free to universities and colleges in Central Visayas as part of the mandate by the UP Cebu Department of Computer Science as a Center of Excellence in I.T. Education awardee of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Call for Visiting Professors

The UP Cebu Department of Computer Science is calling for applications for two (2) visiting professors in the areas of
bio-informatics, machine vision, social network analysis, intelligent systems, mobile computing, digital computing, security, bio-med, and natural language processing.

Call for Visiting Professors

Product design, computer science programs to host forum on online games

A forum titled “Online Games as Art and Trend” will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 1:30 p.m. at Audio-Visual Room 2 of the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu).

This event will cater to UPians who want to pursue online and mobile game development as a career.

“Online game is really a trend now, especially for the young generation”, said UP Cebu product design program coordinator Palmy Pe-Tudtud in an interview.

Guest speaker Alfred Vesligai, a finalist of the National Young Entrepreneur competition last 2011, and President of Eurocorp Consulting, Inc., a company specializing in online and mobile games development, sees so much potential in UP Cebu students, particularly in the fields of product design and computer science.

Vesligai will lecture to students on online gaming, technology, and art.

The forum, organized by the product design and computer science programs is expected to open more opportunities for students to enhance their skills in the field of online and mobile games development and land a job in this field in the future.

“This is an opportunity already for us to really learn more about the trend and art,” Tudtud said./CHENNIE MONTERO AND UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES CEBU PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE

Ideya Challenge

Ideya Challenge Competition is in line with UP Cebu ‘s vision of setting up an innovation hub that will promote an innovative mindset and culture in the region and with the directive of the administration that its constituents must know, understand, and make use of the Technology Business Incubator (TBI) facility. An idea generation is a crucial starting point of the whole idea-to-product spectrum.

This event is organized by the UP Cebu, UP Cebu Student Council, and DOST-UPCEBU TBI.

– See more at: http://ideya.upcebu.edu.ph/about

Welcome to the Sciences Cluster

The Sciences Cluster aspires to provide teaching and research leadership in the life sciences, environment, mathematics, and computer science. Its aims to produce graduates with a strong foundation in the sciences and a sense of social responsibility and discernment, as well as graduates who can relate their field of specialization to the other fields, and are effective as educators, researchers, and as planners in academe, industry, government and non-government institutions. It offers three (3) undergraduate programs, namely, BS Biology, BS Computer Science and BS Mathematics, and two (2) graduate programs: MS Computer Science and MS Environmental Studies.

The BS Biology program provides the students with a strong foundation in the fundamental nature and features of living things, and the ways in which they interact with each other. It offers relevant courses as an answer to heightened concern for the global environment, with focus on local issues. The curriculum likewise enables the graduates to widen their career options in biology and related fields.

The BS Computer Science curriculum seeks to produce industry-ready and research-oriented graduates. The revised curriculum introduces new courses, which are relevant to the technologies of our time, that is, responsive to the needs of the time. This is achieved by providing the students a better choice of electives leading to a certain focus like Software Engineering, Information System, Theoretical Computer Science, and Multimedia Systems.

The BS Mathematics curriculum envisions to produce graduates honed in the exercise of mathematical thinking, disposed to the rigors of abstract analysis; disciplined in the language of logic and precision; and multifaceted in the process of problem-solving. The curriculum also aims to continue to meet the new demands and challenges of the present time, producing graduates who are highly trainable and have a sense of social responsibility and discernment.

The MS Computer Science curriculum aims to contribute to the overall development of the region in particular and the Visayas-Mindanao area in general, by uplifting the quality of computer science education. The curriculum also aims to contribute to the general body of knowledge through the conduct of relevant graduate researches, which are geared towards innovation.

The MS Environmental Studies program is designed to equip the students with the necessary research and management competencies in the fields of Industrial Ecology and Natural Systems Studies. It is an interdisciplinary program that combines the Natural and Physical Sciences with Economics and the Social Sciences. The program also prepares the graduates to be more effective environmental educators, researchers, managers, and planners in the academe, industry, government and non-government institutions.