Sciences Cluster invites researchers, faculty to lecture series on modeling and simulation

Dr. Florian MikschThe Sciences Cluster of the University of the Philippines Cebu, in coordination with its Department of Computer Science (DCS), is offering a lecture series on modeling and simulation for the period January – March 2014.  Prof. Florian Miksch, PhD, DCS visiting professor from the Vienna University of Technology, will share his expertise and experience on the field during the lectures.
The first session of the six-part Lecture Series on Modeling and Simulation started yesterday, January 15, 2014, at the UP Cebu ILC-AVR. Next sessions will be on January 29, February 12, Febuary 26, March 12, and March 26.
Researchers and faculty who are interested to attend the next lectures are free to register.
The organizing committee has decided to give the Certificate of Completion to those who can attend at least 5 of the six(6) sessions. This is to give chance to those who were not able to attend today’s session.
Hope to see you in the next session on January 29 about Modeling System Dynamics at ILC-AVR in UP Cebu. Feel free to forward this to your friends and colleagues who might be interested in Modeling and Simulation.
Download this document for details on the schedule and venue: Memo 2-13-January-2014-SciencesCluster Lecture Series-Dr Miksch

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”.

Library subscribes to online research database

EBSCO shared to UP Cebu faculty members how to utilize the company's online database last July 17, 2013. Photo courtesy of Prof. Mae Claire Jabines.

EBSCO shared to UP Cebu faculty members how to utilize the company’s online database last July 17, 2013. Photo courtesy of Prof. Mae Claire Jabines.

The University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) Library is subscribing to the online database EBSCO for a year beginning September.

Students will be given an orientation on using the database for research, among other academic uses, said Mylah Pedrano, UP Cebu librarian.

“EBSCO would really be a great help for our library users, not just for students but also for teachers,” Pedrano said.

“We want to teach them, especially the students how to use it because it would not be as easy as flipping a book.”

Dates for the UP Cebu orientation and available database services will be announced as soon as the library finalizes financial arrangement with EBSCO, Pedrano said.

In an e-mail dated Aug. 29, the UP Cebu library released to the faculty a user identification and password to access EBSCO on and off campus.

Students may ask for these from their teachers if they need bibliographic references for research. The EBSCO user identification and password may not be shared with persons outside the UP Cebu community.

Mary Claire Christner Catado, a mass communication student, said she is glad that the library subscribed to the database.

“EBSCO will make it easier for students like me to access more references for my school research and projects. It’s good that they are planning to give us orientation about it,” Catado said.

No library fee increase will be imposed with the subscription, Pedrano said.

According to a document released by the UP Open University, which subscribes to EBSCO, the database offers more than 60 electronic book collections from some of the world’s most renowned publishing houses.

These include Springer, Taylor and Francis and Wiley InterScience.

Contributed by Donna Mae Ocmeja
*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.

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.

Teachers present research on pageants, games, arnis

Physical Education (PE) instructors from the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) presented their research works to an international audience Aug. 9.

Professors Alena Macasil, Joan Grace Empleo and Marlon Timbang joined the 23rd Pan Asian Sports and PE Conference at the Summit Circle Hotel in Cebu City.

The gathering drew delegates from 18 countries.

Macasil presented her thesis titled “Dynamics of Beauty Pageants in Intramurals” an analysis of beauty pageants as a component of school sports festivals.

Timbang demonstrated indigenous games played by the Mamanwa tribe of Sison, Surigao del Norte province in Mindanao.

Empleo presented results of a field test following her production of a manual on arnis, local martial arts that feature two sticks as weapons.

Macasil said she found out that pageants complemented the competitive aura of sports events.

“Beauty pageant is also an avenue for them (students) to explore their talents and build their self-confidence,” her study reads in part.

Timbang invited the foreign delegates to participate in the games, which he said “showed the Mamanwas’ affinity with nature.”

He said the games evince the tribal people’s “excellent skills in hunting animals through the use of different traps.”

Timbang said he is pushing for the inclusion of the games in the physical education curricula of Surigao schools to preserve them.

The UP Cebu instructors said they were overwhelmed to present their works to an international audience for the first time.

They received certificates and will join the Pan Asia Sports and PE Society, Philippine Chapter.

Contributed by Ianne Clarisse Ortiz

*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.

Students learn using apps

High school students from the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) are learning their day to day lessons using android tablet applications.

The students received 40 android tablets worth P10,000 each as part of eUP, UP’s information, communication and technology project to improve teaching, research and public service.

Dr. Aurelio Vilbar, the high school principal earlier proposed the use of tablets for learning.

The devices were distributed in August, said instructor Kim Bondoc, UP High School physics instructor.

“While other teachers use it primarily for the student’s learning, I and Principal Aurelio Vilbar are using it for research,” said Bondoc, who is conducting research on science applications.

The students, Bondoc said have rated the use of the tablets on a scale of 1 to 5 with five as the highest.

“So far, the average rating is an estimated 4. Therefore, students are positive about the use of tabs for lessons,” Bondoc said.

He said his end goal is to enhance teaching and learning.

“They use technology and not the mere pen and paper in their classes,” he said.


Social Science teacher Magnolia Laus is among the teachers who use tablets and the free application Google Earth for her map exercises.

“It is interesting to students because if you access Google Earth, it’s really attractive,” Laus said.

She also said that the three dimensional building feature makes it more valuable.

Students can also create an image of going to any place using the application, she said.


But not all students are excited about using tablets.

Karl Bryan Vercede, a junior said he can better understand notes written on the board than on tabs.

“I can see the step by step explanation of the lesson… If there’s a lesson or quiz, the tab might be low on battery causing us to charge it,” Vercede said in Cebuano.

UP High School teachers will continue observing the effect of using tablets.

Contributed by 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.

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:

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.

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

Policy research workshop held in UP Cebu


Photo courtesy of Prof. Mae Claire Jabines, UP Cebu Teaching and Learning Resource Center (TLRC)

The UP Center for Interactive and Development Studies (UP CIDS) sponsored a workshop on “Building Capacity To Do Policy Research” held last July 23, 2013, at the University of the Philippines Cebu Interactive Learning Center AVR (ILC AVR).

The workshop aims to develop the capacity of young faculty-researchers of UP to do policy researches and to write policy papers for publication.

According to its website, UP CIDS spans the spectrum of perspectives, methodologies, and ideologies as it conducts basic and policy-oriented research. It harnesses the University’s multidisciplinary expertise for research on critical areas.

The workshop featured a panel of experts and research fellows particularly Dr. Marilou G. Nicolas, Executive Director of UP CIDS, who presented Policy Research in the Social Sciences, Education and Arts and Letters; Dr. Josef T. Yap, President of the Philippine Institute of Development Studies (PIDS), who imparted Policy Research in Economic and Law; Dr. Perry S. Ong, Professor, Institute of Biology, UP Diliman presented Policy Research in Basic and Applied Sciences; and Dr.Temario Rivera, Professorial Lecturer of the Department of Political Science, UP Diliman, who expounded on Writing and Publishing Policy Research.

Towards the end of the activity, the participants worked by groups and conceptualized their capsule proposals on a policy research they wish to undertake.

Faculty members from UP Cebu, Visayas, and Mindanao campuses attended the workshop.

The said workshop was the second venue facilitated by UP CIDS following the one held in UP Diliman last May which was attended by Associate and Assistant Professors from UP Manila, Diliman, Baguio, Los Baños and Open University.

(Contributed by Prof. Mae Claire Jabines with editing by Ms. Jezrelle Joy Rasonabe, BAMC-4)