University of the Philippines Los Baños
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 18:54

IMSP-UPLB int’l summer school eyes interdisciplinary collaboration

What started as an idea that cropped up in their discussions has become an international activity in just a year.

This is how Dr. Chrysline Margus N. Piñol, director of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP), described the International Summer School on Multi-scale Analysis Methods and Applications (ISSMAMA) 2017 during its opening program on July 10 at the NCAS Auditorium. The two-week activity has attracted 30 graduate students from the Philippines and other countries, including the United States, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, and India, to take part in learning sessions about multi-scale analysis.

The organizers and the participants of ISSMAMA will not only look at multi-scale analysis using the perspectives of mathematics, physics, and engineering, but will also look out for opportunities to establish interdisciplinary collaborations in the subject matter.

In his welcome remarks, Dr. Felino P. Lansigan, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, described multi-scale analysis as an “exciting area of study.” According to him, it is applicable in environmental science, agriculture, biology, veterinary medicine, and social sciences. He cited food security, water scarcity, climate change, and resource allocation as among the University’s research problems where multi-scale analysis could be useful.

Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., in his message delivered by Dr. Crisanto A. Dorado, vice chancellor for administration and a faculty member of IMSP, expressed hopes that the activity will foster collaborations and strong professional relationships among participants and academic institutes. He commended the Institute for initiating ISSMAMA and related its importance in attaining UPLB’s goal of bringing knowledge to the greater public and promoting interdisciplinary collaborations.


Invited international speakers are Dr. Patrizia Donato from the University of Rouen, France; Dr. A.K. Nandakumaran from the Indian Institute of Science; and Dr. Daniel Onofrei from the University of Houston, Texas, USA, and ISSMAMA scientific committee chair. Lecturers from the Philippines are Dr. Mary Donabelle Balela from UP Diliman, and Dr. Eduardo Cuansing, Jr. and Dr. Alvin Karlo Tapia from UPLB. Dr. Editha Jose, deputy director of IMSP, is ISSMAMA’s overall organizing committee chair while Dr. Piñol is the logistics committee chair.

ISSMAMA 2017 is co–sponsored by the UP Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, UPLB, and the Office of International Linkages; USAID  Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) Program; International Mathematical Union-Center for Developing Countries; and the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development.

All of ISSMAMA’s activities, including lectures, research training, panel discussions, paper presentations, and sports and recreation activities, will be held in UPLB from July 10 to 22. The organizing committee hopes that through ISSMAMA, UPLB and the Philippines will become a melting pot of collaborative research on multi-scale analysis. (Kristine E. Araguas)