Rafael P. Saldaņa, Ph.D.
  Curriculum Vitae
 


CURRICULUM VITAE

               
                                                                                                          
                                     
Rafael P. Saldaña, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Applied Mathematics and Computational Science
School of Science and Engineering
Ateneo de Manila University
LoyolaHeights, Quezon City 1108
PHILIPPINES
 
Telephones: (02) 4266125, (02) 7090907
Mobile Phone: 0928-5043121
 
 
  • Immediate Past President, Computing Society of the Philippines (CSP)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Philippine Information Technology Journal (PITJ)
  • Managing Editor, Philippine Computing Journal (PCJ)
  • Director, ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, Asia-Manila Site
  • Project Director, Philippine Inter-Collegiate Programming Competition
  • Project Director, Philippine Informatics Olympiad
  • Project Director, Asia-Pacific Informatics Olympiad – Philippine Site
  • Co-Principal Investigator, ONCO-MEDIA Project (an international research collaboration on content-based medical image retrieval using Grid computing technology, funded by the French Government)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, EURO-ASIA GRID (an international research collaboration on Grid Infrastructure for e-Science, funded by the European Commission)
  • Convenor, International Symposium on ICT for Health (ICT4Health 2008)
  • Convenor, International Workshop on Modeling, Simulation, and Scientific Computing
  • Philippine Representative, East Asia Committee of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
  • Member, Information Technology Panel of the Philippine Council on Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development (PCASTRD ) of the Department of Science and Technology
  • Member, Technical Panel on Information Technology Committee on I.T. Curriculum Development, Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
  • Member, Board of Judges and Scientific Advisory Committee, DepED-Intel Philippine Science Fair
  • Coordinator, Ateneo Grid and High-Performance Computing Group, School of Science and Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Program Adviser, Applied Mathematics/Computational Science, School of Science and Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Corporate Secretary, Philippine Science High School National Alumni Association (PSHSNAA)
  • Assistant Corporate Secretary, Philippine Science High School Alumni Association (PSHSAA)
  • Former Director, Environmental Research Center, De La Salle University-Manila
  • Former Professorial Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, University of the Philippines-Diliman
  • Former Director (Principal), Philippine Science High School – Main Campus (Diliman, Quezon City)
  • Former President, Rotary Club of Agham, Quezon City (International District 3780)
  • Author of several publications on computing and applied mathematics
 
 
EDUCATION:
 
 
Elementary:
 
Balanga Elementary School (1967-1973), Balanga, Bataan (Honorable Mention)
 
High School:
 
Philippine Science High School (1973-1977), Diliman, Quezon City (NSDB-PSHS Scholar)
 
College:
 
Philippine Normal University/De La Salle University (1977-1981): Bachelor of Science, Major: Physics, Minor: Mathematics, cum laude
 
Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University: Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB)
 
Graduate Studies:
 
MST Computer Science, De La Salle University-Manila
MA Pastoral Ministry, Ateneo de Manila University
MSc. (prelims.) Computational Physics, Monash University, Australia
Ph.D., Mathematical and Computational Biophysics, Monash University, Australia
 
 
SPECIAL TRAINING:
 
·         Systems Biology and Molecular Modeling, Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics, University of California at Los Angeles, USA, 2006.
 
·         Using Information and Communications Technology in the Classroom, University of Hawaii and Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2003.
 
·         Multicasting (Architectures, Algorithms, and Applications), Center for Discrete Mathematics and Computer Science (DIMACS), Rutgers University, USA, 2001.
 
·         Using Mathematica in Teaching and Research, Chang Mai University, Thailand, 2000.
 
·         Image Processing Using ER Mapper, National Mapping and Remote Sensing Agency, Fort Bonifacio, Philippines, 1999.
 
·         Environmental Management System for Hospitals (Waste Management). United States Environmental Training Institute, New York, USA, 1998.
 
·         Computational Mathematics (Focus on Cellular Automata and Applications). Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain, 1997.
 
·         Environmental Modeling. Taipei International Convention Center, Taipei, Taiwan, 1995.
 
·         Connection Machine Supercomputing, Fortran 90 and C* Programming. Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 1992.
 
·         Advanced Computing: Numerical Solutions to Stochastic Differential Equations. Deakin University, Australia, 1992.
 
·         CRAY Supercomputing. Melbourne University, Australia, 1990.
 
·         Using the CRAY Supercomputer and UNICOS. Leading Edge-CRAY Research, Melbourne, Australia, 1989.
 
 
RESEARCH INTERESTS/CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
 
·         Mathematical Modeling and Computer Simulation Using Cellular Automata
·         ICT for Health/Cancer Research
·         ICT for the Environment
·         Grid and High Performance Computing
·         PSI-GRID (Philippine e-Science Grid), a national project funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
·         ONCO-MEDIA (ONtology and COntext related MEical image Distributed Intelligent Access) – an international project funded by the ICT-Asia-France Program involving research institutes and universities in France, Switzerland, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines
·         EUAsiaGrid – an international project funded by the European Commission involving 15 institutions in Europe and Asia
 
 
AWARDS
 
1997 Outstanding Scientific Paper Award, National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST)
 
2001 Dean's Award for Outstanding Faculty Research, School of Science and Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University
 
2004 Award of Recognition, Philippine Science High School Alumni Association
 
2006 Leadership/Service Award, Rotary International (District 3780)
 
2006 Publication Award, School of Science and Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University
 
2007 Publication Award, School of Science and Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University
 
 
 
III. Selected Research and Publications
 
A.      Bibliography of work:
 
·         Ph.D. Thesis (Computational and Mathematical Biophysics):
 
"Theories and Computer Simulations of Muscle Creep, and Cell Motility in Physarum Polycephalum,” Monash University, Australia, 1995.
 
·                     Masteral Thesis (Computational Physics)
 
“Theoretical Aspects of Sarcomere Instabilities on Striated Muscle Contraction,” Monash University, Australia, 1988.
 
·                     Masteral Thesis (Computer Science)
 
“Development of a Secure Microcomputer-Based Communications Using RSA Public-Key Cryptography,” De La Salle University, Manila, 1985.
 
 
Work on Modeling, Simulation, and Applications of Cellular Automata
 
 
Bugia, N., A. Carvajal, R. Visaya, and R. P. Saldaña. 2005. Computer simulations of cancer growth using cellular automata. Proceedings of the 5th Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC 2005). Published by the Computing Society of the Philippines.
 
Provido, E., M. Ramires, W. Tabares, and R. P. Saldaña. 2005Parallel implementations of cellular automata-based traffic models using the AGILA cluster computer. Proceedings of the 5th Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC 2005). Published by the Computing Society of the Philippines.
 
Provido, E., M. Ramires, W. Tabares, and R. P. Saldaña. 2005. Computer simulations of traffic on road intersections. Proceedings of the 5th Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC 2005). Published by the Computing Society of the Philippines.
 
Tamino and R. P. Saldaña. 2003. Spatial models of chytridiomycosis dynamics in frogs.
FORMA, vol. 18 (no.1), pp.37-52. Published by the Society for Science on Form (Japan)
( http://www.scipress.org/journals/forma/pdf/1801/18010037.pdf )
 
Saldaña, R. P., W. C. Tabares, and W. Yu. 2002. Parallel iImplementations of cellular automata algorithms on the AGILA high performance computing system. Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Parallel Architectures, Algorithms, and Networks (I-SPAN'02), IEEE Computer Society Press.
 
Saldaña, R. P. and W. E. S. Yu. 2001. Cellular automata explorations on a Beowulf cluster computer. Proceedings of Cellular Automata 2001. Yokohama National University, Japan.
 
Saldaña, R. P. and W. C. Tabares. 2001. A cellular automata-based study of vehicular traffic dynamics. Proceedings of the 2nd Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC 2002). Published by the Computing Society of the Philippines.
 
Saldaña, R. P. 2001. Laboratory exercises in computational physics with an introduction to Mathematica. Project funded by the DLSU Science Foundation.
 
Yu, William S. and R. P. Saldaña. 2001. Computational aspects of modeling excitable media using cellular automata. Workshop and Conference on Modeling, Simulation, and Scientific Computing (MODEL 2001), MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology, February 8-10, 2001.
 
Saldaña, R. P. and M. C. Changho. 2000. On random walk models and Markov chains. Proceedings of the First Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC 2000). Published by the Computing Society of the Philippines.
 
Saldaña, R. P. and W. C. Tabares. 2000. Traffic modeling on high performance computing systems. Proceedings of the First Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC 2000). Published by the Computing Society of the Philippines.
 
Saldaña, R. P. 2000. Mathematical modeling of air pollution dynamics. (Ateneo de Manila University-CHED/COE funded project), Mathematics Department, Ateneo de Manila University.
 
Saldaña, R. P. 2000. Mathematical modeling of vehicular traffic dynamics. (Ateneo de Manila University-CHED/COE funded project), Mathematics Department, Ateneo de Manila University.
 
Saldaña, R. P. 1997. Modeling complex systems using cellular automata. DOST Global Technology Search Program.
 
Saldaña, R. P. and D. A. Smith. 1996. The fluid dynamics of shuttle streaming in Physarum polycephalum. AGHAM (DLSU Journal of Science) 20(1):51-56. (Recipient of the NAST Outstanding Published Scientific Paper Award, 1997).
 
Saldaña, R. P. 1994. An analysis of sarcomere dynamics using a viscoelastic approximation to the sliding filament model. Accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the 12th National Congress of the Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas. Manila, Philippines.
 
Saldaña, R. P. 1993. Some aspects of muscle biophysics. AGHAM (DLSU Journal of Science) 17:23-29.
 
Saldaña, R. P. 1993. A viscoelastic approximation to the sliding filament of muscle contraction. AGHAM (DLSU Journal of Science) 17:30-34.
 
Saldaña, R. P. 1993. A classical approach to modeling muscle mechanics. AGHAM (DLSU Journal of Science) 17:35-36.
 
D. A. Smith and Saldaña, R. P. 1992. Computer model of the Ca++ oscillator for shuttle streaming in Physarum polycephalum. Biophysics Journal (USA) 61:368-380.
 
D. A. Smith and Saldaña, R. P. 1992. A model calcium oscillator for cell motility. Proceedings of the 1992 Conference of the Physiological and Pharmacological Society (Australia).
 
Saldaña, R. P. and D. A. Smith. 1991UK) 12:517-531.. Four aspects of creep phenomena in striated muscle. Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility (
 
 
 
 
 
On Computers and High Performance Computing
 
Yu, William S. and R. P. Saldaña. 2000. A Users’ Guide to the AGILA High Performance Computing System. Mathematics Department, Ateneo de Manila University (Funded by CHED Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics).
 
Saldaña, R. P., Jerrold J. Garcia, F. P. Muga II, and William Y. Yu. 2000. AGILA: the Ateneo high performance computing system. Proceedings of the First Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC 2000). Published by the Computing Society of the Philippines.
 
Saldaña, R. P., Jerrold J. Garcia, F. P. Muga II, and William Y. Yu. 2000. Development of a Beowulf-class high performance computing system for computational science applications. Proceedings of the 18th SPP National Physics Congress. 27-29 October 2000. Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines. (Accepted for publication in Science Diliman).
 
Saldaña, R. P. 1997. Development of a multimedia information software on energy and environment for the Mak-Ban Geothermal Power Plant Science Information Center (Environmental Research Center, DLSU, Manila, Philippines and National Power Corporation).
 
Saldaña, R. P. 1996. Development of a multimedia information software on energy and environment for the Calaca Science Centrum. National Power Corporation, Philippines.
 
Saldaña, R. P. 1994. High-performance computing and communications: developments, problems and challenges. Proceedings of the 6th DLSU Computer Conference. De La Salle University, Manila.
 
Saldaña, R. P. 1994. Supercomputers, high-performance computing and Philippines 2000. Proceedings of the International Unix Users Convention. Makati City, Philippines
 
Saldaña, R. P. 1993. Computer simulations in physics: an overview. Proceedings of the 5th DLSU Computer Conference. De La Salle University, Manila.
 
 
On Environment and Health
 
Langlois, J., Saldaña, R. P. et al. 1992. Victorian injury surveillance system: an overview of non-fatal injuries in Victoria, Australia. Monash University Accident Research Center, Australia
 
Saldaña, R. P. 1998. Advances in medical waste treatment technologies. Third International Conference on Green Products and Environmental technologies, Manila, Philippines.
 
Saldaña, R. P. 1996. A study on solid waste management and treatment technologies in Metro Manila. International Conference on Ecological Engineering, Beijing, China.
 
WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS.CONFERENCES
 
Title
 
 
Role
 
 
 
Sixth International Symposium On Parallel Architectures, Algorithms, and Networks (I-SPAN'02)
 
 
Co-Chair, Local Organizing Committee
 
 
 
Summer Seminar on Nonlinear and Computational Physics
 
 
Madrid, Spain, Participant
 
 
 
Symposium on High Performance Computing and Networking
 
 
Convenor
 
 
 
United States-Asia Environmental Partnership Training/Workshop on Hospital Environmental Systems
 
 
Presentor
 
 
 
Workshop and Conference on Modeling, Simulation and Scientific Computing (MODEL '99)
 
 
Chair and Presentor
 
 
 
Workshop and Conference on Modeling, Simulation, and High Performance Computing
 
 
Chair and Presentor
 
 
 
Workshop on Applied Mathematics and Informatics
 
 
Chair and Presentor
 
 
 
Workshop on Computational Science and the AGILA High Performance Computing System
 
 
Session Chair and Presentor
 
 
 
Workshop on Connection Machine Supercomputing
 
 
Participant
 
 
 
Workshop on Environmental Modeling and Scientific Computing
 
 
Chair and Presentor
 
 
 
Workshop on High Performance Scientific Computing
 
 
Coordinator and Resource Speaker
 
 
 
Workshop on Multicasting
 
 
New Jersey, USA, Presentor
 
 
 
Workshop on Networking
 
 
Presentor
 
 
 
Workshop on Numerical Solutions to Stochastic Equations
 
 
Participant
 
 
 
Workshop on Using the CRAY Supercomputer
 
 
Participant
 
 
 
Workshop on Water, Energy and Environmental Technologies
 
 
Chair and Presentor
 
 
 
18th SPP National Physics Congress
 
 
Session Chair and Presentor
 
 
 
2nd Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC)
 
 
Program Chair
 
 
 
3rd Asian Mathematics Conference
 
 
Presentor
 
 
 
4th Australian Supercomputing Conference
 
 
Participant
 
 
 
Australian Conference on Computing in Education
 
 
Participant
 
 
 
Bicentennial Congress of the Australian Institute of Physics/Australian Society of Biophysics
 
 
Participant
 
 
 
Cellular Automata Symposium 2001
 
 
Presentor
 
 
 
Conference on Best Practices in Pollution Prevention and Environmental Technologies
 
 
Presentor
 
 
 
Expert Workshop on Computational Mathematics
 
 
Coordinator
 
 
 
Fifth Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics
 
 
Presentor
 
 
 
First Philippine Workshop on Computational Science and Engineering, and High Performance Computing
 
 
Chair and Presentor
 
 
 
Fourth International Conference on High Performance Computing in the Asia-Pacific Region
 
 
Chair
 
 
 
High-Performance Computing Asia (HPC-Asia)
 
 
Organizer and Panelist
 
 
 
HPC-ASIA 2001 (5th International Conference on High Performance Computing in the Asia-Pacific)
 
 
Member, International Steering Committee
 
 
 
International Conference on Ecological Engineering
 
 
Presentor
 
 
 
International Conference on High-Performance Computing and Communications in the Asia-Pacific Region
 
 
Organizer
 
 
 
International Conference on Mathematics
 
 
Presentor
 
 
 
International Mathematics Conference
 
 
Presentor
 
 
 
International Unix Users Convention
 
 
Presentor
 
 
 
International Workshop on High Performance Computing and Communications
 
 
Panelist and Presentor
 
 
 
International Workshop on High-Performance Computing in Asia
 
 
Panelist and Presentor
 
 
 
International Workshop on High-Performance Computing in Asia-Pacific
 
 
Panelist and Presentor
 
 
 
International Workshop on High-Performance Computing in Asia-Pacific
 
 
Panelist and Presentor
 
 
 
National Convention of the Mathematical Society of the Philippines
 
 
Presentor
 
 
 
PAASE (Philippine-American Association for the Advancement of Science and Engineering)
 
 
Presentor
 
 
 
SEA HPC 2001 (1st Southeast Asian High Performance Computing Forum)
 
 
Co-Chair and Presentor
 
 
 
Seminar on Environmental Management and Information System (ISO)
 
 
Participant
 
 
 
Seminar on the Use of Technology in Teaching and Research in Mathematics
 
 
Coordinator and Presentor
 
 
 
Seminar-Workshop on Problem Solving and Mathematical Computing
 
 
Presentor
 
 
 
2000 Congress of the Mathematical Society of the Philippines
 
 
Presentor
 
 
 
 
 
Research Grants
 
Title of Research/Project
Funding Agency
 
 
·         Development of a Module in AMC 21 (Introduction to Computing I)
CHED Center of Excellence in Science and Mathematics
·         Development of a Module in AMC 22 (Introduction to Computing II)
CHED Center of Excellence in Science and Mathematics
·         Development of a Module in Computer Modeling and Simulation (AMC)
CHED Center of Excellence in Science and Mathematics
·         Mathematical Modeling of Vehicular Traffic Dynamics
CHED Center of Excellence in Science and Mathematics
·         Mathematical Modeling of Air Pollution Dynamics
CHED Center of Excellence in Science and Mathematics
·         Modeling Complex Systems Using Cellular Automata
Department of Science and Technology Global Technology Search Program
·         Development of Environmental Information Systems for the MAKBAN Geothermal Plant Science Information Center
National Power Corporation
·         Development of Environmental Information Systems for the Calaca Science Centrum
National Power Corporation
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Selected Faculty Fellowships
 
Fellowship
Granting Institution
Duration
United States-Asia Environmental Education Program
United States Government
1 month (1998)
Global Technology Search
Department of Science and Technology (Philippines)
3 months (1997)
Australian International Development Assistance Bureau (AIDAB) Fellowship
Australian Government
5 years (1987-1992)
 
Selected Travel Grants Related to Research
Grants
Year/Place
Institution/Organization
University of New Mexico/Maui High Performance Computing Center Grant
1999 (Hawaii, USA)
University of New Mexico/Maui High Performance Computing Center/HPC-Asia
University of New Mexico/Maui High-Performance Computing Center Grant
1998 (Hawaii, USA)
University of New Mexico/Maui High Performance Computing Center/HPC-Asia
DOST Global Technology Search/
Universidad Politecnica de Madrid Grant
1997 (Madrid, Spain)
·         TAPI-Department of Science and Technology
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
International Ecological Engineering Conference ‘96 Grant/
Swedish Government
1996 (Beijing, China)
International Ecological Engineering Society
University of New Mexico/Maui High-Performance Computing Center Grant
1996 (Hawaii, USA)
University of New Mexico/Maui High Performance Computing Center/HPC-Asia
·         DOST Global Technology Search/
·         High Performance Computing - Asia Grant
1995 (Taipei, Taiwan)
TAPI-Department of Science and Technology
 
HPC-Asia
·         Taiwan National High Performance Computing Center Grant
1994 (Taipei, Taiwan)
Taiwan National High Performance Computing Center/High Performance Computing - Asia
 
 
 
 
Selected Training Workshops/Seminars conducted
 
 
·         Coordinator, Workshop on Computational Science and the AGILA High Performance Computing System, Ateneo de Manila University, 2nd Semester, SY 2000-2001.
 
·         Coordinator, Workshop and Conference on Modeling, Simulation, and Scientific Computing, MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology, February 2001.
 
·         Project Leader, Seminar on the Use of Technology in Mathematics Teaching and Research, Xavier University, February 2001.
 
·         Coordinator, Workshop on High Performance Scientific Computing, Ateneo de Manila University, 1st Semester, SY 2000-2001.
 
·         Project Leader, Seminar on Applied Mathematics and Informatics, Ateneo de Naga, April 2000.
 
·         Coordinator, Workshop on Environmental Modeling and Scientific Computing, Ateneo de Manila University, 1st Semester, SY 2000-2001.
 
·         Coordinator, Workshop and Conference on Modeling, Simulation, and Scientific Computing (MODEL 1999), Ateneo de Manila University, November 1999.
 
·         Coordinator, Expert Workshop on Computational Mathematics, Ateneo de Manila University, 2nd Semester, SY 1999-2000.
 
·         Coordinator, Workshop on Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Development, Philippine Center for Sustainable Development and Environmental Technologies, November 1997.
 
·         Coordinator, Seminar on Environmental Information Systems, De La Salle University, April 1997.
 
 
Contributions to the Development of Computational Science and Applied Mathematics in the Philippines
 
            My main contribution to the development of computational science/applied mathematics is in mathematical modeling and high performance scientific computing. I have published relevant papers on mathematical modeling and computer simulations in reputable international journals. One of my papers was given an award by the National Academy of Science and Technology (1997 Outstanding Published Scientific Paper).
 
            In 2000 I coordinated an interdisciplinary research team (mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists, and engineers) that developed a high-performance computer intended for computational science applications at the Ateneo de Manila University. Since computing power in the range of Gigaflops is not generally available for use in research and development in the country, the high performance computing system developed by our team at a much lower cost is very viable option for researchers and computational scientists especially in developing countries such as the Philippines.
 
In 1996, I convened the First Philippine workshop on computational engineering and scientific computing. In 1999, I convened and coordinated the National Workshop on Modeling, Simulation and Scientific Computing (Model '99) which was participated by several international and local experts in the field of mathematical modeling and scientific computing. To promote mathematical modeling and high performance computing outside Metro Manila, I formed a partnership with Dr. Emmanuel Lagare of the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology to host MODEL 2001 - Workshop and Conference on Modeling, Simulation and High Performance Computing , which Dr. Saldaña is chairing.
 
         I have also represented the Philippine scientific community in the Asia-Pacific High-Performance Computing Organization (HPC-Asia) since 1994. I am a member of the Mathematical Society of the Philippines, the Southeast Asia Mathematical Society, and the prestigious Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). I was a former member of the national board of the Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas (Physical Society of the Philippines). At present I sit in the board of the Computing Society of the Philippines and at the same time serve as its treasurer.
 
         Currently, I direct the establishment and development of the Ateneo Grid High Performance Computing Laboratory of the School of Science and Engineering, which is based in the Mathematics Department.. I have mentored undergraduate and graduate students (in mathematics, physics, computer science and biology) and some of them won the Dean's Awards for Undergraduate and Graduate Research.
 
         I have also coordinated the organization of the 6th International Symposium on Parallel Architectures, Algorithms, and Networks (I-SPAN'02) hosted by the Ateneo de Manila University and the International Symposium on ICT for Health (ICT4Health 2008) funded by the Embassy of France.     
 
                                   
 
UPDATES (2006-2007)
 
2006
 
RESEARCH AND CREATIVE WORK
 
 
Papers presented in national conferences
 
a. Francis Quimba and Rafael Saldaña. Modeling the Factors Affecting Agricultural Exports Using PCA, PCR, and Unscrambler, in Proceedings of the 6th Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC 2006), Computing Society of the Philippines, March 2006.
 
b. Olivia Buenafe, Fabian Dayrit, and Rafael Saldaña. A Chemometrics Study of Antimicrobial Activity in Garlic Extract, in Proceedings of the 6th Philippine Computing Science Congress, Computing Society of the Philippines, March 2006.
 
c. Rafael Saldaña. Automation of the Philippine Electoral System, in Proceedings of the 6th Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC 2006), Computing Society of the Philippines, March 2006.
 
d. Rafael Saldaña and Allan Espinosa. Benchmarking Beowulf Clusters Using High Performance Linpack (HPL) and Cellular Automata, in Proceedings of the 3rd Symposium on Mathematical Aspects of Computer Science (SMACS 2006), Computing Society of the Philippines, October 2006.
 
 
Poster presented in international workshops
 
Rafael P. Saldaña and Annette Tamino. Modeling Chytridiomycosis Dynamics in FrogsMay 22 – 26, 2006, Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics, University of California in Los Angeles, USA., International Workshop on Systems Biology and Molecular Modeling,
 
Publications in Research Journals:
 
 
a. Eden Provido, Mark Ramires, Winfer Tabares and Rafael Saldaña. Computer Simulations of Traffic on Road Intersections, Philippine Computing Journal, Quezon City, Philippines, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 19-26, March 2006.
 
b. Rafael Saldaña. Compendium of Abstracts of the 6th Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC 2006), Philippine Computing Journal, Quezon City, Philippines, Vol. 1, No.1, pp. 31-46, March 2006.
 
 
Significant points
 
Research/creative work in departmental research/creative work agenda
 
My research projects fall under one of the research thrusts of the mathematics department, i.e. scientific computing and modeling/simulation.
 
Leadership/membership in research/creative work group in department or school
 
I am a member of the interdisciplinary research group on computational science in the School of Science and Engineering. I also coordinate the Scientific Computing research group in the Mathematics Department.
 
Efforts regarding mentoring or junior faculty in research/creative work
 
I collaborated with Mr. Winfer Tabares, a junior faculty member of the Math Department in modeling and simulation studies (e.g., traffic simulation using cellular automata). We have published a research paper in the Philippine Computing Journal.
 
 
Efforts to link research/creative work with teaching and/or student training
 
I integrated my research work in the teaching of AMC 124 (Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science, Part I).
 
Other aspects
 
  • I reviewed scientific and technical papers for the 6th Philippine Computing Science Congress held in the Ateneo de Manila University in March 2006.
 
  • I presented research papers during the 6th Philippine Computing Science Congress held in the Ateneo de Manila University in March 2006.
 
  • I reviewed scientific papers for the Informing Science and Information Technology Joint Conference (InSITE 2006), an international I.T. conference held in Greater Manchester, England in June 2006.
 
Were you assigned a faculty load for your research or creative work? NO.
 
List of undergraduate and graduate theses of students you advised and which were completed during the period of this Activity Report.
 
 
 
 
1a. University-Related Service
 
Position, name of committee, technical service, and other activities
Contribution
No. of units, if any
Coordinator, Ad-Hoc Committee on Ethics (SOSE)
I coordinated the meetings of the SOSE Ad-Hoc Committee on Ethics in Research, compiled materials, and created a website/e-group for the committee.
 
Coordinator, CHED COE for the Math Department
I facilitated the call for proposals for the Math CHED Center of Excellence funds, prepared reports, and convened meetings.
 
Coordinator, BS-AMC group
(for Applied Mathematics Major in Computational Science)
I initiated and coordinated the meetings of the group and contributed ideas on how to strengthen the BS-AMC program of the Math Department.
 
Director, 2006 ACM ICPC (International Collegiate Programming Contest) hosted by the ADMU
Being the director of a prestigious international event hosted by the Ateneo de Manila University, I made efforts to ensure that preparations for the ACM ICPC in Manila are done well. We have successfully organized the second international programming contest held at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Ortigas, Pasig City.
 
 
Comments: For the second year, I helped to make the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest Asia-Manila Site a successful event. This activity added to the prestige of the Ateneo de Manila University and helped to heighten its profile among Asian universities.
 
 
 
2a. Outreach: Participation in professional organizations, or contribution of a professional nature to outside institutions.
 
Nature of Involvement
Nature of Organization
Contribution
 
 
 
Director, 2006 Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest Asia-Manila Site
 
Professional Society
I chaired the organizing committee for 2006 ACM ICPC Asia Manila Regional Contest and coordinated with top officials of ACM ICPC.
 
President, Computing Society of the Philippines
Professional Society
I chaired the meetings of the national board of officers and I made efforts to ensure that the objectives of the society are met.
 
Chair, Program Committee, Philippine Computing Science Congress
Professional Society
As chair of the program committee, I coordinated the submission of scientific and technical papers presented during the 5th Philippine Computing Science Congress held in the University of Cebu, Cebu City in March 2005.
 
Managing Editor, Philippine Computing Journal
Professional Society
As the managing editor of the official publication of the Computing Society of the Philippines, I made sure that the objectives of the journal are met and the journal issues are published regularly
Judge, INTEL Philippine Science and Engineering Fair 2006, organized by DOST Science and Education Institute
Government Science Education Agency
I was a judge in the selection of winners in the 2006 Intel Philippine Science and Engineering Fair held in February 2006.
 
Grand Awards Judge, INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair 2006, May 2006, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
International Science and Engineering Professional Society
I was a judge in the selection of winners in the 2006 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in May 2006 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
 
Member, Senate Working Group on the Computerization of Philippine Elections
Senate Committee (Government Body)
I contributed ideas to the computerization of Philippine elections
Technical Consultant, Malayan High School of Science
Science High School
I contributed to the development of academic curriculum and other science education projects.
President, Rotary Club of Agham, Quezon City (International District 3780)
International non-government voluntary organization
I contributed to the development of the organization and ensuring that community projects of the club are carried out
 
2b. Comment: I maintained leadership positions in scientific professional societies, government and non-government service-oriented organizations. I continued to contribute to the development of science and technology in the country through my participation in government and private-led projects. I am also involved in international collaborations on science and technology.
 
 
 
2007
 
II.   RESEARCH and CREATIVE WORK (Please copy this page if additional sheets are needed.)
 
 
 
 
Title:
Content-based medical image retrieval and biomedical applications of Grid Computing (ONCO-MEDIA project)
 
Bibliographical Entry:
 
Rafael Saldaña, “Content-based image retrieval and the ONCO-MEDIA project,” in Proceedings of the 7th Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC 2008), Computing Society of the Philippines, 2008.
 
 
 
(If published, provide bibliographical entry above)
Nature of research/creative work
Contribution / participation
Status / Output
 
Type:
     X Research
      Creative Work
 Individual
X Group
 Own thesis/dissertation 
 Other: ________________
If funded, funding agency and amount___ICT Asia Regional Program of the French Governent
 
If research, specify nature:
      Basic        X Applied
 
X Project leader
 Sole author
 Collaborator/co-author
 Assistant
 Laboratory supervisor /    manager
 Consultant
 Other: ________________
 
 On-going (total years: ___2__)
 Completed
If published, indicate type:
     book              chapter in book
     article in peer-reviewed journal
     article in non-peer-reviewed journal
     article in magazine / newspaper
     monograph 
X Presented at local conference (PCSC 2007, Boracay, Philippines)
X Presented at international conference (Singapore)
 Technical report/Final project report
 Patent/license
 Other: __________________
 
Please discuss the nature and significance of this work:
 
 
Online Reference: http://www.onco-media.com
 
 
                             http://mathsci.math.admu.edu.ph/~raf/oncomedia/
 
 
 
The ONCO-MEDIA Project refers to “Ontology and Context related Medical image Distributed Intelligent Access.” It is an international collaboration among several institutions in Asia and Europe with approved funding from the ICT-Asia-France Program.
 
Its objectives are as follows:
 
1. To develop a novel grid-distributed, contextual and semantic based, intelligent information access framework for medical images and associated medical reports focusing on :
 
a. Robust visual indexing and retrieval (set of) algorithms for medical images;
 
b. Robust fusion indexing (set of) intelligent techniques for medical images and associated medical reports;
 
c. Developing a grid-distributed medical image retrieval application that links the medical concepts of the images and text documents based on medical ontology using intelligent methods;
 
d. Methods for context-sensitive navigation and query;
 
e. Security and privacy imperatives concerning the communication, indexing, retrieval, navigation and query management.
 
2. To explore new medical image diagnosis assistance, teaching and research access applications using semantic, visual and context-sensitive medical information with the grid computing facilities;
 
3. To crystallize a network of research excellence in the field of distributed medical images access among Asia, French and French Switzerland partners, leveraging on their complementary scientific values and experience.
 
 
I am a Co-Principal Investigator in this international collaboration, with the following organizations as project partners:
 
 
1.      Image Processing Applications Laboratory (IPAL), Singapore
2.      National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
3.      Institute of Automation (CASIA), The Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
4.      Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
5.     National Institute of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Department of Gerontechnology, Functional Brain Imaging Laboratory, Japan
6.      Research and Applications Center in Image and Signal Processing—Medical Image (CREATIS), France
7.      University Hospitals of Geneva Medical Informatics Service (UNIGE), Switzerland
8.      Lyon Research Center for Images and Intelligent Information Systems (LIRIS), France
9.      Laboratory of Computer Sciences (LIP6), France
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Title:
Image segmentation of digital mammograms using the watershed algorithm for breast cancer detection
 
Bibliographical entry:
 
Patricia Gonzales, Ma. Celine Jacinto, and Rafael Saldaña, “Image Segmentation of Digital Mammograms Using the Watershed Algorithm for Breast Cancer Detection,” in Proceedings of the 7th Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC 2007), Computing Society of the Philippines, 2007.
 
 
(If published, provide bibliographical entry above)
Nature of research/creative work
Contribution / participation
Status / Output
 
Type:
     X Research
      Creative Work
 Individual
X Group
 Own thesis/dissertation 
 Other: ________________
If funded, funding agency and amount
If research, specify nature:
      Basic        X Applied
 
X Project leader
 Sole author
X Collaborator/co-author
 Assistant
 Laboratory supervisor /    manager
 Consultant
 Other: ________________
 
 On-going (total years: _____)
X Completed
If published, indicate type:
     book              chapter in book
     article in peer-reviewed journal
     article in non-peer-reviewed journal
     article in magazine / newspaper
     monograph 
X Presented at local conference (PCSC 2007, Boracay, Philippines)
X Presented at international conference (Japan)
 Technical report/Final project report
 Patent/license
 Other: __________________
 
Please discuss the nature and significance of this work:
 
 
Significance:
 
Most people are not aware of the seriousness of breast cancer in the Philippines. With a world-standardized rate of approximately 0.0004777, the Philippines is the leading country in Asia in the number of occurrences of breast cancer.
 
Breast cancer screening using mammography can enhance early detection of breast cancer, but will produce a lot of mammograms for the doctor to evaluate. This study was aimed at implementing an image segmentation program to identify suspect areas in a mammogram; thus, helping the medical doctor to efficiently and accurately determine the presence of a tumor.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Title:
An application of the Latent Semantic Indexing method to computer aided retrieval of knee meniscus magnetic resonance images.
 
Bibliographical entry:
 
Rafael Saldaña, Garret Gan, John Micael Mandapat, Frank Fernadez, John Andrew Michael Bengzon, and Samuel Bernal, “An Application of the Latent semantic Indexing Method to Computer Aided Retrieval of Knee Meniscus Magnetic Resonance Images,” in Proceedings of the 7th Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC 2007), Computing Society of the Philippines, 2007.
 
 
(If published, provide bibliographical entry above)
Nature of research/creative work
Contribution / participation
Status / Output
 
Type:
     X Research
      Creative Work
 Individual
X Group
 Own thesis/dissertation 
 Other: ________________
If funded, funding agency and amount
If research, specify nature:
      Basic        X Applied
 
X Project leader
 Sole author
X Collaborator/co-author
 Assistant
 Laboratory supervisor /    manager
 Consultant
 Other: ________________
 
 On-going (total years: _____)
X Completed
If published, indicate type:
     book              chapter in book
     article in peer-reviewed journal
     article in non-peer-reviewed journal
     article in magazine / newspaper
     monograph 
X Presented at local conference (PCSC 2007, Boracay, Philippines)
X Presented at international conference (Japan)
 Technical report/Final project report
 Patent/license
 Other: __________________
 
Please discuss the nature and significance of this work:
 
 
Significance:
 
This paper reports on our investigation of content based image retrieval of magnetic resonance images (MRI) of the knee menisci, one of the vital parts of the body (for human mobility). Using the methods of Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI) and Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) we have shown that computer-aided retrieval of knee meniscus MRI is doable.
 
This study is a collaboration between faculty and students of the Mathematics Department (Loyola Schools) and medical experts from The Medical City (Hospital).
 
 
 
 

 
Title:
Modeling mutations in cancer-susceptibility genes
 
Bibliographical entry:
 
Mary Martin, Christopher Ladao, and Rafael Saldaña, “Modeling Mutations in Cancer-Susceptibility Genes,” in Proceedings of the 7th Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC 2007), Computing Society of the Philippines, 2007.
 
 
(If published, provide bibliographical entry above)
Nature of research/creative work
Contribution / participation
Status / Output
 
Type:
     X Research
      Creative Work
 Individual
X Group
 Own thesis/dissertation 
 Other: ________________
If funded, funding agency and amount
If research, specify nature:
      Basic        X Applied
 
X Project leader
 Sole author
X Collaborator/co-author
 Assistant
 Laboratory supervisor /    manager
 Consultant
 Other: ________________
 
X On-going (total years: 2 years_)
X Completed
If published, indicate type:
     book              chapter in book
    article in peer-reviewed journal
     article in non-peer-reviewed journal
     article in magazine / newspaper
     monograph 
X Presented at local conference (PCSC 2007, Boracay, Philippines)
XPresented at international conference (Japan)
 Technical report/Final project report
 Patent/license
 Other: __________________
 
Please discuss the nature and significance of this work:
 
 
Significance:
 
 
 
Mutation is one of the determining factors in the dynamics of cancer progression . The other factors include the selection and architecture of the tissues involved. Cancer is the outcome of an evolutionary process that alters the cell phenotype due to mutation.
 
This study was aimed at simulating the progression of mutation in a compartment of cells belonging to a human organ. Results taken from a one-dimensional array of cells based on the linear process and a two-dimensional array of cells based on the Moran process were compared with the classical Gompertz model.  
The models presented serve to quantify the effects of mutation, selection, and tissue architecture in the dynamics of cancer progression.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
II.   RESEARCH & CREATIVE WORK (continued)
 
2.      Significant points about research/creative work during the year:
 
a.      research/creative work in departmental research/creative work agenda
 
My research work this schoolyear focuses on applied mathematics/computing applied to medicine and health.
 
b.      leadership/membership in research/creative work group in department or school
 
I am one of the prime-movers in the department in promoting computational studies/computational science applications.
 
c.      for associate and full professors - efforts regarding mentoring of junior faculty in research/creative work
 
I tried to engage and guide other faculty members to get involved in my computational research projects (e.g., Allan Espinosa of ECCE, Andrei Coronel of DISCS, and Winfer Tabares of Math).
 
d.      efforts to link research/creative work with teaching and/or student training:
 
The research work that I did this schoolyear was integrated in applied mathematics/computational science subjects like “Mathematical Modeling and Computer Simualation.”
 
e.      other aspects you wish to highlight which should be taken into account in your evaluation (e.g., review of technical papers, giving of research seminars or creative workshops, etc.)
 
I was involved in peer-reviewing of technical papers related to computing, giving and organizing
workshops in computing, etc.
 
 
 
 
 Please list undergraduate and graduate theses of students whom you advised and which were completed     during the period of this Activity Report.
 
 
 
Image segmentation of digital mammograms using the watershed algorithm for breast cancer detection
 
Bibliographical entry:
 
Patricia Gonzales, Ma. Celine Jacinto, and Rafael Saldaña, “Image Segmentation of Digital Mammograms Using the Watershed Algorithm for Breast Cancer Detection,” in Proceedings of the 7th Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC 2007), Computing Society of the Philippines, 2007.
 
 
An application of the Latent Semantic Indexing method to computer aided retrieval of knee meniscus magnetic resonance images.
 
Bibliographical entry:
 
Rafael Saldaña, Garret Gan, John Micael Mandapat, Frank Fernadez, John Andrew Michael Bengzon, and Samuel Bernal, “An Application of the Latent semantic Indexing Method to Computer Aided Retrieval of Knee Meniscus Magnetic Resonance Images,” in Proceedings of the 7th Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC 2007), Computing Society of the Philippines, 2007.
 
 
 
 
 
Outreach: Participation in professional organizations, or contribution of a professional nature to outside institutions. 
 
Nature of involvement (e.g., president, technical adviser, lecturer, etc.)
Nature of organization (e.g., university, professional society, etc.)
Contribution
President/Outgoing President
Computing Society of the Philippines
 
 
Acts as chief executive officer of the organization; conceives and implements several programs for the promotion of the computing discipline in the Philippines
Member, Board of Judges
DEpED Intel Philippine Science Fair
 
 
Member of the Board of Judges of this prestigious national competition for research in the high school level
Member, Technical Panel on ICT
Philippine Council on Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development (PCASTRD)-Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
 
 
Evaluates proposals and programs related to advanced science and technology, particularly in Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
Director and Head Judge
First Philippine Inter-Collegiate Programming Competition (Philippine ICPC 2007)
 
 
Main organizer and head judge
Director for Philippines
Asia Pacific Informatics Opympiad (APIO ’07)
 
 
Organized the Philippine participation in the 1st Asia Pacific Informatics Olympiad held in May 2007
Philippine Representative, East Asia Committee
East Asia Committee of the Society for Industrial Applications of Mathematics (ESIAM)
 
 
Member of the steering committee that organized the holding of the 3rd EASIAM Conference in Xiamen, China in November 2007
Workshop Director
International Workshop on Modeling, Simulation, and Scientific Computing (MODEL 2007)
 
 
Main organizer of this international workshop held in Boracay Regency Reseort and convention Center in February 2007
Chair, Program Committee
7th Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC 2007)
 
 
Organized the call for papers and peer review of research papers presented in PCSC 2007; organized the production of the Proceedings of the PCSC 2007
Managing Editor
Philippine Computing Journal
 
 
Organized the production of two issues of the Philippine Computing Journal – the only national journal in the Philippines focusing on computing and information technology.
 
 
2b. Comment on your outreach activities during the year: significant contributions; aspects you wish to highlight which should be taken into account in your evaluation.
 
I have contributed to the development of computing not only in the university but also in the Philippines through my involvement in the Computing Society of the Philippines and various government agencies like the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Education (DepED), and Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
 
 
 
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