1st International Symposium of the Vacuum Society of the Philiippines on Jan 14-15, 2016


The 1st International Symposium of the Vacuum Society of the Philippines will be held on Jan 14-15, 2016 at Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines. Abstract deadline is on November 14, 2015. Topics include:

  • Plasma Science and Technology
  • Plasma Diagnostics and Monitoring
  • Ion Beams and Sources
  • Vacuum Technology
  • Surface and Interface Science
  • Thin Films and Coatings
  • Atmospheric Plasmas
  • Plasma Induced Process Technologies
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Material Science and Engineering
  • Other Applications

Read more here: VSP 2016.


Guerrero and Oliva 2014: Optical wavelength tuning via actuation of a fluidic grating

Raphael A. Guerrero* and Sarah Jaye C. Oliva, Optical wavelength tuning via actuation of a fluidic grating, Optical Engineering 53(2), 025104 (February 2014)

*Ateneo de Manila University, Department of Physics, Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108, Philippines


Deformable optical elements may be physically altered through fluid displacement. We imprint a grating surface onto an elastomeric membrane by soft lithography. The membrane is installed as a flexible wall of a sealed fluidic chamber. Injection of excess fluid into the chamber induces expansion of the membrane, effectively varying the groove spacing of the imprinted grating. In transmission experiments using a broadband light source, we are able to achieve a 127.2-nm shift in peak wavelength with an injected fluid volume of 0.56 ml. A paraboloid model of the change in curvature of the grating during expansion accurately describes our experimental results. © 2014 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) [DOI: 10.1117/1.OE.53.2.025104]

Keywords: diffractive optical elements; polymers; optical devices.

Paper 131326 received Aug. 28, 2013; revised manuscript received Jan. 13, 2014; accepted for publication Jan. 23, 2014; published online Feb. 20, 2014.

Related Articles:

Ateneo Physics faculty Dr. Raphael A. Guerrero is NAST Outstanding Young Scientist and TWAS Prize awardee for 2013

University Research Council: Call for Proposals for Nov 2014

The new Rizal Library in Ateneo de Manila University

The new Rizal Library in Ateneo de Manila University (Photo by Quirino Sugon Jr)


22 May 2014

Memo to : The University Community
Subject : University Research Council – Call for Proposals

The University Research Council aims to support interdisciplinary ?game changing? scholarly work of the Ateneo faculty and professionals and increase the scholarly work/creative output of the University, the URC is pleased to announce funding for research projects focused on the following themes:

  • Risk assessment and reduction(This area pertains to disaster, economics, corporate, governance, vulnerable sectors of society, migrant workers)
  • Public education reform (This area pertains to curriculum, teacher education, leadership, learning, administration, system reform, technologies and innovation, S&T communication)
  • Health systems development (This pertains to health leadership and administration, finance, technologies and innovation, delivery, education, health communication, sanitation) sustainability (This pertains to social entrepreneurship, technology entrepreneurship and innovation, skills development, youth development, energy, materials science, transport)
  • Creativity, innovation and culture (This pertains to identity, nationhood and social innovation)

The research projects with one- or two-year time frames may be of theoretical or applied nature, interdisciplinary, and with a clear social relevance in either of the themes mentioned above. Funding per project is up to P500,000 and will be awarded on a competitive basis. The primary criteria for selection of the projects to be funded are:

  • Relevance to the priority areas
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Strength of the conceptual framework, project design and methodology
  • Expected output including publishability, and
  • Expected impact.

The policies and guidelines and application form may be downloaded from the website: http://www.ateneo.edu/urc-grant-call-for-proposals. Three items need to be submitted:

  • A detailed proposal as outlined in the guidelines
  • A completed application form with a 100-word abstract and noted by the chair and the dean, and (3) a short curriculum vitae of the lead proponent [one to two-pages only].

The deadline for submission of the required materials is July 15, 2014. Hard copies must be submitted to the Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Creative Work at Faber Hall 307 AND the electronic version should be sent by e-mail to jadolfo@ateneo.edu. Awards will be announced by October 2014, and projects may start in November 2014. If you need
assistance in the preparation of the proposal or have any questions, please contact our office at adrcw.ls@ateneo.edu, or local phone 5046.

Job Opening at Manila Observatory: Project Research Assistant for Focal Mechanism Research

Focal mechanisms of an earthquake (source: Wikipedia)

Focal mechanisms of an earthquake (source: Wikipedia)


Company Profile: The Manila Observatory (MO) is a scientific research institution established in 1865, by the Jesuit mission in the Philippines. By then, it was already engaged in pre-disaster science doing atmospheric studies, weather and earthquake observations until it became the official institution for weather forecasting and later,
the Philippine Weather Bureau. At the turn of the 21st century, the Institute finds itself addressing new challenges on the global concern for environment and development. With a continuing focus on pre-disaster science that impacts directly on man’s well being, MO undertakes research in the areas of climate change, urban air quality, and disaster risk reduction and management.



Job Description:

  • Collection, processing and encoding of data on seismology
  • Analysis of focal mechanism or fault plane solution and seismograms
  • Assist in the integration and packaging of research studies/project reports
  • Networking with appropriate agencies, both public and private


  • College graduate and /or Graduate students in the fields of Natural
  • Science or Engineering preferably, with physics and math background
  • No required related experience
  • Knowledge of computer programming
  • Proficient with MS Office or similar suites
  • Proficient in oral and written communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and a team worker
  • Keen interest in earth sciences

Interested candidates are invited to personally submit a letter of application with resume, transcript of records and recent passport size photograph at the Human Resource Office, Manila Observatory, Ateneo de Manila Campus, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Or you may also get in touch with us through e-mail address: hr@observatory.ph

For more information about the company, you can visit our website:

Not business as usual: Science, community and practitioners conversations on Yolanda’s risks and reconstruction directions in the light of climate change

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) approaching the Philippines (Nov 3-11, 2013)

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) approaching the Philippines (Nov 3-11, 2013). Source: Wikipedia: Typhoon Haiyan.

The Manila Observatory, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the Ateneo de Manila University, Aksyon Klima, and in partnership with Christian Aid cordially invite you to

NOT Business as Usual:  Science, Community and Practitioners?Conversations  on Yolanda’s Risks and Reconstruction Directions in the Light of Climate Change

28 January 2014, 8:00 am,  5:00 pm, Room 302, 3rd Floor, Faber Hall, Ateneo de Manila University

Disaster risk is a function of the dynamic and complex interactions between hazards, exposure and vulnerability. While bio-geophysical settings are the stage for resilience, those who study and practice disaster management through risk reduction now accept that social forces principally determine it.

The cultural, economic and psychological factors that characterize populations drive exposure and vulnerability and are at the very root of risk.  With the official count at almost 8000 dead and missing (6201 and 1785, respectively), and the magnitude of her physical destruction, Yolanda?s wake has become the metaphor for disaster risk, growing exposure and chronic social vulnerability of coastal cities and small islands.

In developing countries, policy and practice need to disrupt these cycles at the very core of each local environment.

The objective of this round-table is to do precisely that


Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga (Manila Observatory)
Rosa Perez, Ph.D. (Manila Observatory and Asian Development Bank)
Dr. Gemma Narisma, Ph.D. (Manila Observatory and Ateneo de Manila
Fernando Siringan, Ph.D. (University of the Philippines)
Cesar Villanoy, Ph. D. (University of the Philippines)
Emma Porio, Ph.D. (Ateneo de Manila University)
Paulo Alcazaren (PDAA Singapore and Editor-in-Chief, BluPrint Magazine)

Tacloban City after the passage of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

Tacloban City after the passage of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Source: Wikipedia: Typhoon Haiyan.

Orientation session for 2014 Erasmus Mundus Mobility with Asia grants program on 29 Nov 2013

The Office of International Relations invites interested students, faculty members, and staff to attend AN ORIENTATION session on the 2014 Erasmus Mundus Mobility with Asia grants program, on Friday, November 29, 2013, from 4.30 to 6 pm, at Faber Hall 302.

The ORIENTATION session will focus on the EMMAsia 2013 and EMMAsia 2014 grants. Sponsored by the Erasmus Mundus Programme of the European Commission through its Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency(EACEA), the grants provide for the exchange of students and staff (academic and non-academic) between Asian and European higher education institutions.

The exchanges aim to enrich the individual experiences of the grantees in their program of study in the host universities, and at the same time
enhance the multicultural academic environments in the universities involved. In the last four years, 38 Ateneo students and staff (and 73 from
the rest of the Philippines) have been awarded EMMA grants under previous programs.

In the EMMAsia 2013 and EMMAsia 2014 projects, the Philippines can send students/faculty/staff to any of the partner universities listed below:

EMMAsia 2013 (known as EMMA-West)

For Ateneo and UP-Diliman only:

  • Undergraduate: 6 months (U6)\
  • Masters: 6 months (M6) and 22 months (M22)
  • Doctorate: 10 months (D10)
  • Academic Staff: 1 month (S1)

For the Philippines:

  • Masters: 22 months (M22)
  • Doctorate: 10 months (D10)
  • Post-Doctorate: 6 months (P6)

EMMAsia 2013 (known as EMMA-West) European partner universities:

  1. Universite de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)
  2. University of Heidelberg (Germany)
  3. Lucian Blaga University Sibiu (Romania)
  4. University of Padua (Italy)
  5. University of Warsaw (Poland)
  6. University of Evora (Portugal)
  7. University of Twente (The Netherlands)

EMMAsia 2014 (known as EMMA-East)

For Ateneo only:

  • Doctorate: 18 months (D18)
  • Academic Staff: 1 month (S1)

For the Philippines:

  • Doctorate: 36 months (D36)

EMMAsia 2014 (known as EMMA-East) European partner universities:

  1. Universite de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)
  2. Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus?Senftenberg(Germany)
  3. Lucian Blaga University Sibiu (Romania)
  4. The Second University of Naples (Italy)
  5. University of Warsaw (Poland)
  6. University of Evora (Portugal)
  7. Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands)

Important notes:

  1. All applications should be done online; deadline is December 31, 2013. For instructions on how to apply in EMMAsia 2013 and EMMAsia 2014, visit following websites: http://emmasia.uevora.pt/emmasia and http://emmasia.udn/vn, respectively. Note that the two EMMA projects are independent.
  2. Applicants need to set-up Mobility Projects (MP) in EMMAsia 2013, or Mobility Offers (MO) in EMMAsia 2014. One may also select an MP or MO that has been identified by Ateneo or European universities in the list of published MPs/MOs. Please visit the websites of the relevant partner universities for the available fields of study and requirements for admission.
  3. For the non-degree or exchange grants, only students who are currently enrolled in Ateneo or UP are qualified to apply.
  4. The Academic Staff mobility involves training, teaching and/or research activities to be performed by academic staff of partner institutions (such as Ateneo de Manila University) in host universities.
  5. The scholarship grants for students including for post-docs will begin in September or October 2014, depending on the European university. However, the grants for Academic Staff may begin anytime between June and December 2014.
  6. Some European universities may require a certain level of proficiency in their language. Please visit their websites for additional information. The grants cover roundtrip airfare; monthly stipend; and health, travel and accident insurance.

Other details of the program may be obtained from:

Dr. Jumela F. Sarmiento (jsarmiento@ateneo.edu), Office of Admission and Aid, loc 5150-55, or

Dr. Reggie M. Marcelo (rmarcelo@ateneo.edu), at the Math Dept, loc 5680-83.

Thank you, we hope to see you at the November 29 orientation session!

Office of International Relations
Room 304, Faber Hall
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights Campus, Katipunan Avenue
Quezon City 1108, PHILIPPINES
Trunkline: (+632) 426-6001 local 4040
Direct Line (+632) 9267945

“Memristor: Past, Present, and Future”–a talk by Prof. Leon Chua

An array of 17 purpose-built oxygen-depleted titanium dioxide memristors built at HP Labs

An array of 17 purpose-built oxygen-depleted titanium dioxide memristors built at HP Labs, imaged by an atomic force microscope. The wires are about 50 nm, or 150 atoms, wide. (Source: Wikipedia)

The School of Science and Engineering and the Office of International Relations, through the Leong Initiative for Internationalization, invites Faculty and students of Biology, Chemistry, ECCE and Physics to a

Distinguished Lecture on Electronic and Information Engineering


MEMRISTOR: Past, Present and Future

Date : Monday, November 18, 2013

Time : 2:00 pm

Venue : Dr. Ricardo and Rosita Leong Hall Auditorium

About the Speaker:

Professor Leon Chua received his MS and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He is currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley.

He was the first recipient of the IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award in 2005 and was awarded the IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award in 2000. He received many international prizes, including the IEEE Browder J. Thompson Memorial Prize and the IEEE W.R.G. Baker Prize. He is the recipient of seven USA patents and 12 Honorary doctorates from universities in Europe and Japan.

He was elected a foreign member of the European Academy of Sciences and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In 2010, he was awarded a John Guggenheim Fellow and the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship.

In 2011, he was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship within Imperial College London.

Resistor, capacitor, inductor, and the memristor

Conceptual symmetry between the resistor, capacitor, inductor, and the memristor. (Source: Wikipedia)


The memristor, short for memory resistor, is the fourth fundamental circuit element. Its invention by Professor Leon Chua in 1971 explained hysteretic effects that had until then been considered random phenomena. Memristors were proposed as the right stuff for building low-power, laptop size, adaptive brain-like computers that could outperform existing supercomputers in many tasks, such as face recognition and dynamic associative memory. Recent advances in nanotechnology are capable of taking memristors to the next level where they can replicate the complexities of the brain.

The memristor behaves like a pipe whose diameter varies according to the amount and direction of charge passing through it. If the flow charge is stopped, the pipe’s diameter stays the same until it is switched on again, remembering the amount of current that has passed through it.

In this special lecture, Prof. Chua introduces the memristor and explains the theory behind it as well as the future ahead of it.

Elsevier workshop: “How to write a great research paper and get it accepted by a good journal”

The Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Creative Work and Elsevier would like to invite all researchers, faculty and graduate students to a FREE Authors’ Workshop on August 30 at CTC 201.

The speaker is Dr. Valerie M. Teng-Broug. She is one of the journal publishers of Elsevier who for over 17 years has held various publishing positions in economics, econometrics, finance and now mathematical sciences. For this workshop, the speaker will be discussing the general guidelines and best practices in preparing manuscripts for submission.

Following are the details of the workshop:

Topic : How to Write a Great Research Paper, and Get it Accepted by a Good Journal

Major Sections of the workshop:

  •  What steps do I need to take before I write my paper?
  • Using citation database to evaluate journals, authors and collaborators
  • How can I ensure I am using proper manuscript language?
  • How do I build up my article properly?
  • What are the author?s responsibilities & rights?*

Date : August 30, 2013 (Friday)

Time : 10:00 am to 12:30 pm (9:30 am ? on-site registration)

Venue : CTC 201, PLDT Convergent Technologies Center, School of Science
and Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

This workshop is considered as a TFI follow-up session.

Registration is FREE. Sign up now at: http://asia.elsevier.com/ADMUpublishing

“Basic introduction to Quantum Information Theory”: a talk by Martianus Frederic Ezerman of the National University of Singapore

The Ateneo de Manila University
Mathematics Department

cordially invites you to a talk on

Basic Introduction to Quantum Information Theory


Martianus Frederic Ezerman (PhD)
Centre for Quantum Technologies
National University of Singapore

on Thursday, August 1, 2013
6:00 – 7:30 pm at SECA 304.\


Quantum Information and Computation draws motivation, problems, and tools from Quantum Mechanics, (the Mathematics of) Information Theory, and Computer Science. In this very brief introduction, we will first highlight the motivation and problems leading to the studies of quantum information theory. Several milestones in the development so far will be discussed briefly. A few open problems of possible interest to mathematics students will be briefly treated.