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.