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Computational Science and Engineering Program (CSEP)


Co-ordinatorAssistant co-ordinator
Dr.Royol Chitradon

High Performance Computing Center (HPCC)
National Electronics and Computer Technology Center(NECTEC)
108 Rang-nam Road
Bangkok Thai Tower Room #1102
Bangkok 10400
Tel: (662) 642-7076..78 ext. 3001
Fax: (662) 642-7147
e-mail: royol@hpcc.nectec.or.th

Dr.Piyawut Srichaikul








e-mail: piyawut@hpcc.nectec.or.th

Introduction and Rationale

Computational Science is an emerging new area that brings computer and science together to a new frontier, with numerical computations and graphics visualization playing key role in scientific investigations. As such, computational science must be distinguished from computer science. Computer science focuses on the computer itself; it is the science and engineering of computer systems, including hardware and software. On the other hand, Computational Science is interdisciplinary. It uses the technology of the computer to study problems in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, other applied science and engineering fields. A computational scientist needs to be conversant in both the fundamentals of computer science and in the scientific filed whose problems he wishes to solve.

Computational science techniques are used to simulate physical events and to process large amounts of generated or collected data. The use of simulation in research and development is now established as a third basic methodology of doing scientific research, in addition to theory and experiment. The importance of computer simulation is illustrated by the grand challenge, new drug design and new product design problems, whose solution is beneficial to society but will require vastly more powerful computers and more scientists in this filed.

While computer science departments have been well established with a relatively well defined curriculum in our universities for many years, computational science remains an emerging curriculum. For that reason, it requires the development of new courses not offered by traditional departments. The role of computer science departments to meet the requirements of computational science education is particularly critical. The diagram below expresses the relation of CSEP and other fields as described.




Objective in Organizing the Consortium

This consortium is to create the MSc./ME and Ph.D. programs and courses curriculum in Computational Science. It will act as a coordinator for collaboration among Thai universities and foreign assistance. The consortium provides scholarships to qualified Thai graduate students to enable them to conduct their research in both Thailand and abroad. The program will cover a flexible set of degrees requirements that provides students and their research committees the liberty to design the most appropriate curriculum. The consortium will also allocate and distribute the shared resources and facilities to serve the programs. The consortium is open for industrial sector to join in order to strengthen the industrial-academic cooperation to use high technology in country growth and development. The consortium will also assist in planning the courses for computational science departments in an undergraduate level for member universities.


Mechanisms

(1) Shared Computing Resources and Libraries.
All qualified students and/or their research committees will be provided with but not limited to the dedicated computing resources and information facilities of this program. These facilities will be setup by High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) of NECTEC under support and supervision of NSTDA.

(2) Joint Organization of Computational Science Curriculum.
Computational Science curriculum, to be used as standard guideline, will be designed by collaborating partners.

(3) Joint Organization of Core Courses.
Interdepartmental accreditation of courses will be formalized. A general conceptual framework for the consortium program will also be agreed upon on the basis of combining existing strength of collaborating partners.

(4) Joint Supervision of Ph.D. Research.
All qualified Ph.D. students will be supported and, to ensure international recognition, split mode Ph.D. through collaborative research activities will be the mode of operation and made mandatory for the first five-year phase.

(5) Joint Supervision of MSc./ME Research.
Due to the shorter duration of the MSc./ME program, the split mode will be considered only on a special case only. The student must carry out research in identified collaborative projects and preferably jointly supervised by local participating partners.

(6) Joint Research and Exchange of Researchers between Departments and between Thai departments and overseas partners.
Cooperating supervisors must maintain closely collaborative research program. Thai supervisors should demonstrate an active research program of relevance. Funding supports may be available through NSTDA granting scheme or within the budget of this consortium.

(7) Joint annual conference and some lectures.
Beside the annual CSEP meetings to be held annually, special lectures should be arranged on a regular basis with invited guest lectures from participating partners both Thai and overseas.

(8) Joint industrial-academic projects.
The consortium encourage the use of real computer application in Thai industry. The contract between the consortium and industrial partner may be drawn to solve the problem or create an application on a case by case basis. Students can work on such problem as their research toward the degree completion. Industrial partners are welcome to send their own personnel to enroll and use the facilities at their own expense.


Partners

Leading educational institutions from Thailand and abroad, who have an established academic reputation in the areas covered by the consortium. A thorough list of members is available in the GREC main Home Page.

Current Subject Areas Covered


Course and Curriculum

Each participating university has their own related curriculum. The exchange of student and credit transfer among universities is encouraged. There are five common accredited core courses which the consortium members have agreed upon developing during the early phase. Those are
  1. Introduction to Computational Science
  2. Numerical Analysis I
  3. Design and Analysis of Algorithms
  4. Advanced Computing
  5. Scientific Visualization
The first three courses are currently being taught at Chulalongkorn university in which the Computational Science Graduate Program was just opened for the first semister in June 1997.

Management

The planning and reviewing of the consortium is under the Institutional Strengthening Subcommittee of NSTDA. The subcommittee appoints working group consists of representative of the member institution/organizations. The working group coordinate the implementation and submit suggestive activities and report outcome of the consortium for NSTDA's approval and review.


Funding sources

CSEP is funded by the National Science and technology Development Agency (NSTDA) through the Graduate Research and Education Consortium (GREC). For more information about GREC, please visit GREC Homepage or contact

The GREC Program - Attn: Khun Supaporn Sornampon
National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)
73/1 Rama VI Road, Rajdhevee, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Tel: (662) 644 8150-99 (ext. 407)
Fax: (662) 644 8027-9
Email: grec@nstda.or.th
HTTP://www.nstda.or.th/grec


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