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High Performance Computing Center (HPCC)
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.
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.
(2) Joint Organization of Computational
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
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
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.
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.
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
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