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The Next-Generation Supercomputer Project
Tadashi Watanabe,
Project Leader,
Next-Generation Supercomputer R&D Center, RIKEN
Abstract: The Japanese government selected the supercomputing technology as one of the key technologies in g The Third Science and Technology Basic Plan g which is the five year plan started from the fiscal year of 2006. The MEXT ( Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology ) started the g Development and Application of the Next Generation Supercomputer Project g in 2006 based on this governmental basic plan. RIKEN was assigned as the project headquarter to conduct this project including the development of the world-fastest supercomputer.
The following academic-industrial collaborative activities have been conducted under the initiative of MEXT on this project.
- Development and implementation of the 10 PFLOPS class advanced high performance supercomputer.
- Development and dissemination of software that makes optimum use of the supercomputer.
- Establishment of the advanced and highest standard supercomputing Center of Excellence (COE) centering the Next Generation Supercomputer.
This project includes not only the development of the supercomputer but also the development of the application software for peta-scale computing called the Grand Challenge. Although this next generation supercomputer will be developed and widely used for the general-purpose technical applications such as fluid dynamics, structural analysis, climate modeling, fusion science and astrophysics, the development of the application software targeted at nano-science and life-science will be made to make breakthroughs in science and technology in this project.
The whole scope of this project including the schedule, current status and particularly technical issues for peta-scale computing will be made in this talk.

Biography: Tadashi Watanabe is a Project Leader at Next-Generation Supercomputer R&D Center of RIKEN, Japan. He is currently working as a project leader of the Japanese national supercomputer project. Prior to joining RIKEN, he joined NEC in 1968, and was a chief architect of the NECfs SX series supercomputer that is the base architecture of the Earth Simulator. Tadashi Watanabe received the BEE and the MEE from the University of Tokyo in 1966 and 1968 respectively, and his PhD in information science from Tohoku University, and IEEE Fellow in 2005. He received the 1998 ACM/IEEE Eckert-Mauchly Award, and the 2006 IEEE/CS Seymour Cray Award. He is an foreign associate of the US National Academy of Engineering

Virtual Laboratory as Effective E-Learning Teaching Aids in Control Systems
MARZUKI KHALID,
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation),
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Abstract: The concept of e-learning has been getting popular in recent years with many institutions of higher learning introducing it to support conventional teaching approach and also for off-campus programs. In engineering programs, to support the e-learning environment, there is a need to set up virtual laboratories where laboratory experiments can be carried out via the internet. There has been some research in the development of virtual laboratories, however, their implementation in e-learning is still in its infancy. As such, there is a need to develop a more effective e-learning laboratory facility such that it can be more widely implemented. In this paper, we introduce an expert system based e-learning laboratory facility for teaching control systems. The facility consists of several in-house designed processes such as a coupled-tank liquid-level control system, an a.c. motor, and a water bath which are used as test-beds for engaging the control experiments. An effective software package based on Lab Windows has been developed which consists of a range of control techniques from conventional PID control, to adaptive control, and artificial intelligence based control. In addition a variety of simulation experiments have been designed into the software and students can carry out offline experiments to investigate the processes with different types of controllers. An expert system has also been developed which can guide students in understanding how to carry out the virtual laboratory experiments. This facility offers an effective teaching tool suitable for an e-learning environment for engineering programs such as electrical engineering, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering.

Biography: Prof. Marzuki Khalid is the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in charge of research and innovation. He has been appointed in international editorial boards of 6 international journals and has sat in international program committees of more than fifty international conferences. He is the co-author of "Neuro-Control and Its Applications" published by Springer-Verlag, United Kingdom. He is a founding member of Asian Control Professors Association and an executive committee of the IEEE Region 10. His research interests are in artificial intelligence and self-learning control systems.

Geant4 --- A Simulation Toolkit for Elementary Particles and Nuclei
a. Geant4 - Overview and Its Applications
Makoto Asai,
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Abstract: Geant4 is a toolkit for the simulation of particles passing through and interacting with matter. It offers most, if not all, of the functionalities required for such simulation. The R&D project of developing Geant4 started in December 1994 and successfully accomplished in four years with the release of first public version. Since the first public release, Geant4 has been being developed and maintained by the international Geant4 Collaboration. The collaboration also offers extensive support for its worldwide users. Geant4 is nowadays well adapted to most of the worldfs current and future experiments in High Energy and Nuclear experiments. Its areas of application also include accelerator and shielding studies as well as studies in medical and space science. In this presentation, main structure and key functionalities of Geant4 are discussed, and also highlights of major application domains are overviewed.

Biography: Makoto Asai is an Information System Specialist at Scientific Computing & Computing Services Division (SCCS) of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and the leader of the SLAC Geant4 team. He is currently on the role of the Deputy Spokesperson of the international Geant4 Collaboration. He received his doctorate in physics from Hiroshima University in 1988. He has been holding positions at SLAC since 2001 and appointed as the SCCS Physics Experiment Support Manager in 2001 through 2008. His current research interests include simulation of interaction between particles and matter and its applications.

b. Toward evidence based medicine: Simulation of Radiation Therapy
Takashi Sasaki,
Computing Research Center, KEK (High Energy Accelerator Research Organization) and SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies)
Abstract: Overcoming cancer is long existing issue to be solved for human being. Radio therapy is widely used for treatment of cancer and new technologies are developed to provide better therapeutic value with fewer side effects. Among existing radio therapy technologies, particle therapy using charged particles is considered as one of the best method and already widely applied to patients. However, simulating interaction between charged particles and matter in the energy region of the interest is not easy because theoretical calculations based on Perturbation theory break in this region. With support of JST/CREST program, a comprehensive software suite for particle therapy has been developed and already used at facilities in Japan and also in the World. The achievement of the project will be introduced in this talk. Not only medical doctors but also patients will have benefits to know expected treatment results based on validated simulation. Toward providing a tool for establishing evidenced based medicine, simulation of DNA level interactions between particles and matter is in research. Also the future direction of radio therapy simulation will be discussed.

Biography: Takashi Sasaki is a Professor of Computing Research Center of KEK (High Energy Accelerator Research Organization) and a Professor of SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies) currently. He received his doctorate in physics from Niigata University in 1993. He has been holding positions at KEK since 1993 and appointed as a Professor in 2007. His current research interests include simulation of interaction between particles and matter and its medical applications. He is also currying out a research in Computer Science relating GRID computing and e-Science as a platform of computer simulation.

Simulation of Deformation in Robotics
Shinichi Hirai,
Department of Robotics, Ritsumeikan University
Abstract: Robots have been made of hard materials. Recently, soft materials are applied to robots not only for safety during interaction with humans but for function caused by intrinsic nature of the soft materials. This speech introduces two robots; robotic hands with soft fingertips and deformable crawling/jumping robots. These robots include soft materials, which are essential to realize their function. Simulation of deformation plays a key in the analysis of these robots. The speaker describes how simulation reveals the mechanics of grasping and jumping.



Biography: Shinichi Hirai received his doctoral degree in applied mathematics and physics from Kyoto University in 1991. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Robotics at Ritsumeikan University. He joined the department in 1996 and was promoted to professor in 2002. His current research interests are modeling and identification of deformable soft objects, realtime computer vision, and soft-fingered manipulation. He is a member of IEEE, RSJ (Robotics Society of Japan), SICE (Society of Instrument and Control Engineers), and JSME (Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers).

Micro-Satellite "Maido-1 (SOHLA-1)": Lessons Learned in Design, Development and Operation
Hiroshi Okubo,
Department of Aerospace Engineering,
Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University,
Director, Small Spacecraft Systems Research Center
Abstract: A 50 kg class micro-satellite gMaido-1(SOHLA-1)h was launched, together with other six piggy-back sub-satellites, by a Japanese H-2A rocket on January 23, 2009. The satellite was developed by Space Oriented Higashiosaka Leading Association (SOHLA), a corporation of middle-sized enterprises in Higashi-Osaka City and Kansai district, Japan. The major part of the fundamental and detailed designs of the satellite has been carried out by the students of Osaka Prefecture University and Ryukoku University under the technical support of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). In this presentation I would like to report the development of the SOHLA-1 emphasizing on the bus-systems design, the electrical power system, structural system, thermal control system, and attitude control system, which Osaka Prefecture University was mainly involved with. The presentation also extends to the satellite operation by the students and the results of on-orbit experiments.

Biography: Hiroshi Okubo is currently a Professor of Graduate School of Engineering and the Director of Small Spacecraft Systems Research Center, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Japan. He received the B. Engineering, the M. Engineering and the Doctor Engineering degrees from Kyoto University in 1971, 1973, and 1984, respectively. He joined Osaka Prefecture University in 1975 as a Research Associate, and he has been with Department of Aerospace Engineering as an Assistant Professor, an Associate Professor, and a full Professor (since 1999). He worked at Institute of Automatic Control Engineering (LSR: Professor Dr.-Ing. G. Schmidt), Technical University of Munich (TUM), as an Alexander Von Humboldt research fellow in 1989-1990 and also several months in each year 1991-1994. He served as the chairman of Space Engineering Division, The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) for two years from 2000 to 2002, the chairman of Western Branch, The Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences (JSASS) for one year from 2007 to 2008. His current research interests include control of flexible space structures, attitude control of spacecrafts, systems and design of micro-satellites, space robotics and automation, and fault detection and identification.

Current Situation and Development of Industrial Process Simulation in China
Qidi WU,
School of Electronics and Information technology, School of Economics and Management, Tongji University
Abstract: In this paper, the modeling principleAmodeling methodAmodel processing and model assessment for continuous and discrete industry processes are firstly introduced individually, the corresponding modeling method and some relevant simulation software are also discussed. Then steel rolling process and semiconductor manufacturing process are taken as examples to demonstrate application of simulation technology to these industry processes. FinallyCthe future of the development of industry process simulation in China is made.

Biography: Professor Qidi WU Obtained her BSc in Radio Engineering from the Department of Radio and Electronic Engineering of Tsinghua University, China, her MSc in Automatic Control from the Department of Precision Instrument, Tsinghua University, China and her Ph.D. in Automation from the Department of Electrical Engineering of Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland. She does academic research in control theory and intelligent system for many years. She published more than 200 academic papers and 8 books, completed over 30 research projects, 17 of which won provincial, Ministerial and State awards. @@Professor WU worked at Tongji University as a Professor of Automatic Control, Deputy Dean of the Department of Electronic Engineering, Assistant President, Vice President and President of Tongji University from May 1986 to June 2003. Year 2003-2008 Prof. Wu worked as vice minister of education of PRC in charge of higher education and vocational education. Professor WU is currently a professor in School of Electronics and Information technology and School of Economics and Management of Tongji University, Shanghai, China; the chairperson of the National Accreditation Committee of Engineering Education, Ministry of Education of PRC. and the director of the center of engineering education of Tsinghua University. @ Because of her outstanding work, she was rewarded with a number awards including an Outstanding Young and Middle-aged Expert Award from the Ministry of Personnel in 1996; an Excellent Overseas Returned Scholar Award in 1997 and a National Ten Outstanding Women Award in 1998. The German Federal Government awarded her with Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1999. Professor WU is also active in social and academic activities and taking a number of positions for both academic and social societies. She works concurrently as Member of Degree Awarding Committee of the State Council, Standing Member of Chinese Association of Automation, Standing Member of Chinese Association of System Simulation, and a senior member of IEEE. She was a Member of the Seventh and Eighth Shanghai Municipal Party Committee of CPC; an Alternate Member of the Sixteenth Central Committee of CPC. She is currently a member of the standing Committee of the National Peoplefs Congress in China.

An Architecture of a Model-Management- System
Axel Lehmann,
Institut fuer Technische Informatik and Institut fuer Technik Intelligenter Systeme, Universitaet der Bundeswehr Muenchen, Germany
Abstract: As the amount of models, their complexity and usage is permanently increasing in almost every organization, model design, implementation and application require well-defined development, documentation, and quality assurance processes. In addition, due to increasing model complexity and the involvement of cooperative developer teams, model modularity, upgradability, and reusability is getting more and more importance. Therefore, in the future, model development and application has be performed as model engineering effort which requires the effective management of all kinds of development, test, refinement, quality assurance, and coordination activities and products over the lifetime of a model.
This keynote will address major needs for supporting model development and application by management tools. or by a management system which facilitate not only cooperative model development and usage, but also easy , reliable and traceable reuse of model components, their composition or coupling. A general concept of a model management system including major supporting functions like stepwise model documentation, testing, verification, and validation will be presented in this keynote. In addition, our first experiences with concrete applications and a demonstrator of the proposed model management system will be discussed.

Biography: Academic Degrees: in 1973, University Diploma Degree in Electrical Engineering, University of Karlsruhe, Germany. In 1982, Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) in Informatics, University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Since 1987, Full Professor (Univ.Prof.) for Informatics Universitat der Bundeswehr Munchen, Germany. Major M&S-Activities: since 1980, Activities for The Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS): in 1993-1998, Member of the SCS Board of Directors, in 1998-2000, Vice President, in 2000-2002, President, since 2002, Past President. Since 2002, Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Simulation-Transactions of the Society for Modelling and Simulation Inf, in 1996-2002, Member of the Board of the German Informatic Society (GI), Chairman of the special interest group (GI-Fachbereich 3), "Computer architecture and computer engineering" of the German Informatic Society (GI). Since 1999, Member of e.g.: Working Group for Evaluation of Information and Telecommunication Research in Baden-Wurttemberg (appointed by the Minster for Science, Research and Arts, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany), Internat. Evaluation of EU-Research Framework Programmes 6 & 7. Awards : in 2006, SCS Distinguished Service Award, in 2007, Fellow of the German Informatic Society (GI). Major Research Topics: Modelling and Simulation Methodology (Discrete Event Systems), Performance/Reliability Analysis of Computer and Telecommunication Networks, Knowledge-Based Diagnoses and Decision Support.