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  • New IPL papers (2015) New IPL papers (2015)From the IPL Coordinator Dear IPL, I am pleased to announce the acceptance of the following papers from IPL authors: R.C. Batac, Statistical properties of ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2015, 1:58 AM by IPL Webm
  • From the IPL Coordinator: IPL Organizational Meeting and Open House, 11 August 2014 From the IPL Coordinator: IPL Organizational Meeting and Open House, 11 August 2014 Dear Instru: Good day! A. To formally start the semester, we will be having an #Organizational Meeting ...
    Posted Aug 6, 2014, 8:51 PM by IPL Webm
  • New IPL Publication in Philippine Science Letters New IPL Publication in Philippine Science Letters We are pleased to announce the acceptance of the following paper: R.B. Cabral, P.M. Aliño, A.C.M. Balingit, C.M ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2014, 2:58 AM by IPL Webm
  • IPL conducts 2014 Workshop for looking back and planning ahead IPL conducts 2014 Workshop for looking back and planning aheadTo look back at previous accomplishments and to plan ahead for the future, the senior members and alumni of the ...
    Posted Jul 13, 2014, 8:28 PM by IPL Webm
  • Master's Examination: Louella Alva Presbitero Master's Examination: Louella Alva PresbiteroLouella Alva Presbitero, a graduate student member of the Instrumentation Physics Laboratory (IPL), will undergo her Masters Examination on 11 July 2014, 11:00 ...
    Posted Jul 4, 2014, 11:14 PM by IPL Webm
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New IPL papers (2015)

posted Jan 22, 2015, 6:09 PM by IPL Webm   [ updated Jan 23, 2015, 1:58 AM ]

New IPL papers (2015)
From the IPL Coordinator 

Dear IPL, 

I am pleased to announce the acceptance of the following papers from IPL authors: 

R.C. Batac, Statistical properties of the immediate aftershocks of the 15 October 2013 magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Bohol, Philippines, accepted for publication in Acta Geophysica
[Notes: Dr. Batac is a PhD Faculty of the IPL. The journal impact factor is 1.365 (2013).] 

C. Saloma, G.J. Perez, C.A. Gavile, J.J. Ick-Joson, and C. Palmes-Saloma, Prior individual training and self-organized queuing during group emergency escape of mice from water pool, accepted for publication in PLoS ONE (2015). 
[Notes: Prof. Saloma is the head of the IPL. GJP is a graduate of the IPL who is now with IESMCG, JJIJ and CPS are with NIMBB. The journal impact factor is 3.534 (2013).] 

James Christopher S. Pang and Johnrob Y. Bantang, Hodgkin-Huxley Neurons With Defective and Blocked Ion Channels, to be published in International Journal of Modern Physics C (2015).
[Notes: Dr. Bantang is a PhD Faculty of the IPL. JCSP finished his MS Physics in IPL and will continue his PhD studies in Australia. The journal impact factor is 1.125 (2013).] 

Cheers! 

Dr. Johnrob Y. Bantang 

From the IPL Coordinator: IPL Organizational Meeting and Open House, 11 August 2014

posted Aug 6, 2014, 8:25 PM by IPL Webm   [ updated Aug 6, 2014, 8:51 PM ]

From the IPL Coordinator: IPL Organizational Meeting and Open House, 11 August 2014 
Dear Instru: 

Good day! 

A. To formally start the semester, we will be having an #Organizational Meeting (2:30-4:00 pm) this coming Monday (11 August 2014) to discuss the following: 
  1. Schedule of activities 
  2. Tasks and assignments 

B. This coming Monday will also be having an #Open House for the Lab.  The @BS5 and @MS students will be responsible in welcoming them properly and explain to them the research endeavors of the lab including the major projects that we have. This is organized courtesy of Dr. Batac and the BS5 and MS students.

@Everyone: Please make sure to keep an eye to the equipment and loose things in the lab during possible.

@BS5 and @MS students, please make sure that discussions and talks will be limited to the Common Area to ensure security.

@IPL Staff: Kindly provide our MS and BS5 students your available slides, videos, pictures and other interesting media files that can be used for this purpose. They will compile them for Monday.

Thank you very much. 

Dr. Johnrob Bantang 
IPL Coordinator 

New IPL Publication in Philippine Science Letters

posted Jul 14, 2014, 2:57 AM by IPL Webm   [ updated Jul 14, 2014, 2:58 AM ]

New IPL Publication in Philippine Science Letters
We are pleased to announce the acceptance of the following paper:

R.B. Cabral, P.M. Aliño, A.C.M. Balingit, C.M. Alis, H.O. Arceo, C.L. Nañola Jr, R.C. Geronimo, and MSN Partners,  The Philippine Marine Protected Area (MPA) Database, accepted for publication in Philippine Science Letters (2014). 

Congratulations, Ren, Chester, and Christian!

IPL conducts 2014 Workshop for looking back and planning ahead

posted Jul 13, 2014, 2:57 AM by IPL Webm   [ updated Jul 13, 2014, 8:28 PM ]

IPL conducts 2014 Workshop for looking back and planning ahead
To look back at previous accomplishments and to plan ahead for the future, the senior members and alumni of the Instrumentation Physics Laboratory (IPL) attended the IPL Workshop 2014 on 12 July 2014 at the Auditorium of the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (IESM) in UP Diliman (UPD). 

IPL Workshop 2014
Senior members and alumni of the IPL during the IPL Workshop 2014 (click on image for larger view).
(L-R) Maria Eloisa Ventura, Norman Mascariñas, Kristine Faith Roque, Ranzivelle Marianne Roxas-Villanueva (front), Gerold Pedemonte (back),
May Lim, Gay Jane Perez, Reniel Cabral, Athena Evalour Paz, Rene Batac, Adrian Chester Balingit, Maricor Soriano, Giovanni Tapang,
Caesar Saloma, Krister Jazz Urog, Johnrob Bantang, Antonino Paguirigan Jr., Paul Leonard Atchong Hilario, James Christopher Pang,
Josephine Jill Cabatbat, Cefas Olivier Cabatit, Aimee Rarugal, Anjali Tarun, Jessica Nasayao. Photo courtesy of Norman Mascariñas.

25 years
It has been 25 years since the first PhD faculty of the IPL, Dr. Caesar Saloma, finished his PhD Physics in 1989. In reference to this, the chosen theme for this year’s Workshop is: IPL@25: Looking back, Moving forward.

The morning session of the program started with a short welcome message from Dr. Rene Rollon, Director of IESM. The Director thanked Dr. Saloma, former UPD Chancellor, for his part in making the construction of the IESM building a reality. He also thanked the IPL for choosing the IESM as venue for the Workshop.

Dr. Saloma then gave a presentation enumerating the milestones of the IPL over the past 25 years since his PhD graduation in 1989. His talk focused on the key publications that set the direction of the research in the laboratory and paved the way for the branching out of the IPL into new research topics. Some of these publications were also featured by international news agencies, showing their relevance and timeliness. In the end, Dr. Saloma challenged the IPL members to be ‘brave, bold, and competent’ in pursuit of their research ideas. 

Dr. Caesar Saloma
Dr. Caesar Saloma gave a talk highlighting IPL milestones. 
Photo courtesy of Norman Mascariñas. 

The current IPL Coordinator, Dr. Johnrob Bantang, gave a talk about the current state of the laboratory in terms of student memberships and publication rates. Using a word cloud from titles of IPL Publications, he showed the transition of research interests of the IPL from primarily optics and photonics research in the early years to multidisciplinary types of research problems in the last few years. His talk was followed by reports from heads of the different research groups, Dr. May Lim (CX Team), Dr. Giovanni Tapang (SynchBioOptics), and Dr. Maricor Soriano (VIP). 

Dr. Johnrob Bantang
Dr. Johnrob Bantang discussed the current state of the IPL.
Photo courtesy of Norman Mascariñas. 


Dr. May Lim
Dr. May Lim presented the research interests of the CX Team. 
Photo courtesy of Norman Mascariñas. 


Dr. Giovanni Tapang
Dr. Giovanni Tapang discussed the capability of the SynchBioOptics group 
and the VISSER project. Photo courtesy of Norman Mascariñas. 


Dr. Maricor Soriano
Dr. Maricor Soriano talked about the diverse topics being investigated by the 
Video and Image Processing Group. Photo courtesy of Norman Mascariñas. 


Two IPL Alumni who are heading their own research groups also presented their current research interests: Dr. Gay Jane Perez (PEARS, IESM) gave an overview of her work in meteorology and forecasting and Dr. Ranzivelle Marianne Roxas-Villanueva (IMSP, UPLB) discussed her work on physics education and other collaborations with IRRI scientists. 


Beyond
In the afternoon, after a short group activity, the members revisited the Vision, Mission, and Goals of the IPL, with the purpose of revising them to be relevant for the next few years.

The group noted that many of the previous goals of the lab, like publications and production of PhDs, have been achieved over the last 25 years. Moreover, the group noted that many of the problems facing society today are of multidisciplinary nature.

In response to these changes, the group, headed by Dr. Bantang, formulated the new Vision of the IPL. This Vision was then used to introduce new Mission statements and corresponding measurable Goals to achieve them. These Goals are linked to key performance indices (KPIs), which will then be measured by the Coordinator to ensure that the IPL does not shy away from its Mission.

Master's Examination: Louella Alva Presbitero

posted Jul 4, 2014, 11:13 PM by IPL Webm   [ updated Jul 4, 2014, 11:14 PM ]

Master's Examination: Louella Alva Presbitero
Louella Alva Presbitero, a graduate student member of the Instrumentation Physics Laboratory (IPL), will undergo her Masters Examination on 11 July 2014, 11:00 AM at NIP F209.

Ms. Presbitero will defend her thesis titled: "A Complex Network Approach in Identifying Critical COurses in Curricula and Analyzing Political Dynasties." The work is done under the supervision of Dr. Johnrob Bantang.

The official announcement containing the M.S. Examination panels is attached below.

IPL members are strongly encouraged to attend the sessions in support of Ms. Presbitero.

 

Call for Papers: JSAP-OSA Joint Symposia 2014

posted May 17, 2014, 2:45 AM by IPL Webm   [ updated May 17, 2014, 2:47 AM ]

Call for Papers: JSAP-OSA Joint Symposia 2014 
The Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP) is organizing the 3rd joint symposia with the Optical Society of America (OSA) in the 75th JSAP Autumn Meeting 2014. 

DATES: 17-20 September 2014 
VENUE: Sapporo Campus, Hokkaido University, Hokkaido, Japan 

Papers are solicited in broad areas of applied physics research. Deadline for paper submissions is on 12 June 2014

More information about the conference can be obtained from the attached latest call for papers (CFP) below. 

Prof. Caesar Saloma, Senior OSA member and PhD Faculty of the Instrumentation Physics Laboratory, is a member of the Program Committee of the JSAP-OSA Joint Symposia 2014. 

IPL Congratulates 2014 Graduates

posted May 6, 2014, 11:53 PM by IPL Webm   [ updated May 6, 2014, 11:53 PM ]

IPL Congratulates 2014 Graduates
The Instrumentation Physics Laboratory (IPL) congratulates the AY 2013-2014 graduates.

Ph.D. Physics
Reniel Cabral (Most Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate, College of Science)
Josephine Jill Cabatbat

M.S. Physics
Michael Castañares
Jen-Jen Manuel
James Christopher Pang

B.S. Applied Physics
Meryl Regine Algodon
Chester Balingit
Phoebe Gallanosa
Wynn Dunn Gil Improso
Abigail Mae Jayin
Chris Eric Limos
Alix Jean Santos
Anjali Tarun

B.S. Physics
Norman Mascariñas

Congratulations!

IPL PhD candidate to present colloquium this summer

posted Apr 1, 2014, 4:15 AM by IPL Webm   [ updated Apr 1, 2014, 4:15 AM ]

IPL PhD candidate to present colloquium this summer 
P.L.A. Hilario

Paul Leonard Atchong Hilario
from the Optics group of the Instrumentation Physics Laboratory (IPL) will present the graduate colloquium Applications of three-dimensional wavefront engineering on 08 April 2014, 10:00 AM, at the NIP F205. 

Atchong Hilario joined the IPL in 2005, and has worked on wavefront engineering research and applications. He is working under the supervision of Dr. Giovanni Tapang. 

Attached below is the official announcement from the NIP. 

IPL members are strongly encouraged to attend the presentation. 

Undergraduate thesis defense of IPL members

posted Mar 10, 2014, 9:20 AM by IPL Webm   [ updated Mar 10, 2014, 9:22 AM ]

Undergraduate thesis defense of IPL members 
Ten students from the Instrumentation Physics Laboratory (IPL) will defend their BS Physics/Applied Physics theses this semester. Below is the list of students with their topics and advisers. 

  • Alix Jean B. Santos, An Improved Stereo Correspondence Algorithm for Reef Surface Reconstruction, Dr. Maricor Soriano 
  • Wynn Dunn Gil D. Improso, Suppression of the Zero Order Diffraction Using GS Algorithm, Dr. Giovanni Tapang 
  • Chris Eric S. Limos, Pattern Recognition of Coral Reef Cover through Texture Descriptors, Dr. Maricor Soriano 
  • Norman D.F. Mascariñas, Effect of Imaging Resolution and Capture Rate on the Apparent Diffusion Coefficient in Brownian Motion, Dr. Caesar Saloma & Dr. Giovanni Tapang 
  • Phoebe B. Gallanosa, Determining Reaction Time through Automated Tracking of Fencer Limb Movements, Dr. Maricor Soriano 
  • Meryl Regine L. Algodon, Camera Array Modeling Based on Area Calibration of Underwater Camera for Shallow Coral Reef Assessment, Dr. Maricor Soriano 
  • Abigail Mae C. Jayin, Growth-Decay Mechanistic Model of Popularity in Philippine News,  Dr. Johnrob Bantang & Dr. Rene Batac 
  • Adrian Chester M. Balingit, Growth Patterns for Competition in a Monospecific Forest, Dr. May Lim 
  • Anjali B. Tarun, Collapse Dynamics of Mono- and Bi-Disperse Granular StepDr. Johnrob Bantang & Dr. Rene Batac 
  • Katherine Anne R. Bulan, Dynamics of the Spread of Information in a System of Agents on a Square Lattice,  Dr. Johnrob Bantang 

Attached is the announcement from NIP, with the schedules and panel members. 

IPL members are strongly encouraged to attend the sessions in support of these students. 

Master's Examination of IPL Members

posted Mar 8, 2014, 8:36 AM by IPL Webm   [ updated Mar 8, 2014, 8:38 AM ]

Master's Examination of IPL Members 
IPL MS Students 
 
Three M.S. Physics students from the Instrumentation Physics Laboratory (IPL) will present their findings and defend their Master's Thesis on 24 and 29 March, 2014. 

James Christopher S. Pang, working under Dr. Johnrob Bantang of the Complexity Science (CS) Group, will present his work Single Hodgkin-Huxley neuron Dynamics and Its Implications to Coupled and Noisy Neurons on 24 March 2014, 10:00 AM, at NIP F208. 

Michael Lawrence G. Castañares will defend his thesis, Growth of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Yeast Cells Under Broadband Light, on the same day, 24 March 2014, 1:00 PM at the NIP F209. His thesis adviser is Dr. Giovanni Tapang from the Synchronization and BioOptics group. 

Finally, on 29 March 2014, 10:00 AM, Jen-Jen A. Manuel will present the results of her work with Dr. Bantang on the Impact of Land Use to the Coast of Abra de Ilog. The examination will be at NIP F209. 

The official announcements containing the M.S. Examination panels are attached below. 

IPL members are strongly encouraged to attend the sessions in support of these students. 

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