Today , March 17, 2014 , it took place the opening ceremony of UAM-Fujitsu cooperation agreement at the Faculty of Sciences of the Autonomous University of Madrid.
The Autonomous University of Madrid signed last January 17 a cooperation agreement with Fujitsu to promote research and teaching in Scientific Computing and Big Data. The activities framed within this agreement have been officially opened today with a meeting between the major representatives of the Autonomous University of Madrid and nearby Research Institutes, other Universities in Madrid and the company Fujitsu .
Dr. Shigeru Sasaki , Vice President of Fujitsu Laboratories , showed the audience the latest advances and research lines that are currently under development to solve the problems affecting society from the point of view of computing and computer science. Their objective is to provide Fujitsu technology to create an intelligent and friendly society , with people as the center.
Dr. Sasaki stressed the need to develop efficient algorithms to describe real problems with an appropriate resolution and extract useful information from the vast amount of data we are able to store and handle, to solve the real problems of society.
Fujitsu Laboratories can become technological partners of those researchers able to develop algorithms that can provide solutions to the current challenges of society.
The Director and Deputy Director of the cooperation agreement, Fernando Martín and Alberto Luna, pointed out that this agreement should be an open space in which the entire university community can propose activities and projects aimed at both research and teaching in Scientific Computing and Big Data.
The event was attended by the vice-rector for Scientific Policy and Research Infrastructuresand, Rafael Garesse Alarcon, the vice-rector for Scientific Research, Nuria Fernandez Monslave, the exvicerector and promoter of UAM-Fujitsu agreement, José Dorronsoro , the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Jose Maria Carrascosa Baeza, the directors of the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Mathematics , Condensed Matter and IMDEA -Nanoscience , the director and deputy director of the UAM-Fujitsu agreement, various academics and supercomputer users from UAM and Carlos III University, and representatives of the Fujitsu company.
For more information, suggestions for activities or research projects, please, contact with Fernando Martín (‘fernando.’) or Alberto Luna (‘alberto.’)
Fernando Martín (Professor at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and Principal Investigator of XCHEM project) and Ricardo A. Matute (postdoctoral researcher in the team of the awarded Arieh Warshel, at Southern California University) reflect on the events which have led to the award of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to three computational chemists (Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, Arieh Warshel) for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.
The recent contributions of Computational Chemistry to the interpretation of experimental results from all areas of chemistry has been enormous, and the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is a great recognition of the discipline.
The development of Computational Chemistry has been boosted by recent progress in High Performance Computing (HPC). In Spain, this kind of calculations can be done on supercomputers of the Spanish Supercomputing Network, as Mare Nostrum in Barcelona, or XCHEM supercomputer at the Autonomous University of Madrid (see figure). XCHEM supercomputer has been funded by the European Research Council through the program Advanced Grants.
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The Conference: “Attochemistry: filming electrons motion”, by Fernando Martín held at Ateneo Científico, Literario y Artístico de Madrid was announced in several web sites (UAM, Sciences Faculty, IMDEA-Nanociencia, Nano-Madrid project, Madri+d Foundation).
Fernando Martin talked about recent technological advances that have led to the production of attosecond lasers and and to the first applications, both theoretical and experimental, to study the motion of electrons in atoms and molecules, with special emphasis on those that have been developed within the frame of XCHEM project at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
Article by Fernando Martín on the recently awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry to three computational chemists (Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, Arieh Warshel) for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.
Fernando Martin explains how experiments in Chemistry, Physics or Biology can also be carried out in supercomputers, as its group does in XCHEM spercomputer.
The Article appeared in the printed edition of the spanish national newspaper, El País (see image) and its digital edition.
The public conference on Attochemistry, by Fernando martín, organized by the Royal Spanish Academy of Sciences was announced in several institutional web sites (Madri+d blogs, Royal Spanish Society of Chemists, IMDEA-Nanoscience and RACEFyN,) and appeared in twitter and facebook.