vol. 93 | iTHES

Vol. 93, September 1st, 2015


  • Announcement
  • Upcoming Events
  • Person of the week

Person of the week

Kazuki Maeda



From the Office

The office of iTHES assistant, Ms.Chikako Oota is situated at the second floor of the main research building, room # 246. The extension number is 3261. She will be at the office from 10 a.m. to 16 p.m.


Masato Taki (iTHES-phys fellow) has written an interesting article,
"Keyhole-shaped burial mounds and particle physics"
published in RIKENETIC? http://rikenetic.intra.riken.jp/?p=3190
This is an extreme interdisciplinary topic between Japan's ancient history and modern particle physics. Enjoy!

Upcoming Events

GRB Workshop 2015 at RIKEN

Date: 31st Aug.- 2nd Sep 2015
Place: Suzuki Umetaro Hall
Please join!

Joint iTHES - Math. Cooperation Program Symposium

Date: Sep. 2 (Wed.) 10:00am-
Place: Research Organization of Information and Systems
Program: TBA
Math. Coop. Program: http://coop-math.ism.ac.jp/

iTHES Colloquium

September 15th (Tue.) 15:00-
"Numerical Weather Prediction: Chaos, Predictability and Data Assimilation"
Dr. Takemasa Miyoshi(RIKEN AICS)
Place: 2F Large mtg.rm, Main Cafeteria (Bldg. C61)
Contemporary weather forecasting is based on numerical simulations with supercomputers, i.e., numerical weather prediction (NWP). The weather system is chaotic, and data assimilation plays a central role in predicting the chaotic weather by synchronizing a numerical simulation with the real world. Data assimilation integrates simulations (i.e., virtual world on computers) and real-world data based on statistical mathematics and dynamical systems theory, and brings synergy. Although data assimilation for large-scale computational problems has been evolving extensively in the field of NWP, data assimilation is a general approach potentially applied to a wide range of simulation studies. This lecture provides an introduction to NWP and data assimilation, and discusses the future perspectives of data assimilation research in the forthcoming “Big Data” and “Big Simulation” era.

The 6th iTHES Academic-Industrial Innovation Lecture

Date: Oct. 22(Thurs.) 15:00-16:30
Place: TBA
Speaker: Hironori Kokubo (Takeda Pharmaceutical Company)
Title: TBA

iTHES Colloquium in November 2015

Date: Nov.10 (Tues) 15:00-16:30
Place: big conference room (2nd floor of the main cafeteria)
Speaker: Kazuyuki Aihara (Univ. Tokyo)
Title: TBA

Fundamental Physics Using Atoms 2015
- Towards better understanding of our matter universe -

Nov. 30 (Mon.) -- Dec. 1 (Tue.), 2015
Oral sessions: RIKEN Wako, Okochi Hall (C32)
Poster sessions: Welfare and Conference Bldg. 2F (C61)

Recently much effort has been directed to investigation of the fundamental physics which exploits remarkable developments in atomic physics and/or quantum optics techniques. Examples include (A) test of the time reversal invariance by observing permanent electric dipole moments of atoms or molecules, (B) neutrino mass spectroscopy using atoms, (C) measurement of fine structure constant's time dependence with precession atomic clock etc. This conference aims to bring together recent research results, to discuss future prospects, and to expand research network, making this field more active and productive.

Person of the week

I will move to Kwansei Gakuin University in this September, so I have to leave the iTHES at the end of this August. I have belonged to the iTHES for a year and a half.
Though it is a short time, I participated and really enjoyed many iTHES lectures and meetings.
These activities provided very interesting topics on real-world problems in physics, chemistry and biology. I am an applied mathematician and I will teach and study mathematics at the university. Therefore, I will be trying to put these experiences into the future activities.
Best wishes for all the iTHES members, Kazuki Maeda.