Vol.3, January 1st, 1970

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • MOU with Osaka Univ.
  • Upcoming Event
  • Event Report
  • Person of the Week
  • Visitors

Person of the week

Wataru Nishima

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Self-introduction

From the Office

The office of iTHES assistant, Ms.Chikako Oota is situated at the first floor of the main research building, room # 159. The extension number is 3185. She will be at the office from 10 a.m. to 16 p.m. except on Wednesday.

MOU with Osaka Univ.

MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) were exchanged between "iTHES Research Group in RIKEN" and "Theoretical Science Collaboration Project in Osaka Univ." in Oct.1, 2013.
The purpose of this MoU is to make an extensive effort to promote "Interdisciplinary Theoretical Science" by the joint colloquiums, seminars and workshops and by the exchange of researchers between the two organizations.
Present members of "Theoretical Science Collaboration Project in Osaka Univ." are

Further details on "Theoretical Science Collaboration Project in Osaka Univ." can be seen in
http://www.prc.sci.osaka-u.ac.jp/projects/joint_project.html#hashimoto
http://www.phys.sci.osaka-u.ac.jp/nambu/#Section1

Upcoming Event

Event Report

lec-10112013.jpg Professor Yoshitaka Tanimura from Department of Chemistry, Kyoto University gave a series of lectures and fascinated the packed audience. He lectured "Theory of Reduced Hierarchy equations of motion" on Oct. 10th and "Theory of Multidimensional Spectroscopies" the day after. His presentation materials are available at http://theochem.kuchem.kyoto-u.ac.jp/members/tanimura.htm

Person of the Week

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Wataru Nishima
Self-introduction

I am Wataru Nishima, working as an iTHES researcher from this April. Main field of my research is molecular dynamics (MD) and bioinformatics. Since MD was applied for the protein study in 1970s, MD has been used as a promising method to simulate the atomic level of dynamics in many biological systems. Current bottlenecks of MD simulations are often said as 1. Force filed and 2. Sampling. I am interested in the sampling problem. Although remarkable progress of computer technology has been largely contributed for the extension of accessible time scale of simulations, we are still struggling with the shortage of sampling to understand the most of biological phenomena. I would like to develop new algorithms used in MD to enhance the sampling.
As an iTHES member, I would like to enjoy interdisciplinary working circumstance. I am also interested in studies of other field such as system biology and physics. Actually, I was working on the fluid dynamics simulation in physics department up to my master degree. I am looking forward to interacting with you.

今年の4月から、iTHES研究員として働いております二島渉です。主に、分子動力学(MD)とバイオインフォマティクスを専門にしています。MDは1970年代にタンパク質の研究に初めて使われて以来、さまざまな生物学の系で原子レベルの描像を理解するのにつかわれてきた方法です。現在のMDの問題点は、1.フォースフィールドと2.サンプリングといわれており、私は、サンプリング問題に興味をもっています。コンピューターテクノロジーの進化によりシミュレーションで計算できる時間スケールはかなり拡大しましたが、それでもなお、ほとんどの生物現象を理解するためのシミュレーション時間は足りておりません。今後、MDのサンプル効率を高めるような新しいアルゴリズムの開発を行いたいと思っています。
iTHESの一員として複数の分野にまたがる研究環境を楽しみにしています。システムバイオロジーや物理のような他の分野にも興味があり、修士課程までは、物理学科で流体のシミュレーションをしていました。皆さまどうぞよろしくお願いいたします。

Visitors

Prof. Toichiro Kinoshita (Cornell Univ.)
High precision test of quantum electrodynamics and the Standard Model
More about Prof. Kinoshita
Aug. 20th - Nov. 12th, 2013
room 431 (3rd floor, main building)