Minutes of the first preparatory meeting of ACCMS
Minutes of the first preparatory meeting of ACCMS held at Sendai International
Center during the International Workshop on "Materials Designs by Computer
Simulation at Atom and Electron Levels" (18th & 19th August, 2000)
The meeting is attended by 16 scientists from Japan, India, China and
other countries (list appended below). The salient feature of the discussion
that took place and the decisions that followed are summarized as follows.
Names, affiliations and email addresses of those present in the ACCMS preparatory
Meeting on 18th and 19th. August, 2000.
Y. Kawazoe from IMR, Japan formally proposes the formation of an Asian
Consortium on Computational Materials Science (ACCMS) and invites suggestions
and opinions of the scientists from different countries present in the
G.P. Das (BARC, India) explained the objectives of this consortium and
also about its organization and membership. ACCMS will be opened to all
interested institutions of the Asian member countries. Affiliated membership
of institutions outside this region (other countries) will also be taken.
Until the membership of the consortium is formalized, an interim advisory
council (one from each member country at the moment) is appointed to suggest
and nominate suitable members from their respective countries. In order
to carry out the objectives of this consortium, an interim executive committee
consisting of Y. Kawazoe, G.P. Das and B.L.Gu has been formed. This 3-member
committee will be responsible for carrying out the activities of the consortium
which includes formation of a web page, membership drive in different Asian
countries, etc., deciding the venue and timings of ACCMS forthcoming meetings,
M. Doyama (Teikyo Univ., Japan) supported the idea and appropriate launching
time of this consortium and suggested the possible ways of mobilizing funds
for running the activities of the consortium.
P. Jena (Virginia Commonwealth Univ., USA) spoke about the recent proposed
formation of PACT (Pan American Consortium of Theorists) which is in the
same spirit as ACCMS, and aim at strengthening the scientific collaboration
between North and South American countries. He also emphasized that the
sustainablility and growth of such a consortium crucially depends on each
and every member country and member institute accruing benefit from it.
S. Ranganathan (IISC, India) strongly advocated and appreciated formation
of this consortium during the ISRE 2000 Meeting in Sendai, which itself
is an effort towards bringing together scientists of Asian (and also other)
countries for promoting Research and Education in this region. He, however,
emphasized the need of establishing a strong link between the computational
materials scientists and the experimentalists working in this field. A
synergy between theory and experiment should be the motivation behind this
consortium. Similar view were also expressed by. B.K. Godwal, P. Jena,
R. Belosludov and others.
John Meech (Univ. of British Columbia, Canada) along with many others suggested
that this consortium should encourage a strong link between computational
materials scientists and materials technologists. This will ensure that
the results of computer simulations find more and more practical applications
in different technological usage. The predictive power of first principles
simulations should be exploited to its fullest potential.
Luc Wille (Florida Atlantic Univ., USA) stressed that the scope of this
consortium should not be restricted to only first-principles atomistic
level simulation of materials, but should be diversified to include the
course grained as well as continuum models of simulations in meso- and
macroscopic length scales.
V. Kumar (IMR, Japan) highlighted the need for educating students from
different Asian countries on the emerging areas of CMS and also to promote
remote education through Internet. This will especially benefit students
from developing countries who do not have enough computational and other
resources. Y. Kawazoe added that we should also try to evaluate students
performance and distribute certificates in some form.
K. Esfarjani suggested that each meeting of ACCMS should be focussed on
a specific topic which is of relevance and interest to a majority of the
group attending it. This point was debated by some others who expressed
some reservation, since such further narrowing down the scope of a meeting
may not serve the interest of all the members institutions. Instead, it
should be possible to identify for each meeting, a "theme" area and devote
one of the days of the meeting on it for in-depth coverage.
B.L. Gu (Tsinghua Univ., China) later joined the discussion meeting and
was briefed about the developments by J.-Z. Yu. Subsequently, B.L. Gu,
Y. Kawazoe and S. Ranganathan had some discussions about the choice of
the venue for the first Meeting of ACCMS in the year 2001, and they arrived
at the unanimous choice of Bangalore in India. The duration, time and other
modalities will be worked out.
A write-up of the proposal based on the above mentioned points, was prepared
by Y. Kawazoe and G.P.Das, in consultation with others present in the meeting.
A 4-page write up was circulated among persons attending this meeting (see
below). Also it was decided to put up the proposal along with the minutes
of this preparatory meeting in a new ACCMS web-page which will be created
by Y. Kawazoe and his group.
1) Y. Kawazoe, (IMR, Sendai) firstname.lastname@example.org
2) B.L. Gu, (Tsinghua Univ. Beijing) email@example.com
3) G.P. Das, (BARC, Bombay) firstname.lastname@example.org
4) S. Ranganathan, (IISC, Bangalore) email@example.com
5) V. Kumar, (IMR, Sendai) firstname.lastname@example.org
6) V.R.Belosloudov,(Novosibirsk) email@example.com
7) Jing-Zhi Yu, (IMR, Sendai) firstname.lastname@example.org
8) K. Esfarjani, (IMR, Sendai) email@example.com
9) R. Vetrivel, (GE, Bangalore) firstname.lastname@example.org
10) M. Sluiter, (IMR, Sendai) email@example.com
11) B.K.Godwal, (BARC, Bombay) Bkgodwal@magnum.barc.ernet.in
12) S. Yashonath,(IISC, Bangalore) firstname.lastname@example.org
13) M. Doyama,(Teikyo Univ.) email@example.com
14) P.Jena,(VCU, Richmond) firstname.lastname@example.org
15) L.T.Wille,(Florida Atlantic Univ.) email@example.com
16) J.A.Meech, (UBC, Vancouver) firstname.lastname@example.org
17) C. Royol, (NECTEC, Thailand) email@example.com
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