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    Academic Frontier
    "New Development of Computational Science through Holistic Approach"

    Kazuyuki Watanabe, Professor,
    Director of Research Center for Holistic Computational Science

    Representative Prof. Kazuyuki Watanabe This project is supported by Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and is conducted by the Research Center for Holistic Computational Science (HOLCS) established at Tokyo University of Science (TUS) since November, 2005.

    The mission of the project is to explore the common or universal properties of scientific phenomena governed by each principle in various fields, and also to elucidate the crossover behavior among the fields with different space and time scales through “holistic” approach. One of the objectives is to grasp how the microscopic character emerges in the macroscopic nature of the relevant phenomena. The recent development in computers enables us to adopt the holistic approach with much ease, because the modern computer allows us to solve the fundamental equations without introducing additional assumptions and to handle huge amounts of data simultaneously. For example, we can reproduce protein folding dynamics using atomistic simulation and reveal the hydrodynamic friction based on the dynamics of small vortices in computers.

    In the present project, HOLCS, three groups are intensively carrying out their research activities. They are (1) Computational Materials Science, (2) Computational Fluids Science, and (3) Electric Biological Science.

    HOLCS involves 27 faculty members from four faculties in TUS and a large number of students and young scientists in addition. A main objective of HOLCS is to be one of COEs in the field of computational science by world-wide submission of its achievements through national and international conferences and also through its website www.holcs.com. Another objective is to encourage young scientists and students to experience different environments for research and enhance their research activities by group workshops and attendance to international conferences.

    HOLCS is in collaboration with the following research institutions and groups with 21st COE program in Nagoya University to mutually stimulate research activities :
    (1) Nagoya University 21st century COE program
    "Frontiers of Computational Science"
    Prof. Yukio KANEDA
    (2) Research Group on Turbulence and its simulation and modelling
    Dept. of Aeronautics, Imperial College London
    Prof. Michael A. LESCHZINER
    (3) Institute of Experimental Mechanics, Xin-Jiang University
    Prof. Mam-timin GENI
    (4) Dept. of Materials Engineering, The University of Tokyo
    Prof. Satoshi WATANABE
    (5) Dept. of Artificial Organs, National Cardiovascular Center
    Director Yoshiyuki TAENAKA