Annual Report 2011

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Annual Report 2011

Organization at Geneva of a IFIP Special Seminar with Prof. A. Famili

Pallán from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)


Maya writing is by far the most sophisticated sc
ript ever developed in the New World. Its
stunning visual complexity is unparalleled through human history. Over 10,000 texts
carved on stone and painted on ceramic vessels, murals and extant Codices (bark
books) attest to its magnificence. Yet, desp
ite over 100 years of scholarship, by the mid
20th century very little of the inner workings of the Maya script were known. This situation
started to change with the seminal contributions of Tatiana Proskouriakoff, Heinrich Berlin
and Yuriy Knorosov, which

paved the way to the current 80% plus understanding brought
by the modern era of decipherment, truly to be regarded as one of milestones of human
intellectual achievement.

Today, decipherment increasingly profits from state
art technologies, rangi
ng from
the 3D Documentation of Maya Cultural Heritage (CH), Geographic Information Systems
(GIS), relational databases and computer analyses aided by Automatic Vision, as currently
pursued by a new international joint
effort undertaken by the IDIAP Instit
ute, along with
the Universities at Geneva and Bonn. Advancements such as these have the potential to
further unlock a rich Universe of historical and mythological significance, encoded within
the ancient carvings and paintings, to the extent that key hist
orical events, the name of their
protagonist and the places where these unfolded, as well as the gods to whom they prayed
and their underlying mythical narratives are no longer hidden to our understanding.

Short bio:

Carlos Pallán (Mexico City, 1974) cur
rently conducts doctoral research at the University of
Bonn, Germany. He holds a M.A. in Mesoamerican Studies from the National Autonomous
University of Mexico (UNAM), as well as an Archaeology Degree from the National
School of Anthropology and History (E
NAH). He is the founder and director of Mexico’s
Hieroglyphic and Iconographic Maya Archive (Ajimaya), and has worked in most of the
main Maya archaeological sites within Mexico. He has authored a number of books, book
chapters and scientific papers center
ed on the Epigraphy and Archaeology of Maya
Civilization. From his work he has obtained awards such as the National Archaeology Prize
“Alfonso Caso” in Mexico and the DAAD Scholarship in Germany.


November 22th, 2011

4.15 pm

Place: Battelle build
ing A

Auditorium (ground floor)

Organization at Geneva of a IFIP Special Seminar with Professor
Prasanna, USC

Energy Informatics for Smart Oil Field and Smart Grid

Abstract: This talk will review our various efforts related to smart energy sys
tems at the
Center for Energy Informatics at the University of Southern California. We first review
Integrated asset management research in the Center for Smart Oil Field Technologies. We
then review the Smart Grid demonstration project efforts related to
software architecture for
demand response. We will also briefly discuss research in energy efficient Internet

Short bio: Viktor K. Prasanna ( is Charles Lee Powell Chair in
Engineering in the Ming Hsieh Department of

Electrical Engineering and Professor of
Computer Science at the University of Southern California. He is the executive director of
the USC
Infosys Center for Advanced Software Technologies (CAST). He is also a
member of the USC
Chevron Center of Excellenc
e for Research and Academic Training on
Interactive Smart Oilfield Technologies. His research interests include parallel and
distributed systems including networked sensor systems, embedded systems, configurable
architectures and high performance computing
. He has served on the editorial boards of the
Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE
Transactions on VLSI Systems, and IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed
Systems. He served as the Editor
Chief of the IEE
E Transactions on Computers during
06. Prasanna was the founding Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical
Committee on Parallel Processing. He is the steering chair of the IEEE International
Conference on High Performance Computing (

He is a Fellow of the IEEE,
the ACM and the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is a
recipient of 2009 Outstanding Engineering Alumnus Award from the Pennsylvania State

Date: Monday August 29th, 2011

4.15 pm

Place: B
attelle building A

Auditorium (ground floor)

Divulgation at the TC1 activities at the following conferences:


The 7
th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems
(DCOSS '09) took pl
in Barcelona, Spain, June 2011

SEA 2011

The 10th Symposium

on Experimental Algorithms took plac
e on May 2011


Crete, Greece . This is an event
intended to be an international forum for researchers in the
area of experimental evaluation an
d engineering of algorithms, as well as in various aspects
of computational optimization and its applications.

IPDPS 2011

25th IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing, IPDPS 2011,
took place in
Anchorage, Alaska
, USA, 16
20 May, 201

Approx 09

The 14th. International Workshop on Approximation Algorithms for Combinatorial
Optimization Problems (APPROX'2011), and the 15th. International Workshop on
Randomization and Comput
ation (RANDOM'2011) was

held at the
Princeton University,
in Aug. 17
19, 2011.