Mission of the Tenth International Conference on Computational Physics (ICCP10)
From the first ICCP1 held in Beijing in 1988, jointly organized by Drexel University, National Science Foundation, Sun Microsystem in the United States and the Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics from China, to today, the very meaning of “computational physics” has undergone metamorphic transformation. Several hot topics were discussed at the 1988 meeting. Two in particular were
(1) How computer simulations can realistically represent physical phenomena;
(2) The challenge of the rapid transformations of the computer technologies along with the onslaught of Internet and personal computers were of profound concern to all!
For (1), while computer simulations are still an exciting scientific endeavor in 2016, whether it can “lead” scientific discoveries still remains elusive. As for (2), I think the manner in which how humanity is impacted and transformed by computers, Internet in the 21st century will render computational science, albeit physics, chemistry, biology and engineering an integral part of human intellectual, technological and entrepreneurial efforts!
For ICCP10, the definition of computational physics as listed by Wikipedia, namely “Computational physics is the study and implementation of numerical analysis to solve problems in physics for which a quantitative theory already exists” is clearly inadequate. Both words, “computational,” a la computers and Internet, and “physics,” a la traditional physics, life sciences and quantum computing, have taken on broader and deeper meaning.
Important as it may be for practicing scientists in all disciplines, and ICCP10, like all ICCPs, will primarily be devoting to the scientific discussions of all aspects of computation implications of sciences and technologies, it is clear that the conference must also reach beyond being esoterically limited. The central theme of “computational physics” per se needs on the one hand be highly focused, and on the other be socially relevant. The latter should allow the society at large to gain a deeper and more meaningful understanding of how science and computers can impact their daily life.
With this as underpinning, the areas which ICCP10 will discuss, but not necessarily confined to, are
- Computational Condensed Physics
- Design Novel Functional Materials
- Computational Plasma Physics and Plasmonics
- Computational Particle Physics and Astrophysics
- Computational Fluids
- Computational Biology and Chemistry
- Quantum Computing
- Multiscale Modeling & Simulations
- Mathematical Methods in Computational Physics
- Visualization in Computational Physics
- Digital Age and Educational Implications
- Computational Implications of Health Delivery in the 21st Century
It is with this as underpinning that the University of Macau accepted the solemn responsibility to be the venue of ICCP10. We are also very pleased that in this endeavor we are joining hands with one of the original organizers of ICCP, the Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics in Beijing and with the fledgling university in Shenzhen, South University of Science and Technology of China.
This is a watershed moment for computational physics and we hope ICCP10 can and will capture this excitement of history!
We welcome all interested in this area to actively participate in ICCP10!
Da Hsuan Feng
General Chair of ICCP10