About Us

Baggy

Baggy is a physicist, computer programmer, published author, web creator and designer, husband to Kathy, and father to Aya.

He received his PhD in Biophysical Engineering from Osaka University, Japan in 2000 where he was working on the reconstruction of bifurcation structures of dynamical systems from time series data. After his graduate study, he became a JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) fellow at the Department of Systems and Human Science, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University.

He is also a member of the Association of Filipino Scholars in Tsukuba (FAST), where he served as President of the association for FY 2005-2006.

Baggy is currently affiliated with the Grid Technology Research Center of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan. His current research interests include 1) real-time functional MRI, 2) application of grid computing to the remote analysis of fMRI data sets, and 3) bifurcation diagram reconstruction from time series data. He is also into wavelets, nonlinear time series analysis, and chaos, among others.

Favorite quote: “Life is easy when you know all the answers.”

 

Kathy

 

 

Kathy is a physicist, science enthusiast, writer, published author, advocate for women’s involvement in science, karaoke-lover, hopeless bowler, wife to Baggy, and full-time mother to Aya.

Aside from scientific and motherly activities, Kathy spends her spare time blogging online, writing articles, reading novels, and trying to learn how to bake. She is also learning Japanese on a daily basis, and hopes to take the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) when the time is right. She loves traveling to new places with her family.

Kathy received her PhD from the Faculty of Engineering of Yamagata University in October 1999. She is currently employed as a research scientist at the Energy Technology Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tsukuba, Japan. Her present work involves the fabrication and characterization of large-area superconducting thin films fabricated by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. Other research interests include thin film growth mechanisms and surface characterizations, critical current density and correlated defect structures in YBCO thin films.

Kathy is also currently a visiting scientist under the AIST fellowship program at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy of the University of Cambridge, U.K.

Favorite quote: “You’ll never know unless you try.”