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Christopher P. Monterola

Physician, Outstanding Young Scientist (2011)

Expertise: Modelling Complex Systems, Computational Physics, Social Networks, Neural Networks, Biological Physics and Forecasting, Physics

Dr. Christopher Monterola, is recognized of his significant contributions in the fields of complex networks, self-organization, nonlinear forecasting, granual matter, physics education and psychophysics. His work on complex networks analysis demonstrated that neural networks can benefit from ambient noise in both temporal and spatial processing of information and provided understanding of the crack propagation in woven fabrics and multilevel marketing. He and co-workers demonstrated mathematically that self-organization such as hearding of animals, firing of neurons, avalanche dynamics in granular materials can be achieved even in dissipative environment, in contrast with prevailing views. His work on analytic and numerical models with scaled experiments has helped understand the clogging and stability of granular systems. Further, he showed that nonlinear forecasting tools such as neural networks combined with statistical filtering techniques can be used in accurate forecasting of the behavior of undecided population in an opinion poll, hit songs, chalk use and author attribution, as well as for information propagated in a classroom. His latest research focused on the use of physics and statistical tools to quantify human related behavior. Dr. Monterola has mentored undergraduate and graduate students in physics. His research works are well documented in various international journals.

Affiliation

Associate Professor 3, National Institute of Physics, College of Science, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

Senior Scientist and Principal Investigator, Complex Systems Programme, Computing Science Department, Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR, Singapore

Association

    • National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), Member
    • International Institute of Forecasters, Member
    • Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas [SPP], Member
    • Bidding Committee (UP Diliman System), Vice Chairman
    • Instrumentation Physics Laboratory, National Institute of Physics, Program Coordinator
    • UP Danaw ng mga Kinabukasan ng Laguna [UP DAKILA], Adviser
    • UP Physics Association [UPPA], Co-Adviser

Employment

    • Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Postdoctoral Fellow, (2003-2005)
    • National Institute of Physics, UP Diliman, Associate Professor 7, (2005-2012)
    • National Institute of Physics, UP Diliman, Instructor 2, 1997 – 1999
    • National Institute of Physics, UP Diliman, Assistant Professor 3, 2002-2005
    • National Institute of Physics, UP Diliman, Instructor 7, 1999-2002

Award

    • Centennial Professorial Award, , 2008
    • NRCP Scientific Poster Exhibition, 1st, 2nd, 3rd place/ Overall Disciplines, 2008
    • Outstanding Young Scientist Award (OYS), NAST-DOST, 2011
    • Talent Search for Young Scientist Award., NAST-DOST, 2011
    • First Prize Winner, IEEE SCALE Challenge., 2013
    • 17 Outstanding Seniors of the UP System Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society, , 1997
    • Conferred the scientist rank 1, University of the Philippines System, 2009 - present
    • University of the Philippines Centennial Professorial Chair, NRCP, (2008-2012)
    • Edgardo Gomez Award for Excellence in Dissertation Research, , 2002
    • Most Outstanding Masteral Graduate student, College of Science, UP, 1999
    • U.P. Circle - Brunei Scholarship for Science and Technology, , 1997 – 1999
    • Magna Cum Laude, BS Applied Physics, , 1997
    • Award for Excellence in Science by the Department of Science and Technology, DOST, 1997
    • Gerry Roxas Leadership Award, , 1992
    • Mercury Drug Award for Excellence in Math and Science, , 1992
    • Gold Eagle Student of the Year Award, , 1992
    • Champion (Team and Individual), Regional Physics Quiz UPLB-PHYSIKA, , 1991
    • Champion, Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (Region 4), , 1990

Papers Presented

    • Increasing Physics Learning through Optimal Seating Arrangement, Group Composition and Competition, 11th International Conference on Education (A.T.IN.E.R.) ( Athens, Greece)
    • Noise in neural systems: theory and experiments, Stochastic and Quantum Processes in Biological Systems
    • The beneficial role of noise and recurrence in Neural Networks, European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology, Dresden, Germany
    • Noise-Enhanced categorization in a recurrently reconnected neural network, 5th Intl Conference on Biological Physics, Gothenburg, Sweden
    • Accurate Forecasting of the Undecided Population in a Public Opinion Poll using Neural Networks, Intl Symposium of Forecasting, Pine Mountain, Atlanta, Georgia

Education

    • University of the Philipines, Diliman, Quezon City, Ph.D. in Physics, 2001
    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, M.S. Physics, 1999
    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, B.S. Applied Physics (Magna Cum Laude), 1997

Publication

    • Batac, R., Monterola, C., Pastor, M., (2008) Kinks and logarithmic tails as stability markers in binary granular piles
    • Proceedings of the 26th National Physics Congress
    • Batac, R., Longjas, A., Esleta, G.A., Monterola, C., (2008) Cascading dynamics recovers actual landslide scaling
    • Proceedings of the 26th National Physics Congress
    • Legara, E.F., Monterola, C., Tugaff, J., (2008) Targeted versus random schemes in family planning information spreading
    • Proceedings of the 26th National Physics Congress
    • Legara, E.F., Crisologo, I., Longjas, A., Monterola, C., (2008) Dual scaling law in human area perception of concentric circles
    • Proceedings of the 26th National Physics Congress
    • Valenzuela, J.F., Monterola, C., (2008) Segregation and Aggregation in a Thermally - Driven Bidisperse Suspension
    • Proceedings of the 26th National Physics Congress
    • Esleta, G.A., Monterola, C., (2008) Effect of memory on the lifetime of elastic materials
    • Proceedings of the 26th National Physics Congress
    • Juanico, D.E., Longias, A., Batac, R., Monterola, C., (2008) Avalanche statistics of granular driven slides in a miniature mound
    • Geophysical Research Letters Volume 35
    • Roxas, R.M., Monterola, C., Monterola, S.,, (2008) Student performance in a competition-driven
    • Proceedings of the 26th National Physics Congress
    • Longjas, I.C., Monterola, C., Legara, E.F., (2008) A procedure for generating a random number sequence using at least seven individuals
    • Proceedings of the 26th National Physics Congress
    • Valenzuela, J.F., Monterola, C., (2008) Convective flow-induced short time scale segregation in a dilute bidisperse article suspension
    • International Journal of Physics C Volume 19, No. 12
    • Esleta, G.A., Monterola, C., (2008) Structural reinforcement in a spring-block model of stress-induced fracture propagation
    • Computer Physics Communications Volume 178
    • Legarda, E.F., Monterola, C., Juanico, D.E., Litong-Palima, M., Saloma, C., (2008) Earning potential in multilevel marketing enterprises
    • Physics A Volume 387
    • Monterola, C., Roxas R.M., Carreon-Monterola, S.L., (2008) Characterizing the effect of Seating arrangement on classroom learning using neural networks
    • Complexity Journal Volume Doi:10.100
    • Pastor, M., Monterola, C.,, (2008) Dependence of heap stability on the nature of the experimental parameters
    • Proceedings of the 26th National Physics Congress
    • Tugaff, J., Crisologo, I., Longjas, A., Monterola, C., Batac, R., (2008) Chalk print? Feasibility of predicting the the lecturer based on her/his chalk leftovers
    • Proceedings of the 26th National Physics Congress
    • Legara, E.F., Tugaff, J., Monterola, C., Presbitero, L.A., (2008) Random and targetted course deletions in curriculum network
    • Proceedings of the 26th National Physics Congress
    • Longjas, R., Batac, D.E., Juanico, C., Monterola, C., (2008) Observation of self organized critically in a miniature granular mound
    • Proceedings of the 26th National Physics Congress
    • Legara, E.F., Monterola, C., David, C., Atun, J., (2008) News framing of population and family planning issues via semantic network analysis
    • Proceedings of the 26th National Physics Congress
    • Pulido, M.T., Palima, M., Monterola, C., Lim, M., Saloma, C., (2008) Local majority acceptance model of gossip dynamics
    • Proceedings of the 26th National Physics Congress
    • Monterola, C., Crisologo, I., Tugaff, J., Batac, R., Longjas, A., (2010 Mr) Surface Morphology of Chalkboard Tips Captures the Uniqueness of the User's Hand Strokes
    • International Journal of Modern Physics
    • Crisologo, I., Batac, R., Longjas, A., Legara, E.F., Monterola, C., (2010 Mr) A procedure for generating a random number sequence using seven individuals
    • International Journal of Modern Physics
    • Legara, E.F., Monterola, C., Abundo, C., (2011) Ranking of predictor variables based on effect size criterion provides an accurate means of automatically classifying opinion column articles
    • Physica A Volume 390, No. 1
    • Legara, E.F., Monterola, C., David, C., Atun, J.M., (2010) News Framing of Population and Family Planning Issues via Syntactic Network Analysis
    • International Journal of Modern Physics Volume 21, No. 1
    • Monterola, C., Abundo, C., Tugaff, J., Venturina, L.E., (2009) Prediction of potential hit song and musical genre using artificial neural networks
    • International Journal of Modern Physics C
    • Batac, R., Pastor, M. Arciaga, M., Bantang, J., Monterola, C., (2009) Kinks, Logarithmic Tails, and Super-stability in Bi-disperse Granular Media
    • Physica A Volume 388
    • Longjas, A., Monterola, C., Saloma, C., (2009) Force analysis of jamming with disks of different sizes in a two-dimensional hopper
    • Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment
    • Esleta, G., Monterola, C., (2009) Effect of memory and reinforcement on the propagation and morphology of fracture in a two-dimensional mass-spring system
    • International Journal of Modern Physics C Volume 20, No. 7
    • Monterola, C.P., Roxas, R.M., Carreon-Monterola, S.L., (2009) Characterizing the Effect of Seating Arrangement on Classroom Learning Using Neural Networks/
    • Complexity Journal Volume doi:10.100
    • Legara, E.F., Monterola, C., David, C., (2013 F 1) Complex Network Tools in Building Expert Systems that Perform Framing Analysis
    • Expert Systems With Applications/DOI No. 10.1016/j.eswa.2013.01.064
    • Juanico, D.E., Monterola, C., Saloma, C., (2007) Dissipative self-organized branching in a dynamic population
    • Physical Review E/Rapid Communication Volume 75
    • Juanico, D.E., Monterola, C., (2007) Background activity drives criticality of neuronal avalanches
    • Journal of Physics A Volume 40
    • Juanico, D.E., Monterola, C., Saloma, C., (2007) Self-organised critical branching in systems that violate conservation laws
    • New Journal of Physics
    • Juanico, D.E., Monterola, C., Saloma, C., (2005) Cluster formation by allelomimesis in real-world complex adaptive systems
    • Physical Review E Volume 71
    • Monterola, C., Zapotocky, M., (2005) Noise-enhanced categorization in a recurrently reconnected neural network
    • Physical Review E Volume 71
    • Quito, M., Monterola, C., Saloma, C., (2004) Memory and a priori best strategy in complex adaptive systems
    • Complexity Volume 9
    • Juanico, D.E., Monterola, C., Saloma, C., (2003) Allelomimesis as a generic clustering mechanism for interacting agents
    • Physica A Volume 320 C
    • Monterola, C., Saloma, C., (2003) Solving the nonlinear Schrodinger equation with an unsupervised neural network: Estimation of error in solution
    • Optics Communications Volume 222
    • Monterola, C., Lim, M., Garcia, J., Saloma, C., (2002) Feasibility of a Neural Network as Classifier of Undecided Respondents in a Public Opinion Survey
    • International Journal of Public Opinion Research Volume 14
    • Monterola, C., Lim, M., Garcia, J., Saloma, C., (2002) Accurate forecasting of the undecided population in a public opinion poll
    • Journal of Forecasting Volume 21
    • Bantang, J., Lim, M.,. Monterola, C., Saloma, C., (2002) Gravity-assisted segregation of granular materials of equal mass and size
    • Physical Review E Volume 66
    • Monterola, C., Saloma, C., (2002) Noise-driven manifestation of learning in mature neural networks
    • Physical Review Lettes Volume 89
    • Quito, M., Monterola, C., Saloma, C., (2001) Solving N-body problems with neural networks
    • Physical Review Letters Volume 86
    • Monterola, C., Saloma, C., (2010) Solving the nonlinear Schrodinger equation with an unsupervised neural network
    • Opt. Express Volume 9
    • Monterola, C.P., Saloma, C., (1998) Characterizing the dynamics of constrained physical systems with unsupervised neural network
    • Physical Review A Volume 57

Trainings

    • Teacher’s Training Program, UP Pahinungod, Summer 1999, Kidapawan, South Cotabato
    • Dep-Ed Integrated Scholastic Program (DISP) for teaching effectiveness in Physics and Chemistry teac, 2008 Ap-My
    • Training for outstanding performance in Education(Physics-HS) batch I TOP-ED) by UNIDEV and GURO, 2008 Ap 29-My 9
    • Lecturers Learning as One Nation (DVD shoots) Coordinator, Dr. Marivic and Christopher Bernido, 2008 Ap
    • Special Topics: The Physics of Smelling / Ang Cute na Mundo ng Complexity Science, 2006 & 2007, 23rd and 24th National Physics Congress
    • Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP) Teacher`s Training Program, 2001, Guiguinto Bulacan, Philippines
    • National Children's Science Interactive Workshop, 2000 O 23-27, Blu Bianco Suites, Airforce City Clark Special Economic Zone
    • Teacher's Training Lectures in Mechanics, 17th National Physics Congress, 1999 O, Ateneo De Manila, Quezon City
    • Teacher's Training Lectures in Optics, 18th National Physics Congress, 2000 O, Puerto Princesa City,Palawan
    • 11th International Conference on Education (A.T.IN.E.R.), 2009 My, Athens, Greece