Conference Program

Keynote Speaker:


Professor Frank Stephan,  National University of Singapore.

Title: Automatic Structures - Recent Results and Open Questions



Regular languages are languages recognised by finite automata; automatic structures are a generalisation where one looks also at automatic relations which are relations recognised by synchronous finite automata and at automatic functions which are functions whose graph is an automatic relation. Functions and relations first-order definable from other automatic functions and relations are again automatic. Automatic functions coincide with the functions computed by position-faithful one-tape Turing machines in linear time. This talk gives an overview on recent results on automatic structures and provides some concurrent research questions.



Frank Stephan received his doctorate from the University of Karlsruhe (T.H.)
in the year 1990 in mathematics. He since then worked at the University
of Karlsruhe (T.H.) until 1995, then at the Univerisity of Heidelberg
until 2003, at the National ICT Australia located at the University
of New South Wales until 2004 and since then at the National University
of Singapore. His working areas are in mathematical logic and theoretical
computer science; in particular he works in algorithmic randomness,
automata theory, inductive inference and recursion theory.


Professor  Belal E. Baaquie, National University of Singapore, Singapore. 

Title: Quantum Mathematics and Financial Modeling


The mathematics of quantum mechanics is a natural and efficient formalism for modeling financial instruments. A brief review is made of the modeling of option theory using the Feynman path integral. The modeling of forward interest rates is carried out using the framework of a two dimensional quantum field theory and the Hamiltonian is used for determining the martingale condition.  An empirical analysis shows that the quantum modeling of forward interest rates is well supported by market data.


Belal E Baaquie is Professor in Department of Physics National University of Singapore, Singapore. He got  BS, Physics (1972), California Institute of Technology and   PhD, Theoretical Physics, Cornell University, 1976. He was Research Associate, Stanford University, 1976-78,   Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton 1991,  Physics Department, Harvard University 1998,   Physics Department, National University of Singapore, 1984-2000, University Scholars Programme,  Vice-Dean of Physics Dept NUS, 1998-2002. 

He already published these books :    Path Integrals and Hamiltonians: Principles and Methods (   Cambridge University Press),  The Theoretical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics ( Springer Publications),  Exploring Integrated Science ( CRC Press),  Interest Rates and Coupon Bonds in Quantum Finance ( Cambridge University Press),  Quantum Finance: Path Integrals and Hamiltonians for Options and Interest Rates ( Cambridge University Press). His research interest are:  Quantum field theory and Financial modeling based on techniques of quantum theory.


Professor  Yuan Ping Feng, National University of Singapore, Singapore. 


Yuan Ping Feng has been a faculty member of Department of Physics at the National University of Singapore (NUS) since 1990. He joined NUS following a 3 year postdoctoral stint at Purdue University. His research interest is in computational condensed matter & materials physics, focusing mainly on the understanding of fundamental properties of materials for advanced technologies, and prediction of new materials based on ab initio electronic structure calculations. In recent years, he has studied various materials including dilute magnetic semiconductors, graphene spintronics, high-k materials, topological insulators, semiconductor and metal surfaces and interfaces, materials for magnetic data storage, etc. He has an established track record in collaboration with experimentalists. He has authored/co-authored more than 400 scientific papers in international refereed journals and one book. He hold Ph.D. in Physics, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1987.  He is Academician, Asia Pacific Academy of Materials (since 2013), Fellow, American Physical Society (since 2012), and Fellow, Institute of Physics, Singapore.



     Professor  Dr. Jamil Akhtar, CSIR-CEERI, Pilani-333 031, India


     Title: Development of Diamond Detectors for Radiotherapy;  Material & Technology



Diamond is a wide band gap semiconductor with atomic number close to biological tissues and cells and therefore a potential candidate among Tissue Equivalent Materials (TEM). Synthetic diamond technology has been geared up using Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) route to produce poly crystal and single crystal diamond sheets. Whereas sc-Diamond is more useful as dosimeter, pc-Diamond has further applications as UV and high energy particle detector. With the advancement in CVD processes for synthetic diamond substrate, understanding of material properties and related technologies has taken up momentum. The polar surface of synthetic diamond due to CVD process is often Hydrogen terminated. The oxygen termination is therefore required to suppress leakage currents in sensor applications. These issues will be addressed in the talk while explaining technology development for diamond detector in Metal-Insulator-Metal (MIM) configuration. Some experimental results shall also be shared covering I-V at different temperatures.



Jamil Akhtar was born in Ghaziabad, India, in 1959. He received B.Sc (Hons) and M.Sc degrees in Physics with specialization in Electronics in 1977 and 1980 respectively. He joined BEL Ghaziabad as Planner B during 1979-80. From 1980 to 1983, he worked at CSIR-CEERI , Pilani, firstly as CSIR-JRF and then CSIR-SRF for his Ph.D. thesis work on “ Study of Two-Dimensional Breakdown Phenomena in Semiconductor Devices”.


Since 1983, he has