COMAC Workshop Commences the First-Ever ‘African-Inclusive’ Under ITCA and SEA-ROAD.

COMAC Workshop Commences the First-Ever ‘African-Inclusive’ Under ITCA and SEA-ROAD.

NARIT Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology Workshop “N-body and Hydrodynamic Simulations of Galaxies and Large-Scale-Structure” premiered on November 21st as a benchmark of the ever ‘First-in-the-series’ in N-body and Hydrodynamic training hosted by the institute.


The workshop comprises of 30 international participants from a wide range of age and background including Ethiopia, Indonesia, India, Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. As a provided platform enables college students, recent graduates and post-doctoral to mingle and share their expertise in this particular field of astrophysics.



Professor Boonrucksar Soonthornthum – NARIT Executive Director mentioned during the reception dinner that “I am extremely delighted to learn that this workshop, for the first time, includes participants from Africa. Since it is one of the most significant target audiences for the International Astronomical Union’s (IAU) Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) Development plan in which we – as the Southeast Asian Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (SEA-ROAD) has adopted and making it a priority to implement. Furthermore, this workshop is also the first of its kind conducted under our recently endorsed ‘the International Training Centre in Astronomy under the auspices of UNESCO’ (ITCA) for the 2017 Fiscal Year. I can assure you ITCA will enhance the learning opportunities across the world by focusing on those less developed.”



COMAC initiates participants to develop their research works of the High Performance Computing (HPC) and parallel programing by using the so called “N-Body” and Hydrodynamic Simulation in order to study the evolution of Galaxy and Cosmology. By doing so, it also allows participants to advance their technical background simultaneously.



Through NARIT homegrown researcher’s collaborative network, Dr. Dominik Steinhauser – a recognizable expert from the University of Innsbruck, Austria was invited as the main lecturer throughout the workshop. His research interests include the study of galaxy formation and evolution, especially quenching of disk galaxies due to environmental effects. Further topics include large-scale structure formation simulations and galaxy formation simulations including semi-analytical models of galaxy formation. Moreover, he is interested in code development, modeling of physical processes and high-performance computing. All of these excellent criteria offers him a most-suitable position to provide guidance to our enthusiastic participants.



Half way through this 5-day workshop, participants will be travelling to the Thai National Observatory (TNO) on Doi Inthanon Mountain to observe first-hand one of Asia’s most advanced facilities in optical astronomy, which houses a 2.4-meter reflecting telescope. As well as a chance to visit the highest point in Thailand, the landmark ‘Twin Pagodas’ and the Royal Project.