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The National Institute of Geological Sciences Research Symposium (NIGSCON) serves as a cornerstone of professional discourse, held regularly to provide an esteemed platform to feature the latest research findings, dynamic developments, and nascent trends across a spectrum of geoscientific disciplines. The symposium's purview encompasses a comprehensive array of subjects, including but not limited to petrography, geochemistry, mineral and energy resources, tectonics, geophysics, stratigraphy, paleontology, surface processes, and geological hazards.

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Abstract submission deadline is EXTENDED to September 22, 2023! Submit your abstracts now through this link: http://tinyurl.com/abstract-portal
 

For interested participants, you may pre-register through this link: http://tinyurl.com/nigscon2023register
 

Please also take note of the important dates in the graphic above. Thank you and see you at NIGSCON 2023

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Noelynna T. Ramos, D.Sc.
OIC-Director, NIGS

It is with great pleasure to welcome you to the 18th NIGS Research Symposium (NIGSCON 2023) with the theme, “40 Years and Counting – Facing the Challenge of Artificial Knowledge in Geoscientific Research”. Since the first NIGS Research Symposium in 1998, our in-house research conference, dubbed NIGSCON, has stayed true to its commitment to keeping us abreast of the latest developments in geoscience research. This year’s theme highlights yet another hot topic as the research community moves forward to exploiting big data with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).

 

Various AI-powered tools are already within our reach—from simple photo editing to the more complex creation of computer programs and literature. One that has particularly taken us by storm early this year is ChatGPT, a large language model (LLM) chatbot that generates text by collating huge amounts of content from the Internet. With just a few lines of prompt, a narrative work or even an entire book can be easily generated in a matter of seconds. This powerful AI tool has already disrupted various sectors, particularly academia, as concerns arise on the integrity of academic and research outputs. Late last year, Elsevier, a leading publisher of scientific information, made history by listing ChatGPT as a journal author. While such a move is a significant step forward for AI in scientific publishing, other top academic publishers do not share a similar view as fundamental requirements for authorship are not met.

 

Issues aside, there is no doubt that AI-enabled technologies and ML systems have significantly enhanced our capability and efficiency to process and analyze large datasets, providing a broader perspective of the Earth’s processes. Image analysis and quantitative modeling have become part of our research methods and will continue to be useful in elucidating complex geological patterns, exploring mineral and energy resources, and modeling natural hazards. With this inevitable leap towards AI, I leave this question for us to ponder—What is the future of a geoscientist in this era of AI? We reflect on this as we get to know a bit more about the potential geoscience applications of AI in this two-day conference.

 

Lastly, I would like to congratulate the Organizing Committee led by Dr. Mario Aurelio, our OIC-Deputy Director for Research and Development, for another successful NIGSCON. Kudos to everyone who contributed to this event—University Research Associates, faculty, student volunteers, administrative staff, and partner institutions—thank you for all the hard work and support.

 

I wish everyone a pleasant experience and thank you for being part of this year’s NIGSCON.

 

Padayon at mabuhay ang mga siyentista ng bayan!

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Mario A. Aurelio, Ph.D.
Chair, NIGSCON 2023

Warm greetings to the NIGSCON community!

The National Institute of Geological Sciences of the University of the Philippines – Diliman (UP NIGS) brings you the 18th edition of the NIGS Conference this year (NIGSCON 2023). The NIGSCON originally served as an exclusive venue for UP NIGS researchers, faculty, and students to present the results of their geoscientific research. Since its inception however, this event has evolved to be more inclusive and now also serves as a platform for researchers from outside UP NIGS to present their results. Researchers from government agencies, industry, academia and other research institutions are invited.

UP NIGS commemorates its fortieth founding anniversary this year. While by tradition NIGSCON features various research findings on petrography, geochemistry, mineral and energy resources, tectonics and structural geology, geophysics, stratigraphy, paleontology, surface processes, geological hazards and other recent results of geoscientific research from the academe, industry, and government institutions, this year’s edition (NIGSCON 2023) will also serve as a venue to discuss foreseeable challenges faced by the geological community amidst the rapid introduction of the use of artificial intelligence in providing solutions to the many complex problems of society. Hence the theme: “40 Years and Counting – Facing the Challenge of Artificial Knowledge in Geoscientific Research”. Fittingly, image processing expert Dr. Maricar Soriano of the Instrumentation Physics Laboratory of the UP National Institute of Physics will deliver the keynote paper.

I extend my sincere gratitude to the keynote speaker, all presenters, moderators, volunteers and the UP NIGS administrative staff for their contributions in holding this year’s event. I am particularly grateful to our loyal sponsors whose continued financial assistance has assured the staging of this event year after year.

Congratulations, NIGSCON 2023! Mabuhay ang mga geoscientist para sa bayan!

To UP NIGS, thank you for rendering 40 years (and counting) of teaching, learning and service to humanity. Padayon!

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Organizing Committee

PROGRAM

October

17th

TUESDAY

18th

WEDNESDAY

09:00 - 09:10

Welcome Address

09:10 - 09:35

Keynote Presentation

09:35 - 10:35

Plenary Presentations

10:35 - 10:45

Coffee Break

10:45-11:45
NIGS Grant Presentations

11:45 - 13:00

Lunch Break

13:00 - 14:15

NIGS Grant Presentations

14:15 - 14:25

Coffee Break

14:25 - 16:25

NIGS Grant Presentations

09:00 - 09:05

Opening Remarks

09:05 - 10:05

OSPA Presentations

10:05 - 10:15

Coffee Break

10:15 - 11:15

OSPA Presentations

11:15-12:00
Poster Presentations

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch Break

13:00 - 15:30

Non-OSPA Presentation & Marine Geology Session

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 - 16:30

Awarding of OSPAs

Closing Remarks

NIGSCON 2023

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

DR. MARIO A. AURELIO

CHAIR

 

SANDRA DONNA A. CATUGAS

JED RUZZIEL D. SANTIAGO

JOHN ESTEBAN E. CARI

PAULA MAE C. JATULAN

SECRETARIAT AND LOGISTICS

 

NOEL PATRICK L. SOBERANO

MA. YNA ROSE D. GARCIA

ANTERO H. BORJA II

LYNDON P. NAWANAO, JR.

MARIA GARCIA C. PADRIQUE

JOHN MICHAEL AUSEJO

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM
 

DR. GABRIEL THEOPHILUS VALERA

STUDENT AWARDS

JOEVEN AUSTINE S. CALVELO

ARMANDO SALVADOR M. BAMBAO

JOHN PHILLIP R. BAGUIO

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

 

DR. JOHN DALE B. DIANALA

ERIZZA ROSE U. SANTOS

JOHN KENNETH B. BADILLO
WEBSITE AND PUBLICITY

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