NEWSLETTER BFI April 2nd 2009

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NEWSLETTER BANDUNG FE INSTITUTE (BFI)
April 2nd 2009

CONTENTS:
01. Research on Indonesian Ethnoclustering
02. Fractal Batik: When Science and Indonesian Traditional Heritage
Meets
03. For Indonesian Readers: Reading the Global Crisis and Indonesian
Economic & Political Outlook.
04. New Book for Indonesian Readers: "Complex Indonesian Outlook 2008"
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01. Research on Indonesian Ethnoclustering
A research paper entitled "Memetics of Ethno-clustering Analysis" is
published by the institute as n advancement of the works related to
traditional heritage of Indonesia and memetics. This is a work that is
conjectured a way to see the clustering of ethnicity based on the
phylomemetic trees of Indonesian traditional songs, traditional motif
in fabrics, and Indonesian traditional or vernacular architecture.

Here, the works on phylomemetic trees related to certain cultural
artifacts of ethnic cultures in Indonesian archipelago is advanced by
the proposal of methodology that can yield a cultural tree reflecting
the superposition of traditional song, architectural designs, and
motif designs in fabric phylomemetic tree. The methodology used is by
having average distances between artifacts related to the ethnic
cultures emerging them. The result is the mixed tree showing
similarities and dissimilarities among cultural zones of Indonesian
people geographically living in the archipelago. The further works of
the presented methodology open a wide door for the more detail ethno-
clustering analysis of the diverse ethnic groups in Indonesia as well
as the improvement of further cultural and anthropological endeavors
based on mathematical properties of artifacts.

You should be a registered visitor to download the full text. The
paper is downloadable for free in:
http://www.bandungfe.net/?go=xph&&crp=49aac768


02. Fractal Batik: When Science and Indonesian Traditional Heritage
Meets
While complexity sciences work on computation incorporating
mathematical theories on fractal, batik is Indonesian traditional
fabric with wax-dyed techniques. In a workshop (called Workshop on
Physics of Batik) held in Barli Museum, Bandung, Indonesia, in
cooperation between the institute with High School on Art Studies
(Sekolah Menengah Seni Rupa) SMKN 14 Bandung, the interaction between
the generated fractal motif and traditional techniques of batik is
experimented. This begins an analysis related to the discourse of
human-computer interaction.

Human-computer interaction has been the cause of the emerging
innovations in many fields, including in design and art,
architectural, technological artifacts, and even traditional
heritage. In the case of Indonesian traditional heritages, the
computation of fractal designs has been introduced to develop batik
design – the genuine textile art and skill that becomes a symbol of
Indonesian culture. The uniqueness of Batik, which depicted in the
richness of its motifs, is regarded as one of interesting aspect to be
researched and innovated using computational techniques. Recent
studies of batik motifs have discovered conjecture to the existence of
fractal geometry in batik designs. This finding has given some
inspiration of implementing certain fractal concepts, such escape-time
fractal (complex plane) and iterated function system to generate
batik motifs. The workshop develops motif generator based upon the
Collage Theorem by using Java platform. This software is equipped with
interface that can be used by user to generate basic patterns, which
could be interpreted and painted as batik motif. Experimentally, it is
found that computationally generated fractal motifs are appropriated
to be implemented as batik motif. However, human made batik motifs
are less detail and some of them differ significantly with the
computationally generated ones for tools used to draw batik and human
aesthetic constraints.

The observation is published as working paper of the institute. You
should be a registered visitor to download the full text. The paper
is downloadable for free in:
http://www.bandungfe.net/?go=xph&&crp=49aac6c5


03. For Indonesian Readers: Reading the Global Crisis and Indonesian
Economic & Political Outlook.
Indonesia is facing two challenges in the mid of 2009: political for
the time for the general election while economically must face the
pressure of global crises ahead. Interdependence between countries has
brought financial changes in a country that affect other countries.

This is discussed in the recent working paper publication. Simple
model of composite index to detect the possibility of the financial
critical time in the scope of the globe to Indonesian economic
substrate by incorporating some indicators reflecting the economical
present of the country, is introduced in the paper. Here, some notions
and methodologies from econophysics are employed to enrich and sharpen
observation, i.e: the financial network model (among stocks traded in
the Indonesian Stock Market as well as among currencies in the world)
and the log periodic models used to understand the symptoms of market
crashes. Those critical situations are eventually related to the task
of the general election as Indonesian political recruitment which some
ways differs with previously held in 1999 and 2004. The challenges are
concluded as well as some recommendations that can be delivered in
order to have Indonesian pass the two critical situations.

The paper is written in Indpnesian and available for free as BFI
Working Paper Series. You should be a registered visitor to download
the full text. The paper is downloadable in:
http://www.bandungfe.net/?go=xph&&crp=49d29b45


04. New Book for Indonesian Readers: "Complex Indonesian Outlook 2008"
New Book on Indonesian Complexity is now available in local book
stores in all Indonesian region! The book entitled "SOLUSI UNTUK
INDONESIA" is a book for Indonesian readers presenting a perspective
on complexity while observing and comprehending Indonesia. The book
compiles research conjectures while proposing a new perspective for
Indonesians while sees their own country in a great expectation gives
an enrichment for the development of social sciences for the
betterment of the country and the whole humanity.

In the book the proposal for new "Wawasan Nusantara" (the way
Indonesian look at Indonesia) is presented. The age of complexity
should have changed the way we look and observe in order to be able to
have alternative solutions for the betterment. The book is now
available in your local (Indonesian) book stores, or you might want to
contact the publisher to have one (c.p.Yohanis: +62 21 70227545 for
rapid service) or just contact us.

If you speak Indonesian, you might want to see the glance view of the
book contents in the following URL: http://bfinews.blogspot.com/2008/04/buku-solusi-untuk-indonesia.html

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Bandung Fe Institute
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INDONESIA
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