UK Nonlinear News, May 2001


Mathematical Biology in Nottingham

16 May 2001, University of Nottingham)

The Centre for Mathematical Medicine at the University of Nottingham will, in association with the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Loughborough University, host a half day meeting on Mathematical Biology. A broad spectrum of topics in Mathematical Biology will covered by four speakers:

Markus Owen Loughborough
How predation can slow, stop or reverse a prey invasion
Oliver Jensen Nottingham
Self-excited oscillations in a collapsible channel
Hugo van den Berg Warwick
Efficacy of the T cell repertoire
Nick Hill Leeds
Two topics in bioconvection: plumes in deep layers and dispersion of swimmers in shear flows.

For further details see the web page http://spencer.nott.ac.uk/cmm/mmsg/BioWeb/mbio_may.pdf , or contact Helen Byrne or Marcus Owen.

Source: Markus Owen.


Dynamics Days Europe 2001

June 5-8, 2001, Dresden, Germany

Dynamics Days Europe is a major international conference aimed at covering the entire field of dynamics and nonlinearity. The XXI-st event in this tradition will take place in Dresden, sponsored by the Max-Planck-Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems.

Confirmed plenary speakers
Henry Abarbanel Carlo Beenakker Eshel Ben-Jacob
Bernold Fiedler Haye Hinrichsen Jon Keating
Detlef Lohse Benoit Mandelbrot Ingo Rehberg
Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber Francisco Varela

Apart from the plenary talks of general interest, there will be about 15 mini-symposia of two hours duration each, containing invited and contributed talks.

Minisymposia
space-time chaos, synchronisation Hugues Chate
quantum chaos Thomas Dittrich
pattern formation, complex growth Heike Emmerich
biophysics Erwin Frey
soft matter Peter Grassberger
dynamical systems Celso Grebogi
applications in engineering Edvard Govekar
traffic and granular flow Dirk Helbing
nonequilibrium statistical mechanics Rainer Klages
neural and medical dynamics Juergen Kurths
econophysics Rosario Nunzio Mantegna
semiclassics Bernhard Mehlig
turbulence Itamar Procaccia
stochastic processes Peter Reimann
time series analysis Lenny Smith

A very limited number of contributed oral presentations will be accepted, either as part of one of the minisymposia or a parallel session. Posters will be on display during the whole conference, but there will be also two special poster sessions.

Deadline for the submission of oral contributions and early registration:

*** 28 February 2001 ***

Further information and registration forms can be found at:

http://www.mpipks-dresden.mpg.de/~ddd2001.

Source: Thomas Schreiber ( schreibe@mpipks-dresden.mpg.de)


Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos: where should we go from here?

8-10 June 2001, Burwalls Conference Centre, University of Bristol, UK

The aim of the meeting, organised by the Applied Nonlinear Mathematics Group in the Department of Engineering Mathematics at the University of Bristol, is to allow the next generation of nonlinear scientists to find an agenda for research directions of the future, focussed on three key themes:

Invited speakers are
Paul Bressloff Utah, USA
Bard Ermentrout Pittsburgh, USA
Jack Cowan Chicago, USA
John Guckenheimer Cornell, USA
Edgar Knobloch Leeds, UK
Yoshiki Kuramoto Kyoto, Japan
Uwe An der Heiden Witten, Germany
Robert McKay Warwick, UK
Chris Jones Brown, USA
Tom Mullin Manchester, UK
William Ditto Georgia Tech, USA
Raj Roy Maryland, USA
Art Winfree Arizona, USA
Matthias Fink ESPCI, France
John Casti Santa Fe Institute

We are delighted that John Casti (Santa Fe Institute), author of `Five Golden Rules', and many other popular scientific volumes, has agreed to give a Public Lecture, sponsored by the Colston Research Society and Hewlett Packard.

The structure of the meeting will be talks of 45 minutes duration with lots of time for discussion; there will be no parallel sessions. Each main speaker is invited to give a talk that reflects on what their field has learnt from the explosion of interest in nonlinear dynamics and what needs to be learnt. The other participants will be required to present a poster on their work and to relate it to the theme of the meeting "Where should we go from here?" preferably in relation to one of the three themes. It is our intention that there will be provocative interaction between the invited speakers, and that this will provide an inspiring experience for the generation of young scientists who attend.

This will be an intense specialist meeting with approximately 70 people attending; participation will be by invitation only. Since one of the aims of the meeting is to inform debate amongst the next generation of scientists, priority will be given to current PhD students or those who have completed their PhD since 1990, although we welcome applications from anyone who is interested. Applications to attend are now invited; the closing date is 30 March 2001

For more details, please visit and bookmark the conference website at http://www.enm.bris.ac.uk/anm/colston.html

The organizing committee gratefully acknowledges the support of the Colston Research Society, EPSRC, and Hewlett Packard.

Source: Martin Homer


Gordon Research Conference: Nonlinear Science

17-22 June 2001, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts USA

We wish to announce a new Gordon Research Conference in NONLINEAR SCIENCE. This will be an interdisciplinary conference focusing on applications of the methods and concepts from nonlinear dynamics to all areas of science. Special emphasis will be on experimental nonlinear systems, development of nonlinear applications and devices, and development of new nonlinear techniques aimed at addressing scientific issues.

The inaugural meeting of the GRC on Nonlinear Dynamics will cover a broad range of topics, although future meetings will have themes (determined by the conferees). Examples of topics for the 2001 conference include spatiotemporal dynamics, biological systems, fluid dynamics, dynamical systems theory, optical and solid states systems, complex systems, data analysis. We will also have several "outreach sessions" linking nonlinear dynamics with other areas of science.

Future mailings will follow with information on the program, submitting abstracts to be considered for short talks and posters, and application to Gordon Research Conferences to attend the meeting.

For further information please contact Ken Showalter ( kshowalt@wvu.edu) or Lou Pecora ( pecora@avnil.nrl.navy.mil) or visit the Gordon Research Conferences web site: http://www.grc.uri.edu.

Source: Lou Pecora ( pecora@avnil.nrl.navy.mil) .

 


European Interdisciplinary School on Nonlinear Dynamics for System and Signal Analysis EUROATTRACTOR2001 

19-28 June 2001, Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering, Warsaw

First Announcement and Call for Participation 2nd European Interdisciplinary School on Nonlinear Dynamics for System and Signal Analysis EUROATTRACTOR2001 at the Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Eng. Polish Academy of Sciences Warsaw, June 19 to June 28, 2001 EUROATTRACTOR 2001

EUROATTRACTOR2001 main topics 

Language The official language of the EUROATTRACTOR Schools is English. The programme of each EUROATTRACTOR School includes:

EUROATTRACTOR2001 is supposed to bring together about 50 participants. Regular participation costs are: registration fee 200,- EUR; subsistence 500,- EUR. The Organisers will support up to 42 participants by financing/return of up to 100% of the following expenses: travel, subsistence (lodging in double rooms with full pension in our hotel facilities), registration fee. According to European Commission regles up to 30 participants of categories "A" and 2 of category "B" - young researchers (under 35) who are nationals of a EU Member State or an Associated State, mainly those active inside a Member State or an Associated State at the time of the School - may be supported by EU funds. Up to 10 participants from countries like Russia, Ukraine, Byelorussia, may be supported by funds from the Polish State Committee for Scientific Research. Please follow the instructions and observe the deadlines. 

There will be a competition of participants' contributions - contributions will be subject to the referring procedure and the acceptance by the Organizing Committee whose decision about financing of the most highly qualified participants are final. The order of receiving the applications may also be taken into account, so return your Preliminary Registration Form with the detailed one-page single-spaced abstract of your contribution and necessary documents (4 copies of each, please) as soon as possible. Female participants are especially encouraged to apply. The age limit of young researchers is 35 years at the time of the School, but allowance may be made for childcare or compulsory military service. 

Travel expenses will be reimbursed at the moment of the school by presenting a photocopy of the tickets (the upper limit of reimbursement will be set up by the Organisers), registration fees will also be reimbursed, subsistence (accommodation and meals) will be paid for those selected. You will have a really great opportunity to present your work, your results, as well as the scientific problems you have faced and your ideas in front of the interdisciplinary audience of both your colleagues from several countries and the leading scientists in the field. The accepted and selected communications will be published together with the lectures of Invited Lectures and Keynote Speakers. And you may get all these practically for free. Also at the end of the School Scientific Committee will award three most outstanding contributions with special prizes

International Scientific Committee: 

Chairmen 

Members 

Local Organizing Committee: 

Secretariat: Elzbieta OLEJARCZYK - Scientific Secretary Robert STEPIEN - Webmaster

Deadlines: Preliminary Registration Form with presentation abstract and other documents (4 copies of each, please) - February 07, 2001 You will be informed about acceptance of your contribution and the financing you may obtain before March 07, 2001 Full camera-ready version of your presentation, participation fees, hotel reservation - April 07, 2001 EUROATTRACTOR2001 - June 19 - June 28, 2001

Address for correspondence: 

EUROATTRACTOR2001 
Secretariat Lab. of Biosignal Analysis Fundamentals I. 
Biocybernetics and Biomedical Eng. 
Polish Academy of Sciences 
4 Trojdena St., 
02-109 Warsaw, 
Poland 
Phones: (+ 48 22) 659-9143 ext. 313, 312; (+ 48 22) 659-7193; 
Fax: (+ 48 22)659-7030 
E-mail: euroattractor@hrabia.ibib.waw.pl 
http://www.ibib.waw.pl/~euroattractor 


Analysis and Continuation of Bifurcations

21-22 June 2001, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

This Workshop will focus on bifurcation theory of nonlinear dynamical systems and numerical methods for their analysis, with attention to not only to theoretical but also to algorithmic problems and with possibilities for software demonstrations. This workshop is a continuation of a series of Bifurcation Workshops held in 1993-97 at CWI, Amsterdam, and in 1998-2000 at Gent University, Belgium. Our intention is to bring together experts in bifurcation analysis from The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, UK, Russia, US and Canada, as well as young researchers from local universities. The total number of participants will be limited to 30, which allows to keep informal atmosphere of the meeting.

If you are interested , then send a short message to kuznet@math.uu.nl. specifying:

  1. Do you like to participate ?
  2. What might be a topic of your presentation ?

Workshop Organisers:
Yuri Kuznetsov Yu.Kuznetsov@math.uu.nl
Willy Govaerts Willy.Govaerts@rug.ac.be

Source: Willy Govaerts ( Willy.Govaerts@rug.ac.be).

 


Student workshop on Non-Hyperbolic Dynamical Systems 

June 25 - July 6 2001, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

This workshop is addressed to post-graduate students, PhD-students, and PostDocs interested in (at least) one of the topics of the workshop, and, more preferably, in their interplay. See the (first) announcement for the details of the scientific programme.

Financial support will be available. It is planned to cover all the participants' local expenses (accommodation and some pocket money) during their stay in Göttingen. There might be some chances that travel expenses will (partially) be reimbursed. However, that will depend on the final number of participants, and therefore further information can not be provided before February 15, 2001, which is the deadline for pre-registration. Consequently, everyone who is interested to join the workshop should pre-register in time!

For further information please contact the local organizing committee via e-mail:

prodyn@math.uni-goettingen.de

or refer to the home page:

http://www.uni-math.gwdg.de/prodyn/

Local organizing committee: 

Carmen Barann 
Doris Fiebig 
Hartje Kriete

Source: Hartje Kriete


Southern Bifurcation Group

4 July 2001, Southampton

A meeting of the Southern Bifurcation group (funded by LMS scheme 3) is provisionally planned at Southampton on Wednesday 4 July: details to be announced later. Anybody not already on the mailing list who would like to be included please contact David Chillingworth drjc@maths.soton.ac.uk or tel 023 8059 3677 (or 3612).

Source: David Chillingworth .


Progress in Partial Differential Equations

9-13 July 2001, Edinburgh

The meeting will be held at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22,24 George Street, Edinburgh.

The main purpose of the meeting is to bring together leading experts in this broad and fast-moving area with the objective of highlighting recent important developments. Particular attention will be paid to developments in PDEs that relate to the sciences and other areas of mathematics such as geometry, the calculus of variations, dynamical systems and stochastic analysis.

Scientific Committee: J. M. Ball (Oxford) A. Grigoryan (Imperial College) S Kuksin (Heriot-Watt)

Key speakers will include: A. Bressan (Trieste) L. Caffarelli (Texas at Austin) J. Cheeger (Courant) G. Forni (Princeton) Em. Grenier (Lyon) M. Gromov (IHES) C. Kenig (Chicago) V. A. Kondratiev (Moscow) N. Krylov (Minneapolis) A. Kupiainen (Helsinki) F-H Lin (Courant) P-L. Lions (Paris) S. Muller (Leipzig) N. Nadirashvili (Chicago) F. Otto (Bonn) V. ?verak (Minneapolis) N. Trudinger (Canberra) M. I. Vishik (Moscow) S.T. Yau (Harvard)

The meeting is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and The European Commission (Framework V).

The EC grant will provide support for scientists under 35 years of age from EU states. Financial support must be applied for using the forms on the home pages.

Further details, including an application form, can be found on the home pages: http://www.ma.hw.ac.uk/icms/current/progpde/index.html 

Source: Tracey Dart (tracey@maths.ed.ac.uk


Conference on Geometry, Symmetry and Mechanics 

11-16 July 2001, Lisbon

This meeting will focus on the geometry, dynamics and numerics of mechanical systems with symmetry and applications to areas such as atomic and molecular spectroscopy and continuum mechanics. It is being organised under the auspices of the EC Research Training Network "Mechanics and Symmetry in Europe" (MASIE) and is sponsored by CAMGSD (Lisbon), but is open to all scientists with interests in relevant areas.

The conference programme will include several minisymposia on, tentatively:

Contributions to these are particularly invited.

Participants will probably include: 

For further information about the Conference, including how to register, see: http://www.math.ist.utl.pt/~edias/MASIE/GSMI or e-mail: gsmi@math.ist.utl.pt. and for information on related events and MASIE see: http://www.inln.cnrs.fr/~montaldi/MASIE/ 

Source: Mark Roberts (mark@maths.warwick.ac.uk


Integrable Systems

July to December 2001, Newton Institute (Cambridge)

The modern theory of integrability was created and developed over the last thirty years by a number of international research groups. Several approaches to integrable equations have been elaborated, which look quite different but focus on solutions of the same range of problems. One of the aims of this programme is to bring together key scientists with various background and expertise in order to elaborate a coherent view on the problem and to attempt to develop a synthetic theory which would reconcile the different approaches. This will be the first meeting on such a scale and we expect that mutual understanding of different approaches will cause a breakthrough in the whole theory of integrable equations and significantly extend its applications.

The following methods for studying integrability will be discussed

In addition the "dressing method", and its many variations, will be looked at as a technique for constructing and solving integrable systems. The topic of Quantum Integrability will also be addressed. Links between the classical dressing method and various approaches to quantum systems will be studied. A fundamental issue is a classification of algebraic and differential reductions ``inside'' the integrable systems which have been constructed.

For more information, visit http://www.newton.cam.ac.uk/programs/its.html.

Source: Chris Eilbeck

 


Informal working group on Dynamica of Numerics

7-10 August 2001, Fields Institute, Toronto, Canada

First Announcement

We intend to hold an informal working group on the "Dynamics of Numerics" as part of the Fields Institute Thematic Year on Computational Challenges in Science and Engineering. This meeting will explore the use of dynamical systems techniques to study iterative processes. Subject matter is expected to include latest results, techniques, applications and future directions. There will also be free time for participants to interact more informally.

As an informal meeting, there will be no registration fee. Note also that the Fields Institute will not be able to offer financial assistance to participants.

The meeting will be held in Toronto under the auspices of the Fields Institute Thematic Year on Computational Challenges in Science and Engineering, and cuts across all three of the Topics of Concentration in the first part of the Thematic Year (Numerical Solution of Ordinary Differential Equations, Numerical Linear Algebra, Numerical Aspects of Dynamical Systems). For more details on the thematic year see the website at http://www.fields.utoronto.ca/programs/scientific/01-02/numerical

If you would like to participate in this working group please e-mail Dr Tony Humphries A.R.Humphries@susx.ac.uk. Provisional titles would be much appreciated, but abstracts are optional at this stage.

Source: Tony Humphries


Second International Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Summer School

Dynamics of Complex Systems: Classical and Quantum Aspects

 13-25 August 2001, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany

O. Agam  Jerusalem 
J. Klafter  Tel Aviv
Y. Alhassid New Haven 
V. Kuzovkov Riga 
J. T. Chalker* Oxford 
G. Oshanin  Paris 
B. Eckhardt Marburg 
M. Schreiber Chemnitz 
Y. Fyodorov N. Shnerb London 
N. Shnerb Jerusalem 
P. Grassberger  J"ulich
U. Smilansky Rehovot 
R. Hilfer  Stuttgart 
I. M. Sokolov  Freiburg 
H. Kantz Dresden 
M. Wilkinson  Milton Keynes

 * to be confirmed

Scientific coordinators

Bernhard Mehlig and Alexander Blumen 
Faculty of Physics, 
Hermann-Herder-Str. 3 
79104 Freiburg, Germany 
Fax: ++49-761-203-5883 
E-mail: mehlig@tqd1.physik.uni-freiburg.de 

The school is aimed at an international audience of students, graduate students and young PostDocs. The aim is to explain new ideas and to describe exciting areas of research in complex systems. The lecturers are asked especially to make their field of research accessible to non-specialists.  The study of irregular motion in classical systems (turbulence, advective diffusion, reaction kinetics) using stochastic equations has attracted considerable attention in recent years. Quite independently, statistical methods have been very successfully used, in the past decade, to describe correlations in disordered or classically chaotic quantum systems. Recent developments in these fields show that there are promising links between these apparently very different areas of research. It is becoming increasingly important to be aware of developments in these two disciplines and and it is the goal of this summer school to bring together people from different backgrounds in order to stimulate cooperation in a cross-disciplinary environment.    

Deadline for applications is March 1, 2001. Applicants are asked to fill out the application form available at  http://tqd1.physik.uni-freiburg.de/~school/index.html  

Successful applicants will receive free accomodation and meals. The registration fee is DM 200. Limited funds for further financial support are available. 

Source: Bernhard Mehlig (school@tqd1.physik.uni-freiburg.de


Mechanics and Symmetry Euro Summer School

2-15 September 2001, Peyresq, France

This is the second of two summer schools associated with the European Research Training Network Mechanics and Symmetry In Europe (MASIE). It will last 2 weeks and will consist of 6 principal lecture courses, supplemented by a number of individual lectures on associated topics. The summer school is partially funded by the European Union, with funds available for travel and expenses for European Young Researchers. The venue is the tiny picturesque village of Peyresq in the French Alps. The six principal lecture courses are:
Lecture courses
Infinite Dimensional Lie Groups and Applications Stephen Shkoller (UC Davis)
Phase Space Reduction and Reconstruction Tudor Ratiu (Lausanne) and Matt Perlmutter (Massey/Caltech)
Multi-symplectic Geometry and Mechanics Tom Bridges and Gianne Derks (Surrey)
Numerical Methods for Hamiltonian PDEs Sebastian Reich (Imperial College)
Stability and Bifurcations of Relative Equilibria Mark Roberts (Warwick/Surrey) and Claudia Wulff (Berlin/Warwick)
KAM theory and Nekhoroshev stability Henk Broer (Groningen) and Franceso Fassò (Padova)

All are welcome to apply, though preference is given to research students and postdocs. For more information, see the MASSES website, or contact the coordinator of the summer schools James Montaldi.

Source: James Montaldi (montaldi@inln.cnrs.fr


Prospective School in Applied Mathematics

3-7 September 2001, Universidad de Cantabria-Ayuntamiento de Laredo, Spain

Director: Enrique ZUAZUA.

Eduardo Casas Universidad de Cantabria, Spain.
Optimal Control of Partial Differential Equations
Vicent Caselles Universidad Pompeu-Fabra, Spain.
Mathematical models in image processing
I\~nigo J. Losada Universidad de Cantabria, Spain.
Mathematical modelling in the propagation of waves in the ocean
Norbert J. Mauser University of Wien, Austria.
Quantum Kinetic Theory with Applications
Juan Luis V\'azquez Universidad Aut\'onoma de Madrid, Spain.
Fluid Mechanics and the equations of filtration
Enrique Zuazua Universidad Complutense, Spain.
Large time behavior and homogenization of evolution equations

This School wil be held in Laredo, in the north coast of Spain, 80 kms west of Bilbao, in the frame of the Summer Courses of the University of Cantabria.

It is mainly oriented to young researchers in Applied Mathematics. But the School may also be of interest for senior researchers.

A panoramic of some challenging topics in Applied Mathematics will be presented. Theoretical aspects will be covered as well as modelling issues and topics related with numerical simulation.

The courses we have chosen cover the propagation of waves in the ocean, an introductory course in Fluid Mechanics and the equations of filtration, Quantum Kinetic Theory, the Optimal Control of Partial Differential Equations, image processing and the homogenization of evolution partial differential equations.

All courses will end up with a discussion of the state of the art and the open problems in the corresponding field.

For more information concerning the programme, inscription, fellowships, etc.:

Enrique Zuazua
Departamento de Matem\'atica Aplicada
Universidad Complutense
28040 Madrid
SPAIN

Telephone: (34) 91 394 45 30 /44 49
Fax: (34) 394 46 07
e-mail: zuazua@eucmax.sim.ucm.es.


International Workshop on Modeling and Identification of Continuous Nonlinear Dynamical Systems

23-26 September 23 - 26 2001, Freiburg, Germany

Intention

Data-based inference and validation of continuous-time models have become important challenges to nonlinear data analysis. The main goal of this workshop is to discuss the development and application of analysis methods for a broad range of systems from low-dimensional differential equations to spatiotemporal systems described by partial differential equations. Our intentions are to bring together experts for the data-driven analysis of systems and those working experimentally with particular systems from different fields of research. The workshop aims to discuss problems interesting for physicists, engineers, and mathematicians in a joined approach. The systems include: Experiments focusing on pattern forming and complex dynamics, like hydrodynamic experiments, engineering systems, biological experiments, geophysical data, etc. The modeling goals include: Estimation of coefficients in partial and ordinary differential equations, Predictive modeling and characterization of spatiotemporal data, Model-based noise reduction and estimation of unobserved states.

Invited speakers

Professor Henry D. I. Abarbanel Institute for Nonlinear Science, San Diego
Professor Tito Arecchi Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata, Florence
Professor Michael Ghil Department. of Atmospheric Sciences, Los Angeles
Professor Eric Kostelich Department. of Mathematics, Arizona State University
Professor Werner Pesch Institute of Physics, University of Bayreuth

Call for papers

Approximately 12 contributed talks of 30 minutes length including. 10 minutes discussion time will be selected by the organizers. Posters can be presented during the whole conference time. Abstracts of both talks and posters will be published in an abstract booklet. It is planned to publish contributions in a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.

Deadlines

25th June 2001 Submission of registration, abstracts, and grant application.
9th July 2001 Latest notification of acceptance of contributed talks/posters.
31st July 2001 Recommended booking of accommodation.

The number of participants is limited to 40. It is recommended to register considerably before the deadline. Detailed information and a poster may be found on the website

http://www.fdm.uni-freiburg.de/~hv/ws.html

The Organisers

Henning Voss Freiburg
Jens Timmer Freiburg
Jürgen Kurths Potsdam

The workshop is sponsored by: Graduiertenkolleg Nichtlineare Differentialgleichungen and DFG-Schwerpunktprogramm 1114

Source: Henning Voss


Warwick Symposium on Geometry, Mechanics and Symmetry 

September 2001-July 2002, University of Warwick

The 2001-2002 Warwick Symposium will be on "Geometric Mechanics and Symmetry". It will focus on the symplectic and differential geometry of symmetric Hamiltonian systems and applications of geometry, symmetry techniques and numerics to the classical, semiclassical and quantum mechanics of N-body problems (gravitational, atoms, molecules etc) and to continuum mechanics.

Programme of main events:

2001

Sept 2-15 Summer School on "Mechanics and Symmetry", Peyresq, France (see: http://www.inln.cnrs.fr/~montaldi/MASIE/MASESS/

Dec 9-15 Workshop on "Geometry and Symmetry in Continuum Mechanics"

2002

March 17-27 Spring School and Workshop on: "Semi-Classical and Quantum Multibody Problems"

April 14-20 Workshop on "Classical N-Body Problems and Applications"

July 21-27 Workshop on "Geometry, Symmetry and Mechanics"

These will be embedded in a year-long programme of research and seminars. It is anticipated that there will also be a number of shorter satellite meetings, including one on "Astrodynamics" at the University of Surrey.

The Symposium is organized by the Warwick Mathematics Research Centre. Primary funding is being provided by the EPSRC and by EC support for the Research Training Network "MASIE". Further information will appear at: http://www.maths.warwick.ac.uk/mrc/index.html

Source: Mark Roberts (mark@maths.warwick.ac.uk


From Worker to Colony: Understanding the Organisation of Insect Societies

7-8 December 2001, The Newton Institute, Cambridge

This meeting aims to bring together social insect researchers and mathematicians with an interest in the problem of relating individual to collective behaviour in biology. It will focus on the biological questions that arise in the organisation of insect societies, with talks on specific experimental systems and the mathematical techniques that have been applied in understanding them.

Invited Speakers
Nigel Franks Bristol
From simple rules of thumb to collective intelligence
Thomas Seeley Cornell
Choosing a new home: how the scouts in a honey bee swarm make a unanimous decision.
Guy Theraulaz Toulouse
Some aspects of morphogenesis in social insects
Walter Tschinkel Florida
Ant nest architecture: a record of collective action
Nick Britton Bath
An Overview of Mathematical Modelling of Insect Societies.

Contributed Talks

We are currently calling for contributed talks both on colony organisation and other aspects of social insect behaviour and biology. Of particular interest are talks that describe systems which are amenable to novel mathematical or statistical analysis. We would also be interested in talks on the application of ant-like algorithms to computer science problems. If you would like to talk at the meeting, please email or post a short abstract (less than 500 words) to the address below by the 31st of May 2001.

Poster Session

An important component of this meeting will be a poster session. If you are a biologist with a specific problem, which you think could be addressed by mathematical modelling, then a poster might be the ideal format to present this problem. To present a poster at the meeting, please email or post a short abstract (less than 300 words) to the address below by the 31st of October 2001.

Registration

Registration must be made in advance and costs £s;25 (£s;15 for students). The charge covers lunch and refreshments on both days, but not accommodation or dinner. Registration forms are available online and should be sent, along with payment, to David Sumpter:

email: sumpter@maths.ox.ac.uk
address: David Sumpter, Centre for Mathematical Biology, Mathematical Institute, 24-29 St. Giles, Oxford, OX1 3TS, UK.
before the 31st of October 2001.

This meeting is financially supported by British Telecom and the IUSSI British section and is part of the Isaac Newton Institute programme on `individual to populations in biological systems'.

For further information see

http://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/~sumpter/newton.html

Source: David Sumpter.

15th Annual Summer School of the Centre For Theoretical Physics: Topics in Nonlinear Dynamics, Collective Phenomena, and Complexity: Dynamical Model Formulation, Analysis, and Symmetry

January 21 to February 1 2002

The Australian National University Canberra ACT 0200 Australia

http://www.rsphysse.anu.edu.au/theophys/CTP/index.html

Traditionally, the ANU CTP Summer Schools have provided intensive, first-class training in topical areas of mathematical and theoretical physics that are not routinely covered in many senior undergraduate programmes. For this reason the Summer Schools have proved to be very beneficial for senior undergraduate and postgraduate students and early-career researchers from universities and research organizations. This tradition will be continued in 2002.

The scope of the 2002 Summer School, DynamicSummer, is envisaged to encompass the nonlinear dynamics of physical processes at the crossways of complex fluids, biology, the solid state, and self-organized systems. It will include the fundamentals of nonlinear dynamics theory and practice as well as modern developments in theory and computational modelling, applications and experiments in nonlinear physics. DynamicSummer is planned primarily as a learning forum, that brings together and nurtures international talent and expertise and builds on the interdisciplinary strength that characterises 21st century dynamical systems research.

Invited lecturers
Dr Brian Davies School of Mathematical Sciences, ANU
Dr Nalini Joshi Sydney/Adelaide
Professor Alan Newell Warwick
Professor Robert MacKay Warwick
Professor Carl Weiss Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt
Professor John Brindley Leeds
Others to be announced

Further information will be available at the web site http://wwwrsphysse.anu.edu.au/theophys/CTP/index.html or contact the convenor, Dr Rowena Ball.


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