UK Nonlinear News, August 2002

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:


Sept 2-15 Summer School on "Mechanics and Symmetry", Peyresq, France (see:

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


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 organised 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:

Source: Mark Roberts (

Microscopic Chaos and Transport in Many-Particle Systems

5-25 August 2002, Max Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany

Chaos in the motion of atoms and molecules composing fluids has become an important topic in nonequilibrium physics. Analysing the fractal properties of nonequilibrium steady states generated by microscopic chaos poses a fundamental problem to statistical physics and dynamical systems theory. One interesting aspect is to find relationships between characteristic quantities of chaos and transport properties, and to assess their validity.

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together international experts working at the forefront of research in this field. The aim is to establish fruitful syntheses of the various available concepts and methods, ranging from rigorous mathematical foundations of statistical physics to numerical and experimental results on microscopic properties of many-particle systems. The seminar will comprise a series of advanced lectures to provide some review and training in particular for young scientists, and to serve as a forum for more informal discussions.

Scientific key topics are:

mathematical aspects of dynamical systems theory and statistical physics: Gibbs measures, SRB measures, conditionally invariant measures; ergodic theorems; approaches by differential geometry

microscopic chaos and statistical mechanics: definition and characterisation of chaos; thermodynamic entropy production; escape rate formalism; thermostated systems; transport coefficients and chaos quantities; nonequilibrium fluctuations and correlations; reaction-diffusion systems

computer simulations and experiments: chaos in the motion of trapped particles; numerical computation of Lyapunov spectra; numerical characterisation of nonequilibrium steady states

Invited lecturers (*to be confirmed): 
P.Cvitanovic (Atlanta), D.J.Evans (Canberra), P.Gaspard (Brussels), C.Maes (Leuven), M.Pettini (Firenze), L.-S.Young* (Los Angeles/New York)

Invited workshop speakers (*to be confirmed): 
L.Bunimovich (Atlanta), N.I.Chernov (Birmingham), S.Ciliberto* (Lyon), E.G.D.Cohen (New York), N.Davidson (Rehovot), C.P.Dettmann (Bristol), W.Ebeling (Berlin), J.-P.Eckmann* (Geneva), G.Gallavotti (Rome), T.Geisel (Göttingen), F.Haake* (Essen), P.Hänggi (Augsburg), W.G.Hoover (Livermore), H.Kantz (Dresden), R.Livi (Firenze), M.Mareschal (Brussels/Lyon), G.Morriss (Sydney), G.Nicolis (Brussels), H.A.Posch (Vienna), G.Radons (Chemnitz), L.Rondoni (Torino), S.Tasaki (Tokyo), T.Tél (Budapest)

Invited seminar speakers
D.Alonso (Tenerife), P.Balint (Budapest), I.Claus (Brussels), D.Daems (Brussels), T.Gilbert (Rehovot), Z.Kaufmann (Budapest), Z.Kovacs (Budapest), L.Matyas (Dresden), T.Prosen (Ljubljana), D.Searles (Queensland), Th.Schreiber (Stuttgart), J.Vollmer (Mainz), Wijn (Utrecht)

Applications are welcome and should be made by using the application form on the conference web page, however, the number of attendees is limited. The workshop's registration fee is EUR 100. Costs for accommodation and meals will be covered by the Max Planck Institute. In exceptional cases, limited funding for travel expenses is available.

Deadline for applications is April 30, 2002.

For further information and application forms please contact: 

Visitors Program 
Max-Planck-Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme
Nöthnitzer Str. 38
D-01187 Dresden 
Tel.: +49-351-871-2105
Fax: +49-351-871-2199 

Source: Rainer Klages (


The 7th Experimental Chaos Conference

25-29 August 2002, San Diego, USA

The 7th Experimental Chaos Conference will be held in San Diego, USA, on August 25-29, 2002. The conference is sponsored by the US Office of Naval Research. The latest information is available at our web site: 

Abstract Deadline: May 25, 2002

Session Topics

Biophysics Geophysics , Oceanography & Meteorology Chemistry Hydrodynamics and Turbulence Data Analysis Neuroscience Ecology Optics Granular Materials Electronics/circuits

Invited Speakers include:*

Ken Andersen 
Anna Lin 
O.N. Bjornstad* 
Normand Mosseau 
David Broomhead* 
K. Otsuka 
Greg Duane 
D.J. Patil 
E.G. Flekkoy* 
Lou Pecora 
Shohini Ghose 
Misha Rabinovich 
Mike Gorman 
T. Saito 
Josef Alfons 
Käs Douglas 
E. Smith 
Gilles Laurent 
Tom Solomon 
Ad Lagendijk* 
Robert York 
Irv Epstein*

(* tentative)

CONTRIBUTED TALKS AND POSTERS: Contributed posters will be presented at extended poster sessions throughout the meeting. Approximately 25-30 contributed talks of 15-minute length each will be selected by the program committee from among those who wish to be considered for a contributed talk. Contributed talks will be accompanied by an 8-page paper which will be included in the conference proceedings. Requests for special audio-visual equipment should be made as soon as possible after notification of acceptance of abstract.

Instructions for the preparation of abstracts may be found on the web site or the attached brochure.

REGISTRATION: The registration fees are: regular student before 1 July $200.00 US $150.00 US after 1 July $220 US $170 US

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Limited financial support is available upon request for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are making presentations at the conference.

HOTEL: The Bahia Resort Hotel will be the main conference hotel. The Bahia is located on beautiful Mission Bay in San Diego. Special conference room rates will be $109 for a single, $135 for a double, $150 for a triple or $165 for a quad room. These rates are good until 26 July, and you must register directly with the hotel. Tell them that you are attending the "7th Experimental Chaos Conference". For information about the hotel and its location see the web site 

CONFERENCE DEADLINES: The following deadlines should be noted: May 25: Abstracts for talks/posters due to program committee. June 15: Notification of acceptance of contributed talks/posters. July 26: Hotel reservation (for conference rate). August 25: Final versions of proceedings papers due (oral talks only)

All correspondence should be addressed to:

Dr. Visarath In
SPAWAR Systems Center
Code D363, San Diego
CA 92152-5001

Source: John Pojman (

Dynamical Methods for Differential Equations

4-7 September 2002, Castillo de la Mota, Valladolid, Spain

The Conference will focus on those recent advances in Topological Methods and Ergodic Theory which are relevant to the analysis of Ordinary Differential Equations, Partial Differential Equations and Functional Equations, as well as on their applications to Science and Technology.

Scientific Committee:

Amadeu Delshams (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) 
Russell Johnson (Università di Firenze) 
Rafael Obaya (Universidad de Valladolid) 
Rafael Ortega (Universidad de Granada)

Organising Committee (Universidad de Valladolid):

Ana I. Alonso 
Sylvia Novo 
Carmen Núñez 
Rafael Obaya 
Jesús Rojo

Invited Speakers:

L. Diaz, PUC, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
A. Jorba, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain 
U. Kirchgraber, Mathematik ETH Zentrum, Zürich (*) 
P. Kloeden, University of Frankfurt, Germany 
R. Krikorian, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France 
Y. Latushkin, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA 
R. de la Llave, University of Austin, Texas, USA 
R. Markarian, IMERL, Uruguay W. de Melo, IMPA, Brazil (*) 
J. A. Rodriguez, Universidad de Oviedo, Spain 
G. R. Sell, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA 
Y. Yi, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

(* to be confirmed) 

Short talks in all areas of dynamical systems and differential equations are invited, and a limited number of financial grants for graduate and doctoral students are available. Selected papers from the Conference will be published in a special issue of Journal of Dynamics and Differential Equations. The dead-line for pre-registration and submission of abstracts is February 28, 2002.

Please visit the web site for further information and periodic updates on the Conference program, on-line pre-registration, submission of abstract, grant application and accommodation facilities.

3rd Mathematics in Medicine Study Group

Centre for Mathematical Medicine, School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham, U.

9-13 September 2002

Sponsored by EPSRC and LMS

Five biomedical problems will be presented to the Study Group at the start of the week, and participants will be invited to develop mathematical models of these problems, reporting on their results at the end of the week. The meeting will include invited lectures by Jonathan Bard (Edinburgh) and James P. Keener (Utah).

Postgraduate students are invited to apply for financial support towards their registration and travel costs.

Please bookmark,, where further details will be posted, or contact, or

Source: Oliver Jensen (

Program on Bio-molecular Networks

6 January - 28 March 2003, Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of California Santa Barbara

The program will focus on the mechanisms of inter- and intra- cellular "information processing" such as cell signalling and signal transduction and regulation and control of gene expression. Signal transduction and genetic control are implemented by chains and networks of molecular interactions. The program will address the quantitative issues/methods involved in the discovery, measurement and the analysis of such networks and will seek to identify any general principles relevant to their organisation. Central to the program will be the issues of how signalling and control networks could evolve and the origins and limits of their stability.

The 3 month program will be structured around a number of mini-workshops which will assemble a core group of experts on specific subjects. Currently planned are the following mini-workshops: 'Modules and Evolution' (A. Murray, Harvard, co-organiser) 'Eukaryotic Chemotaxis' (H. Levine, UCSD, co-organiser) 'Regulation in enzymatic networks' 'Gene control in bacteria and artificial networks' (M.Goulian, U.Penn, co-organiser) 'Genetic networks in differentiation and development' 'Bio-informatic approach to genetic networks' (H.Li, UCSF, co-organiser)

More information will be available at 

In addition to the exposition and exploration of the subject of Bio-Molecular Networks, an important aim of the program is to foster interactions between physicists and biologists and to build an interdisciplinary community focused on quantitative Systems Biology. We strongly encourage you to consider an extended (six or more weeks) participation in the program. Both junior and senior scholars are invited to apply.

The ITP provides office and computing facilities on its site at UC Santa Barbara, and also helps in finding living accommodations. Some financial support will be available, depending on the needs of the participants and the overall availability of funds. Due to space and financial constraints, however, we may not be able to accommodate everyone who responds.

Please understand that actual commitments of office space and financial support can be made only by written formal invitations from the ITP Director, David Gross. Applications for a stay of one to two months or longer will be given priority, although shorter stays will also be considered, particularly for experimentalists.

To facilitate the planning of the program, please inform us as soon as possible of 1) your interest in participating, 2) your preferences w.r.t. the time period, 3) your financial needs. This should be done online by filling out the application form at 

Please note: The application deadline is February 28.

Source: Deborah Storm (

SDEs and SPDEs: Numerical methods and applications

Edinburgh, Scotland

31 March to 4th April 2003

The meeting will focus on recent advances in Stochastic (Partial) Differential Equations, especially numerical methods and applications. It will be hosted by the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Edinburgh, UK.

Scientific Committee:
K. Burrage (Queensland) R. Kuske (Minnesota)
C. Doering (Michigan) K. Lindenberg (San Diego)
D. Higham (Strathclyde) A. Stuart (Warwick)
P. Kloeden (Frankfurt)

Organising Committee:
Gabriel Lord Heriot-Watt
Grant Lythe Leeds
Tony Shardlow Manchester

The following have provisionally agreed to speak:

Chris Van den Broeck (Limburg)Eric Vanden-Eijnden (NYU)
Hans Crauel (Ilmenau) Pamela Burrage (Queensland)
Jean-Pierre Fouque (NCSU)Arnaud Debussche (ENS-Cachan)
Istvan Gyongy (Edinburgh)Jordi Garcia-Ojalvo (UP Catalunya)
Jon Mattingly (Stanford) Andre Longtin (Ottawa)
Alan McKane (Manchester) James Robinson (Warwick)
Angel Sanchez (Madrid) Jose Maria Sancho (Barcelona)
Christoph Schwab (ETHZ) David Silvester (UMIST)
Ronnie Sircar (Princeton)Michael Tretiakov (Leicester)

Those interested in attending should contact a member of the organising committee:

Gabriel Lord
Grant Lythe
Tony Shardlow

Contributed talks are invited, though the number of slots is limited. Some financial support for local expenses may be available.

Source: Tony Shardlow (

IMA Conference on Bifurcations: The Use and Control of Chaos

University of Southampton, UK

28-30 July 2003

First Announcement and Call for Papers

The strange and complex behaviour of simple non-linear systems has contributed to a greater understanding of natural phenomena in fields as diverse as climatology, neuro-science and population modelling. One striking effect, known as bifurcation, is the ability of these systems to change from periodic to chaotic modes of oscillation as parameters change. Numerical experimentation, assisted by geometrical concepts, plays a major role in studying non-linear dynamics and its application to engineering and science. Such applications include secure communications and so-called control of chaos in mechanical and electrical systems. The conference will provide a forum for recent mathematical advances and case studies of applications. Papers describing problems in design and data interpretation which push the limits of current techniques are welcome. Call for Papers: Contributed papers will be accepted on the basis of abstract (300-500) words), which should be submitted to the Conference Office, IMA at the address below by 30 September 2001.

Organising Committee
Dr. A. Fenwick QinetiQ
Dr. G. Heald QinetiQ
Dr. P. White ISVR

Technical Committee
Dr. A. Fenwick (Chairman) QinetiQ
Professor D. Broomhead UMIST
Professor J. Hogan Bristol University
Dr. S. Manchanda QinetiQ
Dr. I. Proudler QinetiQ
Professor T. Mullin Manchester University
Dr. M. Wiercigroch Aberdeen University
Dr. C. Williams QinetiQ.

Updated information can be found at

This event will meet the requirements of the IMA Continuing Professional Development Scheme.

2002 Dynamics Days

The twenty-second annual Dynamics Days conference will be held 8-11 January, 2003 in Scottsdale, Arizona. This year's conference is hosted by Arizona State University. A preliminary conference announcement is available on the Web.

Abstracts are solicited from interested people for contributed talks and for posters. We anticipate that the schedule will permit about 20 contributed talks and 100 posters.

Source: Eric Kostelich (

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