to be held at
McGill University
in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

20 May - 7 June, 1996

taught by the faculty of the
Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics in Physiology and Medicine

Additional information is available by the World Wide Web at:

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WEEK 1: Introduction to nonlinear dynamics. Taught at the level of the text: Understanding Nonlinear Dynamics by D. Kaplan and L. Glass.

Applications: Behaviour of spontaneous and forced nerve and cardiac cells, the control of respiration.

WEEK 2: Two Parallel Streams:

  1. Intermediate nonlinear dynamics of systems with spatial dependence, delayed feedback and/or stochastic influences.
  2. Linear and nonlinear time series analysis.

Applications: Excitable media, biological pattern formation, hematological cell regulation systems, analysis of data from physiological time series like heart rate.

WEEK 3: Five in-depth case studies of modeling and data analysis in biology:


If you are from the biological sciences, the 3-week program will provide familiarity with modern concepts in nonlinear dynamics. This will include insight into how one goes about formulating realistic mathematical models of biological phenomena, analyzing the behaviour of these models both analytically and numerically, and comparing the model behaviour to experimental data.

If you are from the physical sciences, the Summer School will give you a sampling of the areas of biological research in which mathematical modeling has had an impact in our understanding of underlying biological mechanisms. An important component of the Summer School is the introduction of traditional and newer techniques for time series analysis.


The Summer School will consist of a combination of integrated lectures and computer laboratories/demonstrations, using a network of Pentium computers for the computer labs. Participants will work in groups of two per machine.


Participants may come from either the Biological Sciences (including e.g. Medicine and Psychology) or the Physical Sciences (Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics Physics, etc.), but should have at least one year of calculus. Educational background may range from final-year undergraduates through graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professional scientists from both industrial and university settings.

The close involvement of faculty in the computer laboratory part of the course means that only 50 participants can be accepted. Early applicants will be given priority, and an attempt will be made to balance participants with biological and physical science backgrounds.

Participants can register for individual weeks, or for the entire 3-week course. The fees are:

US Dollars
            Before 1 March     After 1 March
One Week        $320              $385
Two Weeks       $600              $720
Three Weeks     $800              $960

Canadian Dollars
            Before 1 March     After 1 March
One Week        $400              $480
Two Weeks       $750              $900
Three Weeks    $1000             $1200

To register, or for more information: Montreal96 Summer School
Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics
McGill University
3655 Drummond St.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3G 1Y6

telephone: voice: 514-398-2102
fax: 514-398-7452


MONTREAL 96 text supplied by Rodney Wolff

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