UK Nonlinear News, November 2002

Managing, Learning and Surviving through Complexity

Cranfield Management Development Centre, Cranfield University, Cranfield, England

20 November 2002

This is the inaugural meeting of "The Complexity Society". The society will have obvious links and share many interests with people interested in the behaviour of Nonlinear systems. Membership details and forms can be found on the website.

Complexity and ideas emerging from complex systems thinking provide us with a new basis on which to understand and reflect on many different aspects of our lives. The key ideas concern creativity and adaptive learning, both underlining the necessity of these qualities and also suggesting the organisational principles and structures that promote and favour them. The whole approach accepts the importance of learning, but also tells us that there are limits to what we can know, and therefore, that our strategies, and our means of coping with situations should reflect this inherent uncertainty and the responsive creativity of our environment.

The conference will present an overview of different approaches to understanding about complexity, and applications in a wide variety of contexts, showing their relevance and usefulness in a range of domains.

Speakers include: Ralph Stacey, Paul Ormerod, Dave Snowden, Bridget Rosewell, Michael Lyons, Elizabeth McMillan, Peter Allen.

Participants £150 (Students £50);
Complexity Society Members £100
Dinner £32

Contact Rosemary Cockfield, Complex Systems Management Centre, Building 38, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield, Bedford, MK43 0AL, UK. 01234 754801.

The web site is

Source: Peter Allen (

New Trends in Non-Equilibrium Statistical Physics

Mathematical Institute, University of Warwick, UK

2nd December 2002

Topics to be covered: Field-theoretic methods in non-equilibrium statistical physics, anomalous kinetics of reaction-diffusion processes, cluster-cluster aggregation, diffusion-limited aggregation, interface growth models, persistence phenomenon in spin systems, quantum pumps.

Robin Ball Warwick
John Cardy Oxford
Neil O'Connell Warwick
Benjamin Lee Bucknell, USA
Boris Muzykantskii Warwick
Rajesh Ravindran Oxford

Titles and abstracts of the talks are available at: .

For further details please contact Oleg Zaboronski (

Source: Oleg Zaboronski (

Interdisciplinary Maths days at Warwick

University of Warwick, UK

2 December 2003 to 10 March 2003

2 December 2002 New directions in nonequilibrium statistical physics
organiser: Zaboronski
17 February 2003 Energy localisation and transfer
organisers: Litvak-Hinenzon, MacKay
24 February 2003 Learning and evolution
organiser: Wooders
10 March 2003 Adaptive methods
organiser: Barkley

Details and others to be announced on

Source: Robert MacKay.

Integrable systems and complex analysis

6-7 December 2002

Loughborough University)

The next meeting of the East Midlands mathematical physics seminar will be 6-7 December 2002 at Loughborough University. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from integrable systems and complex function theory in the hope of identifying interesting problems at the interface of these two fields.

For more information please go to

Source: Rod Halburd

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 (

Annual Meeting of the UK and Republic of Ireland Section of SIAM

10 January 2003

The SIAM UKRoI Section is pleased to invite you to attend this meeting which will be held on the campus of the University of Bath. The meeting is open to all interested persons. There is no registration fee, but attendees are asked to pay the cost of their lunch and refreshments. To help with our planning, if you wish to attend, we would ask you let us know at your earliest convenience either by email or by returning the reply slip found at the web page

The following have accepted invitations to speak at this meeting:
D.N. Arnold IMA, University of Minnesota, USA.
H. Byrne School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham, UK
A.C. King School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Birmingham, UK
Ph. Toint Department of Mathematics, University of Namur, Belgium
J.F. Toland Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath, UK

A final schedule, with lecture times will be published later in the autumn.

Registration is free, but the fee for lunch, morning and afternoon tea and coffee, is £13.00. Please register by email to or by completing the reply slip and returning to Mrs Ann Linfield, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, UK. Please make cheques payable to The University of Bath and specify any special dietary requirements. The last date for registering is January 3rd 2003, but it would be very helpful if you could register, or at least communicate your intention to register, by mid December 2002. (Cancellations: We will be happy to provide refunds for cancellations provided they are received before January 3rd 2003.)

It should be possible to arrange overnight accommodation for those who require it, either on campus or nearby. If you need this, please contact Mrs Ann Linfield by email ( or by phone +44, 1225 386998.

For scientific or any other enquiries, please contact Professor Ivan Graham, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, Phone +44, 1225 826989. Email:

Further details and hints on travelling to the meeting can be found on the webpage

Source: Ivan Graham.

Winter School in Chaotic Communications

University of California, San Diego, USA

12-15 January 2003

Funded by the Multi-University Research Initiative (MURI) of the Army Research Office (ARO). Workshop Web Page

This is the fifth in an annual series of Winter Schools focused on applications of nonlinear dynamics and chaos to communication systems. The series is sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Office as part of its UCSD/UCLA/Stanford MURI program in Digital Communication Devices based on Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos. The emphasis of this year's School will be a broad overview of nonlinear dynamics and chaos applied to wireless and optical communication systems. This will include lectures on optical communications exploiting nonlinear phenomena, ultrawide band wireless systems employing chaotic modulation, improved coding techniques based on nonlinear dynamics, and multiple access and simulation techniques exploiting nonlinear dynamics and chaos. The School is intended for advanced graduate students and researchers interested in this promising area.

Lecture courses will include:
Henry D.I. Abarbanel and Matthew Kennel University of California, San Diego
Optical Communications Using Chaos - Theoretical Results
Howard F. Chen University of California, Los Angeles
Simulation Issues in Chaotic Systems
Ljupco Kocarev University of California, San Diego
Nonlinear Dynamics Applied to Turbo-Coding
Lawrence Larson University of California, San Diego
Comparison of Communications Based on Nonlinear Dynamics to Traditional Techniques
Jia-Ming Liu University of California, Los Angeles
Semiconductor Laser Systems for Chaotic Optical Communications
David Laney and Gian Mario Maggio University of California, San Diego
PCTH and Multiple Access Techniques in CPPM Systems
Gian Mario Maggio STMicroelectronics, Inc. and University of California, San Diego
Enhanced Differential Chaos Shift Keying
Nikolai Rulkov University of California, San Diego
Chaotic Pulse Position Modulation
Shuo Tang University of California, Los Angeles
Performances of Synchronised Chaotic Optical Communication Systems
Lev Tsimring University of California, San Diego
Security of Chaos-based Communication and Encryption
Alexander Volkovskii University of California, San Diego
Chaotic Frequency Modulation
Kung Yao University of California, Los Angeles
Optimum Spreading Sequences for Asynchronous CDMA Based on Nonlinear Dynamical and Ergodic Theory

General Information

Winter School Location: The Winter School will take place in Ballroom A in the Price Center on the UCSD campus. You can find the location of the Price Center on the campus map by accessing the website.

Registration: There will be no registration fee charged for the school. Please contact Mary Jones ( if you plan to attend so we can estimate the attendance and forward future information about the school to you. You are not required to register to attend the conference.

Financial Support: Graduate students can apply for a travel award to cover actual travel expenses up to $600. When applying, send one letter of reference from your dissertation supervisor. Please apply to Mary Jones, University of California, San Diego, Institute for Nonlinear Science, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0402 by November 15, 2002. You may also fax your reference letter to (858) 534-7664.

Administrative Contact: Mary Jones (, UCSD, Institute for Nonlinear Science, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0402. Phone: (858) 534-4068 Fax: (858) 534-7664.

HOTEL INFORMATION: A block of rooms at discounted rates has been reserved at the Marriott Residence Inn near the UCSD campus. Please call 1-800-331-3131 from the U.S. or Canada to make your reservation. International phone numbers to reach the Marriott are available at: .

The Marriott Residence Inn is located in a beautiful setting in La Jolla within walking distance of UCSD, shopping, restaurants and movie theatres. All of the rooms have a TV and a fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, stove, microwave and coffee-maker. Other amenities: evening dinner delivery service, a fitness facility, two swimming pools, five spas, laundry facilities, and discounted airport transportation. The hotel's website shows additional amenities.

Alternative Hotel Information: San Diego

Airport Shuttle: Cloud 9 Shuttle offers a discounted rate of $9.50 each way from the San Diego Airport to the Residence Inn. Please look for their shuttle at the airport in the shuttle bus area or call them at 1-800-974-8885. From outside San Diego County you can call 1-858-974-8885.

Parking: Parking permits may be purchased at either of the UCSD Information Booths located on Gilman Drive or North Point Drive. Parking permits are $6/day and are not required on Sunday. You can find the location and directions to the UCSD Information Booth by accessing the following website:

Schedule: The Winter School will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 12, 2003 and will conclude at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2003. Meals will not be provided but we will provide coffee and tea. A detailed schedule of lectures will be provided later.

Meals: The Price Center offers a variety of fast food restaurants. The UCSD Bookstore is also located in the Price Center.

Please check the website periodically for further information regarding the lectures, local transportation, hotel reservations/arrangements, directions, etc.

Source: Gian Mario Maggio (

LOCNET Training School on Energy localisation and transfer in crystals, biomolecules and Josephson arrays

Les Houche, France

27 January to 1 February 2003

Applications welcome:

Source: Robert MacKay.

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 (

International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)

Workshop on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Methods for Nonlinear Control

Escuela Superior de Ingenieros, Seville, Spain

3-5 April, 2003

National Organising Committee J. Aracil (Chair)
International Program Committee A. Astolfi & A. J. van der Schaft (Co-Chairs)

Deadline for submission of draft papers: 30 November, 2002

Please visit our website
for further information and periodic updates of the Conference Program, on-line pre-registration, submission of paper and accommodation facilities.


This is the second of a series of IFAC Workshops initiated in 2000. The first one, chaired and organised by Professors N. Leonard and R. Ortega, was held in Princeton in March 2000.

The workshop will present new approaches to nonlinear control that exploit the structure and the properties of mechanical and electromechanical system, namely the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian structure. The workshop program will include contributed papers as well as a number of invited papers by leading international authorities. In-depth discussions by all participants on basic problems and future directions will be encouraged. Topics to be covered include among others:

Source: Jorge Galan Vioque.

Workshop on Modern Trends in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

UCL, London, England

23-24 April 2003

A 2-day workshop on 'Modern Trends in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics' will be held 23-24 April 2003 at UCL to mark the retirement of Professor Michael Thompson, director of UCL's Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics and its Applications. The meeting will be organised around five themes closely related to Michael's research interests: (i) stability of structures, (ii) rod mechanics, (iii) nonlinear dynamics of engineering structures, (iv) dynamics of non-smooth systems and (v) ship capsize and escape from potential wells. There will be a strong focus on the future of research in applied and theoretical mechanics.

Interested people are invited to attend. Facilities for poster presentations will be available.

More details and periodic updates will appear at

Source: Gert Van der Heijden (

NSF and CSU Workshop on Dynamics and Bifurcations of Patterns in Dissipative Systems

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA

19-22 May 2003

Structures in Parametrically Forced Systems Convection and Spatiotemporal Chaos
Invited speakers (tentative list)
D. Armbruster, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ Localised
E. Bodenschatz, Cornell University, NY Experiments in Thermal
C. B. Ermentrout, University of Pittsburg, PA Patterns in Neuronal Networks
M. Golubitsky, University of Houston, TX Symmetries, Pattern Formation, and Geometric Visual Hallucinations
G. Gunaratne, University of Houston, TX Characterisations of Complex Patterns and their Applications
J. Lega, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ Phase Diffusion and Weak Turbulence
E. Knobloch, University of California, Berkely, CA Bursts and Intermittency in Fluid Mechanics
I. Melbourne, University of Surrey, UK Mathematical Foundations of Ginzburg Landau Theory
M. Proctor, DAMTP Cambridge, UK Hydrodynamic Instabilities
H. Riecke, Northwestern University, IL to be announced
M. Silber, Northwestern University, IL Bifurcation with Symmetry and Superlattices

Themes of the workshop include

Contributed talks are solicited.

There is no tax fee for the conference and partial financial support is offered to graduate students and young researchers from US (post-docs and faculty with a PhD less than six years old).

A more complete program will be sent out soon. For further details please check the conference web page, which will be updated on a regular basis, or contact the organisers:

Iuliana Oprea

Source: Iuliana Oprea (

1st Meeting of Complex Systems and Sport and the 4th International Conference of Computer Science in Sport

Barcelona, Spain

14-17 May 2003

The 1st Meeting of Complex Systems and Sport will focus on the use of methods from nonlinear mathematics for modelling processes in sport, including exercise physiology, biomechanics and the discussion of open problems. The 4th International Conference of Computer Science in Sport will focus on use of techniques from computer science and their application to sport. The event is organised by the Institut Nacional d'Educacio Fisica de Catalunya (INEFC Barcelona) in cooperation with the Centre de Recerca Matematica (CRM) and the Departament de Matematica Aplicada I, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC).

Invited Speakers (* to be confirmed): 1st Meeting of Complex Systems and Sport
Yaneer Bar-Yam New England Complex Systems Institute*
Veronique Billat Centre de Medecine du Sport, Paris
Keith Davids School of Physical Education, U Otago, New Zealand
Scott Kelso Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences
Joachim Mester Inst. Training & Movement Sci., German Sport U, Cologne
Bengt Saltin Copenhagen Muscle Research Centre, U Denmark
Wolfang Schoellhorn Westfaelische Wihelms U Muenster
Francisco Seirul.lo INEFC
James Stirling CRM and UPC
Susan Ward Center for Exercise and Medicine, U of Glascow
Brian Whipp Medical Center, Harbor, UCLA
Maria Zakynthinaki UPC
Invited Speakers --4th International Conference of Computer Science in Sport:
Arnold Baca U of Vienna
Domenec Blazquez INEFC
Mike Hughes U of Wales
Martin Lames U of Augsburg
Joachim Mester German Sport U Cologne
Juergen Perl Johannes Gutenberg-U Mainz
Antoni Susin UPC
Joseph Wiemeyer U of Darmstadt

Please visit the conference web site for periodic updates on the program, on-line pre-registration, submission of abstract, grant application and accommodation facilities. Short talks and posters are invited, and a limited number of financial grants are available.

Source: Amadeu Delshams (

Island 2 Discrete Systems and Geometry

Isle of Arran, Scotland

22-27 June 2003

This workshop will be held from Sunday 22nd to Friday 27th June 2003 at the Auchrannie Spa Resort on the Isle of Arran, off the west coast of Scotland. The cost will be approximately £400 per participant/accompanying person. The number of participants is limited.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to visit the web site
and register provisional interest using the online form.

Invited speakers
V.E. Adler Russian Academy of Sciences (to be confirmed)
Alexander Bobenko Technical University, Berlin
Adam Doliwa Warsaw University
Niky Kamram University of Montreal
Boris Konopelchenko Universit` di Lecce
Tetsuji Tokihiro University of Tokyo

Scientific organising committee: E.V. Ferapontov, F.W. Nijhoff, J. Satsuma, W.K. Schief
Local Organising Committee: C. Athorne, C.R. Gilson and J.J.C. Nimmo

Source: Chris Athorne ( )

LMS-Durham workshop on New developments and applications in rapid fluid flows

14-18 July 2003

First call for papers for the LMS-Durham workshop on 'New developments and applications in rapid fluid flows' 14-18th July 2003.

Organisers: Professor F.T. Smith, FRS, Professor P. Hall, Dr J.S.B. Gajjar.

For further details see

Source: Jitesh Gajjar (

IMA Conference on Bifurcations: The Use and Control of Chaos

University of Southampton, UK

28-30 July 2003

Conference web page:

The conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the presentation of recent mathematical advances and the application of well-known ideas in new ways. Case studies of are particularly relevant and student projects are encouraged. Bifurcations and their impact on design and operation is a unifying theme.

Contributions across the domain of applicability of nonlinear dynamics are welcome. Following are some topics: advanced methods of non-linear dynamics, chaotic models in nature, impact of noise on bifurcations, bifurcations of delay differential equations, functional expansions for system simulation, nonlinear control, communications, synchronisation, nonlinear system identification and prediction, biological neural networks, nonlinear mechanical and mining systems, and nonlinear electrical systems.

Source: Marian Wiercigroch.

Workshop on Delay Equations and Their Applications

University of Bristol, UK

8-12 September 2004

We are very happy to announce the first workshop Delay Equations and Their Applications of the EPSRC funded Bristol Centre for Applied Nonlinear Mathematics. This workshop is organised by Bernd Krauskopf and Eddie Wilson and will take place at the University of Bristol in the week 8 - 12 September 2003. Confirmed speakers are
Uwe an der Heiden University Witten-Herdecke, Germany
Jack Hale Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Dirk Roose Katholieke Universiteit Leuven,Belgium
Raj Roy University of Maryland, USA
Gabor Stepan Technical University of Budapest, Hungary
Sjoerd Verduyn Lunel University of Leiden, Netherlands

The programme is not fixed yet, but will be quite varied. Apart from introductory lectures by the invited speakers, there will be talks by young researchers, the presentation of industrial problems, and break-out sessions for special interest groups.

If you are interested in this meeting, please reserve the dates and pre-register to receive further announcements by sending an email to Emma Weeks at

Source: Bernd Krauskopf

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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