UK Nonlinear News, May 2004

8th Experimental Chaos Conference 

14-17 June 2004, Florence, Italy

The Experimental Chaos Conference is a biennial meeting that focuses on the forefront of experimental work in the field of chaos and nonlinear dynamics. Our primary sponsor has been and continues to be Dr. Michael F. Shlesinger, Chief Scientist for Nonlinear Science, US Office of Naval Research. This distinctive meeting attracts an international mix of researchers from a broad range of fields. Since the first meeting in 1991, the conference has continued to flourish. The 8th Experimental Chaos Conference will be held from 14-17 June 2004 in Florence. 

Included Topics: 


See the web site: or contact Lou Pecora:

The deadline for abstracts is extended to 29 Feb. 2004.

Source: Louis M. Pecora <>

Modelling of Neuronal Dendrites

18th June 2004, Edinburgh, Scotland

The focus of this meeting will be on the application of mathematical tools from numerical analysis and modelling to the dynamics and learning within a single neuron with branched dendritic structure.

Some financial support is available, in particular for PhD and Post-Doc students.
Dr David Barber University of Edinburgh
Professor Steve Cox Rice University
Dr Bruce Graham University of Stirling
Dr Ken Lindsay University of Glasgow
Dr Mickey London University College London
Professor John Rinzel Courant Inst. New York University
Dr Arnd Roth University College London

Anyone interested in attending should contact the ICMS

The number of participants limited. For more information see

This meeting is supported by the ICIAM99 fund (administered by the LMS).

Source Gabriel Lord.

Symmetries and Integrability of Difference Equations: EuroConference on Analytic Difference Equations, Special Functions and Quantum Models on the Lattice

19-24 June 2004, Helsinki, Finland.

Chair: Jarmo Hietarinta (FI, Turku University, FI)

Vice-Chair: Frank Willem Nijhoff (NL, Leeds University, UK)



This meeting is the second in a series of two devoted to discrete systems and their integrability and symmetries (the first took place in Giens, France, 2002). This second conference will emphasise linear and nonlinear special functions, associated quantum problems and geometry.

The topics covered in this meeting will include: 

Financial support

A certain number of grants will be available for young researchers - 35 or under - who are nationals of a Member State of the European Union or of an Associated State and who are active inside or outside these Member or Associated States at the time of the event. Associated States are: Bulgaria, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Applications from female researchers are encouraged.

Deadline for applications: 19 March 2004.

Scientific programme, application form and practical information are accessible on-line via 

Source: Corinne Le Moal <

NCTS 2004 International Conference on Dynamical Systems

23 - 28 June 2004, Taiwan

This meeting is the 2nd international conference on Nonlinear Dynamics organised by the Mathematics Division of the National Centre for Theoretic Sciences (NCTS) of Taiwan. For more information, please visit to the website

Source Yi-Chiuan Chen.

Jornades d'introducci\323 als Sistemes Din\300mics

28 June to 3 July 2004, Barcelona, Spain

The third edition of the Jornades d'introducciÓ als sistemes dinÀmics (JISD2004), will be held from June 28 to July 3, 2004 at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), in Barcelona.

The JISD2004 will be devoted to the two courses

The JISD2004, as well as the Doctoral Programme in Applied Mathematics, is supported by a Spanish grant "Mencion de calidad en programas de doctorado", and there will be some grants for tuition.

For more information, see
or contact Tere M-Seara.

Source: Tere M-Seara.

3rd International School on Topics In Nonlinear Dynamics (Discrete Dynamical Systems and Applications)

7-9 July 2004, Urbino, Italy

The 3rd International School TOPICS IN NONLINEAR DYNAMICS: "Discrete Dynamical Systems and Applications", organized by the Italian Society for Chaos and Complexity (SICC) in cooperation with the Group of dynamicists of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Urbino, is primarily oriented to young researchers and PhD students interested in the theory and applications of nonlinear discrete dynamical systems represented by iterated maps.

Aim of the school is to cover both introductory and advanced topics. The basic theory and the methods of local and global analysis of discrete dynamical systems are introduced through examples and are applied to the modelling of dynamical systems arising in Physics, Economics and Biology.

The topics of the school are


For information and applications, visit the website 

Source: Laura Gardini <

Pattern Formation and Nonlinear Dynamics

July 8th 2004, University of Surrey

The final PANDA (Pattern Formation, Nonlinear Dynamics and Applications) meeting of the year will be held on Thursday July 8th 2004 in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Surrey.

Our two pedagogical review lectures will be:

Contributed research talks follow in the afternoon. If you would like to speak please contact Rebecca Hoyle with a title. Postdocs and research students are warmly encouraged to attend, especially as speakers, and will be given preference in financial support.

Further details, including programme and travel information can be found on: For further information contact Rebecca Hoyle.

Source: Rebecca Hoyle

LMS meeting on Scalar Mixing in Fluid Flows and Mappings

9th July 2004, Exeter

The third LMS Meeting in this series will take place on the 9th July at the University of Exeter. Invited speakers include Peter Ashwin (Exeter), Andrew Bassom (Exeter), Matt Finn (Nottingham), Andrew Stuart (Warwick) and Christos Vassilicos (Imperial). Any research students or postdoctoral researchers interested in speaking or giving a poster should contact Andrew Gilbert, from whom more information about the meeting may be obtained.

Source: Andrew Gilbert.

Summer School Conference Complexity in Science and Society

14-26 July 2004, Patras and Ancient Olympia, GREECE

Theme of the Summer School Conference

Complexity, or the "study of complex systems", has emerged out the need to under stand complicated problems of the Natural and Social Sciences. In recent years, efforts to solve s uch problems have concentrated upon the use of analytical and numerical methods of Nonlinear Dynamical Systems, Chaos Theory and Fractal Geometry.

Aims of the Summer School & Conference

Conference web site:

ICMS Workshop on Mathematical Issues in Nonlinear Optics: Guided Waves in Inhomogeneous Nonlinear Media

18-24 July 2004, Edinburgh

As part of the 2004 programme of the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Edinburgh, the above workshop is being held, using premises at Pollock Halls, University of Edinburgh in addition to the ICMS rooms at 14 India Street.

The meeting will include surveys of recent analytical and numerical advances for optical systems far from the NLS regime; identification of phenomena and theory likely to be important to near-future developments; provision of plentiful opportunity for interaction and discussion allowing focus on problems of practical and mathematical importance, for example: Travelling, accelerating and breathing pulses, spatial bound states and multi-bump bound states; stability and bifurcation analysis; waves and pulses in materials with micro-structure, nanostructure and photonic band-gaps; vector solitons, gap solitons and embedded solitons; dissipative solitons; competing nonlinearities; gratings and dispersion-managed systems.

The format will include around 20 one-hour lectures, around 15 30-minute talks and opportunities for display and discussion of posters and software.

The Workshop is being held with funding from E.P.S.R.C., from EPFL, Lausanne, from The Edinburgh Mathematical Society and from the ICIAM 99 Fund. Although space is limited and so attendance is by invitation only, participation by younger researchers is encouraged. Intending participants should contact Professor David Parker (, including a short summary of relevant research interests.

Around 50 participants are expected, including many leading international experts in the field. Provisional speaking acceptances include: 

Source: David Parker <>

Topological Structures and Their Applications in Physics and Biology

2-12 August 2004, Durham

The meeting will concentrate on topological solitons and other extended structures, and their relevance and applications in physics and biology.

The meeting will take the form of a LMS-type Symposium. Hence there will be some talks, but there will also be plenty of time for discussion and reflection. The latter will include panel discussions on applications of topological solitons, in the form of short contributions from participants (chosen by the 'chairs') followed by discussion on what can be done and why, what is useful and what is not etc. The plan is to have three such sessions - one on applications in biology, one on particle physics and astrophysics applications, and one on applications in solid state and condensed matter physics.

It is hoped that at the end of the Symposium all participants will have a clearer understanding on where the field is going, and what applications are `worth' pursuing.

If you are interested in attending this meeting, please contact W.J. Zakrzewski or R.S. Ward at Durham.

Source: W.J. Zakrzewski

2nd Seminar of BioMathematics

11-13 August 2004, Lima, Peru.

The seminar will be held from August 11-13, 2004 at the main campus of Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, PERU. The intention is to promote theoretical approaches and mathematical tools in biology and medicine within a South American context and to facilitate the development of new technologies in applications relevant to our necessities.

The first announcement and call for papers with more specific information is available at: amd

Source: kuang.

Algorithms for Macromolecular Modelling IV

8-21 August 2004, Leicester UK

Meeting Themes


Following on the earlier meetings in this series (Kansas 1994, Berlin 1997, New York 2000), AM3 comes for the first time to the UK in 2004. The speaker list is being finalised and will include leading researchers drawn from the biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and molecular biology communities. This meeting is a cooperative activity of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics' Life Sciences Activity Group. This is an excellent opportunity for the UK mathematics community to connect with an important application area. Mathematical modellers working in a variety of areas are discovering the importance of treating molecular-level aspects, and related particle formulations such as smoothed particle hydrodynamics are proving useful in fluid dynamics simulation. The focus of this series of meetings is on bimolecular models.

Further Info

Further information regarding this meeting (including preliminary speaker list) is available on the conference website:

Source: Ben Leimkuhler.

8th International Workshop on Variable Structure Systems (VSS'04) 

6-8 September 2004, Vilanova i la Geltru (Spain) 

VSS'04 is the eighth in a series of biannual workshops bringing together researchers in the VSS area to discuss and share the latest developments in theoretical and application aspects of variable structure systems.

The workshops will be held at the Engineering School of Vilanova i la Geltru, a small town on the Mediterranean coast, 50 km south of Barcelona, a zone well known for both its cultural attractions and its beaches.

Subject areas

Technical presentations concerning mathematical formulation, design principles, application studies and engineering design issues of VSS and VSS-related methodologies are solicited.

Important dates

Submissions should be sent as attached PDF files to 

Please provide full information about the contact author in the body of the message. Papers should be formatted preferably in LaTeX using the IEEE transactions class (ieeetran.cls, version V1.6b) or similar.

For any inquiry about the workshop, please feel free to contact

Dr. Enric Fossas
Institute of Control and Industrial Engineering 
Technical University of Catalonia 
Diagonal 647, 11a. pl. 
Barcelona 08028 

Phone: +34 934017779
Fax: +34 934016605 

More information will be provided in the website 

Source: Gerard Olivar <>

EPSRC Summer School on Cell adhesion and migration: the interface with tissue engineering

6-10 September 2004, University of Nottingham.

The second of two Summer Schools on "Cell adhesion and migration: the interface with tissue engineering" is being run by the Centre for Mathematical Medicine at the University of Nottingham from 6-10 September 2004. This interdisciplinary event will provide students from a range of backgrounds with an overview of the background biology, experimental and modelling techniques, and practical applications of tissue engineering. Financial support for suitably qualified graduate students will be available from EPSRC.

The afternoon of 8 September will be set aside for a half-day meeting on Mathematical Biology, supported by the LMS.

See for further details.

Closing date for registration: 1 June 2004

Source: O.E. Jensen <

5th IFAC Workshop on Time-Delay Systems 

8-10 September, 2004 K.U. Leuven, Belgium. 

The objective of this IFAC workshop is to bring together specialists in the field of control of time-delay systems. High level contributions on the many aspects of this research area, ranging from theory over numerics to various applications, are awaited. Contributions on related domains (e.g. control of uncertain systems, 2D and nD systems, tele-operated control systems) will be considered with great interest, provided they contain relations with time-delay systems. In order to provide a joint forum for and create interaction between specialists in control and numerical mathematics, and to increase industrial participation, special attention will be paid to:

Plenary Speakers


Submissions should be done electronically using the procedure available at the conference web-site. 


Source: Wim Michiels <>

Piecewise Smooth Dynamical Systems: Analysis, Numerics and Applications 

13-16 September 2003, University of Bristol 

The second international workshop of the Bristol Centre for Applied Nonlinear Mathematics, funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC), will be focused on "Piecewise Smooth Dynamical Systems: Analysis, Numerics and Applications". The meeting will take place in Bristol from 13th to 16th September 2004.

The main aim of this meeting is to encourage and stimulate interaction and debate between researchers working on the analysis, control and applications of piecewise smooth dynamical systems. We especially want to foster links between experimentalists and theoreticians. Young researchers are particularly encouraged to participate in the meeting and present a short talk or poster. The meeting will be highly informal in nature; experts in the field will discuss current challenges and open problems with plenty of time for questions and discussions, following the highly successful model of the Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos meeting we organised in Bristol in 2001, and the first Bristol Centre for Applied Nonlinear Mathematics workshop, on Delay Equations and their Applications.

Invited speakers (confirmed):

The Bristol Centre for Applied Nonlinear Mathematics is a ú1.1 million EPSRC critical mass research centre and one of the largest mathematics projects ever funded in the UK. It has five scientific themes which provide the mathematical technologies for dynamic substructuring of engineering systems.

For more details, and to register, please visit and bookmark the conference website at 

The closing date for registrations is Friday 30th April 2004.

Source: Martin Homer <

Tutorial/Research Workshop on Nonlinear Speech Processing: Algorithms and Analysis

13-18 September 13-18 2004, Vietri sul Mare (Salerno), ITALY

School Aims

Speech processing is basic to the study of a very broad range of interesting problems, including audio and video communication technologies, speech acoustics and analysis, speech recognition and synthesis, speech coding, and general communication theory. The aim of this school is to present the facts and the theories of nonlinear speech processing and the last findings reported in the field thus providing a background for further studies in the many related fields.


  1. Speech Coding;
  2. Speech Synthesis;
  3. Speaker Identification and Verification;
  4. Speech Recognition;
  5. Speech Enhancement.

Further details can be found at

Source: Steve McLaughlin.

Summer School on Mathematics in Biology and Medicine

20-24 September 2004, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras, Portugal)

The School is organised by the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia (IGC), and it is endorsed by the Centro Internacional de Matematica (CIM). It is aimed at students and early postdocs interested in research at the interface between mathematics, biology and medicine. Topics include population dynamics and genetics, ecology, epidemiology, immunology and developmental biology. Applicants should send a short CV and a letter of motivation by the 16 July to the contact below.


Bjorn Sandstede Surrey
Spiral waves, and (some of) their instabilities
Bernd KrauskopfBristol
Growing global invariant manifolds
Rafael Bravo University of Alcama, Spain
Jacob Koella Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6), France
Gil McVean University of Oxford, UK
Graham Medley University of Warwick, UK
Markus Owen University of Loughborough, UK
Alan Perelson Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
Lee Segel The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Further details and application forms at the MBM2004 website:

Source: Gabriela Gomes

Advanced Summer School on Nonlinear Waves in Fluids: Recent advances and modern applications

September 20-24 2004, CISM, Udine, Italy


Although nonlinear waves occur in nearly all branches of physics and engineering, there is an amazing degree of agreement about the fundamental concepts and the basic paradigms. To a large extent this has arisen due to the pervasiveness of the soliton concept, demonstrated by the ubiquity of such model equations as the Korteweg-de Vries equation and the nonlinear Schrodinger equation. The aim of this week-long course is to present the basic paradigms of nonlinear waves in fluids, describe how these paradigms have been built on and developed emphasising the most recent work, and how the modern theory is used to understand and inform observations and numerical simulations.

Course Outline

The lectures will cover asymptotic methods of derivation of canonical evolution equations, such as those belonging to the Korteweg-de Vries type, the wave packet equations developed from the nonlinear Schrodinger model, the resonant wave interaction equations and the Zakharov kinetic equations, descriptions of the basic solution techniques, both analytical and numerical, of these evolution equations, and the most relevant and compelling modern applications. These themes are interlocked, and this will be demonstrated throughout the lecture series. The lectures will focus on applications in fluids, with a strong emphasis on inviscid flows, and a bias towards geophysical applications. The course will be composed of 4 days of lectures, followed by a 1/2-day workshop session.


For further details go the CISM web site: and follow links from Activities.

Source: Roger Grimshaw <

Self Organization in Nonequilibrium Systems

24-25 September 2004, Belgrade, Serbia

An international conference on nonlinear dynamics Self-organization in Non-equilibrium Processes will be held from 24-25th September 2004 as the satellite of the 7th International Conference on Fundamental and Applied Aspects of Physical Chemistry Physical Chemistry 2004 (September 21-23, 2004).

All details can be found at 

Source: Vilmos Gaspar <

Symposium Henri Poincare

7-9 October 2004, Brussels, Belgium

The International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry wish to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henri Poincaré by organizing an international symposium on historical and current aspects of his scientific legacy. This Symposium will be held at Brussels next October 8-9, 2004. This event is organized in close collaboration with the two Brussels Universities (ULB and VUB).

For more information, see (under activities 2004).

There is no registration fee but because of organisational purposes, we urge participants to register by sending an e-mail to Ms. Isabelle Juif.

Source: Pierre Gaspard.

Hamiltonian systems, Control and Plasma Physics (HSCoPP'04)

21-23 October 2004, Frejus, France

We are please to announce the meeting "Hamiltonian Systems, Control and Plasma Physics" which will be held from October 21 to 23, 2004 in Frejus (Mediterranean coast, France). This meeting is a satellite meeting of the 12th International Congress on Plasma Physics held in Nice from October 25 to 29, 2004.

Scope of the meeting

To report and discuss the recent advances in Control of transport in Hamiltonian systems with applications in plasma physics and related fields. The meeting will focus on theoretical contributions as well as experimental set-ups and results. Four point de vue / review talks per day, short communications, and a poster session will be organized.

More information, list of speakers and registration details are available on the web page

Mathematics in Industry Study Group 2005

24-28 January 2005, Massey Univesity at Albany, Auckland, New Zealand

This is being organised by the Centre for Mathematics in Industry, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand.

It immediately precedes the annual Applied Mathematics Conference: ANZIAM2005, in Napier, NZ.

Director Professor Graeme Wake
Administrator Nikki Luke

Industries who wish to present a problem are invited to contact the Director. All mathematicians invited to attend free.

13th annual conference of the Association of Computational Mechanics in Engineering

This the key conference in the UK offering a regular forum to present academic research on developments in computational mechanics. Each year the meeting is held in a different UK University. The aim is to report on a wide range of research activities in the areas of nonlinear deformable solids and structures, fluid flow, bio, geo and thermo-chemical numerical analysis. The 2005 conference will focus on identifying (i) novel algorithms for solving highly non-linear problems (pseudo code is encouraged in the papers), (ii) applications taking advantage of multi-processor computing systems and high-end visualisation techniques and (iii) cross-disciplinary research; with a special interest in studies embracing the work of physicists and mathematicians.

Authors are invited to submit short (4-page) papers to Dr Roger Crouch (e-mail address given below) by the 1st March 2005; preferably written using LaTeX (format to be supplied by R Crouch). The authors of the best 5 papers will be invited to extend their work into a fuller paper to be published (after peer review) in a special issue in the international journal Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering. Presentation of original work from postgraduate students and research assistants/associates, in the process of completing their PhD, is strongly supported.

At the Sheffield conference, a representative from EPSRC will be invited to help advise on the strategy for Computational Mechanics research in the UK. A fuller web-page giving further details of the meeting will go live in the summer of 2004. If anyone requires more information at this stage, please contact Roger Crouch.

Source: Roger Crouch.

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