Description
Statistical mechanics and thermodynamics provide nowadays a comprehensive picture of the properties of equilibrium and near-equilibrium systems. Yet most phenomena occur out of equilibrium – for example nonequilibrium is essential for sustaining life or fluid motions – and our understanding of nonequilibrium systems is comparatively poorer and limited. At the same time, the revolution in information technologies has provided a wealth of quantitative data on complex systems whose fundamental laws are yet unknown to us. These two related domains are one of the great frontiers of contemporary science, both from the theoretical standpoint and for a multitude of practical applications. This research area has a strong interdisciplinary flavor and has special relevance for physics, geosciences, and life sciences.

The understanding of complex, high-dimensional and non-equilibrium systems raises many challenges:
· How does a complex system respond to perturbations?
· How to construct and evaluate models across a hierarchical ladder of complexity?
· How to deal with multiple scales in space and in time?
· How to test theories and models against limited and often noisy observational data?
· How to merge effectively models and data?
· How to describe and predict large fluctuations and extreme events?
· How do patterns emerge in the self-organization of complex systems?
· How to study fluctuations in reversible and irreversible systems?

The workshop aims to approach these problems taking advantage of results, tools, and ideas coming from a diverse range of scientific disciplines, with the goal of advancing our knowledge and foster cross fertilization.

Speakers include:
M. Baiesi, Italy
L. Biferale, Italy
G. Biroli, France
A. Celani, Italy
S. Ciliberto, France
S. Cocco, France
L. Cugliandolo, France
L. De Cruz, Belgium
E. Domany, U.S.A.
E. Frey, Germany
K. Gawedsky, France
A. Gritsun, Russian Federation
R. Harries, U.K.
A. Jelic, Italy
F. Kucharski, Italy
T. Kuna, U.K.
J. Kurchan, France
A. Laio, Italy
B. Machta, U.S.A.
C. Maes, Belgium
C. Mejia-Monasterio, Spain
I. Nemenmann, U.S.A.
A. Politi, U.K.
D. Ruelle, France
S. Sarkar, U.S.A.
D. Schwab, U.S.A.
U. Seifert, Germany
T. Sharpee, U.S.A.
S. Suweis, Italy
M. Transtrum, U.S.A.
E. Vanden-Eijnde, U.S.A.
S. Vannitsem, Belgium
A. Vulpiani, Italy
J. Yorke, U.S.A.
Go to day
  • Monday, 14 May 2018
    • 08:30 - 17:30
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall
      • 08:30 Payment procedure 3h30' ( Enrico Fermi Building - Travel Unit )
        All FINANCIALLY SUPPORTED PARTICIPANTS should reach the Operations and Travel Unit at the Enrico Fermi Building at 8:30 in order to fulfill all financial procedures. Please bring with you passport and travel receipts.  
        HOW TO REACH THE ENRICO FERMI BUILDING: If lodging at the Adriatico Guesthouse: ICTP shuttle leaving at 08:35 from the Adriatico entrance. If lodging at the Galileo Guesthouse: the Enrico Fermi Building is right in front of the Guesthouse.
      • 12:00 Lunch break 2h15' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 14:15 Registration 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Office n.3 )
        Participants lodging at ICTP Guesthouses are automatically registered at the time of the check-in.   Only PARTICIPANTS NOT lodging at ICTP Guesthouses and ALL FACULTY are kindly requested to register at the secretariat office (Adriatico Guest House, Office No. 3, Lower Level 1) from 14:15 to 14:45.
      • 15:00 Out of equilibrium dynamics in classical isolated integrable and non-integrable system 1h0'
        Speaker: Leticia Cugliandolo (Universite Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris VI, France)
      • 16:00 Coffee break 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 16:30 Propagation of information in moving animal groups 1h0'
        Speaker: Asja Jelic (ICTP)
  • Tuesday, 15 May 2018
    • 09:30 - 20:00
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall
      • 09:30 Arcsine laws and extreme values in stochastic thermodynamics 1h0'
        Speaker: Edgar Roldan (ICTP)
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 11:00 A class of soluble nonequilibrium states in 1+1-dimensional Conformal Field Theory 1h0'
        Speaker: Krzysztof Gawedzki (ENS de Lyon, France)
      • 12:00 A Hybrid Monte Carlo importance sampling of rare events in turbulence and turbulent Models (contributed talk) 30'
        Speaker: Georgios Margazoglou (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy)
      • 12:30 Lunch break 2h30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 15:00 On a universality class in anomalous diffusion 1h0'
        Speaker: Carlos Mejia-Monasterio (Technical University of Madrid, Spain)
      • 16:00 Using emergent constraints to improve climate sensitivity (contributed talk) 30'
        Speaker: Femke Nijsse (University of Exeter, U.K.)
      • 18:00 Welcome Reception 2h0' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
  • Wednesday, 16 May 2018
    • 09:30 - 16:01
      • 09:30 Experiments in stochastic thermodynamics: short history and perspectives 1h0'
        Speaker: Sergio Ciliberto (ENS de Lyon, France)
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 11:00 Modelling neural networks: onset of collective dynamics 1h0'
        Speaker: Antonio Politi (University of Aberdeen, U.K.)
      • 12:00 Stochastic efficiency of an isothermal work-to-work converter engine (contributed talk) 30'
        Speaker: Deepak Gupta (Raman Research Institute, India)
      • 12:30 Lunch break 2h30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 15:00 Emergent phenomena in large interacting ecosystems 1h0'
        Speaker: Giulio Biroli (CEA Saclay, France)
      • 16:00 Coffee break - CANCELLED - 1' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
  • Thursday, 17 May 2018
    • 09:30 - 18:30
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall
      • 09:30 Remarks on atmospheric energetics 1h0'
        Speaker: Fred Kucharski (ICTP)
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 11:00 Instabilities in the coupled ocean-atmosphere system 1h0'
        Speaker: Lesley De Cruz (Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium, Belgium)
      • 12:00 The structure of predictability in an intermediate-complexity atmospheric model (contributed talk) 30'
        Speaker: Frank Kwasniok (Sciences University of Exeter, U.K.)
      • 12:30 Lunch break 1h30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 14:00 Ocean-atmosphere coupling and long-term predictability 1h0'
        Speaker: Stephane Vannitsem (Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium, Belgium)
      • 15:00 The Forecast Skill Horizon 1h0'
        Speaker: Roberto Buizza (ECMWF, U.K.)
      • 16:00 Coffee break 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 16:30 ICTP Colloquium - From water molecules to climate, making sense of Greenland and Antarctic ice core records 2h0' ( Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: Valerie Masson-Delmotte (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission)
        Material: link to webpage
  • Friday, 18 May 2018
    • 09:30 - 17:30
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall
      • 09:30 Inference of effective networks form neural data to better understand spatial navigation 1h0'
        Speaker: Simona Cocco (ENS de Lyon, France)
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 11:00 Inferring models of systems with many particles and many more interactions 1h0'
        Speaker: Ilya Nemenman (Emory University, U.S.A)
      • 12:00 Large deviations in deterministic systems with random data (contributed talk) 30'
        Speaker: Giovanni Dematteis (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)
      • 12:30 Lunch break 2h30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 15:00 Theory of cell type specialization in the brain: insights from the theory of phase transitions 1h0'
        Speaker: Tatyana Sharpee (salk, U.S.A.)
      • 16:00 Coffee break 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 16:30 Poster session 1h0'
  • Monday, 21 May 2018
    • 09:30 - 17:30
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall
      • 09:30 Why is a simple model better? 1h0'
        Speaker: Benjamin Machta (Yale University, U.S.A.)
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 11:00 Bridging mechanism and phenomenology in models of complex biological systems 1h0'
        Speaker: Mark Transtrum (Brigham Young University, U.S.A.)
      • 12:00 Universal relaxation in phase-ordering kinetics of liquid crystals quenched from an electrohydrodynamic turbulent state (contributed talk) 30'
        Speaker: Renan Augusto Lisboa Almeida (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
      • 12:30 Lunch break 2h30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 15:00 Linear response theory for diffeomorphisms with tangencies of stable and unstable manifolds 1h0'
        Speaker: David Ruelle (Institute Des Hautes Études Scientifiques, France)
      • 16:00 Coffee break 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 16:30 Low dimensional examples of Multi-Chaos: non-homogeneous high -dimensional chaos 1h0'
        Speaker: James A. Yorke (University of Maryland, College Park, U.S.A.)
  • Tuesday, 22 May 2018
    • 09:30 - 17:30
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall
      • 09:30 Non-dissipative effects in nonequilibrium systems 1h0'
        Speaker: Christian Maes (Institute for Theoretical Physics, Belgium)
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 11:00 From stochastic thermodynamics to thermodynamic inference 1h0'
        Speaker: Udo Seifert (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
      • 12:00 Entropy production for coarse-grained systems (contributed talk) 30'
        Speaker: Daniel Maria Busiello (University of Padova, Italy)
      • 12:30 Lunch break 2h30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 15:00 Reversibility, irreversibility, friction and nonequilibrium ensembles in Navier-Stokes equation 1h0'
        Speaker: Giovanni Gallavotti (University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy)
      • 16:00 Coffee break 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 16:30 Beyond Lotka-Volterra Dynamics: the cooperative Voter Model 1h0'
        Speaker: Samir Suweis (University of Padova, Italy)
  • Wednesday, 23 May 2018
    • 09:30 - 17:30
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall
      • 09:30 Learning to navigate in dynamic environments: from animal behavior to autonomous vehicles 1h0'
        Speaker: Antonio Celani (ICTP)
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 11:00 Generalized Gibbs ensemble, quasi-integrable systems and Fluctuation Theorems 1h0'
        Speaker: Jorge Kurchan (UMR CNRS, France)
      • 12:00 Equilibrium versus disequilibrium of barchan dunes (contributed talk) 30'
        Speaker: Hicham El Belrhiti (Institut Agronomique et Veterinaire Hassan II, Morocco)
      • 12:30 Lunch break 2h30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 15:00 Influence of autaptic connexions and synaptic plasticity of hubs in the structure of a neuronal network during an epileptic seizure (contributed talk) 30'
        Speaker: Elie Bertrand Megam Ngouonkadi (University of Dschang, Cameroon)
      • 15:30 Large deviations of random walks on random graphs (contributed talk) 30'
        Speaker: Francesco Coghi (Queen Mary University of London, U.K.)
      • 16:00 Coffee break 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 16:30 Energy partition and virial equation for nonequilibrium systems 1h0'
        Speaker: Marco Baiesi (University of Padova, Italy)
  • Thursday, 24 May 2018
    • 09:30 - 18:00
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall
      • 09:30 Unstable periodic orbits in models of atmospheric dynamics 1h0'
        Speaker: Andrei S. Gritsun (Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia)
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 11:00 Extreme values for dynamical systems and linear response 1h0'
        Speaker: Tobias Kuna (University of Reading, U.K.)
      • 12:00 Bet-hedging waves (contributed talk) 30'
        Speaker: Paula Villa (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Japan)
      • 12:30 Lunch break 2h30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 15:00 Ecological feedback in quorum-sensing microbial populations 1h0'
        Speaker: Erwin Frey (LMU, Germany)
      • 16:15 Shuttle service from the Adriatico to Leonardo Building, from 16:15 to 16:30 15' ( Adriatico main entrance )
      • 16:30 ICTP Colloquium - Geometrodynamics: The Nonlinear Dynamics of Curved Spacetime 1h30' ( Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: Kip Thorne (California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, U.S.A.)
        Material: link to webpage
  • Friday, 25 May 2018
    • 09:30 - 12:00
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall
      • 09:30 Relative velocities in bidisperse turbulent suspensions (contributed talk) 30'
        Speaker: Jan Meibohm (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
      • 10:00 De-novo DNA methylation: a collective phenomenon (contributed talk) 30'
        Speaker: Fabrizio Olmeda (Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex System, Germany)
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Cafeteria )
      • 11:00 Landau–Ginzburg theory of cortex dynamics: Scale-free avalanches emerge at the edge of synchronization (contributed talk) 30'
        Speaker: Serena Di Santo (Universidad de Granada, Spain)
      • 11:30 Transport of topological probes in complex environments (contributed talk) 30'
        Speaker: Stefano Iubini (University of Padova, Italy)