Starts 21 May 2015
Ends 19 Jun 2015
Central European Time
AGH (Giambiagi Lecture Hall)
Strada Costiera, 11 I - 34151 Trieste (Italy)
The Abdus Salam ICTP and SISSA, in collaboration with the partner institutions of the Master in the Physics of Complex Systems ( will organize the Spring College on the Physics of Complex Systems from 21 May to 19 June 2015.

Many complex systems in physics, biology, engineering and economics are characterized by a large number of interacting degrees of freedom giving rise to a non-trivial collective behavior. The theoretical and computational tools for a quantitative analysis of complex systems are often rooted in modern (statistical, quantum) physics.
The Spring College on the Physics of Complex Systems aims to give students the opportunity to get in touch with a selection of topics at the forefront of research, during an intensive 4-week program. It consists of 5 courses of 9 lectures each, followed by final written tests.

Organizing Committee
S. Franz
 (LPTMS Orsay, France)
A. Gambassi
 (SISSA, Trieste, Italy)
M. Marsili
(ICTP, Trieste, Italy)
A. Pelizzola
(Politecnico di Torino, Italy)
Courses and Lecturers

Arezki Boudaoud (ENS Lyon, France)
Morphogenesis: from physical to biological systems

Fabrizio Lillo (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy)
Statistical methods for quantitative finance

Satya N. Majumdar (Université de Paris-Sud, France)
Introduction to random matrix theory and its applications

Alessandro Treves (SISSA, Italy)
Evolution of neuronal computation

Riccardo Zecchina (Politecnico di Torino, Italy) & Florent Krzakala (ENS Paris, France)
Statistical inference, Optimization and Machine Learning


The Spring College is part of the Master program in the Physics of Complex Systems, but it is open to a limited participation of well-qualified students at the Master and PhD level. Applicants from all countries that are members of the United Nations, UNESCO or IAEA may attend.
As the College will be conducted in English, participants should have an adequate working knowledge of this language. Candidates are warmly advised to solicit recommendation letters to be sent by their supervisors in support of their application.
As a rule, travel and subsistence expenses of the participants should be borne by their home institutions. Limited funds are available for some participants, who are nationals of, and working in, a developing country, and who are not more than 45 years old. Yet every effort should be made by candidates to secure support for their travel fare (or at least half-fare). Attendance of lectures and completion of the final written tests is mandatory for those granted ICTP funding. There is no registration fee.


Andrea Gambassi, Silvio Franz, Alessandro Pelizzola, Matteo Marsili -
ICTP Local Organizer: Matteo Marsili