Description The Abdus Salam ICTP and SISSA, in collaboration with the partner institutions of the Master in the Physics of Complex Systems (http://www.polito.it/pcs) 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

Participation

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.
Go to day
  • Thursday, 21 May 2015
    • 08:30 - 09:45
      Location: AGH (Giambiagi Lecture Hall Area) Lower Level 1
      • 08:30 Registration 1h15' ( Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall Area - Lower Level 1 )
        All Participants and Lecturers are kindly requested to complete registration formalities at the Adriatico Guest House. Extra shuttle services will be running to take those who need to go to the Operations Office up to the E. Fermi Building.
    • 10:30 - 11:00 Opening remarks
    • 11:00 - 16:30 Day 1
      • 11:00 Statistical inference, Optimization and Machine Learning - 1 2h0'
        Speaker: Riccardo ZECCHINA (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h30'
      • 14:30 Statistical inference, Optimization and Machine Learning - 2 2h0'
        Speaker: Riccardo ZECCHINA (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)
  • Friday, 22 May 2015
    • 09:00 - 16:30 Day 2
      • 09:00 Evolution of Neuronal Computation - 1 2h0'
        Speaker: Alessandro TREVES (SISSA, Italy)
        Material: summary
      • 11:00 Statistical inference, Optimization and Machine Learning - 3 2h0'
        Speaker: Riccardo ZECCHINA (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h30'
      • 14:30 Statistical inference, Optimization and Machine Learning - 4 2h0'
        Speaker: Riccardo ZECCHINA (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)
  • Monday, 25 May 2015
    • 09:00 - 16:30 Day 3
      • 09:00 Morphogenesis: from physical to biological systems - 1 2h0'
        Speaker: Arezki BOUDAOUD (ENS Lyon, France)
      • 11:00 Introduction to random matrix theory and its applications - 1 2h0'
        Speaker: Satya MAJUMDAR (Université Paris-Sud, France)
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h30'
      • 14:30 Morphogenesis: from physical to biological systems - 2 2h0'
        Speaker: Arezki BOUDAOUD (ENS Lyon, France)
    • 18:30 - 20:00
      Location: Adriatico Guesthouse TERRACE
      • 18:30 Get-together drink 1h30'
        All participants of the SPRING COLLEGE ON THE PHYSICS OF COMPLEX SYSTEMS
        are cordially invited to the get-together drink on the terrace (weather permitting, or in the cafeteria)
        
        
  • Tuesday, 26 May 2015
    • 09:00 - 16:30 Day 4
      • 09:00 Morphogenesis: from physical to biological systems - 3 2h0' ( Adriatico Guest House - Informatics Laboratory )
        Speaker: Arezki BOUDAOUD (ENS Lyon, France)
      • 11:00 Evolution of Neuronal Computation - 2 2h0'
        Speaker: Alessandro TREVES (SISSA, Italy)
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h30'
      • 14:30 Morphogenesis: from physical to biological systems - 4 2h0' ( Adriatico Guest House - Informatics Laboratory )
        Speaker: Arezki BOUDAOUD (ENS Lyon, France)
  • Wednesday, 27 May 2015
    • 09:00 - 16:30 Day 5
      • 09:00 Morphogenesis: from physical to biological systems - 5 2h0'
        Speaker: Arezki BOUDAOUD (ENS Lyon, France)
      • 11:00 Introduction to random matrix theory and its applications - 2 2h0'
        Speaker: Satya MAJUMDAR (Université Paris-Sud, France)
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h30'
      • 14:30 Evolution of Neuronal Computation - 3 2h0'
        Speaker: TREVES Alessandro (SISSA, Italy)
  • Thursday, 28 May 2015
    • 09:00 - 16:30 Day 6
      • 09:00 Morphogenesis: from physical to biological systems - 6 2h0'
        Speaker: Arezki BOUDAOUD (ENS Lyon, France)
      • 11:00 Evolution of Neuronal Computation - 4 2h0'
        Speaker: Alessandro TREVES (SISSA, Italy)
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h30'
      • 14:30 Morphogenesis: from physical to biological systems - 7 2h0' ( Adriatico Guest House - Informatics Laboratory )
        Speaker: Arezki BOUDAOUD (ENS Lyon, France)
  • Friday, 29 May 2015
    • 09:00 - 14:30 Day 7
      • 09:00 Morphogenesis: from physical to biological systems - 8 2h0'
        Speaker: Arezki BOUDAOUD (ENS Lyon, France)
      • 11:00 Introduction to random matrix theory and its applications - 3 2h0'
        Speaker: Satya MAJUMDAR (Université Paris-Sud, France)
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h30'
    • 14:30 - 16:30 PARTICIPANTS' POSTER SESSION
      Location: Poster boards in front of the Giambiagi Lecture Hall
  • Monday, 1 June 2015
    • 09:00 - 16:30 Day 8
      • 09:00 Morphogenesis: from physical to biological systems - 9 2h0'
        Speaker: Arezki BOUDAOUD (ENS Lyon, France)
      • 11:00 Introduction to random matrix theory and its applications - 4 2h0'
        Speaker: Satya MAJUMDAR (Université Paris-Sud)
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h30'
  • Tuesday, 2 June 2015
    • 09:00 - 16:30 Day 9
      • 09:00 EXAM SESSION - Morphogenesis: from physical to biological systems 2h0'
      • 11:00 Introduction to random matrix theory and its applications - 5 2h0'
        Speaker: Satya MAJUMDAR (Université Paris-Sud)
      • 13:00 Group Photo 15' ( AGH Terrace )
      • 13:15 Lunch break 1h15'
      • 14:30 Research Seminar - "Statistical Physics of Opinion Formation" 2h0'
        Speaker: Parongama SEN (University of Calcutta - University College of Science & Technology)
        Material: Abstract
  • Wednesday, 3 June 2015
    • 09:00 - 16:30 Day 10
      • 09:00 Introduction to random matrix theory and its applications - 6 2h0'
        Speaker: Satya MAJUMDAR (Université Paris-Sud, France)
      • 11:00 Statistical inference, Optimization and Machine Learning - 5 2h0'
        Speaker: Florent KRZAKALA (ENS Paris, France)
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h30'
      • 14:30 Statistical inference, Optimization and Machine Learning - 6 2h0'
        Speaker: Florent KRZAKALA ((ENS Paris, France))
  • Thursday, 4 June 2015
    • 09:00 - 17:30 Day 11
      • 09:00 Statistical inference, Optimization and Machine Learning - 7 2h0'
        Speaker: Florent KRZAKALA (ENS Paris, France)
      • 11:00 Introduction to random matrix theory and its applications - 7 2h0'
        Speaker: Satya MAJUMDAR (Université Paris-Sud)
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h30'
      • 14:30 Visit to SISSA 3h0'
        A bus will take Participants to SISSA. Arrangements to be announced.
  • Friday, 5 June 2015
    • 09:00 - 14:30 Day 12
      • 09:00 Introduction to random matrix theory and its applications - 8 2h0'
        Speaker: Satya MAJUMDAR (Université Paris-Sud, France)
      • 11:00 Statistical inference, Optimization and Machine Learning - 8 2h0'
        Speaker: Florent KRZAKALA (ENS Paris, France)
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h30'
  • Monday, 8 June 2015
    • 09:00 - 18:30 Day 13
      • 11:00 Introduction to random matrix theory and its applications - 9 2h0'
        Speaker: Satya MAJUMDAR (Université Paris-Sud, France)
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h30'
      • 14:30 Statistical inference, Optimization and Machine Learning - 9 2h0'
        Speaker: Florent KRZAKALA (ENS Paris, France)
      • 16:30 Statistical methods for quantitative finance - 1 2h0'
        Speaker: Fabrizio LILLO (Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa, Italy)
  • Tuesday, 9 June 2015
    • 09:00 - 16:30 Day 14
      • 11:00 Statistical methods for quantitative finance - 2 2h0'
        Speaker: Fabrizio LILLO (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy)
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h30'
  • Wednesday, 10 June 2015
    • 09:00 - 16:30 Day 15
      • 09:00 Statistical methods for quantitative finance - 3 2h0'
        Speaker: Fabrizio LILLO (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy)
      • 11:00 Evolution of Neuronal Computation - 5 2h0'
        Speaker: Alessandro TREVES (SISSA, Italy)
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h30'
      • 14:30 EXAM SESSION - Statistical inference, Optimization and Machine Learning 2h0'
  • Thursday, 11 June 2015
    • 09:00 - 19:00 Day 16
      • 09:00 Statistical methods for quantitative finance - 4 2h0'
        Speaker: Fabrizio LILLO (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy)
      • 11:00 EXAM SESSION - Introduction to random matrix theory and its applications 2h0'
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h30'
      • 14:30 Seminar - "Many body localization and integrals of motion" 40'
        Speaker: Valentina ROS (SISSA, Trieste)
        Material: Abstract
      • 15:10 Seminar - "Statistical scoring functions for protein folding and docking pose recognition" 40'
        Speaker: Edoardo SARTI (SISSA, Trieste)
        Material: Abstract
      • 15:50 Seminar - "Isometric representation of sensory stimulations by the temporal structure of neural activity" 40'
        Speaker: Romain BRASSELET (SISSA, Trieste)
        Material: Abstract
      • 18:00 Get-together drink 1h0' ( Adriatico Guest House Terrace )
        All participants are warmly invited to the get-together drink on the AGH Terrace (weather-permitting)
  • Friday, 12 June 2015
    • 09:00 - 16:30 Day 17
      • 09:00 Statistical methods for quantitative finance - 5 2h0' ( Adriatico Guest House - Informatics Laboratory )
        Speaker: Fabrizio LILLO (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy)
      • 11:00 Evolution of Neuronal Computation - 6 2h0'
        Speaker: Alessandro TREVES (SISSA, Italy)
  • Monday, 15 June 2015
    • 09:00 - 16:30 Day 18
      • 09:00 Evolution of Neuronal Computation - 7 2h0'
        Speaker: Alessandro TREVES (SISSA, Italy)
      • 11:00 Statistical methods for quantitative finance - 6 2h0'
        Speaker: Fabrizio LILLO (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy)
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h30'
  • Tuesday, 16 June 2015
    • 09:00 - 14:00 Day 19
      • 09:00 Evolution of Neuronal Computation - 8 2h0'
        Speaker: Alessandro TREVES (SISSA, Italy)
      • 11:00 Statistical methods for quantitative finance - 7 2h0'
        Speaker: Fabrizio LILLO (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy)
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h0'
    • 14:30 - 16:30 Special NETADIS Session on Statistical Mechanics of Inference
      • 14:30 Extended Plefka Expansion for Stochastic Dynamics 40'
        Speaker: Barbara Bravi (King's College London, UK)
        Material: Abstract
      • 15:10 The cavity method in routing optimization problems on networks 40'
        Speaker: Caterina De Bacco (LPTMS, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique et Université Paris-Sud 11, Orsay, France)
        Material: Abstract
      • 15:50 Identifying relevant positions in proteins by Critical Variable Selection 40'
        Speaker: Silvia Grigolon (LPTMS, Univ. Paris - Sud, Orsay, FRANCE)
        Material: Abstract
  • Wednesday, 17 June 2015
    • 09:00 - 14:30 Day 20
      • 09:00 Statistical methods for quantitative finance - 8 2h0' ( Adriatico Guest House - Informatics Laboratory )
        Speaker: Fabrizio LILLO (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy)
      • 11:00 Evolution of Neuronal Computation - 9 2h0'
        Speaker: Alessandro TREVES (SISSA, Italy)
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h30' ( )
  • Thursday, 18 June 2015
    • 09:00 - 14:30 Day 21
      • 09:00 Statistical methods for quantitative finance - 9 2h0'
        Speaker: Fabrizio LILLO (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy)
      • 11:00 Seminar: "Thermodynamics of error corrections" 1h30'
        Speaker: Simone Pigolotti (Dept. de Fisica i Enginyeria Nuclear, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya Barcelona, Spain)
        Material: Abstract
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h30' ( )
  • Friday, 19 June 2015
    • 09:00 - 14:30 Day 22
      • 09:00 EXAM SESSION - Statistical methods for quantitative finance 2h0' ( Adriatico Guest House - Informatics Laboratory )
      • 11:00 EXAM SESSION - Evolution of Neuronal Computation 2h0'
      • 13:00 Lunch break 1h30'