Description
ICTP and SISSA, in collaboration with the partner institutions of the International Master Course in Physics of Complex Systems, are organizing the Spring College on the Physics of Complex Systems from 21 February to 18 March 2022.

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 theoretical physics. The Spring College on the Physics of Complex Systems aims to expose students to a selection of topics at the forefront of research during an intensive, 4-week programme. It consists of 5 courses.

The Spring College is part of the Master programme in the Physics of Complex Systems. The 2022 Spring College will be held online, with limited in person participation by invitation, and it is open to qualified Master and PhD students.

Lecturers and Courses:

 J.S. WEITZ, Georgia Tech, USA
“Quantitative viral dynamics”

D. WOLPERT, Santa Fe Institute, USA
“Stochastic thermodynamics and Computation” 

T. SHARPEE, Salk Institute, USA
“Hyperbolic geometry and information maximization in biological circuits”

S. RUFFO, SISSA, Italy & N. DEFENU, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
“Statistical mechanics of long-range interacting systems”

F. CECCONI & A. VULPIANI, La Sapienza, Italy
“Chaos: From Simple Models to Complex Systems”


Registration: There is no registration fee.

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  • Monday, 21 February 2022
    • 08:30 - 09:00
      • 08:30 Registration formalities 15' ( Adriatico Guest House - Registration Desk )
        REGISTRATION: Upon arrival, Visitors not staying in the ICTP Guest Houses, are kindly requested to complete registration formalities at the Adriatico Guesthouse as follows: 
        Registration Desk (Lower level) from 8.30 till 8:45.
      • 08:45 Welcome remarks 15' ( Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall )
    • 09:00 - 12:50
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall
      • 09:00 Lecture 1: Statistical mechanics of long-range interacting systems 1h45'
        Speaker: Stefano RUFFO (SISSA, Italy)
        Material: Video
      • 10:45 Coffee Break 15'
      • 11:00 Lecture 1: Stochastic thermodynamics and Computation - 1 1h0'
        Speaker: David WOLPERT (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 12:00 Break 5'
      • 12:05 Lecture 1: Stochastic thermodynamics and Computation - 2 45'
        Speaker: David WOLPERT (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
    • 16:00 - 17:45
      • 16:00 Lecture 1: Hyperbolic geometry and information maximization in biological circuits 1h45' ( Online )
        Speaker: Tatyana SHARPEE (Salk Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
  • Tuesday, 22 February 2022
    • 09:00 - 12:45
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall
      • 09:00 Lecture 2: Stochastic thermodynamics and Computation - 1 1h0'
        Speaker: David WOLPERT (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 10:00 Break 5'
      • 10:05 Lecture 2: Stochastic thermodynamics and Computation - 2 45'
        Speaker: David WOLPERT (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
      • 10:50 Coffee Break 10'
      • 11:00 Lecture 2: Statistical mechanics of long-range interacting systems 1h45'
        Speaker: Stefano RUFFO (SISSA, Italy)
        Material: Video
  • Wednesday, 23 February 2022
    • 09:00 - 12:45
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall
      • 09:00 Lecture 3: Stochastic thermodynamics and Computation - 1 1h0'
        Speaker: David WOLPERT (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 10:00 Break 5'
      • 10:05 Lecture 3: Stochastic thermodynamics and Computation - 2 45'
        Speaker: David WOLPERT (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 10:50 Coffee Break 5'
      • 10:55 Group Photo 5'
      • 11:00 Lecture 3: Statistical mechanics of long-range interacting systems 1h45'
        Speaker: Stefano RUFFO (SISSA, Italy)
        Material: Video
    • 16:00 - 17:45
      • 16:00 Lecture 2: Hyperbolic geometry and information maximization in biological circuits 1h45' ( Online )
        Speaker: Tatyana SHARPEE (Salk Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
  • Thursday, 24 February 2022
    • 11:00 - 12:45
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall
      • 11:00 Lecture 4: Statistical mechanics of long-range interacting systems 1h45'
        Speaker: Stefano RUFFO (SISSA, Italy)
        Material: Video
    • 16:00 - 17:50
      • 16:00 Lecture 4: Stochastic thermodynamics and Computation -1 1h0'
        Speaker: David WOLPERT (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 17:00 Break 5'
      • 17:05 Lecture 4: Stochastic thermodynamics and Computation - 2 45'
        Speaker: David WOLPERT (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
  • Friday, 25 February 2022
    • 09:00 - 12:50
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall
      • 09:00 Lecture 5: Statistical mechanics of long-range interacting systems 1h45'
        Speaker: Stefano RUFFO (SISSA, Italy)
        Material: Video
      • 10:45 Coffee Break 15'
      • 11:00 Lecture 5: Stochastic thermodynamics and Computation -1 1h0'
        Speaker: David WOLPERT (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 12:00 Break 5'
      • 12:05 Lecture 5: Stochastic thermodynamics and Computation - 2 45'
        Speaker: David WOLPERT (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
    • 16:00 - 17:45
      • 16:00 Lecture 3: Hyperbolic geometry and information maximization in biological circuits 1h45' ( Online )
        Speaker: Tatyana SHARPEE (Salk Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
  • Monday, 28 February 2022
    • 09:00 - 12:45
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall
      • 09:00 Lecture 6: Stochastic thermodynamics and Computation -1 1h0'
        Speaker: David WOLPERT (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 10:00 Break 5'
      • 10:05 Lecture 6: Stochastic thermodynamics and Computation -2 45'
        Speaker: David WOLPERT (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 10:50 Coffee Break 10'
      • 11:00 Lecture 6: Statistical mechanics of long-range interacting systems 1h45'
        Speaker: Stefano RUFFO (SISSA, Italy)
        Material: Video
    • 16:00 - 17:45
      • 16:00 Group photo 2'
        Material: Video
      • 16:00 Lecture 4: Hyperbolic geometry and information maximization in biological circuits 1h45' ( Online )
        Speaker: Tatyana SHARPEE (Salk Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
  • Tuesday, 1 March 2022
    • 09:00 - 10:50
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall
      • 09:00 Lecture 7: Stochastic thermodynamics and Computation - 1 1h0'
        Speaker: David WOLPERT (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 10:00 Break 5'
      • 10:05 Lecture 7: Stochastic thermodynamics and Computation - 2 45'
        Speaker: David WOLPERT (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
    • 16:00 - 17:45
      • 16:00 Lecture 7: Statistical mechanics of long-range interacting systems 1h45' ( Online )
        Speaker: Nicolo' DEFENU (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
        Material: Video
  • Wednesday, 2 March 2022
    • 09:00 - 10:50
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall
      • 09:00 Lecture 8: Stochastic thermodynamics and Computation - 1 1h0'
        Speaker: David WOLPERT (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 10:00 Break 5'
      • 10:05 Lecture 8: Stochastic thermodynamics and Computation -2 45'
        Speaker: David WOLPERT (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
    • 14:15 - 17:45
      • 14:15 Lecture 8: Statistical mechanics of long-range interacting systems 1h30' ( Online )
        Speaker: Nicolo' DEFENU (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
        Material: Video
      • 15:45 Break 15'
      • 16:00 Lecture 5: Hyperbolic geometry and information maximization in biological circuits 1h45' ( Online )
        Speaker: Tatyana SHARPEE (Salk Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
  • Thursday, 3 March 2022
    • 09:00 - 10:50
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall
      • 09:00 Lecture 9: Stochastic thermodynamics and Computation - 1 1h0'
        Speaker: David WOLPERT (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 10:00 Break 5'
      • 10:05 Lecture 9: Stochastic thermodynamics and Computation - 2 45'
        Speaker: David WOLPERT (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
    • 16:00 - 17:45
      • 16:00 Lecture 9: Statistical mechanics of long-range interacting systems 1h45' ( Online )
        Speaker: Nicolo' DEFENU (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
        Material: Video
  • Friday, 4 March 2022
    • 09:00 - 11:00
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall
      • 09:00 EXAM - Stochastic thermodynamics and Computation 1h45'
        only for ICTP diploma and PCS students
        Speaker: David WOLPERT (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
      • 10:45 Coffee Break 15'
    • 16:00 - 17:45
      • 16:00 Lecture 6: Hyperbolic geometry and information maximization in biological circuits 1h45' ( Online )
        Speaker: Tatyana SHARPEE (Salk Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
  • Monday, 7 March 2022
    • 09:00 - 12:45
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall
      • 09:00 Lecture 1: Quantitative viral dynamics 1h45'
        Speaker: Joshua Stephen WEITZ (Georgia Tech, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 10:45 Coffe Break 15'
      • 11:00 Lecture 1: Chaos: From Simple Models to Complex Systems 1h45'
        Speaker: Fabio CECCONI (La Sapienza, Italy)
        Material: Video
    • 16:00 - 17:45
      • 16:00 Lecture 7: Hyperbolic geometry and information maximization in biological circuits 1h45' ( Online )
        Speaker: Tatyana SHARPEE (Salk Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
  • Tuesday, 8 March 2022
    • 09:00 - 12:45
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall
      • 09:00 Lecture 2: Quantitative viral dynamics 1h45'
        Speaker: Joshua Stephen WEITZ (Georgia Tech, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 10:45 Coffee Break 15'
      • 11:00 Lecture 2: Chaos: From Simple Models to Complex Systems 1h45'
        Speaker: Fabio CECCONI (La Sapienza, Italy)
        Material: Video
    • 16:00 - 17:45
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall
      • 16:00 EXAM - Statistical mechanics of long-range interacting systems 1h45' ( )
        only for ICTP diploma and PCS students
        Speaker: Stefano RUFFO (SISSA, Italy)
  • Wednesday, 9 March 2022
    • 09:00 - 12:45
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall
      • 09:00 Lecture 3: Quantitative viral dynamics 1h45'
        Speaker: Joshua Stephen WEITZ (Georgia Tech, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 10:45 Coffee Break 15'
      • 11:00 Lecture 3: Chaos: From Simple Models to Complex Systems 1h45'
        Speaker: Fabio CECCONI (La Sapienza, Italy)
        Material: Video
    • 16:00 - 17:45
      • 16:00 Lecture 8: Hyperbolic geometry and information maximization in biological circuits 1h45' ( Online )
        Speaker: Tatyana SHARPEE (Salk Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
  • Thursday, 10 March 2022
    • 09:00 - 12:45
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall
      • 09:00 Lecture 4: Quantitative viral dynamics 1h45'
        Speaker: Joshua Stephen WEITZ (Georgia Tech, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 10:45 Coffee Break 15'
      • 11:00 Lecture 4: Chaos: From Simple Models to Complex Systems 1h45'
        Speaker: Fabio CECCONI (La Sapienza, Italy)
        Material: Video
  • Friday, 11 March 2022
    • 09:00 - 12:45
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Informatics Laboratory
      • 09:00 Lecture 5: Quantitative viral dynamics 1h45'
        Speaker: Joshua Stephen WEITZ (Georgia Tech, USA)
      • 10:45 Coffee Break 15'
      • 11:00 Lecture 5: Chaos: From Simple Models to Complex Systems 1h45'
        Speaker: Fabio CECCONI (La Sapienza, Italy)
        Material: Video
    • 16:00 - 17:45
      • 16:00 Lecture 9: Hyperbolic geometry and information maximization in biological circuits 1h45' ( Online )
        Speaker: Tatyana SHARPEE (Salk Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
  • Monday, 14 March 2022
    • 09:00 - 12:45
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall
      • 09:00 Lecture 6: Quantitative viral dynamics 1h45'
        Speaker: Joshua Stephen WEITZ (Georgia Tech, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 10:45 Cofee Break 15'
      • 11:00 Lecture 6: Chaos: From Simple Models to Complex Systems 1h45'
        Speaker: Angelo VULPIANI (La Sapienza, Italy)
        Material: Video
    • 16:00 - 17:45
      • 16:00 EXAM - Hyperbolic geometry and information maximization in biological circuits 1h45' ( Online )
        only for ICTP diploma and PCS students
        Speaker: Tatyana SHARPEE (Salk Institute, USA)
  • Tuesday, 15 March 2022
    • 09:00 - 12:45
      • 09:00 Lecture 7: Quantitative viral dynamics 1h45'
        Speaker: Joshua Stephen WEITZ (Georgia Tech, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 10:45 Cofee Break 15'
      • 11:00 Lecture 7: Chaos: From Simple Models to Complex Systems 1h45'
        Speaker: Angelo VULPIANI (La Sapienza, Italy)
        Material: Video
    • 15:00 - 17:30
      • 15:00 Visit of Neuroscience SISSA Labs 2h30'
  • Wednesday, 16 March 2022
    • 09:00 - 12:45
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall
      • 09:00 Lecture 8: Quantitative viral dynamics 1h45'
        Speaker: Joshua Stephen WEITZ (Georgia Tech, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 10:45 Group Photo 5'
      • 10:50 Coffee Break 10'
      • 11:00 Lecture 8: Chaos: From Simple Models to Complex Systems 1h45'
        Speaker: Angelo VULPIANI (La Sapienza, Italy)
        Material: Video
    • 15:00 - 17:30
      • 15:00 Visit of Neuroscience SISSA Labs 2h30'
  • Thursday, 17 March 2022
    • 09:00 - 12:45
      • 09:00 Lecture 9: Quantitative viral dynamics 1h45' ( Adriatico Guest House - Informatics Laboratory )
        Speaker: Joshua Stephen WEITZ (Georgia Tech, USA)
      • 10:45 Coffee Break 15'
      • 11:00 Lecture 9: Chaos: From Simple Models to Complex Systems 1h45' ( Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: Angelo VULPIANI (La Sapienza, Italy)
        Material: Video
    • 15:00 - 17:30
      • 15:00 Visit of Neuroscience SISSA Labs 2h30'
  • Friday, 18 March 2022
    • 09:00 - 12:45
      Location: Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall
      • 09:00 EXAM - Quantitative viral dynamics 1h45'
        only for ICTP diploma and PCS students
        Speaker: Joshua Stephen WEITZ (Georgia Tech, USA)
      • 10:45 Coffee Break 15'
      • 11:00 EXAM: Chaos: From Simple Models to Complex Systems 1h45'
        only for ICTP diploma and PCS students
        Speaker: Angelo VULPIANI (La Sapienza, Italy)