Emergent behaviour in multi-particle systems with non-local interactions (12w5041)


(University of California Los Angeles)

(Imperial College, London, GB)

(Simon Fraser University)

(Dalhousie University)

Mark Lewis (University of Victoria)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Emergent behaviour in multi-particle systems with non-local interactions" workshop from January 22nd to January 27th, 2012.

Collective behavior of interacting particle systems is a captivating

natural phenomenon. Such systems form patterns that inspire

evolutionary and biological questions as well as structural and

physical ones. Particle interaction models are extremely prevalent

in the biology literature in many contexts such as insect

aggregation, locust swarms; however they also arise in other

important physics applications such as self-assembly of

nanoparticles, theory of granular gases, and molecular dynamics

simulations of matter.

This workshop brings together leading experts representing the

diverse groups that are working on multi-particle models, both from

the point of view of modelling and mathematical techniques. They will

spend five days disseminating their recent work, collaborating on

outstanding problems, and exploring new directions for research.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).