Press Release:

Emergent behaviour in multi-particle systems with non-local interactions

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).

BIRS Scientific Director, Nassif Ghoussoub
E-mail: birs-director[@]