The Mathematical Genesis of the Phenomenon called 1/f noise (10frg132)


(University of British Colombia)

(University of British Columbia)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "The Mathematical Genesis of the Phenominon called 1/f noise" workshop from June 6th to June 13th, 2010.


Why does the frequency spectrum of data from a great variety of sources
take a particular form which indicates that events far in the past still have a great influence on events in the present? As early as the 1920's this effect was noticed in data from electrical devices. More recently the same effect has been seen and studied in seismic data connected with earthquakes, and in biological data from heart rhythms, brain waves, motor behavior, and many other sources.. What is common to all these processes?

The Banff International Research Institute for Mathematical Invention and Discovery will host a group of scientists and mathematicians from across Canada and several other countries from May x to May y to study this question. Through mathematical modeling of random processes which arise in essentially different settings they hope to discover basic similarities in the mathematical forms of the different models which will then lead to an understanding of essential similarities in the apparently very different phenomena. Such insights into underlying unity enhance our understanding of our world.

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 US National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnolog�a (CONACYT).