5 - 7 aprile, 2018 - Palazzo Loredan
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti
This workshop is organised in collaboration between the Departments of Physics and Astronomy and of Mathematics of the University of Padova
SAMIR SUWEIS, University of Padova, Physics and Astronomy Department.
MARCO FORMENTIN, University of Padova, Tullio Levi-Civita Mathematics Department.
AMOS MARTIAN, University of Padova, Physics and Astronomy Department.
PAOLO DAI PRA, University of Padova, Tullio Levi-Civita Mathematics Department.Department.
Living systems are characterized by the emergence of recurrent dynamical patterns at all scales of magnitude. Self-organized behaviors are observed both in large communities of microscopic components - like neural oscillations and gene network activity - as well as on larger levels - as predator-prey equilibria to name a few. Such regularities are deemed to be universal in the sense they are due to common mechanisms, independent of the details of the system. This belief justifies investigation through quantitative models able to grasp key features while disregarding inessential complications. The attempt of modeling such complex systems leads naturally to consider large families of microscopic identical units. Complexity and self-organization then arise on a macroscopic scale from the dynamics of these minimal components that evolve coupled by interaction terms. Within this scenario, probability theory and statistical mechanics come into play very soon. Aim of the workshop is to bring together scientists with different background - biology, physics and mathematics - interested in stochastic models in ecology and evolutionary biology, to discuss issues and exchange ideas. A partial list of topics includes: stochastic population dynamics, branching processes, interacting particle systems and statistical mechanics models in ecology, robustness and adaptability of ecosystems, resilience and criticality of ecological systems, models and prediction of biodiversity, molecular evolution, and neuroscience.
The style of the workshop will be rather informal. The idea is to have the opportunity to freely share ideas and discuss. Talks will be organised in different thematic sessions, and we will have both colloquia and more technical presentations.
List of invited Speakers
J.-F. Arnoldi, Centre for Biodiversity Theory and Modelling, Station d' Ecologie Theorique et Experimentale du CNRS, Moulis, France
J. Dalmau, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, FR
E. Baake, Biomathematics and Bioinformatics Group, University of Bielefeld, Germany
A. Lambert, Department of Mathematics, UPMC, Paris, France
M. Loreau, Centre for Biodiversity Theory and Modelling, Station d' Ecologie Theorique et Experimentale du CNRS, Moulis, France
Itzhak Mizrahi, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel (TBC)
J. Friedman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel
A. Sanchez, Yale University, New Haven, USA
P.Metha, Department of Physics, Boston University USA
B. Trubenova' ,Institute of Science and Technology (IST), Klosterneuburg, Austria
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