Over the last decade the huge increase in the number and scale of computer simulations have revealed the remarkably complex objects which can be grown from simple stochastic rules. The intricacy of the growing structures, having for instance a fractal form, is in marked contrast to the simplicity of the microscopic rules which generate them. Interest in these phenomena originates in a broad range of disciplines from mathematics through physics, chemistry and computer science to biology. While numerical simulations have uncovered many interesting features, such as scaling and universality, the mathematical understanding of these structures is less well developed. This programme will bring together researchers working in a number of related fields to explore and further develop the mathematical aspects of this subject.
The following are expected to participate in the programme for the periods indicated:
Bak, P 1 Jan - 31 Mar Hwa, T 1 May - 30 Jun Blum, T 1 Jan - 30 Jun Jullien, R 1 Jun - 30 Jun Bray, A 1 Jan - 31 Mar Kertesz, J 1 Jan - 7 Apr Chayes, J 26 Mar - 3 Apr Chate, H 1 Apr - 31 May Krug, J 15 Mar - 15 May Dekking, F 1 Jan - 31 Jan Lebowitz, J 29 May - 11 Jun Derrida, B 1 Jan - 30 Jun Livi, R 1 May - 30 Jun Dhar, D 15 Apr - 30 Jun Maes, C 1 Mar - 30 Apr Dickman, R 7 Jun - 30 Jun McKane, A 1 Jan - 30 Jun Domany, E 1 May - 30 Jun Moore, M 1 Jan - 30 Jun Droz, M 10 Mar - 10 Apr Mukamel, D 15 Apr - 30 Jun Evans, M 1 Jan - 28 Feb Paczuski, M 15 Feb - 31 Mar Fisher, D 30 May - 10 Jun Ramaswamy, R 1 Jan - 28 Feb Flekkoy, E 1 Mar - 30 Jun Schuetz, G 1 Feb - 28 Feb Flyvbjerg, H 1 Jan - 30 Jun Speer, E 1 Jan - 30 Jun Godreche, C 15 Feb - 15 May Spohn, H 7 Mar - 18 Apr Goldenfeld, N 1 Jan - 31 Mar Tang, L 1 Mar - 30 Jun Gray, L 10 Mar - 30 Mar Toom, A 15 May - 30 Jun Grinstein, G1 May - 30 Jun Wolf, D 15 Feb - 15 Apr Hakim, V 1 Jan - 30 Jun Yekutieli, I 1 Jan - 30 Jun Halpin-Healy, T 1 Jan - 30 Jun Zia, R 15 May - 15 Jun
There will be a regular seminar programme throughout the period and selected weeks will be devoted to concentration on particular topics. Informal meetings will also be organised, with participation by scientists not attending the programme encouraged, but unfortunately at present little financial support for such participants is available. Tentative plans include:
- Mid March to mid April: A series of workshops on specially selected topics. What these are will be decided at a later date and will obviously reflect the interests of the participants.
- 20--30 June: If additional funding becomes available, we hope to hold a larger meeting during this period, including both introductory lectures for newcomers to the subject and specialised lectures designed to review recent developments in the field.