An Isaac Newton Institute Workshop

Theory and Applications of Coupled Cell Networks

26 - 30 September 2005


Organisers: Peter Ashwin (Exeter), Stephen Coombes (Nottingham), Jonathan Dawes (Cambridge), Martin Golubitsky (Houston).

in association with the Newton Institute programme entitled
Pattern Formation in Large Domains (1 August to 23 December 2005)

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Theme of Conference:

A coupled cell system is a dynamical system distributed over the nodes of a network: to each node (or 'cell') we attach a phase space and evolution equations that describe the local dynamics. Such a partitioning leads to the notions of symmetry and synchrony. Examples of coupled cell systems include central pattern generators, genetic regulatory networks, neural circuits and social networks. In many cases recent work has provided detailed information showing that the network structure is highly complicated. The challenge now is to complement new physical and biological understanding of network structures with a mathematical understanding of their dynamics.

The conference will focus on:

  • Dynamics (synchronisation, pattern formation, chaotic behaviour, heteroclinic dynamics)
  • The influence of network architecture and topology (symmetry groups and groupoids, motifs)
  • Application to and inspiration from physics and biology (cell cycle control, neural dynamics, travelling waves)

Invited Speakers:

Uri Alon (Weizmann Institute), Mike Cross (Caltech), Bard Ermentrout (Pittsburgh), Paul Glendinning (Manchester), Kresimir Josic (Houston), Kunihiko Kaneko (Tokyo), Andre Longtin (Ottawa), Gabriel Lord (Heriot-Watt), Michael Mackey (McGill), Konstantin Mischaikow (Georgia Tech), Louis Pecora (NRL, Washington), Arkady Pikovsky (Potsdam), Mikhail Rabinovich (UCSD), John Rinzel (New York), Jon Rubin (Pittsburgh), Peter Tass (Jülich), John Tyson (Blacksburg, Virginia)

Location and Cost:

The conference will take place at the Newton Institute and accommodation for participants will be provided in single study bedrooms with shared bathroom at Wolfson Court. The conference package, costing £480, includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner from dinner on Sunday 25 September 2005 to breakfast on Saturday 1 October 2005, and lunch and refreshments during the days that lectures take place. Some financial support is available for younger researchers. Participants who wish to attend but do not require the Conference Package will be charged a registration fee of £35. Self-supporting participants are very welcome to apply.

Application Forms:

Are available here. Invited participants to the semester long programme whose dates coincide with those of the workshop need not apply or pay any registration fee.

Closing Date:

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 3l May 2005

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This workshop is supported by EOARD, ONRGlobal and EPSRC


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