Predicting Transitions in Complex Systems

International Workshop
23 - 27 April 2018

Complex dynamical systems can show sudden transitions to very diverse regimes including dangerous ones such as desertification or epileptic seizures. The workshop will focus on new advances in data-driven approaches for identifying,  characterizing and predicting regime transitions, and promoting cross-fertilization across disciplines.

Topics include

  • ecology
  • biophysics
  • data analysis
  • econophysics
  • brain dynamics
  • social networks
  • extreme events
  • complex systems
  • climate dynamics   
  • critical transitions
  • information theory
  • nonlinear dynamics
  • time-series analysis   
  • stochastic processes
  • early-warning signals

Invited speakers

Kazuyuki Aihara (JP)
José María Amigó García (ES)
Dante Chialvo (AR)
Jörn Davidsen (CA)
Henk Dijkstra (NL)
Ulrike Feudel (DE)
Petra Friederichs (DE)
Jordi García Ojalvo (ES)
Alan Hastings (US)
Emilio Hernández-García (ES)
Holger Kantz (DE)
Mark Kramer (US)
Christian Kühn (DE)
Jürgen Kurths (DE)
Inmaculada Leyva (ES)
Milan Palus (CZ)
Ulrich Parlitz (DE)
Martin Rasmussen (GB)
Hui Ren (CN)
Osvaldo A. Rosso (BR)
Maria V. Sanchez-Vives (ES)
Eckehard Schöll (DE)
Michael Small (AU)
Linda Sommerlade (GB)
Aneta Stefanovska (GB)
Piotr Suffczynski (PL)
John Terry (GB)
Raul Toral (ES)
Lev Tsimring (US)
Michal Zochowski (US)

Scientific Coordinators

Jaroslav Hlinka
(Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic)

Klaus Lehnertz
(University of Bonn, Germany)

Cristina Masoller
(Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain)


Mandy Lochar
(Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany)


Applications are welcome and should be made by using the application form.

Applications received before 15 January 2018 are considered preferentially.

The number of attendees is limited. The registration fee for the international workshop is 120 Euro and should be paid by all participants. Costs for accommodation and meals will be covered by the Max Planck Institute. Limited funding is available to partially cover travel expenses.

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Scientific Program

The scientific program of the workshop will be available in March 2018, approximately.

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