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International workshop on


Dresden, Germany April 20 - 23, 1998

Scientific coordinators:
W. Ebeling
Humboldt-Univ. Berlin

P. Hänggi
Univ. Augsburg

L. Schimansky-Geier
Humboldt-Univ. Berlin

Fluctuations far from equilibrium are essential in obtaining noise induced transport. The latter has an impact on many applications in physics, chemistry and biophysics. Novel ideas and approaches boost the importance of nonequilibrium fluctuations to a level where noise must be considered as a source of order and complexity in its own right. The goal of this workshop will be to promote original ideas and principles among researchers of various fields and to reach a common understanding of corresponding new phenomena. The meeting will present the necessary background from the viewpoint of stochastic theory and will cover most recent developments and applications. Moreover, it hopefully also will stimulate discussions of how these new concepts affect the dynamic behavior in such complex systems. The workshop will focus (among others) on the following topics:

- stochastic ratchets

- activation with time-dependent barriers

- noise induced transport in fluctuating media

- coupled noisy systems.

Preliminary List of Speakers:

R. Astumian (Chicago)
M. Bier (Chicago)
A. Blumen (Freiburg)
A. Drozdov (Sevilla)
A. Fulinski (Krakow)
P. Jung (Athens)
S. Kim (Pohang)
J. Luczka (Katowice)
F. Marchesoni (Perugia, Urbana)
M. Morillo Buzon (Sevilla)
J. M. R. Parrondo (Madrid)
P. Pechukas (New York)
A. Pikovsky (Potsdam)
D. Postnov (Saratov)
J. Prost (Paris)
K. Pyragas (Vilnius)
G. Radons (Kiel)
P. Reimann (Augsburg)
K. Sekimoto (Kyoto)
W. Sung (Pohang)
P. Talkner (Villingen)
C. van den Broeck (Diepenbeek)
T. Viscek (Budapest)
I. Zapata (Madrid)

Participation is mainly by invitation, however a limited number of additional applications will be considered. Applications for participation should be sent to the address below. Application forms are available upon request or on the workshop web page. The registration fee is DM 150. Costs for accomodation and lunch will be covered by the MPI for Physics of Complex Systems. Limited funding to partially cover travel expenses is available upon request.


For further information please contact:

Max-Planck-Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme
Nöthnitzer Str. 38, D-01187 Dresden, Germany
Tel: +49-351-871-2105, Fax: +49-351-871-2199
conference e-mail:


Workshop fluctuations
Fri Jan 16 10:51:07 MET 1998