This workshop will emphasize the special effects associated with extreme size and complexity and will include such topics as frustration, polynomial relaxation times, self-organization, information theory, simulated annealing, neural networks, and genetic algorithms. We also encourage participants from related fields. It is the experience of the organizers that such workshops take unpredictable twists and turns due to the varied interests among the participants, and that their different perspectives on a subject often lead to especially fertile and hitherto unexplored investigations into joint problems.
Byung Chan (B. C. ) Eu
Lars Kai Hansen
Karl Heinz Hoffmann
The format of the sessions is to take a prepared one hour talk and turn it into a careful and detailed cross examination lasting 4-5 hours. This format has proved in past years to be an outstanding way to rapidly understand new ideas, and we invite you to share in the learning experience that viewing each other's work under such scrutiny can provide. The discussions aim to be constructive rather than critical, and all possible attempts will be made to relate the efforts to the open problems of the workshop.
Individual participants are expected to provide their own salaries. Academic and research institutions have recognized the value of participating in the Center's activities and have been willing to pay for work performed at the Center. The Center offers an excellent way to meet collaborators from other institutions through coordinated visits. Extended stays are thus recommended. The Telluride locale, situated in an unspoiled valley near 4200 m high mountain peaks in the south west corner of Colorado, offers ample outdoor attractions making such stays enjoyable for families as well.
aka: Finite Time and Irreversible Thermodynamics