Workshop Details
Information Engines at the Frontiers of Nanoscale Thermodynamics
07/19/2023 - 07/28/2023
Meeting Description:

Synthetic nanoscale machines, like their macromolecular biological counterparts, perform tasks that involve the simultaneous manipulation of energy, information, and matter. In this they are information engines systems with two inextricably intertwined characters. The first aspect, call it physical, is the one in which the system is seen embedded in a material substrate that is driven by, manipulates, stores, and dissipates energy. The second aspect, call it informational, is the one in which the system is seen in terms of its spatial and temporal organization generates, stores, loses, and transforms information. Information engines operate by synergistically balancing both aspects to support a given functionality, such as extracting work from a heat reservoir. Recent years witnessed remarkable progress in the theoretical understanding and experimental exploration of how physical systems compute, process, and transfer information. We are on the verge of a synthesis that will allow us to account for a new thermodynamics of information. As we continue to develop a deeper understanding of the world around us, the fundamental question arises, How does nature compute? Numerous researchers, both theorists and experimentalists, are working towards understanding how information is transferred through and transformed at the nanoscale -- with applications ranging from biological systems to quantum devices. The aim of this workshop is to exchange ideas from research in Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics, Classical and Quantum Information, Statistical Mechanics, Biophysics, and Nonlinear Dynamics. These questions are relevant in a wide variety of fields including Nanoscale Statistical Mechanics, Finite-Time Thermodynamics, Quantum Thermodynamics, Quantum Computation, Quantum Communication, Quantum Optimal Control Theory, and Biological Physics.


We wish to ensure an intimate workshop setting, with no more than 20 to 25 participants. If you are interested in attending, but have not received an invitation, please contact the workshop organizer before registering.

Telluride Science is about expanding the frontiers of science, exploring new ideas, and building collaborations. The workshop schedule will allow for substantial unstructured time for participants to talk and think. All participants are expected to stay for the entire duration of the workshop. Scientists are encouraged to consider bringing family or friends. Telluride offers a number of options for children's camps (including Telluride Academy, Aha School for the Arts, and Pinhead Institute). There is more information on childcare, camps, and family activities on Telluride Science's website. Feel free to contact Telluride Science's staff to help with any planning and/or coordinating care.

Meeting Venue:

Telluride Intermediate School
721 W Colorado Avenue Telluride CO 81435

Information Engines at the Frontiers of Nanoscale Thermodynamics Registered Meeting Participants:
Participant Organization
Anza, Fabio University of Trieste and University of California, Davis
Burke, Korana University of California Davis
Crutchfield, James P University of California at Davis
DeWeese, Michael University of California at Berkeley
DeWeese, Michael [2nd Reservation] University of California at Berkeley
Green, Jason University of Massachusetts - Boston
Habermehl, Scott Caltech
Jurgens, Alexandra INRIA Sud Ouest
Kolchinsky, Artemy Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Poulton, Jenny AMOLF
Pratt, Christian University of California-Davis
Rahav, Saar Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Riechers, Paul University of California at Davis
Salamon, Peter San Diego State University
Semaan, Mikhael University of Utah
Semaan, Mikhael [1st half of stay] University of Utah
Townsend, Emily JQI: NIST
Upadhyaya, Twesh University of Maryland
Wimsatt, Gregory University of California, Davis

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