Workshop Details
Optimizing Thermodynamic Systems
07/16/2024 - 07/26/2024
Meeting Description:

Meeting description:

Thermodynamic processes in finite time was the topic of the inaugural first workshop at TSRC. Dubbed the Horse-Carrot workshop, it featured the first use of Riemannian geometric methods for the study of lost work in thermodynamic processes. The sequence of workshops that followed over the next 40 years has developed powerful finite-time approaches to many problems of Finite Time Thermodynamics (FTT) including the design and optimization of thermodynamic engines, both classical and quantum, the implications for biological systems at various scales as well as connections and implications for information theory and even for economics. These workshops continue to expand our understanding and analyses into new areas where we are interested in minimizing “the cost of haste”.

The topics envisioned for this year fall into four major groups:

Quantifying Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics
- Endoreversible modelling of thermal processes
- Efficiencies and other thermodynamic optimization goals
- Description of irreversible chemical processes

Optimal control of thermodynamic and similar systems
- Thermodynamic path optimization of irreversible processes
- Optimal quantum control and quantum friction
- Optimal control in economics

Optimization in biology, chemistry, etc.
- Information use for efficiency enhancement
- Entropies in biology and ecology
- Nearly reversible cycles in biological systems

Non-equilibrium thermodynamics in computing
- Thermodynamic behavior of computer programs, e.g. AI
- Thermodynamic design for computer programs
- Information engines

As in the past, this year’s workshop will endeavor to give each participant an opportunity to share his/her current work in the area of thermodynamics. As a result, the topics discussed depend strongly on the participants that attend. The workshop will allow ample time for the crucial intensive but constructive quizzing of the speaker by the audience. This format allows the participants to exchange ideas in detail, and leads to collaborations among the participants. Fostering such collaborations has always been the primary goal of TSRC workshops.


If you are interested in attending a meeting, but have not received an invitation, please contact the workshop organizer about availability before registering. Most Telluride Science meetings are very small, typically only about 25 people.

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, Ah Haa School for the Arts, and Pinhead Institute). There is more information on childcare, camps, and family activities on TSRC's website at Please contact Cindy Fusting at for more information.

Meeting Venue:

Telluride Science & Innovation Center
300 S. Townsend St. Telluride, CO 81435

Meeting Details:

Workshop Price: $ 898.00
Early Bird Lodging Discount Available Until: 01/31/2024

A $100.00 discount is applied to your lodging cost when you register before 01/31/2024.

Cancellation Policy: Once a credit card has been charged, cancelled registrations will be subject to a cancellation fee. Registration fees will be automatically processed once registration is complete. A $25 cancellation fee will be retained from a registration refund. Lodging fee payments will be processed 60 days prior to arrival, and a $100 cancellation fee will apply if cancellations occur after a lodging fee payment is completed. Telluride Science can only guarantee a refund for the remaining lodging fees if requested prior to the cancellation deadline that is specific to each lodging provider. Telluride Science recommends that participants purchase travel insurance to protect against unforeseen, last-minute travel plan changes.

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