Workshop Details
Information Engines at the Frontiers of Nanoscale Thermodynamics
06/23/2016 - 07/01/2016
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.

Meeting Venue:

Telluride Elementary School
447 W Columbia Ave Telluride, CO 81435

Information Engines at the Frontiers of Nanoscale Thermodynamics Registered Meeting Participants:
Participant Organization
Acconcia, Thiago University of Campinas
Bartolotta, Anthony California Institute of Technology
Bonanca, Marcus University of Campinas
Boyd, Alec University of California Davis
Burke, Korana UC Davis
Byrd, Tommy Purdue University
Crooks, Gavin Lawrence Berkeley Natl. Lab.
Cross, Michael Caltech
Crutchfield, James University of California, Davis
Davidson, Jacob University of California, Davis
Davis, Matthew University of Queensland
Deffner, Sebastian Los Alamos National Laboratory
Demers, Jeff University of Maryland
DeWeese, Michael University of California, Berkeley
Fon, Chung Caltech
Horowitz, Jordan MIT
Jarzynski, Christopher University of Maryland
Katira, Parag San Diego State University
Krishnaprasad, Perinkulam University of Maryland
Li, Tongcang Purdue University
Mandal, Dibyendu UC Berkeley
Mugler, Andrew Purdue University
Mukherjee, Shayantani University of Southern California
Palacci, Henri Columbia Universoty
PAN, RUI Peking University
Patra, Ayoti University of Maryland, College Park
Quan, Haitao Peking University
Rahav, Saar Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Riechers, Paul UC Davis
Ruppeiner, George New College of Florida
Sagawa, Takahiro The University of Tokyo
Saira, Olli-Pentti Aalto University
ten Wolde, Pieter Rein FOM Institute AMOLF
Tsitkov, Stanislav Columbia University
Ueda, Masahito The University of Tokyo
Wolpert, David Santa Fe Institute

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