Workshop Details
Information Engines at the Frontiers of Nanoscale Thermodynamics
08/03/2017 - 08/11/2017
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.


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Meeting Venue:

Telluride Intermediate School
725 W Colorado Ave Telluride, CO 81435

Information Engines at the Frontiers of Nanoscale Thermodynamics Registered Meeting Participants:
Participant Organization
Aghamohammadi, Cina UC DAVIS
Ares, Natalia University of Oxford
Bartolotta, Anthony California Institute of Technology
Boyd, Alec University of California, Davis
Briggs, Andrew University of Oxford
Byrd, Tommy Purdue
Crutchfield, James P University of California at Davis
Deffner, Sebastian University of Maryland Baltimore County
Demers, Jeff Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
DeWeese, Michael UC Berkeley
Franson, James University of Maryland Baltimore County
Franson, James [2nd Reservation] University of Maryland Baltimore County
Franson, James [3rd Reservation] University of Maryland Baltimore County
Hinczewski, Michael Case Western Reserve University
Jarzynski, Christopher University of Maryland, College Park
Katti, Raj California Institute of Technology
Kolchinsky, Artemy Santa Fe Insitute
Krishnaprasad, P. S. University of Maryland, College Park
Mahoney, John UC Davis
Mandal, Dibyendu UC Berkeley
Matheny, Matthew California Institute of Technology
Patra, Ayoti University of Maryland, College Park
Rahav, Saar Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Safranek, Dominik University of California, Santa Cruz
Sagawa, Takahiro University of Tokyo
Saira, Olli-Pentti Caltech
Salamon, Peter San Diego State University
Ueda, Masahito The University of Tokyo
Van den Broeck, Christian Hasselt University
Wimsatt, Gregory University of California, Davis
Wolpert, David Santa Fe Institute
Zwolak, Michael National Institute of Standards and Technology

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