Workshop Details
Information Engines at the Frontiers of Nanoscale Thermodynamics
07/19/2018 - 07/27/2018
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
Anza, Fabio University of Oxford
Bhuniyan, Mujibur R UMBC
Boyd, Alec Unaffiliated
Brito, Frederico University of Sao Paulo
Crutchfield, James P University of California at Davis
Deffner, Sebastian UMBC
Girolami, Davide Los Alamos National Laboratory
Goldt, Sebastian Institut de Physique Théorique, Paris
Hinczewski, Michael Case Western Reserve University
Hodson, Wade University of Maryland, College Park
Horowitz, Jordan Massachusetts Institute of Techonology
Huang, Yunlong University of Maryland
Huxtable, Gregory UMBC
Jarzynski, Christopher University of Maryland, College Park
Katti, Raj Caltech
Marzen, Sarah MIT
Matheny, Matthew California Institute of Technology
Pak, Hyuk Kyu Institute of Basic Science, Korea
Rahav, Saar Technion
Riechers, Paul Unaffiliated
Rupe, Adam University of California Davis
Safranek, Dominik University of California, Santa Cruz
Saira, Olli California Institute of Technology
Salamon, Peter San Diego State University
Wimsatt, Gregory University of California, Davis
Zwolak, Justyna Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer
Zwolak, Michael National Institute of Standards and Technology

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