Workshop Details
Information Engines at the Frontiers of Nanoscale Thermodynamics
07/25/2019 - 08/02/2019
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. If you have registered for a meeting you were not invited to, you may be subject to a $100 fee.

TSRC 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 TSRC's website. Feel free to contact TSRC's staff to help with any planning and/or coordinating care.

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
Anza, Fabio Complexity Sciences Center and Physics Department, University of California, Davis
Boyd, Alexander Nanyang Technological University
Brito, Frederico University of Sao Paulo
Burke, Korana UC Davis
Chamberlin, Ralph Arizona State University
Crutchfield, James University of California at Davis
Deffner, Sebastian UMBC
Elenewski, Justin University of Maryland, College Park
Hinczewski, Michael Case Western Reserve University
Hodson, Wade University of Maryland
Jarzynski, Christopher University of Maryland, College Park
Jurgens, Alexandra University of California - Davis
Loomis, Samuel UC Davis
Lu, Zhiyue University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Menges, Fabian University of Colorado Boulder
Myers, Nathan University of Maryland Baltimore County
Pal, Priyo Shankar UMBC
Rahav, Saar Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Rupe, Adam University of California Davis
Safranek, Dominik University of California, Santa Cruz
Sahu, Subin University of Maryland
Zwolak, Michael National Institute of Standards and Technology

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