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2013-14 Warwick EPSRC Symposium on Statistical Mechanics: Phase transitions in discrete structures and computational problems

University of Warwick, 5-9 May 2014

All talks will take place in B3.03

Organisers: A. Coja-Oghlan, M. Jerrum, O. Pikhurko, G. Sorkin

Since the seminal work of Erdos and Renyi in the 1960s, the study of random discrete structures has been an important subject at the interface of discrete mathematics, probability and computer science. But over the last 10 years, this theory has been revolutionised by new ideas from statistical mechanics. Indeed, using non-rigorous but highly sophisticated methods, physicists have provided strong evidence that many fundamental problems from mathematics and computer science exhibit sharp threshold phenomena precisely analogous to phase transitions in statistical mechanical systems. Investigating the impact of the statistical mechanics ideas, and attempting to transform them into rigorous mathematics, is one of the most active and, in our opinion, most exciting current directions in the disciplines involved.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together mathematicians, physicists and computer scientists interested in phase transitions to explore the impact of statistical mechanics ideas on combinatorics, probability, and computation.

The official photographs of participants are available here.

A list of the participants is available here.

Dimitris Achlioptas (UCSC/RACTI)
Victor Bapst (Frankfurt)
Ton Coolen (Kings College, London)
Charilaos Efthymiou (Frankfurt)
Silvio Franz (Paris Sud)
David Galvin (Notre Dame)
David Gamarnik (MIT)
Leslie Ann Goldberg (Oxford)
Svante Janson (Uppsala)
Mihyun Kang (TU-Graz)
Florent Krzakala (Paris)
Eyal Lubetzky (Microsoft, Seattle)
Nicolas Macris (EPFL)
Marc Mezard (Paris Sud)
Mike Molloy (Toronto)
Kosta Panagiotou (Munich)
Dana Randall (Georgia Tech)
Oliver Riordan (Oxford)
Federico Ricci-Tersenghi (La Sapienza)
David Saad (Aston, Birmingham)
Guilhem Semerjian (ENS, Paris)
Perla Sousi (Cambridge)
Eric Vigoda (Georgia Tech)
Lutz Warnke (Cambridge)
Riccardo Zecchina (Torino)

Schedule available here

Abstracts avaialable here

Aerial photograph of Maths Houses

See also:
Mathematics Research Centre
Mathematical Interdisciplinary Research at Warwick (MIR@W)
Past Events 
Past Symposia 

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