2014 Summer School on Active Systems

June 22 - July 4, 2014

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Active systems,                                       
whose dynamics are manifested over a broad spectrum of length and time scales, are driven systems. Because active systems are maintained in non-equilibrium steady states without relaxing to equilibrium, conventional approaches based on equilibrium statistical thermodynamics are inadequate to describe the dynamics. The focus of the "2014 Summer School on Active Systems" will be on the: (1) molecular and physical properties; (2) collective behavior of active systems. The overall goal is to promote better understanding of the physical principles underlying active materials and living organisms.

 This School follows in the tradition of other ICMR (International Center for Materials Research, UCSB)-sponsored events. In 2014, it will be organized by the Korea Institute of Advanced Study (KIAS) and the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST). The meeting will begin with two-day pre-school workshop, in which all the participants will have a chance to present their current work of interest, and be followed by the school. In the school, 15 invited speakers will deliver lectures on the fundamental concepts to enable understanding of the underlying principles that govern active systems.

 The lectures in the school will cover
  1. The basic principle of nonequilibrium statistical physics.
  2. Hydrodynamics.
  3. Molecular motors.
  4. Molecular chaperones.
  5. Swimmers in low Reynolds number.
  6. Cell adhesion and mechanics.
  7. Collective behavior in active systems.
  8. Microscopic visualization.

o Date: June 22 - July 4, 2014
  (Registration Deadline: April 15, 2014; Registration limited to 50~60 people)

o Venue: GIST, South Korea

o Organizers:
     Fyl Pincus (UCSB)
     Mahn Won Kim (GIST)
     Changbong Hyeon (KIAS)
     Hyuk Kyu Pak (PNU)
     E. Grace Kim (KAIST)
     Do Young Noh (GIST)