Call for contributions

Complexity arises in the most variate context, whenever a variety of agents strongly interact: from cooperative animal behavior to nuclear fusion plasma, or spin glasses in condensed matter physics. At the methodological level there is an underlying unity in the study of complex systems, which is slowly becoming apparent. The most prominent common feature is the need for massive computations and sophisticated data analysis. The aim of BIFI2008 is to bring together scientists studying complex behavior both in Physics and Biology that strongly rely on massive computations for their research. The topics to be covered include scientific problems and new computational trends:

- spin glasses and other disordered systems
- collective social or animal behavior
- GRID computing
- FPGA based scientific computation
- 3D data analysis
- equilibrium and MHD: linear and nonlinear equilibrium in tokamaks and stellarators. Stability properties and instabilisties.
- turbulence and transport: turbulence models and their influence in transport. Gyrokinetic theory. Transport simulation and analysis.
- Kinetic theory, heating and current drive: kinetic descrition of plasmas. Heating and current drive stimates based on kinetic theory.
- waves in plasmas: plasma electrodynamics
- magnetic fusion innovative concepts. Design and properties of new magnetic configurations. Stellarator optimization.
- material simulation. Resistence of materials. Diffusion of gas in materials. Effect of radiation in materials. Particle and heat transport in materials.
- large scale computation in biological chemistry
- ab initio molecular dynamics: theory and implementation
- macromolecular folding with emphasis in structure prediction
- models for studying enzimatic systems
- physical models of protein folding, socking and peptide aggregation

The Organizing Committee promotes a call for contributions. There will be 8 invited lectures and around 15 short (25 minutes) oral contributions to be selected among those presented as a poster when they are best suited for a talk. Otherwise, they should be included in the poster session.  You can use the online registration form to submit your proposal or send it by email to no later than November 30, 2007.

Important : 20 grants of 250 euros for PhD students or young postdocs are now available. If you are interested in these please contact the conference's organizers with a brief summary of your resarch.