Organizing Committee

This event is co-sponsored with the Brown University Physics Department.

The conference will promote a broad discussion of current topics in Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics. Talks will focus on theoretical frameworks (or the desire for such) and on specific systems from wide-ranging fields such as astrophysics, atomic physics, biology, chemistry, climate physics, condensed matter, fluid mechanics, geophysics, and high-energy physics. There will be a mix of experimental, computational, and theoretical perspectives.

This is the second in a series of Conferences made possible by a generous bequest from the estate of Tony and Pat Houghton. Tony, who was a theoretical condensed matter physicist, chaired the Brown University Department of Physics from 1992 to 1998.

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Confirmed Speakers & Participants

Talks will be presented virtually or in-person as indicated in the schedule below.

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  • Poster Presenter
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Workshop Schedule

Monday, May 4, 2015
8:30 - 8:55am EDTHoughton Conference Registration11th Floor Collaborative Space 
8:55 - 9:00am EDTWelcome - Sergei Tabachnikov, ICERM Deputy Director11th Floor Lecture Hall 
9:00 - 9:15am EDTIntroduction - Dima Feldman and Brad Marston, Organizers11th Floor Lecture Hall 
9:15 - 9:45am EDTSearching for Maxwell’s demon- feedback control and information processing at the nanoscale - Christopher Jarzynski, University of Maryland11th Floor Lecture Hall 
10:00 - 10:30am EDTFrom unitary dynamics to statistical mechanics in isolated quantum system - Marcos Rigol, Pennsylvania State University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
10:45 - 11:15am EDTUnderstanding thermodynamics through quantum chaos and eigenstates - Anatoli Polkovnikov, Boston University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
11:30 - 1:00pm EDTBreak for Lunch  
1:00 - 1:30pm EDTRobust electron pairing in the integer quantum Hall effect regime - Moty Heiblum, Weizmann Institute11th Floor Lecture Hall 
1:45 - 2:15pm EDTFloquet insulating states in periodically driven solid-state systems - Gil Refael, Caltech11th Floor Lecture Hall 
2:30 - 3:00pm EDTCoffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
3:00 - 3:30pm EDTPreservation of thermodynamic structure in model reduction and coarse graining - Hans Christian Öttinger, ETH Zurich11th Floor Lecture Hall 
3:45 - 4:15pm EDTDimension reduction in kinetic equations: Mori-Zwanzig formulation, BBGKY hierarchies and effective propagators - Daniele Venturi, Brown University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
4:30 - 5:00pm EDTPersistent probability currents and their manifestations in non-equilibrium steady states - Royce Zia, Virginia Polytechnic11th Floor Lecture Hall 
5:15 - 6:15pm EDTPoster Session11th Floor Collaborative Space and Lecture Hall 
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
9:00 - 9:30am EDTTowards quantum thermodynamics in electric circuits - Jukka Pekola, Aalto University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
9:45 - 10:15am EDTThermodynamics of work in open quantum systems - Tapio Ala-Nissila, Aalto University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
10:30 - 10:45am EDTCoffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:45 - 11:15am EDTNumerical methods for nonequilibrium correlated electron problems - Andrew Millis, Columbia University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
11:30 - 12:00pm EDTUniversal scaling at macroscopic short times and thermalization at long times after a quantum quench - Aditi Mitra, New York University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
12:15 - 1:45pm EDTBreak for Lunch   
12:15 - 12:20pm EDTHoughton Conference Group Photo11th Floor Lecture Hall 
1:45 - 2:15pm EDTOcean turbulence and climate - Raffaele Ferrari, Massachusetts Institute of Technology11th Floor Lecture Hall 
2:30 - 3:00pm EDTLarge deviation theory and abrupt transitions for turbulent atmosphere jets - Freddy Bouchet, ENS-Lyon and CNRS11th Floor Lecture Hall 
3:15 - 3:45pm EDTDirect statistical simulation (DSS) of astrophysical flows - Steve Tobias, University of Leeds11th Floor Lecture Hall 
4:00 - 4:15pm EDTCoffee/Tea Break  
4:15 - 4:45pm EDTDynamics and topology of active liquids crystals - Cristina Marchetti, Syracuse University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
5:00 - 5:30pm EDTLife at high Reynolds number - David Nelson, Harvard University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
5:45 - 6:15pm EDTConcluding remarks - Dima Feldman, Conference Organizer11th Floor Lecture Hall 

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