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Motivation and Scope of the Workshop

The Workshop aims to bring together junior and senior researchers working on the emergent properties of soft active matter. It will focus on nonequilibrium collective behavior and locomotion in active systems, including mixtures of cytoskeletal filaments and motor proteins, the cell cytoskeleton, bacteria colonies, collections of cells in elastic matrices or living tissues, plankton in the ocean, insects or animal groups, and vibrated granular layers. By bringing together researchers from a variety of disciplines we hope to stimulate new interactions and ideas in this rapidly evolving field.

Format of Workshop

The Workshop will feature invited talks and contributed talks followed by a discussion period equal to the length of the talk. Young researchers also have an opportunity to present their work during the poster sessions where the presenters will be offered the opportunity to choose an alternate to the conventional poster format and be invited to organize a small group real-time presentation of their work using a white board, their laptop or both. It will also be possible to present conventional posters.

Costs / Registration Fees

There is a registration fee of $100 to help cover the cost of coffee breaks, reception and workshop dinner. Pay Here: http://physics.syr.edu/condensedmatter/SAM09/sam09payment.html

List of Invited Speakers

  • Aparna Baskaran, Syracuse University
  • Iain Couzin, Princeton University
  • Rumi De, Brown University
  • Seth Fraden, Brandeis University
  • Margaret Gardel, University of Chicago
  • Deborah Gordon, Stanford University
  • Paul Janmey, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jean-Francois Joanny, Institut Curie, France
  • Arshad Kudrolli, Clark University
  • Eric Lauga, University of California, San Diego
  • Jacques Prost, Institut Curie, France
  • Cynthia Reinhart-King, Cornell University
  • Lev Tsimring, University of California, San Diego
  • Tamas Vicsek, ELTE, Budapest
  • Roy Welch , Syracuse University
  • Mingming Wu, Cornell University

  • Organizers

    Aparna Baskaran (Physics)
    Jay Henderson (Biomedical & Chemical Engineering)
    M. Cristina Marchetti (Physics)
    Jennifer Schwarz (Physics)
    Roy Welch (Biology)

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