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Rough Landscapes: From Physics to Algorithms
07 Jan 2019 - 11 Jan 2019 • UC Santa Barbara, United States
Insights and tools developed by physicists to describe systems that evolve within complex, high-dimensional landscapes have led to the formulation of novel algorithms for a variety of problems in computer science. An especially tantalizing prospect is the possibility that a similar analogy could be developed to understand deep learning. This conference brings together computer scientists, probabilists and mathematicians as well as statistical physicists to document progress and identify opportunities at this interface.
The Rough High-Dimensional Landscape Problem
07 Jan 2019 - 01 Mar 2019 • Santa Barbara, United States
Engages computer scientists, probabilists and mathematicians with statistical physicists and glass and disordered system researchers and interdisciplinary scientists, to unify new concepts and methods dealing with rough high-dimensional landscapes.
At the Crossroad of Physics and Machine Learning
11 Feb 2019 - 15 Feb 2019 • UC Santa Barbara, United States
The ongoing developments in machine learning are influencing physics research and offer the potential to open new routes to discovery. Simultaneously, concepts from physics are being used to better understand some of the machine learning methods and inspire new ones. This conference will gather researchers on the forefront of these developments to discuss existing key progress and promising new directions. We will highlight the use of machine learning in several areas of data-intensive physics including condensed matter, soft-matter, high-energy physics, cosmology, and astrophysics. We will also focus on the complementary developments in the application of physics concepts to the theory and practice of machine learning.
Automating Insight: Pushing the Frontier of Quantum Physics with Machine Learning
16 Feb 2019 • UC Santa Barbara, United States
At this teachers' conference, we will hear from scientists using the techniques of artificial intelligence and machine learning to advance our understanding of the quantum behavior of such matter as magnets, metals and superconductors, as well as the constituents of atoms. We will also hear how insights from physics could be repurposed to advance the field of machine learning itself.
Conference on Number Theory, Geometry, Moonshine & Strings II
27 Feb 2019 - 01 Mar 2019 • New York, New York, United States
The first two meetings have strengthened my belief (and that of others) that these new interactions between mathematicians and physicists involving the topics of number theory, geometry, moonshine and string theory central to this series of conferences will lead to important, new results and connections between these areas. The support provided by the Simons Foundation has been crucial for the development of these new research directions.
In the Balance: Stasis and Disequilibrium in the Milky Way
01 Apr 2019 - 05 Apr 2019 • UC Santa Barbara, United States
The past few years have seen a great deal of progress in understanding the formation and evolution of the Milky Way from the standpoint of numerical simulations and observations. These advances continue to shape our understanding of the Milky Way as a galaxy and as a laboratory for cosmological models of galaxy formation. It has become abundantly clear that non-equilibrium processes in the Milky Way such as satellite interactions, bar dynamics, and spiral structure effects have shaped the present-day structure and kinematics of the Galaxy significantly. The Gaia mission is making an unprecedented map of the distribution of stars in our Galaxy and combined with an array of massive spectroscopic surveys is providing a detailed view from the scale of individual star cluster to the global structure of the disk and halo. This conference will bring together experts in the fields of galactic dynamics, chemical evolution, and numerical galaxy formation to discuss new insights from Gaia and other ongoing surveys on the chemodynamical structure of the Milky Way’s disk, bulge, bar, and halo as well as the co-evolution of these components.
Exploring Open Quantum Systems in Quantum Simulators
29 Apr 2019 - 03 May 2019 • UC Santa Barbara, United States
Quantum simulators relying on the coherent control of trapped ions, superconducting quantum circuits, cold atoms and molecules in optical lattices or reconfigurable trap arrays, and integrated quantum optics have become available and are operative in hundreds of different laboratories worldwide. These flexible and highly precise quantum devices present a unique opportunity to resolve outstanding problems in one of the least understood areas of quantum physics, namely, the dynamics of open many-body quantum systems far from thermal equilibrium. Unlike closed quantum systems, where the many-body extension of the Schroedinger equation is well-established, the accurate and efficient description of open quantum systems, especially beyond weak coupling and in the absence of memory effects, presents a formidable task. This conference brings together experimentalists working in different platforms with theorists pushing the boundaries of open quantum systems in fundamental quantum theory and in developing numerical methods, including quantum trajectories, density matrix renormalization and tensor network approaches. Exploring the paradigm beyond markovian master equations will be crucial for developing a comprehensive theoretical framework for the understanding of non equilibrium phenomena and formulating a thermodynamically consistent theory of open quantum systems for advanced materials and nanodevice design in quantum simulators.
Planet-Star Connections in the Era of TESS and Gaia
20 May 2019 - 24 May 2019 • UC Santa Barbara, United States
Stellar properties and behavior play a key role in addressing many pressing questions in exoplanet science, from breaking the stellar activity barrier for radial velocity planets to understanding how stellar environments affect planet formation and habitability. TESS and Gaia are improving stellar characterization by orders of magnitude in precision and sample size. Addressing both observations and theory, the conference will focus on recent advances in translating this new knowledge of stars into detecting and characterizing exoplanets and understanding their formation, evolution, and habitability. Members of the stellar community will share the latest results in characterizing and understanding stars, and members of the planetary community will share applications of planet-star connections and emphasize what stellar knowledge is most important in addressing open questions in exoplanet science.
Merging Visions: Exploring Compact-Object Binaries with Gravity and Light
24 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019 • UC Santa Barbara, United States
The conference brings together astrophysicists and observers to discuss the progress across the entire gravitational-wave and electromagnetic spectra.
Tensions between the Early and the Late Universe
15 Jul 2019 - 17 Jul 2019 • UC Santa Barbara, United States
The standard cosmological model successfully describes observations from widely different epochs of the Universe, from primordial nucleosynthesis all the way to the present day. As the basic cosmological parameters of the model are being determined with increasing and unprecedented precision, it is not guaranteed that the same numerical values for the models’ parameters will continue to fit observations from widely different epochs. Discrepancies between observations at early and late cosmological time, if confirmed at high significance, would require an expansion of the standard model, and may perhaps lead to the discovery of new physics.
Holomorphic Differentials in Mathematics and Physics (HDMP)
12 Aug 2019 - 13 Dec 2019 • Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, United States
Holomorphic differentials on Riemann surfaces have long held a distinguished place in low dimensional geometry, dynamics, and representation theory. Recently it has become apparent that they constitute a common feature of several other highly active areas of current research in mathematics and also at the interface with physics. (See website for more details.)
Connecting Micro and Macro Scales: Acceleration, Reconnection, and Dissipation in Astrophysical Plasmas
09 Sep 2019 - 12 Sep 2019 • UC Santa Barbara, United States
This conference will highlight the recent achievements and challenges in understanding nonlinear multiscale phenomena in astrophysical plasmas, bringing together theorists, simulators and observers who work on both astrophysical and space plasmas. The subjects will include the microphysics of shock acceleration and long range cosmic ray feedback in galaxies, the properties of reconnection in astrophysical and space plasmas, including its effect on particle acceleration, and the physics of turbulent cascades in magnetized plasmas of galaxy clusters and accretion disks.
Topological Quantum Matter: From Fantasy to Reality
30 Sep 2019 - 03 Oct 2019 • UC Santa Barbara, United States
While the role of topology in the modern condensed matter physics is difficult to overstate, and despite numerous experimental corroborations of theoretically predicted symmetry-protected topological phases (such as topological insulators), most of these advances can be formulated in the language of non-interacting particles. Real-world realizations of interacting topological phases are, meanwhile, very sparse, with the fractional quantum Hall effect being a notable counterexample. Similarly, the question of stability of topological phases at finite temperatures – a prerequisite for their experimental realizations – is poorly explored. This conference will address these and related questions
Spintronics Meets Topology in Quantum Materials
12 Nov 2019 - 15 Nov 2019 • UC Santa Barbara, United States
This conference is intended to kickstart the program "Spin and Heat Transport in Quantum and Topological Materials" which combines the fields of spintronics, quantum magnetism, topological matter, and quantum criticality. It explores connections between the most recent experimental and theoretical progress in these areas, setting the stage for the program and establishing targets and key grand challenges.
Geometry from the Quantum
13 Jan 2020 - 17 Jan 2020 • UC Santa Barbara, United States
A complete understanding of quantum gravity, as it pertains to our universe, remains one of the biggest challenges in theoretical physics. As our observational constraints on the early universe and black hole physics improve, this theoretical challenge has become even more urgent. This conference aims to explore the latest developments in quantum gravity and string theory, ranging from ideas motivated from holographic dualities to new results developing the landscape of string theory vacua.
structure of the landscape of string theory solutions; emergence of spacetime from other degrees of freedom; quantum information aspects of quantum gravity; recent developments in AdS/CFT; QFT methods applied to gravitational problems, such as the analytic conformal bootstrap and UV deformations of QFT; perturbative amplitudes in gravity and string theory
Inflationary Reheating Meets Particle Physics Frontier
03 Feb 2020 - 06 Feb 2020 • UC Santa Barbara, United States
This conference will bring together experts in cosmology, particle physics, and fundamental theory to address how and when the universe thermalizes following inflation, and the associated particle physics and dark matter phenomenology. Important topics that will be covered include hidden sector model building in the LHC era, thermalization of the universe following inflation, possibilities of post-inflation cosmic history prior to nucleosynthesis, and associated experimental signatures. The conference aims to attract researchers in different areas to develop new directions in model building and establish new experimental paths for probing early universe cosmology and dark matter phenomenology.
Active Matter at the Frontier
06 Apr 2020 - 09 Apr 2020 • UC Santa Barbara, United States
Active matter is a class of non-equilibrium, many-body systems that consist of individual energy-transducing components. The collective dynamics of such active entities underlies phenomena on scales from the molecular to the macroscopic, and it includes both living and non-living systems. The field of active matter focuses on understanding how the collective behaviors of internally driven components can give rise to patterns of motion and stress on large scales. While active matter systems violate detailed balance at the molecular scale, it remains unclear how such non-equilibrium dynamics manifests itself and can be quantified at meso- and macroscopic scales. In particular, it is interesting to investigate, given a particular set of microscopic elementary units, what range of possible macroscopic patterns, structures, dynamics and functionalities can be realized. The conference will bring together experimental and theoretical researchers from a broad range of disciplines to discuss recent advances that have transformed active matter into a rapidly growing field that spans diverse disciplines, ranging from physics to biology, to materials science and engineering.
Uncovering the Physics of Formation of Globular Clusters and their Host Galaxies
11 May 2020 - 14 May 2020 • UC Santa Barbara, United States
This conference will synthesize recent observational discoveries of massive star clusters in nearby galaxies and the high-redshift universe. It will connect the observations to theoretical modeling of galaxy formation on large scales and star formation on small scales. The topics for discussion will include the efficiency of star cluster formation as a function of environment, and the origins of the cluster age and metallicity distributions. The meeting will aim to highlight the similarities and differences in star formation in low-redshift and high-redshift galaxies.
Chromosomes: Organization, Function and Dynamics
22 Jun 2020 - 25 Jun 2020 • UC Santa Barbara, United States
Continuing rapid development in the field of chromatin biology has lately attracted enormous interest among biologists, physicists and mathematicians. Recently, the static structure of the folded genome inside the cell nucleus has been determined with increasingly high resolution. Special features of genome folding, such as loops, A/B compartments and chromosome territories, were identified and have inspired models rooted in polymer physics. Studies of the roles of these features in gene regulation and other biological processes are currently ongoing. In addition, research on chromatin dynamics has shown that the genome moves in space and time, thus these structural features might be dynamic, too. Currently, it is not clear how to reconcile the static picture with the dynamic nature of the genome. Following the recent surge in activity on both the biology and physics fronts, this conference aims to provide a platform that would facilitate an interdisciplinary exchange, cultivate new ideas and identify new frontiers.
Spatiotemporal Control for Probing New Many-Body Physics
13 Jul 2020 - 16 Jul 2020 • UC Santa Barbara, United States
This conference will highlight the diverse applications of emerging spatio-temporal quantum control techniques as well as the novel theoretical and experimental tools being developed to advance these techniques. The implications of many-body quantum control are far-reaching: stabilizing entangled states, realizing new forms of topological order, enhanced precision measurements, guided quantum dynamics for computation, probing quantum chaos, etc. The goal of this conference will be to survey both recent experimental developments in both spatial and temporal control for analysis of many-body quantum optical systems, and recent theoretical progress, with the purpose of identifying fruitful future areas for exploration.
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