Les Houches School of Physics

Aim of workshop

In nature as well as in many technical applications, one encounters the sometimes problematic phenomenon of intermittent dynamics, e.g. in form of stick-slip motion, associated to strongly correlated dynamics of complex geometrical objects over scales that can span many orders of magnitude. Examples range from the atomic to the tectonic scale, including avalanches in magnetic materials, superconductors, deformation of glasses, cascades of irreversible rearrangements in soft matter systems, critical dynamics of imbibition fronts and crack growth; mechanical response of granular and porous media, wood, and geological flows, such as snow avalanches and earthquakes.

Understanding the complex, nonlinear spatio-temporal response of these systems, and the connections between different scales is crucial for physical predictions, and for the development of reliable models for engineers. Recent theoretical and experimental progress makes this a timely forum for an interdisciplinary effort to advance this important emerging research area.

Confirmed invited speakers

Mikko Alava, Helsinki

Jean-Louis Barrat, Grenoble

Ludovic Berthier, Montpellier

Karin Dahmen, Illinois

Gianfranco Durin, Turino

Jérôme Faillettaz, Zürich

Ezequiel Ferrero, Bariloche

Suzanne Fielding, Durham

Jean-Christophe Géminard, Lyon

Thierry Giamarchi, Geneva

Péter Ispanovity, Budapest

Craig Maloney, Boston

David Marsan, Chambéry

Cynthia Reichhardt, Los Alamos

Antoni Planes, Barcelona

Francois Renard, Oslo

Ekhard Salje, Cambridge

Stéphane Santucci, Lyon

Srikanth Sastry, Bangalore

Avadh Saxena, Los Alamos

Eduard Vives, Barcelona

Organizing committee

Kirsten Martens, LIPhy, University Grenoble Alpes & CNRS, France

Vivien Lecomte, LIPhy, University Grenoble Alpes & CNRS, France

Jérôme Weiss, ISTerre, University Grenoble Alpes & CNRS, France

Lasse LaursonTampere University of Technology, Finland.

Stephane Santucci, ENS de Lyon, France.

Advisory Committee

Antoni Planes, University of Barcelona, Spain

Ekhard Salje, University of Cambridge, UK

Konrad Samwer, University of Goettingen, Germany

Avadh Saxena, Los Alamos, USA

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