Info

This event is intended for post-docs, PhD or master students, studying mathematics, biology, computer science, engineering, physics and more. Some background knowledge in ODEs and probability theory is required.

Topic

Chemical Reaction Networks (CRNs) are popular mathematical models of several phenomena in system biology, epidemiology, population dynamics, telecommunications, chemistry. In such models, individuals are identical units (e.g. molecules), classified into several groups (e.g. chemical species) and interact through the so-called reactions. A reaction means, for example, an individual eating one of another group, or dying, or reproducing, as well as a protein binding with the RNA to regulate gene expression.
Reactions (as it happens in chemistry) are organised in a graph. CRNs can be modelled both as deterministic dynamical systems or stochastic systems (continuous time Markov chains). Deterministic dynamical systems describe the concentration of each reactant, and this modelling paradigm is suitable when the molecule number is very high. In both cases, it is often impossible to find solutions of the dynamical equations.
During the school, the following significant contributions to the theory of CRNs will be addressed:

  1. guessing some qualitative behaviour of the system (like the existence of stable equilibria, or of stationary or quasi-stationary distributions) from the properties of the reaction graph;
  2. approximating complicated systems with simpler ones (e.g. some with less reactants), or with different models that can be solved or simulated more easily.
Moreover, we will review some applications of CRNs to important real problems, including some statistical methodology that is required to fit the real data.

Schedule

Sunday 23 Monday 24 Tuesday 25 Wednesday 26 Thursday 27 Friday 28 Saturday 29
Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
08:30 10:30 Lecture 08:30 10:30 Lecture 08:30 10:30 Lecture 08:30 10:30 Lecture 08:30 10:30 Lecture 09:00 Shuttle
Pragelato > PoliTO
10:30 11:00 Coffee break 10:30 11:00 Coffee break 10:30 11:00 Coffee break 10:30 11:00 Coffee break 10:30 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 13:00 Lecture 11:00 13:00 Lecture 11:00 13:00 Lecture 11:00 13:00 Lecture 11:00 13:00 Lecture
13:00 14:45 Lunch 13:00 14:45 Lunch 13:00 14:45 Lunch 13:00 14:45 Lunch 13:00 14:45 Lunch
14:45 16:45 Group activities 14:45 16:45 Group activities 14:45 19:45 Social event 14:45 16:45 Group activities 14:45 16:45 Group activities
16:30 Shuttle
PoliTO > Pragelato
16:45 19:45 Social spare time 16:45 19:45 Social spare time 16:45 19:45 Social spare time 16:45 19:45 Social spare time
19:45 Dinner 19:45 Dinner 19:45 Dinner 19:45 Social dinner 19:45 Dinner 19:45 Dinner

Participants

Giusi Alfano, Politecnico di Torino
Massimo Bini, Politecnico di Torino
Felipe A. Campos Vergara, UC San Diego
Candan Çelik, Comenius University in Bratislava
Roberta Coletti, University of Trento
Máté Csontos, University of Debrecen
Davide Cusseddu, University of Sussex
Luca Damonte, Politecnico di Torino
Francesca Demichelis, Politecnico di Torino
Abhishek Deshpande, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Aurélien Desoeuvres, Université de Montpellier
Danilo Forastiere, University of Luxembourg
Mattia Furlan, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Franco Galvagno, Politecnico di Torino
Mauro Gasparini, Politecnico di Torino
Karen J. Gonzalez Restrepo, University of Georgia
Michael Gustavo, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Adam Haytoumi, ENSTA ParisTech
Hyukpyo Hong, KAIST
Amir Khorrami Chokami, Politecnico di Torino
Angelyn Lao, De La Salle University
Jinsil Lee, University of Georgia
Hoessly Linard, University of Fribourg
Gianluca Mastrantonio, Politecnico di Torino
Md Sharifuzzaman, International University of Business Agricolture & Technology
Simone Monachino, University of Trento
Ornella Moro, La Sapienza University of Rome
Tung Nguyen, University of Wisconsin Madison
Sohyeon Park, University of California Irvine
Emanuele Penocchio, University of Luxembourg
Zachary Petty, University of Georgia
Matteo Polettini, University of Luxembourg
Nazareno Sacchi, Politecnico di Torino
Paola Siri, Politecnico di Torino
Roberta Sirovich, Università di Torino
Chiara Sopegno, Politecnico di Torino
Daria Stepanova, Centre de Recerca Matemàtica & Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Rebeka Szabó, University of Debrecen
Nicola Vassena, Free University of Berlin
Polly Yu, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Chaojie Yuan, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Travel information and Venue

How to get to Politecnico di Torino

  • From Milano Malpensa (MXP) airport:
    there is a shuttle service, once per hour, see the complete timetable.
  • From Torino Caselle (TRN) airport:
    there is a shuttle service, once any 30 minutes, see the complete timetable.
Both shuttle services stops at the Torino Porta Susa train station.

  • From Porta Susa (PS) train and bus station:
    you can take a walk (map) or get tram n. 10.
  • From Porta Nuova (PN) train and bus station:
    you can take a walk (map) or get bus n. 33, 58 or 58/.
Please note that public transport tickets must be purchased in advance at kiosks, tobacconist or subway stations.
A shuttle service will be provided from Politecnico to Pragelato. Please, consider arriving at Politecnico on June 23rd, not later than 4:30 p.m.

Venue


Pragelato is a tiny mountain district, Chisone valley. Pragelato is in the heart of the western Alps, mid-way between Torino and the French border, within the Natural Park Grand Del Bosco Di Salbertrand - Alpi Cozie protected area, and it is estimated for its scenic and natural attractions. One of the most popular attractions of the area is the Forte di Fenestrelle, also known as the Italian great-wall, the most massive mountain fortress of Europe, built in the XVII.