Workshops and courses

Mechanobiology of cell aggregates: experiments and models - 3-6 September, 2019

The scientific research about cell aggregates has been receiving increasing interest in the last years, because of a coincidence of technical improvements and experimental evidence that excite the advancement of theoretical challenges. In particular, it has now become possible to measure local stress and fluid flows within aggregates, thereby opening the path to quantitative theories explaining the role of mechanics on cell proliferation and motility. Tumour spheroids represent an important experimental setup in this respect. After the pioneering works by Rakesh Jain and his group at the beginning of this century, there is an experimentally supported evidence that mechanical forces interfere with the development of solid tumours and arrest their proliferation. The coupling between cell mechanics, fluid flows, extra-cellular matrix and cell proliferation is however not trivial: malignant cells exhibit complex rheology that accompanies complex mechanobiological feedback. Intriguingly, in recent years the role of fluid flows and stress is understood to be crucial in other cell aggregates, of completely different functionality: embryos exploit mechanics to generate shape and function, both in producing displacement such as lumen formation and in signalling cell-to-cell mutual positions and orientations.
In this workshop will aggregate biophysicists and bio-engineers with people who are actively contributing to a theoretical understanding of such systems on the basis of mathematical models.

Resilient Control of Infrastructure Networks - September 24-27, 2019

As critical infrastructure systems -such as transport and energy networks- face loads of increasing magnitude and variability, achieving efficiency and reliability has become a key challenge. While designed to perform well under normal operation conditions, such complex systems tend to exhibit critical fragilities in response to unforeseen disruptions. One of the greatest current challenges for the mathematical theory of control systems is to create solid scientific foundations and computationally efficient methodologies for the analysis of the design of resilient network systems.
This workshop aims at gathering leading researchers to present state of the art and the main open problems in the field.

Network Dynamics in the Social, Economic, and Financial Sciences - November 5-8, 2019

It has been recognized as the complexity of social, economic, and financial systems does not depend on their large scale only, but it rather emerges from the architecture and the nature of interactions within the units composing these systems. This workshop will gather some of the leading scientist presenting the most recent successful network dynamics models in this field.
The emergence of global features, learning phenomena, resilience with respect to shocks, optimization, and control are some of the topics that will be covered.

Past events - Seminars

Network systems in science and technology - September 16-20, 2019

Preliminary Sillabus:

  1. Perron–Frobenius theory, algebraic graph theory, mathematical models for the evolution of opinions;
  2. Laplacian matrices, systems, flows and diffusively-coupled systems;
  3. Network flow systems and Metzler matrices;
  4. Nonlinear network systems: Lyapunov and contraction methods;
  5. Kuramoto coupled oscillators and active power flow.

Targeting in social networks - November 11-12, 2019

The aim of this mini-course is to deliver a survey on different approaches to targeting in social networks. I am going to present models in non-competitive as well as competitive environments, i.e., in the presence of social planner and competing persuaders. In particular, targeting in computer science and complex systems, with an algorithmic perspective for studying the target selection for the optimal adoption and diffusion of innovation, will be briefly discussed.
The main focus of the mini-course is on analytical models of targeting in economics, where targets are frequently characterized by new or existing centrality measures.

Past events - Seminars