Search and Exploration III

Institut d'Etudes Scientifiques de Cargèse
Cargèse, Corsica, 3rd to 7th June, 2013

International workshop

Scope. Search processes play a fundamental role in physical, chemical and biological systems, and operations research. Examples are diffusion-limited encounters of molecules involved in a chemical reaction; search for a global minimum in a complex energy landscape; proteins searching for their specific target sites on DNA; dwell times in mechanochemical cycles of molecular motors; animal foraging; automated searches of registers in databases, or search engines exploring the Internet and naval vessels hunting a submarine. The aim of our exploratory workshop is to bring together leading scientists to discuss recent theoretical and experimental progress in studies of search processes, and to advance the synergies between the communities working in condensed matter and statistical physics, quantitative biology, and mathematics.

Scientific keywords.
Search, swarming, evasion & pursuit, first passage times, optimisation and stochastic optimisation, molecular motors, efficiency, detection probability

Olivier Bénichou, Université Pierre et Marie Curie
Iddo Eliazar, Holon Institute of Technology
Ralf Metzler, University of Potsdam and Tampere University of Technology
Gleb Oshanin, CNRS
Raphael Voituriez, Université Pierre et Marie Curie

Advisory board.
Katja Lindenberg, University of California, San Diego
Carlos Mejia-Monasterio, Technical University of Madrid
Leonid Mirny, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lene Oddershede, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

EU IRSES programme: FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IRSES 269139 DCP-PhysBio Dynamics and Cooperative Phenomena in Complex Physical and Biological Media
ESF program "Exploring the Physics of Small Devices"
In association with J-V Poncelet Laboratory, Independent University of Moscow, CNRS, Holon Institute of Technology & Universität Potsdam