ICAND 2016


International Conference on Applications in Nonlinear Dynamics 


Denver, Colorado, Aug. 28- Sept. 1, 2016



The past two decades have seen an explosion of ideas in the general field of nonlinear dynamics. In fact, it has become increasingly clear that areas as diverse as signal processing, communication, sensors, lasers, molecular motors, and biomedical anomalies have a common underlying thread: the dynamics that underpin these systems are inherently nonlinear. Yet, while there has been significant progress in the theory of nonlinear phenomena under an assortment of system boundary conditions and preparations, there exist comparatively few devices that actually take this rich behavior into account. In the presence of background noise (a given, for most practical applications), the underlying dynamic phenomena become even richer, with the noise actually mediating cooperative behavior that, when properly understood, can lead to significant performance enhancements; a striking example of this behavior occurs, for example, when the underlying dynamics undergoes a bifurcation from static to oscillating behavior when a control parameter is swept through a critical value. If properly understood, theoretically, the (suitably quantified) system response can be significantly enhanced near the onset of the bifurcation. Examples of this behavior have been observed in a large number of laboratory experiments on systems ranging from solid state lasers to SQUIDs, and such behavior has been hypothesized to account for some of the more striking information processing properties of biological neurons. In many cases, background noise can precipitate this behavior, thereby playing a significant role in the optimization of the response of these systems to small external perturbations.
A series of meetings on topics such as Stochastic Resonance, Experimental Chaos, and Neural Coding have attempted to bring together researchers working in cutting-edge research in the field of applied nonlinear dynamics across various disciplines in science with emphasis in theory and methods.  The ICAND meetings bring together researchers who are actually attempting to apply and exploit this knowledge to fabricate devices that can operate more efficiently (e.g. without complicated circuits to, essentially, block the effects of the nonlinearity) and with lesser costs, while affording the promise of much better performance.
The upcoming meeting, ICAND2016, is a continuation of the meeting series where the previous ones were held in 2012 in Seattle, Washington, 2010 in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, and 2007 in Poipu Beach, Kauai.  These meeting brought together researchers from physics, engineering, biology, and chemistry who were involved in the analysis and development of applications that incorporate and, indeed, exploit the nonlinear behavior of certain dynamical systems.