Conference Series on “Nonlinear Dynamics: Chaos and Complexity”



Patras and Ancient Olympia, 14 - 26  July  2004

Topics: Chaos and Fractals, Strange Attractors and Hamiltonian Systems, Integrability and Bifurcation Theory, Solitons, Nonlinear Differential Equations and Difference Equations, Spatially Extended Systems and Pattern Formation, Nonlinear Analysis of Time Series, Images and Signals, Chaos Control, Applications to Complex Systems in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine, Economics and Technology.

Organisation: Center for Research and Applications of Nonlinear Systems of the University of  Patras and Technical Education Institute of Mesologgi. .

International Scientific Committee:  

Professor Giulio Casati, University of Insubria of Como, Italy

Professor Leon Chua, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley, USA

Professor Thanasis Fokas, Dept. of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, UK

Professor Grégoire Nicolis, Service de Chimie Physique, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Professor Itamar Procaccia, Department of Chemical Physics, Weizmann  Institute of Science,  Israel

Professor Constantino Tsallis, Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Professor Massimo Vergassola, Pasteur Institute, France

Professor Mukul Majumdar, Department of Economics, Cornell University, USA

Organizing Committee:

T. Bountis  (Univ. of Patras, Chair), M. Robnik (University of Maribor), A. Ruffing (Technische Universität München), P. Goumas (Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs University of Patras), S. Pnevmatikos, (University of Patras), K. Hizanidis (National Technical University of Athens), L. Vlahos (University of Thessaloniki), S. Ichtiaroglou (University of Thessaloniki), G. Tsironis (University of Crete, Heraclion), A. Provata ( National Research Center “Demokritos”, Athens).


Special Focus: Complexity, or the “study of complex systems”, is a new discipline, which has emerged out the need to understand complicated problems of the Natural and Social Sciences. These problems generally involve many coupled variables and are characterized by unpredictable time evolution and/or highly intricate spatial patterns. In recent years, efforts to solve such problems have concentrated upon the use of analytical and numerical methods of Nonlinear Dynamical Systems, Chaos Theory and Fractal Geometry.

General Information: In Greece there is considerable research and educational activity in the fields of Nonlinear Dynamics, Chaos and Complexity. This activity has led to the organization of 16 Summer Schools/Conferences to date, in which the main ideas of these fields are taught in the mornings and the most recent research results are presented in the afternoons. These Summer Schools have so far been organized in Patras (1987, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002), in Samos (1988,1989,1990), in Crete (Heraklion 1992, Chania, 2000) in Xanthi (1994, 1995), in Thessaloniki (1997) and Livadeia (1998) and in Chalkida (2003).

Participation: In the first part of the event (Summer School: 14 – 20 July, Patras) graduate and advanced undergraduate students can participate together with young researchers from many fields, as well as High School teachers and other professionals, who are interested in the above topics. In the second part (Conference: 21 – 26 July, Olympia), participants will be selected, according to their expertise and knowledge in the field of Complexity. The lectures will be given by distinguished foreign and Greek scientists, with internationally recognized work in the topics of the meeting. Morning lectures are hourly (9.00-13.30), while in the evenings (18.00-21.00) there will be selected short communications and posters by young participants.

Financial Support: The Organizing Committee has limited funds provided mainly by Greek Ministries and Universities. These funds are used to cover travel and living expenses for foreign speakers as well as local expenses for some of the Greek lecturers. There is a limited amount of funding to cover the registration and part of the living expenses of a small number of qualified students. High School Science Teachers and other interested professionals are also encouraged to participate paying the registration fee of 100 Euro. Students pay a registration fee of 50 Euro.

Applications: All interested in participating must submit their registration form at the website by May 31, 2004, by e-mail or ordinary mail to:

Prof. T. Bountis, Chairman of Organizing Committee,

Center for Research and Application of Nonlinear Systems

Department of Mathematics

University of Patras, 26500 Patras, Hellas

Tel/fax: 0030-2610-997381