OIST Mini Symposium: Viscoelasticity and Dissipative Dynamics of Rods and Membranes


Monday, March 6, 2017 - 09:00 to Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 17:30


OIST Main Campus, Seminar Room C210


We can easily admire the shapes of films obtained by dipping rigid frames in soapy water, but it may be even more surprising to observe the dynamics of such liquid films when they span flexible frames or when different proteins are suspended in the liquid instead of soap molecules.

New experiments in this direction are being performed in the Mathematical Soft Matter Unit and the mathematical modeling of that dynamics presents numerous challenges.

Some of the questions that arise are: How can we model the mechanical response of the bounding frame? What surface energy is generated by the dispersion of different macromolecules in water? Can we describe within a variational approach the strongly dissipative dynamics of these systems? Would this description help in building computational methods to predict the possibly many stable equilibria of these systems?

The aim of this symposium is to bring together people with key expertise in relation to those questions, inviting both well-established and emerging researchers to share ideas and collaborate on constructing physically sound mathematical models for the dynamics of interacting rods and membranes.


Goro Akagi, Tohoku University
Basile Audoly, CNRS and Université Pierre et Marie Curie
Vikash Chaurasia, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
Giulio Giusteri, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
Miyuki Koiso, Kyushu University
Norihito Koiso, Osaka University
Chun-Chi Lin, National Taiwan Normal University
Luca Lussardi, Polytechnic University of Turin
Maurizio Paolini, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart
Paola Pozzi, Duisburg-Essen University
Yasemin Şengül, Sabanci University
Ulisse Stefanelli, University of Vienna
Karel Švadlenka, Kyoto University


Book of Abstracts
Transportation schedule


Eliot Fried (Mathematical Soft Matter Unit)
Chun-Chi Lin
Giulio Giusteri