Active matter is a novel class of driven nonequilibrium systems wherein a many-body system with an energy throughput consumes and dissipates energy at the level of the individual units. This field has grown in prominence in the last couple of decades with immense applicability in diverse areas such as granular and glassy systems, control theory, and biological systems. Many biologically crucial processes, such as the dynamics in the cellular cytoskeleton, the collective motion of cells, the progression of cancer, and the large-scale migratory behavior of bird flocks, mammal herds, ants, and fish schools have been modeled within the active matter framework.
The meeting will feature research talks that will discuss recent progress in the field. Additionally, several pedagogical talks will provide a broad overview for young researchers in the country and help develop an appreciation for the significant new developments. The meeting will provide ample opportunities for young researchers to interact with the speakers along with poster sessions to enable stimulating discussions.
Prof. Sriram Ramaswamy will be delivering three Infosys-ICTS Chandrasekhar lectures as part of this meeting. Considering the profound and pioneering contributions of Prof. Sriram Ramaswamy in developing the field of active matter and nurturing the younger generations, we plan to have a special session felicitating him during this meeting.
Accommodation will be provided for outstation participants at our on campus guest house.