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Non-Equilibrium Dynamics of Complex Systems


Symposium Dates:  Sept. 15, 2023 and Sept. 16, 2023

Location: Hilton Garden Inn (Appalachian Ballroom), Blacksburg, VA

Time: 8:30am till 5:30PM each day


The concept of non-equilibrium dynamics in complex systems has become a highly useful tool in a diverse range of research fields such as biology, traffic, behavioral sciences, among many more over the past 25 years. The often surprisingly rich and fascinating, yet frustratingly hard to understand behavior of these systems can often be elucidated and tamed by employing the frameworks of non-equilibrium statistical physics. Indeed, notions such as universality and dynamic scaling help to unravel the principles underpinning magnetic vortices in superconductors  or activity waves in population dynamics.

Understanding biological processes, which are by their very nature far from equilibrium, such as cytoskeletal dynamics, stem cell fate decision-making or active swimmers, requires a grounding in the foundations on non-equilibrium statistical mechanics. This symposium will bring together leading international researchers, combining expertise of both strong theoretical approaches and computational methods. It will enable debate about current results and the medium and long-term evolution of non-equilibrium statistical physics and its relevance to complex systems research in connected areas.

At this symposium, we will celebrate the contributions and achievements  of Uwe C. Täuber, professor of physics at Virginia Tech, on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

Inquires, contact Ulrich Dobramysl at  or Shengfeng Cheng at

Please contact Katrina Lockhart-Elfeky if you are interested in attending, at

Organizers: Shengfeng Cheng, Ulrich Dobramysl, Katrina Lockhart-Elfeky, Ruslan Mukhamadiarov, Riya Nandi, Mohamed Swailem, Karin Tauber, Louie Hong Yao

Staff Support: Katrina Lockhart-Elfeky