International School on Complexity XII Course
Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture
Erice (Sicily, IT), 3-7 October 2009

A rapidly organized school/workshop on interdisciplinary physics (with emphasis on nonlinear optics, Bose Einstein condensation and excitons) involving highly nonlinear phenomena. The theme is complex behavior, covering thermodynamic regimes, shock waves, solitons, turbulence, collective dynamics, spatio-temporal effects, and everything (pertaining to nonlinear physics) you think can be retained as "complex". Some interdisciplinary lessons on network theory, spin-glass theory, and related topics will be given by experts.

The School/Workshop is intended for interested students and researchers. It has the aim to be a first, if hurried, contact between different communities interested in fundamental, interdisciplinary and theoretically advanced ideas.

The conference was Great! Take a look to the picture gallery!

Thanks to all the participants!

Local organization

Claudio Conti (Institute for Complex Systems (ISC)-CNR)
Andrea D'Andrea (ISC-CNR)

Scientific organization

Claudio Conti (ISC-CNR
Bruno Crosignani (Caltech)
Andrea D'Andrea (ISC-CNR)
J. W. Fleisher (Princeton)
Nathan J. Kutz (University of Washington)
Stefan Wabnitz (University of Brescia)

Speakers (unordered)

G. Stegeman (Complexity in Discrete Surface Soliton Generation, confirmed)
F. Lederer (Cavity Polariton Solitons, confirmed)
J. W. Fleischer (Turbulent Light and its Application to Imaging, confirmed)
P. Lacourte (Optical Rogue Waves, confirmed)
N. J. Kutz (The Dominant Role of Intra-cavity Dynamics for High-power Ultra-short Lasers, confirmed)
N. Broderick (Shock Wave Formation in Optical Micro-coil Cavities, confirmed)
E. Del Re (Complexity-Driven Optical Spatial Solitons in Relaxor Ferroelectrics, confirmed)
Kikuo Cho (Exciton/polaritons Interacting with Surface Acustic Waves, confirmed)
F. Mitschke (Supercontinuum Generation in a Fiber Resonator, confirmed)
G. Assanto (Second Harmonic Generation in Random Quasi-Phase Matched Lithium Tantalate, confirmed)
M. Hoefer (Theory of Two-Dimensional Oblique Dispersive Shock Waves, confirmed)
K. Shandarova (Experimental Observation of Rabi Oscillations in Photonic Lattices, confirmed)
F. Biancalana (New Nonlinear Effects in Photonic Nanowires, confirmed)
A. Sysoliatin (Subpicosecond optical pulse processing via fiber dispersion management, confirmed)
D. Faccio (Energy-density characterization of complex ultrashort laser pulses,confirmed)
M. Taki (Rogue Waves: Modeling and Experiments, confirmed)
I. Shelykh (Nonlinear Phenomena in Semiconductor Microcavities, confirmed)
A. Picozzi (Wave Turbulence and Thermalization of Random Nonlinear Waves, confirmed)
N. Akhmediev (Waves that Appear from Nowhere - Analytic Results, confirmed)
V. Rottschafer (Singular solutions of the generalised Korteweg-de Vries equation, confirmed)
P. Grelu (Collective Dynamics of Dissipative Solitons in Mode-locked Lasers, confirmed)
S. Barland(Localized vortices in semiconductor lasers, confirmed)
A. Goy (Imaging through focusing Kerr media, confirmed)
O. Gat (Mode-locked laser pulse fluctuations in the statistical steady state, confirmed)
E. Giorgetti (Thermoionic emission and multiphoton electron extraction in the photofragmentation of gold nanoparticles, confirmed)
L. Pilozzi (Optical nonlinearities in polariton-polariton scattering: beyond the bosonization schemes, confirmed)
A. Nazarkin (Generation of Subnanosecond Solitary Pulses by Backward Stimulated Raman Scattering in Hydrogen-filled Photonic Crystal Fibres, confirmed)
B. Crosignani (interdisciplinary talk, Adiabatic Pistons and Negentropy, confirmed)
L. Leuzzi (interdisciplinary talk, Spin Glass Theory and a Definition of Complexity, confirmed)
C. Conti (The Enlightened Game of Life, confirmed)
A. D'Andrea (Synergic Effects and Polariton Propagation Restoring in Super-structures, confirmed)
S. Wabnitz (Dissipative and Conservative Attractors for Short Pulses in Optical Fiber Systems, confirmed)
E. Ding (Verification of the Haus Master Mode-Locking Model, confirmed)
F. Eilenberg (Soliton Mediated Quantization of Fibre-Bragg-Gratings, confirmed)
M. Leonetti (Light Amplification in Three-Dimensional Photonic Crystals, confirmed)
M. Williams (Spatial Mode-Locking of Light Bullets in Waveguide Arrays, confirmed)
S. Jia (Rayleigh-Taylor Instability in Nonlinear Schroedinger Flow, confirmed)
A. Zavyalov (Robust Multi-Soliton Complexes in Fiber Lasers, confirmed)


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The Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture is the hill-top medieval city of Erice . A unique placement offers an incredible view of western Sicily.

A shuttle service connecting the venue with the Falcone Borsellino Airport near Palermo and the Trapani airport will be available for the participants.

Participants are expected to arrive at the venue on October 3 NO LATER THAN 7 pm and leave on the morning of October 7.

Talks and poster session will be done during 4,5 and 6 October.


Participation fee for students and researchers is

including 3 meals/day (no drinks), lodging at Erice and shuttle transport from/to airport.
Air ticket not included.
Fee can be paid in Erice, upon registration (CREDIT CARDS NOT ACCEPTED , but a couple of banks are present in Erice to retrieve cash) .
Alternatively, by bank transfer to the following account
Unicredit Private Banking S.p.A.
Filiale di Trapani, Italy
Account number: 000600000655
Bank code: ABI: 03223 - CAB: 16400 - CIN: W
IBAN: IT 04 W 03223 16400 000600000655
Reference: 12 Course - International School of Complexity
Important : If the last method is used, please be sure that your name appears on the receipt, which you will requested to present upon your arrival in Erice.


Interested people may write to erice09@complexlight.org.
Students may apply by sending a short CV (max 1 page) with contact information.