New Trends in the Variational Modeling and Simulation of Liquid Crystals

Liquid crystals are a vast and diverse class of materials which exhibits properties between those of isotropic liquids and those of crystalline solids: Liquid crystals may flow like a liquid, but their constituent molecules retain orientational order like solids. The main macroscopic manifestation of this dual nature is the emergence of defects, which underly spectacular phenomena and new prospective technologies, e.g., knotted disinclination lines, bistable displays, control of nanoparticle suspensions.

The workshop aims to bring together researchers working on various aspects of liquid crystals, with topics spanning from the physical modeling and numerical simulations of liquid crystalline systems to rigorous analysis of major liquid crystal phenomena.

Schedule (pdf)

Social Dinner: Thursday, December 5, 2019

Associated External Event: Distinguished PDE Lecture 2019 by John M. Ball
Link to the event

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Name Affiliation
Giovanni Di Fratta Technical University of Vienna
Michele Ruggeri University of Strathclyde
Valeriy V. Slastikov University of Bristol
Arghir Dani Zarnescu Basque Center for Applied Mathematics


Name Affiliation
Stan Alama McMaster University
John Ball Heriot-Watt University
Laurent Betermin University of Vienna
Marco Bresciani University of Vienna
Lia Bronsard McMaster University
Giacomo Canevari University of Verona
Razvan-Dumitru Ceuca Basque Center for Applied Mathematics
Linda Cummings New Jersey Institute of Technology
Elisa Davoli University of Vienna
Ibrahim Fatkullin University of Arizona
Alberto Fiorenza University Federico II of Napoli
Carlos Garcia Cervera University of California, Santa Barbara
Amrita Ghosh Czech Academy of Sciences
Tiziana Giorgi New Mexico State University
Dmitry Golovaty University of Akron
Radu Ignat University Paul Sabatier Toulouse
Michael Innerberger Technical University of Vienna
Ansgar J√ľngel Technical University of Vienna
Georgy Kitavtsev SKOLTECH Moscow
Lou Kondic New Jersey Institute of Technology
Xavier Lamy University Paul Sabatier Toulouse
Christos Likos University of Vienna
Chun Liu Illinois Institute of Technology
Lech Longa Jagiellonian University
Apala Majumdar University of Strathclyde
Yu Mei Gran Sasso Science Institute
Antonin Monteil University of Bristol
Lidia Mrad Mount Holyoke College
Mikhail Osipov University of Strathclyde
Valerio Pagliari University of Vienna
Peter Palffy-Muhoray Kent State University
Carl-Martin Pfeiler Technical University of Vienna
Paolo Piovano University of Vienna
Dirk Praetorius Technical University of Vienna
Miha Ravnik University of Ljubljana
Jonathan Robbins University of Bristol
Elisabetta Rocca University of Pavia
Giulio Schimperna University of Pavia
Antonio Segatti University of Pavia
Elyas Shivanian Imam Khomeini International University
Ivan Smalyukh University of Colorado
Dominik Stantejsky Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau
Ulisse Stefanelli University of Vienna
Peter Sternberg Indiana University
Bianca Stroffolini University Federico II of Napoli
Jamie Taylor Basque Center for Applied Mathematics
Wojciech Tomczyk Jagiellonian University
Mehdi Trense Sorbonne University
At a glance
Dec. 2, 2019 — Dec. 6, 2019
ESI Boltzmann Lecture Hall
Giovanni Di Fratta (TU Vienna)
Michele Ruggeri (U Strathclyde, Glasgow)
Valeriy V. Slastikov (U Bristol)
Arghir Dani Zarnescu (BCAM, Bilbao)