Workshop on Techniques and Challenges from Statistical Physics
As part of the semester-long programme on Probabilistic Techniques in Computer Science, this workshop has the objective to bring together researchers in computer science and physics, prevalently working in Europe, in order to exchange problems and ideas related to probability that can benefit from a two-way interaction and hopefully lead to fruitful collaborations.
The main topics we would like to emphasize are two. The first is the application of techniques from statistical physics to problems that occur in computer science and its related technological fields. The second topic is the use of computation and probability in statistical physics, and their rigorous guarantees, such as in the analysis of Markov chain and message-passing algorithms, the structure of energy landscapes and the characterization of long-range correlations.