Computational Advances in Active Matter

11 - 15 December 2023

Venue: Lorentz Center@Oort

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Recent years have seen the development of novel computational methods for the study of active matter with exciting applications to biophysics. Examples of this include (i) the transition between liquid-like and solid-like response in tissue mechanics, which is relevant for wound healing, embryogenesis, and (lung) disease, (ii) pattern formation in swimming and/or dividing bacteria and artificial self-propelled particles, and (iii) the formation of geometric features from topological defects in active liquid crystalline materials. The physics of these problems often takes center stage within the community working on complex active systems. However, these advances in physics are often relying on advances in the computational techniques for describing them.  

This workshop places the focus on methodological development for active matter modeling and will bring together key academics involved in this effort. Over the course of the workshop we will discuss the state of the art in terms of 

  1. Agent-Based Modeling for Dense Cells and Bacteria
  2. Vertex and Mesh-Based Modeling for Tissues and Colonies
  3. Continuum/Hydrodynamic Methods for Active Systems
  4. Field Theoretical Methods for Active Phases 

Of particular interest for the future of the field are questions relating to the way in which scales are bridged from the microscopic to the meso- and macroscopic, and how modern computational techniques can benefit from recent computational breakthroughs. One of the aspirations behind the workshop is to establish the foundations of a community of computational researchers studying active matter.


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