Stability Workshop

  • Start Date: 06/11/2012
  • End Date: 06/12/2012

University of Washington


The stability of coherent structure and patterns.


Stability plays an essential role in many branches of science and engineering, including several aspects of fluid mechanics, high-speed transmission of information, and feasibility of MHD fusion devices. The objective of the workshop is to give an overview of current state-of-the-art methods for examining stability, as well as to present some widely applicable new techniques. The format will consist of three invited speakers giving a series of lectures at a level aimed at graduate students but useful for researchers from a variety of disciplines, such as mathematics, engineering, biology, etc. 


Although the topic of stability of solutions of partial differntial equations is important in almost any application area, the most powerful techniques one uses to examine stability are hardly ever taught in courses. This is mainly because many of these techniques ahve come about fairly recently. We are organizing a workshop where these techniques are taught in 3 mini-courses. The workshop is aimed at graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and young researchers interested in stability methods, working in different disciplines on a variety of applications.


Course 1. An introduction to stability analysis

Lecturer: Margaret Beck (Mathematics, Boston University and Heriot-Watt Univeristy) 


Course 2. Using AUTO for stability problems 

Lecturer: Bjorn Sandstede (Mathematics, Brown University), assisted by David Lloyd (Surrey University)


Course 3. Nonlinear and orbital stability

Lecturer: Walter Strauss (Mathematics, Brown University)



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Organizing Committee: John Carter (Mathematics, Seattle University)

Bernard Deconinck (Applied Mathematics, University of Washington)

J.Nathan Kutz (Applied Mathematics, University of Washington)

Bjorn Sandstede (Applied Mathematics, Brown University)

Michael J. Ward (Mathematics, University of British Columbia)

Other Information: 

Participation and Support

The workshop is specifically
aimed at graduate students and beginning researchers, although other are
invited to participate as well. Support is currently available to
students and postdoctoral fellows at Canadian institutions, through
generous support of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences.
Additional funding has been requested from National Science


     Registration. There is no
registration fee, but all have to register to attend, so we may estimate
required classroom size, and quantity of refreshments. To register,
email your intent to do so to


     Support for students.
We intedn to provide qualitified students upto US$400 for the cost of
airfare or driving, and lodging. Participating students are highly
encouraged to participate in the SIAM Conference
on nonlinear waves and coherent structures, for isntance by presenting a
poster or a contributed talk. To apply for support, please send e-mail
to with a description of your status and
research, who your advisor is, and your motiviation for wanting to
participate in the workshop. Support is available to qualified
candidates on a first-come, first-serve basis, and depends on funding


    Support for postdoctoral fellows. We
intend to reimburse postdoctoral researchers up to US$300 for
participating in the workshop, which shoudl cover the incremental cost
of attending the workshop if they are attending the SIAM Conference. To
apply for support, please send e-mailt o
with a description of your status and research, and your motivation for
wanting to participate in the workshop. Support is available to
qualified candidates on a first-come, first-serve basis, and depends on
funding availability.


Lodging, Transportation and Local Information


Loding options are found here.
University of Washington dorm rooms will be available as well.
Information about this will be posted here when the details are set.
Note that the Hotel Deca is the conference hotel for the SIAM
conference. More information is available from Lodging, transportation etc.. Participants are encouraged to arrange for room sharing. 


All lectures will be in Guggenheim Hall on the University of Washington campus. 



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