Stability and instability of nonlinear waves

  • Start Date: 09/06/2006
  • End Date: 09/09/2006

University of Washington


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 four 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 differential 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 have come about fairly recently. We are
organizing a workshop where these techniques are taught in 4 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.

A detailed description of workshop topics is available
here. This
list may change.