4. Sociophysics

Statistical physics of language

Motivation: In the last years, it has been realized that the concepts and methods of statistical physics can be applied successfully to systems besides the traditional areas of their applications. One outstanding example is the natural language including both the analysis of written texts and speech signals. Due to the enormous impact of language technologies in the communication and networking facilities of modern societies along with the concomitant collection of big data and the rapidly emerging issue of their taxonomy and structuring, the prospects and future of the statistical methods in these fields should be further elaborated and critically discussed.

Aim: The intention of this workshop is to gather physicists working on the analysis of language to give them the opportunity to exchange ideas and methods and discuss their results and the future of this approach. Furthermore, the challenge is to attract also quantitative and computational linguists to expose their methods and interact with/criticize physicists’ approaches and results. We believe that such an interaction would have a mutual benefit and enrich the conceptual and methodological tools of both communities.

Participants: Researchers working on

Nanofabrication methods:

1. Theory/modeling/simulation on kinetic roughening, dynamic phase transitions, surface growth, universalities, self-organization

2. Experiments on ion-driven sputtering of films, chemical and physical vapor deposition, molecular epitaxy, defect propagation, plasma and wet etching, laser treatment

B.      Statistical physics of nanostructure:

Nonequilibrium nanosystems, fluctuation theorems, surface effects, nanothermodynamics, nanohydrodynamics, nanofluidics

 

Statistical Physics of Social Networks

Recent events in volatile geo-political regions underscore the need to develop models and theories predicting emergent properties of social systems associated with socio-political instabilities and tipping points. Statistical physics applied to social networks have seen a burst of new activity in the last few years addressing some of these issues. In particular, the properties of nonequilibrium opinion dynamics on a range of ideal and real networks such as the time scales to consensus as a function of underlying topology and local interactions have been extensively reported. Human behavior, the spreading of population-level trends, and the evolution of cultural norms are profoundly affected by the influenceability of individuals and the social networks that link them together. The roles and optimal placement of committed agents with fixed opinions which model individuals and institutions such as mavens and extreme fundamentalists have been of central focus in view of their relevance to recent social upheavals. This session will discuss latest results on the above signficant topics from a statistical and dynamical approach.

 

News

Prizes in SigmaPhi2014

During the conference, three works selected out of all the oral and poster presentations by scientists under 40 years, have been awarded.The prizes have been respectively offered for...

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Accepted Abstracts

10 May 2014 The list of accepted abstracts submitted for presentation in the conference is available on the page "Abstracts Lists"

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Workshops

1. Anomalous Diffusion

Workshop organized by: S. Abe and J.P. Boon

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2. Kappa Plasmas

Workshop organized by: M. Lazar and V. Pierrard

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3. Econophysics

Workshop organized by: L. Pietronero "Economic Complexity" and T. Aste "Finance, Risk"

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4. Sociophysics

Workshop organized by: B. Szymansk; I) G. Korniss, C. Lim "Human behavior, Social networks"; II) V. Constantoudis "Linguistics"

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5. Complex Networks

Workshop organized by: A. Scala "Interacting networks" and B. Kahng "Phase transitions in networks"

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6. Biophysics

Workshop organized by: P. Paradisi

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7. Environmental Statistical Physics

Workshop organized by: D. Hristopulos

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8. Quantum Computation and Quantum Information

Workshop organized by: D. Ellinas and J. Pachos

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Scientific Sponsors

 

Politecnico di Torino

Italy

 

 

 Department of Applied

Science and Technology

 

Statistical and Nonlinear

Physics Division 

 

ISC - CNR

Roma, Italy

 

Technical University of

Crete Chania, Greece

 

Aristotele University of

Thessaloniki, Greece

 

 

N.C.S.R. Demokritos

Athens, Greece

 

University of Leuven

Belgium

 

 

Entropy

 

Chaos, Solitons

& Fractals

Modern Physics

Letters B

International Journal

of Modern Physics B