Dynamical systems and PDE's
Organizers - Dr. Michael Ward (UBC), Dr. Dmitri Pelinovski (McMaster), Dr. Luciano Buono (UOIT)
Plenary speaker: Antonio Palacios, SDSU.
Antonio Palacios received his Ph.D. in Mathematics at Arizona State University under the guidance of Prof. Dieter Armbruster. He was a postdoctoral fellow in Physics at the University of Houston under the guidance of Prof. Michael Gorman and then in Mathematics under the supervision of Prof. Marty Golubitsky. He joined the Math Department at San Diego State University in 1999 and has been a full professor since 2008. His research interests are in modeling complex nonlinear systems. In particular, multidisciplinary nonlinear systems that interface with Biology, Engineering, and Physics. Over the past fifteen years he has been collaborating with the Applied Chaos and Dynamics Group at the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Center, San Diego to design and fabricate innovative technologies. A common theme of his work is to combine dynamical systems theory, symmetry, equivariant bifurcation theory and computational methods to model, analyze, predict and control the behavior of Complex Nonlinear Systems. A fundamental principle is to mimic what nature does best: to create symmetric networks of tightly interconnected artificial cells, i.e., devices, with collective optimal responses. He holds fifteen U.S. Patents for works that include: highly sensitive, biologically-inspired, networks of magnetic and electric field sensors; networks of energy harvesting systems with increase power output; arrays of vibratory gyroscopes with reduced phase drifts; and networks of superconducting loops for designing the next generation of antennas and radar systems.