Variational Methods for Evolution
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Period14 Dec - 20 Dec 2014
The workshop brought together researchers from geometry, nonlinear functional analysis, calculus of variations, partial differential equations, and stochastics around a common topic: systems whose evolution is driven by variational principles such as gradient or Hamiltonian systems. The talks covered a wide range of topics, including variational tools such as incremental minimization approximations, Gamma convergence, and optimal transport, reaction-diffusion systems, singular perturbation and homogenization, rate-independent models for visco-plasticity and fracture, Hamiltonian and hyperbolic systems, stochastic models and new gradient structures for Markov processes or variational large-deviation principles.