A Database Schema for the Global Dynamics of Multiparameter Nonlinear Systems

Monday, February 15, 2010 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Prof. Mischaikow will discuss new computational tools based on topological methods that extracts coarse, but rigorous, combinatorial descriptions of global dynamics of multiparameter nonlinear systems. This techniques are motivated by several observations which we claim can, at least in part, be addressed:1. In many applications there are models for the dynamics, but specific parameters are unknown or not directly computable. To identify the parameters one needs to be able to match dynamics produced by the model against that which is observed experimentally.2. It is well established that nonlinear dynamical systems can produce extremely complicated dynamics, e.g. chaos, however experimental measurements are often too crude to identify such fine structure.3. Often the models themselves are based on heuristics as opposed to being derived from first principles and thus the fine structure of the dynamics produced by the models may be of little interest for the applications in mind. To make the above mentioned comments concrete, Prof. Mischaikow will describe the techniques in the context of a simple model arising in population biology.
Konstantin Mischaikow
Mathematics and BioMaPS Institute, Rutgers University
Event Location: 
Fine Hall 214