Keynote speaker: Constantino Tsallis

Centro Brasileiro de Perquisas Fisicas, Brazil

Professor Constantino Tsallis is a physicist in the area of statistical mechanics, Emeritus Professor at the Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas, in Rio de Janeiro (Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil), head of the National Institute of Science and Technology for Complex Systems of Brazil, and head of the Project Complexity of the John Templeton Foundation - USA. He obtained his title of Docteur d’ Etat es Sciences Physiques from the University of Paris-France in 1974. He has worked in a variety of theoretical subjects in the areas of critical phenomena, chaos and nonlinear dynamics, economics, cognitive psychology, immunology, population evolution, among others. Since nearly three decades, he is focusing on the entropy and the foundations of statistical mechanics, as well as on some of their scientific and technological applications. Indeed, he proposed in 1988 a generalization of Boltzmann-Gibbs entropy and statistical mechanics. This generalization is presently being actively studied around the world: a Bibliography containing more than 5,200 directly related articles, by over 7,000 scientists from all over the world, is available at Prof. Tsallis' contributions have received close to 15,000 ISI citations (over 3,600 of them for his 1988 paper), which currently makes him one among the most cited scientists of all times in Latin America. He has received many international and national distinctions (Guggenheim Foundation Award, Mexico Prize for Science and Technology, Rio de Janeiro Prize of Science and Technology, among many others), and has been given in four occasions the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by Universities from Argentina (Cordoba), Brazil (Maringa and Natal) and Greece (the Thessaloniki Aristotelian University). He is member of the Academy of Sciences of Brazil, as well as of the Academy of Economical, Political and Social Sciences of Brazil. He is main editor of Physica A - Elsevier (Amsterdam), and has supervised close to 40 Doctor and Master Thesis. He has given regular undergraduate and graduate courses in Physics in Brazil, Argentina, USA, France and Germany, and has given nearly 1,000 invited lectures around the world. In 2005 and 2006 he worked at the Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico, where he co-authored several papers with the Nobel laureate Murray Gell-Mann as well as with James Doyne Farmer. Prof. Tsallis is an External Professor of the Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico. For his contributions in the area of complexity, the Academy of Athens selected him for its highest distinction in Sciences and Arts, namely the "Aristio" (Excellence).

Invited speaker: Professor Doros N. Theodorou

National Technical University of Athens

Doros Theodorou is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens. After obtaining his Diploma at NTU Athens and his M.S. (1983) and Ph.D. (1985) from M.I.T., he taught for nine years at U.C. Berkeley, resigning as full professor to return to Greece in 1995. His research focuses on the development and application of new, hierarchical computational methods for understanding and predicting properties of materials from chemical constitution.

You can visit Professor Doros N. Theodorou's personal webpage here.

Invited speaker: Professor Iannis Kominis

University of Crete, Greece

Professor Iannis Kominis received a Diploma in Electrical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens in 1996. He then went on to obtain a PhD in Physics at Princeton University. After a one-year military service he went back to Princeton for a post-doctoral appointment and then to a second post-doctoral position at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Since 2004 he is a faculty member at the University of Crete. He has worked on experimental medium energy nuclear physics, atomic physics, quantum metrology, in particular ultra-sensitive optical magnetometers. In recent years he has focused on the emerging field of quantum biology, which he among others has helped establish, dealing with novel and unexpected quantum coherence effects in biological systems.

You can visit Professor Iannis Kominis’s personal webpage here.

Invited speaker: Professor Nikolaos E. Mavromatos

King's College London, UK

Research interests: Astro-particle Physics; Quantum Gravity and Dirichlet-Brane Phenomenology; Strings and Conformal Field Theory; Yang-Mills Gauge Theory; Low-dimensional gauge field theories and Supersymmetry; interdisciplinary research between Condensed Matter and Particle Physics (Antiferromagnets and High-Tc Superconductors).

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Invited speaker: Professor Fabrizio Pinto

Jazan University

Fabrizio Pinto obtained his Laurea from the University of Rome "La Sapienza," cum laude, in 1984 and he received a Ph.D from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, U.S.A. in 1989. He held several faculty positions in the U.S., published and received research awards in astrophysics, quantum physics, general relativity, pedagogy, and science popularization. In 1996, Dr. Pinto joined the Navigation and Flight Mechanics section of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech in Pasadena, California. In 1999, he left JPL to develop novel micro- and nano-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS) enabled by Casimir forces as a physicist-entrepreneur and he obtained ten US patents. At Jazan University, he remains focused on physical modeling, experimentation, prototyping, patenting, and technology transfer of Casimir force applications to micro- and nano-technology. Most recently, he has been designing energy storage, propulsive systems, nano-oscillators, and nano-actuators based on dispersion force modulation in multiwalled nanotube arrays.

You can visit Professor Fabrizio Pinto’s personal webpage here.

Invited speaker: Dr George Spyrou

Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens, Greece

Dr George Spyrou is a Research Scientist - Professor Level at the Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens, Greece. Dr Spyrou received his BSc on Physics from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Afterwards he received Master of Sciences on Medical Physics from University of Patras where he completed also his PhD on Medical Physics, working on algorithms and simulations applied on medical issues, especially on breast cancer imaging. Trying to get in the field of Bioinformatics, Dr Spyrou received also a Master of Sciences on Bioinformatics from the Department of Biology in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

You can visit Dr George Spyrou’s personal webpage here.

Invited speaker: Professor Kalman Varga

Vanderbilt University, Department of Physics and Astronomy, USA

Professor Kalman Varga received his PhD in physics at the University of Debrecen, Hungary. After postdoctoral positions in Argonne and Oak Ridge National Laboratories he joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Vanderbilt University in 2005. His main research area is computational simulation of nanoscale materials inclding electron transport calculations, electronic structure calculations and time-dependent density functional theory simulations. He also works on large scale variational calculations using correlated Gaussian basis functions. This approach, called stochastic variational method gives very accurate binding energies of few (N=2-10) particle systems. Dr. Varga published more that 150 peer reviewed articles and coauthored 3 books. His latest book entitled "Computational nanoscience" published by Cambridge University Press presents varios methods for numerical simulations of nanoscale systems.

You can visit Professor Kalman Varga’s personal webpage here.

Invited speaker: Professor Yannis Kominis

National Technical University of Athens, School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Science, Greece

Yannis Kominis, National Technical University of Athens, School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Science, Greece

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