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Order, disorder, and double disorder
August 24-28, 2009


The study of disordered models has a long tradition, both in statistical mechanics and in probability. At present it is a very active area of research that blends mathematical sophistication with the physical explanation of new phenomena. In fact, in the last decade interest in the topic has largely exceeded the original statistical-mechanical and probabilistic setting, as disorder-related effects have been shown to play an important role in many other  scientific areas, such as computer science, biology, and social sciences. The common theme is the lack of symmetry in the resulting systems, a fact that is responsible for the emergence of new and sometimes unexpected behaviour.

 The aim of the proposed workshop is to bring together leading experts in these fields to exchange ideas and learn from each other.  Focus will be directed to a number of issues of current relevance which have been the object of important developments, be it in equilibrium or non-equilibrium.  Genuine disorder effects include spin glass-behavior, chaotic size-dependence, trapping and aging. Particular attention will be paid to models indexed by random structures such as percolation clusters, scale-free random graphs, or random graphs which are dynamically grown.  Common theme of all of these topics is the lack of symmetry in the resulting systems, a fact that is responsible for the emergence of new and sometimes unexpected behavior.



With special thanks and acknowledgement for the contributions of the following sponsors:


NSF Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE)











Last up-dated 10-08-09

Speakers  & Participants
Programme & Abstracts

Practical Information



  • Prof. Dr. Chuck Newman and Dr. Michael Damron, Courant Institute, New York University, New York, N.Y. USA

  • Prof. Dr. Andrea Montanari, Departments of Electrical Engineering and Statistics, Stanford University, Stanford CA, USA

  • Prof. Dr. Finn. V. Jensen, Department of Computer Science Aalborg University, Denmark


  • Prof. Dr. Remco van der Hofstad, TU Eindhoven

  • Prof. Dr. Vladas Sidoravicius, CWI Amsterdam and Rijksuniversiteit Leiden

  • Dr. Louis-Pierre Arguin, Courant Institute New York University, New York, NY USA

  • Prof. Dr. Noam Berger, Depart. Mathematics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

  • Prof. Dr. Erwin Bolthausen , Department of Mathematics Zurich University, Switzerland

  • Prof. Dr. Anton Bovier, Institut für Angewandte Mathematik Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany

  • Prof. Dr. Nina Gantert, Department of Mathematics, University of  Münster, Germany

  • Prof. Dr. Olle Häggstrom, Chalmers University Göteborg, Sweden

  • Dmitry Ioffe, Technion, Israel

  • Dr. Nicola Kistler, Institut für Angewandte Mathematik Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

  • Prof. Dr. Floris Takens, Instituut voor Wiskunde en Informatica R.U. Groningen



The programme runs from Monday morning, 10AM, until Friday approx. 1PM.


Please register by filling in the FORM. There is no closing date for registration, but the number of places is limited. There is no registration fee.

Practical information

Conference Location

The workshop location is EURANDOM, Den Dolech 2, 5612 AZ Eindhoven, Laplace Building, 1st floor, LG 1.105.

EURANDOM is located on the campus of  "Technische Universiteit Eindhoven" in the Laplace building (marked with LG on the map). The building is at 15 minutes walking distance from the Eindhoven railway station (take the northern exit and walk in the north-eastern direction until you reach a crossing at Fellenoord. The campus is located on the other side of that street).

For travel information to Eindhoven, please check www.eurandom.tue.nl/contact.htm

Conference room (LG 1.105)

The conference room is equipped with a notebook (windows or unix), overhead projector, blackboard and beamer. We recommend speakers to bring their presentation on a USB stick.


For the invited speakers Sandton Hotel Eindhoven City Centre  is reserved. Please indicate your arrival and departure dates on the registration form.

For participants, there is a possibility to stay at Hotel Queen (a reduced rate of 95 Euros* is applicable). Please indicate your arrival and departure dates on the registration form.

For private bookings we suggest consulting the webpage of VVV Eindhoven.

* single room, breakfast included, excluding the tourist tax 3,50 Euro per night.


Monday - Thursday free lunches are offered to the participants. Please indicate your attendance on the registration form.

On Wednesday evening there will be a workshop dinner. Indicate your attendance on the
registration form.
For non-invitees an amount of 35 Euros is requested, to be paid at the registration desk in cash (preferably an exact amount in Euros).


For more information please contact Mrs. Lucienne Coolen, workshop officer of  EURANDOM, at


  P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB  Eindhoven, The Netherlands
tel. +31 40 2478100  fax +31 40 2478190  
  e-mail: office@eurandom.tue.nl