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Events for 03/28/2022 from all calendars

Mathematical Biology Seminar

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Time: 4:00PM - 5:00PM

Location: BLOC 302

Speaker: Evelyn Tang, Rice University

Title: Predicting robust emergent function in active networks

Abstract: Living and active systems exhibit various emergent dynamics necessary for system regulation, growth, and motility. However, how robust dynamics arises from stochastic components remains unclear. Towards understanding this, I develop topological theories that support robust edge states, effectively reducing the system dynamics to a lower-dimensional subspace. In particular, I will introduce stochastic networks in molecular configuration space that enable different phenomena from a global clock, stochastic growth and shrinkage, to synchronization. These out-of-equilibrium systems further possess uniquely non-Hermitian features such as exceptional points and vorticity. More broadly, my work provides a blueprint for the design and control of novel and robust function in correlated and active systems.