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Advanced Materials Liquid Crystal Institute to Host Applied Mathematics Symposium on Feb. 9-10

World-renowned applied mathematicians and materials researchers will gather this Saturday and Sunday at Kent State University to initiate and foster collaborations to address challenges to areas of applied mathematics ranging from modeling and analysis to scientific computing and machine learning.

The Applied Mathematics Symposium on Advanced Materials will be held on Feb. 9-10, 2019. To learn more about the Symposium, visit:

The symposium is organized by Professor Peter Palffy-Muhoray and Associate Professor Xiaoyu Zheng of the Advanced Materials Liquid Crystal Institute (AMLCI) at Kent State University and Irene Fonseca and Dejan Slepcev of the Center for Nonlinear Analysis (CNA) at Carnegie Mellon University. Sponsors include Kent State University's Advanced Materials Liquid Crystal Institute, Carnegie Mellon University's Mellon College of Science and the Center for Nonlinear Analysis, AlphaMicron, and Kent Displays. 

Because of their special biological, chemical, mechanical and optical response, advanced materials play an increasingly important role in human life. Modeling and optimizing their response, which sensitively depends on composition and architecture and a rich variety of physical processes. Motivated by recent advances in materials science enabled by mathematics, this symposium brings together experts in the field to illustrate effective strategies, to expose mathematicians to emerging issues in the area, and to identify directions for future progress.

Symposium speakers include: 

  • Kaushik Dayal, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, "Objective Twisted Electromagnetic and Electronic Waves in Chiral Materials"
  • Weinan E, Princeton University, USA and Peking University, China, "Machine Learning and Multi-scale Modeling"
  • Irene Fonseca, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, "Mathematical Analysis of Novel Advanced Materials: Epitaxy and Quantum Dots"
  • Eugene Gartland, Kent State University, USA, "Forces and Variational Compatibility for Equilibrium Liquid Crystal Director Models with Coupled Electric Fields"
  • Dmitry Golovaty, University of Akron, USA, "Interfaces with Singularities: Understanding Phase Transitions in Nematic Liquid Crystals"
  • Richard James, University of Minnesota, USA, "Materials from Mathematics"
  • David Kinderlehrer, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, "Towards a Gradient Flow for Microstructure"
  • Robert Kohn, New York University, USA, "A Variational Perspective on Wrinkling Patterns in Thin Elastic Sheets"
  • Peter Palffy-Muhoray, Kent State University, USA, "Light Intensity as a Mechanical Potential for Photoactive Materials"
  • Michael Shelley, New York University, USA, "Self-Organization and Mechanics in the Cell"
  • Epifanio Virga, University of Pavia, Italy, "Chirality Injection in Liquid Crystal Droplets"
  • Xiaoyu Zheng, Kent State University, USA, "Towards an Equation of State for Dense Nematics via a Free Volume Approach"


Media Contacts:

Peter Palffy-Muhoray,, 330-672-2604

Xiaoyu Zheng,, 330-672-9089