June 30 - July 2, 2019
Early seminal work on excitable media dates back to 1946 when N. Wiener and A. Rosenblueth described and analyzed cardiac arrhythmias by means of a network of excitable elements, followed by experiments on pattern formation in oscillatory chemical reactions by B.P. Belousov in 1959, that were extended to two dimensional patterns by A.M. Zhabotinsky and A.N. Zaikin in 1970. In the 1960s and 1970s other pioneers of the field like V.I. Krinski and A.T. Winfree pointed out the analogy of spiral waves in the BZ reaction and the propagation of electrical excitation in various biological tissues, including myocardium, and provided groundbreaking experimental and theoretical studies of dynamical properties of excitable media.
Since then, excitable systems have been identified and investigated in many scientific fields including physics, chemistry, biology, neuroscience, medicine, and social sciences. Although being different in many aspects, all excitable systems share similar underlying mechanisms of excitability, show similar phenomena, and, last but not least, can be described by similar mathematical models. Therefore, the goal of this symposium is to bring together researchers working on excitable media in different fields to share their results and their visions of new applications (e.g., in life sciences). Applications to cardiac arrhythmias will be highlighted in a special session on arrhythmia control in collaboration with the German Center for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK).
The symposium will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen, Germany.