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EPJ ST - Special Topics
Special Topics
Open Calls for Papers
EPJ ST Topical Issue on "Dynamics of animal systems"

A diverse set of problems in dynamical systems find their inspiration in the animal kingdom. Systems of biological organisms display an array of complex motion patterns and collective behaviors, and individuals sense each other and their environment through varying communication channels. These systems operate over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales, thus motivating their study towards solutions to problems across disciplines. Vice-versa, solving related problems in other disciplines may complementarily inform the study of inspiring biological systems. Theoretical and experimental research that falls under this broad heading will be collected in this special issue, including efforts focused on dynamics of animal locomotion, sensing and communication, interactions with peers and the environment, and emergent collective behavior in groups.

Call for papers: We are seeking articles on theoretical and experimental research pertaining to this broad heading, including for example, efforts focused on dynamics of animal locomotion, sensing and communication, interactions with peers and the environment, and emergent collective behavior in groups. Articles may be one of four types: i) minireviews (10-15 pages), ii) tutorial reviews (15+ pages), iii) original paper v1 (5-10 pages), or iv) original paper v2 (3-5 pages). More detailed descriptions of each paper type can be found at http://epjst.epj.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=408&Itemid=413&lang=en.

Manuscripts should be prepared using the latex template of EPJ ST.

Submission Deadline: Manuscripts are due by 15 April 2015

Guest Editors: Nicole Abaid (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), Sachit Butail (Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi), Maurizio Porfiri (New York University), and Davide Spinello (University of Ottawa)

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EPJ ST Special Issue on "Scale-Bridging Techniques in Molecular Simulation: A Critical Appraisal"

Multiscale and multiphysics methodologies have become an integral part of molecular modeling and simulation, and have been applied to various real-world problems that would have been out of reach without scale-bridging techniques. Techniques for systematically reducing the number of degrees of freedom to the essential ones, for coupling different levels of resolution, for exploring in an efficient way the conformational space, for exploring different time scales in a unitary scheme, are few examples of ideas employed to bridge scales in molecular simulation.

Such methods are physically relatively well-founded, and mathematically justified for particular cases, but are often difficult to apply to any realistic system. The focus of the special issue will be a critical discussion of some of the most popular methodologies in the field, that involve either multiple scales (in space and time) or heterogeneous coupling between different models (e.g. discrete and continuum models). Despite their merits, there is no systematic account of conceptual deficits or computational limitations, a gap to be filled by this special issue.

Beyond these considerations we also expect that the critical discussion will offer new research directions and stimulate exactly those collaborations among practitioners and theorists that are needed to tackle current challenges in molecular simulation.

This special issue addresses all researchers with a background in physics, mathematics and chemistry, interested in the use and development of molecular simulation and modeling tools that involve multiple physical models, a hierarchy of scales or multiple physical phenomena that occur simultaneously. A particularly important aspect of the proposed multidisciplinary project is to avoid addressing "success stories" of a particular method or its applications, but rather to frankly and critically discuss limitations of methods and open problems.

Call for papers: We would like to cordially invite further authors to submit their original research papers for this special issue along the lines described above. An extended description of the critical aspects/open problems of the methods presented will be a stringent criterion of pre-selection of papers to be sent to referees.

Guest Editors: Luigi Delle Site and Carsten Hartmann, Institute for Mathematics Free University Berlin

Submission Deadline: 31 October 2014

For any queries please contact Luigi Delle Site, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Managing Editors
Agnès Henri (EDP Sciences) and Sabine Lehr (Springer-Verlag)
Dear Isabelle,
Many thanks for all the hard work. Many thanks indeed!

Peter M.A. Sloot, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Editor EPJ Special Topics 222/6, 2013

ISSN: 1951-6355 (Print Edition)
ISSN: 1951-6401 (Electronic Edition)

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