The Statistical Physics of Inference and Control Theory

Granade, Spain
September 12-16, 2012

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PROGRAM: --- Wednesday 12th --- Thursday 13th ---- Friday 14th ---- Saturday 15th ---- Sunday 16th

Tuesday 11 th
19.30 - 21.00 Informal get together with drinks      
21.00 Dinner      
Wednesday 12 th
09.30 - 10.30   Bert Kappen The statistical physics of control and inference
Radboud University Nijmegen
10.30-11.00 Coffee break      
  Control and statistical physics      
11.00-12.00   Claudio Landim A thermodynamical theory for non-equilibrium systems
University of Rouen
12.00-13.00   Henrik Sandberg Physical implementations and limitations in control theory
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
13.00-16.00 Lunch break - free discusssion. (14.00 Lunch)      
  Duality between control and inference      
16.00-17.00   Sanjoy Mitter The Duality between Estimation and Control
17.00-17.30   Joris Bierkens

Probabilistic solution of relative entropy weighted control

Radboud University Nijmegen
17.30-18.00   Pablo Hurtado

Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking at the Fluctuating Level

University of Granada
18.00 - 18.30 Refreshment break      
  Control of stochastic systems      
18.30-19.30   Francesco Guerra

Stochastic variational principles for dissipative and conservative systems: the problem of time reversal invariance

University of Rome
19.30-20.30   Roger Brockett Minimal attention control
21.00 Dinner      
Thursday 13 th
  Control and statistical physics      
09.00-10.00   Jean-Charles Delvenne Thermodynamics and linear control theory University of Louvain
10.00-11.00   Ramon van Handel

Filtering in High Dimension and Statistical Physics

Princeton University
11.00- 11.30 Coffee break      

Perception and action, duality in biology

11.30-12.30   Carl Friston

Free energy and active inference

University College London
12.30-13.30   Naftali Tishby

On the discounting of information and the renormalization group of the Bellman equation,

The Hebrew University
13.30-16.00 Lunch break - free discusssion. (14.00 Lunch)      
  Control and statistical physics      
16.00-17.00   Vladimir Chernyak

Stochastic Control as a Non-Equilibrium Statistical Physics

Wayne State University
17.00-18.00   Michael Chertkov

Fluid Mechanics as a Single-Particle Control

Los Alamos National Laboratory
18.00-18.30 Refreshment break      
  Perception and action,
duality in biology


18.30-19.30   Emanuel Todorov

From linearly-solvable optimal control to trajectory optimization, and (hopefully) back

Washington University
19.30-20.00   Daniel Braun & Pedro Ortega

Thermodynamics as a theory of bounded rational decision-making

Max Planck Institute Tuebingen
21.00 Dinner      
Friday 14 th
09.00-13.00 Visit Alhambra      
14:00 Lunch      
  Algorithms for control  


15.30 - 16.30   Riccardo Zecchina

Activating extreme trajectories in network dynamics

University of Torino
16.30 - 17.00   Luca Dall'Asta

Activation and Control of extreme trajectories in network dynamics

University of Torino
17.00 - 17.30   Yumiharu Nakano

An approximation scheme for optimal stochastic control problems

Tokyo Institute of Technology
17.30 - 18.00 Refreshment break      
  Control and statistical physics  


18.00 - 19.00   Juan Parrondo

Maxwell demons, feedback control, and fluctuation theorems

Universidad Complutense Madrid
19.00 - 19.30   Yevgeny Seldin

PAC-Bayesian Analysis: A link between inference and statistical physics

Max Planck Institute, Tuebingen
19.30 - 20.00   Wim Wiegerinck & P. Lessmann

Large deviation theory for inference and control

Radboud University Nijmegen
21.00 Dinner      
Saturday 15 th
  Inference and statistical physics  


09.30-10.30   Pablo Parrilo

An Optimal Architecture for Decentralized Control Over Posets

10.30-11.00 Coffee break      
11.00-12.00   Marc Mezard

Occam's razor in massive data acquisition: a statistical physics approach

Universite de Paris Sud, Orsay
12.00-13.00   Devavrat Shah

Making centralized computation `faster, distributed' and sometimes `better'

13.00-16.00 Lunch break - free discussion
14.00 Lunch
  Quantum mechanics  


16.00-17.00   Seth Lloyd,

Quantum limits to measuring space and time

17.00-17.30   Hans Maassen

Optimal quantum feedback control

Radboud University Nijmegen
17.30-18.00 Refreshment break      
  Robotics and control  


18.00-19.00   Evangelos Theodorou

Free Energy and Relative Entropy Dualities: Connections to path integral control and applications to robotics

Washington University
19.00-20.00   Jun Morimoto

Applications of stochastic optimal control methods to humanoid robots

ATR Kyoto
21.00 Banquet      
Sunday 16 th
  Robotics and control  


09.30-10.00 Satoshi Satoh

Iterative Path Integral Method for Nonlinear Stochastic Optimal Control

Hiroshima University
10.00-10.30   Krishnamurthy Dvijotham

Generalizations of Linearly Solvable Optimal Control

Washington University
10.30-11.00 Closing remarks      
11.00 Coffee break      
14.00 Lunch