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The European Physical Journal Special Topics

The European Physical Journal Special Topics

Managing Editors: S. Lehr; A. Ruimy

ISSN: 1951-6355 (print version)
ISSN: 1951-6401 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11734

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EPJ ST Special Issue: Fractional Dynamical Systems: Recent Trends in Theory and Applications  

The fractional dynamic is a field of study in mathematics and physics investigating the behavior of objects and systems by using differentiations of fractional orders. Due to its widespread applications in science and technology, research within the fractional dynamical systems has led to new developments that have attracted the attention of considerable audience of professionals such as mathematicians, physicists, applied researches and practitioners. Unlike integer-order models, fractional-order models have the potential to capture nonlocal relations in time and space with power law memory kernels. This makes them providing more realistic and adequate descriptions for many real-world phenomena. In spite of the tremendous number of published results in the literature, there remain many open problems that need more investigations.
In this special issue, we provide an international forum for researchers to contribute with original research as well as review papers focusing on the latest achievements in the theory and applications of fractional dynamical systems. Potential topics include, but not limited to, recent results in:
- Fractional Differential Systems
- Fractional Difference Systems
- Fractional Functional Differential Systems
- Fractional Impulsive Systems
- Fractional Uncertain Systems
- Fractional Fuzzy Systems
- Fractional Control Problem.
- Fractional Modelling to Real-World Phenomena
Deadline for submission: Authors are cordially invited to submit high quality and original research papers before July 30, 2017.

Special Issue: New perspectives on complex systems 

An EPJ ST topical issue on New perspectives on complex systems will be edited by J. Davidsen (Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Calgary), H. Leung (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of Calgary) and H. M. Hastings (Division of Science, Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Hofstra University) and they highly encourage additional contributions by the broader community.
Aim of this topical issue: The aim is to address the interdisciplinary field of complex systems in all its diversity while emphasizing the commonalities across different applications. Prominent examples of complex systems include, but are not limited to turbulent flows, non-linear electronic systems, as well as fault systems, fracture processes and seismicity, the climate system and human heart dynamics, neural signaling or biological signaling processes in general. Due to the technological advances over the last decade, the amount of observations and data available to characterize complex systems and their dynamics has increased substantially. Thus, the main focus will be on novel experimental and data-driven approaches to complex systems that provide the necessary platform to model the behavior of such systems. This includes their description in the language of graphs and networks as well as oscillators, both of which often allow, either separately or combined, a unifying perspective. To summarize, this topical issue will bring together modern achievements from various disciplines including physics, geosciences, engineering, neuroscience, chemistry, and biology to foster synergetic effects between them that will allow us to tackle fundamental issues and challenges in the future.
Deadline for submission:
Authors are cordially invited to submit high quality and original research papers that have not appeared in any other journals or proceedings before 31 October 2016.
For further information, please contact epjst@edpsciences.org

Special Issue: Aspects of Statistical Mechanics and Dynamical Complexity 

The gradually unfolding theory of Complex Systems is closely linked to research perspectives in Statistical Mechanics. This Special Issue is devoted to shed light on this connection, and it focuses on some selected topics at the forefront of research in Statistical Mechanics. The Issue includes the presentation of some rigorous results, through the prism of the ergodic theory of dynamical systems, cluster expansion techniques and large deviations methods, combined with a selection of applications ranging from chemical kinetics to data analysis. Thus, our aim is to convey to the reader the flavor of a vibrating, highly interdisciplinary, field of research.
The issue in particular analyzes some fundamental aspects of the theory of ``Metastability´´ - a widespread physical phenomenon whose underpinning mathematical theory is still being developed - and it also tackles some rigorous results for continuous particle system interacting via a stable and tempered pair potential. Special emphasis is paid to research results lying at the intersection between Statistical Mechanics and the ergodic theory of Dynamics Systems, which is an important forge of interesting models and deep, yet unsolved, questions, as well as to the derivation of large deviations results in the context of interacting particle systems.
The Issue finally comprises a selection of interdisciplinary applications, e.g. the kinetics of multistage self-assembly processes (e.g. analysis of collagen fibrils growth), the theory the Machine Learning revisited from the viewpoint of Statistical Mechanics and the use of ``Entropy analysis'' in the analysis of econometric data.
Call for papers: Authors are cordially invited to submit original research papers on novel techniques, theoretical analysis, simulation and experimental results.
Topics: Topics of interest for this special issue of EPJ ST include, but are not limited to:
1. Large deviation methods in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics.
2. Hydrodnamic limit of interacting particle systems.
3. Zero range processes and threshold effects.
4. Thermodynamics of small systems and Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics.
5. Cluster expansion methods.
6. Chaotic dynamics (in form of its impact for Statistical Mechanics).
7. Complexity Dynamics and its associated measures.
The complete manuscripts should be submitted by 31st August, 2016.
Prospective authors should submit high quality and original contributions that have not appeared in any other journals or proceedings. Articles can be submitted to Santo Banerjee via email at santoban@gmail.com
Submissions should follow the guidelines of EPJ ST, which can be found at

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