Workshop on Large Fluctuations and Collective Phenomena in Disordered Materials

May 16-19, 2011

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

A diverse group of prominent experimentalists, computational physicists, and theoreticians working at the interface between Physics, Mechanics, and Materials Science, will focus on phenomena involving intermittent material response, avalanches, and large fluctuations.


  • Barkhausen noise in magnetic materials
  • fracture and plasticity in crystalline or non-crystalline materials
  • martensitic transformations
  • structural relaxation near the glass or the jamming transition
  • granular materials
  • foams
  • fluctuations in high Tc superconductors
  • and other materials



  • Luiza Angheluta (Oslo)
  • Michael Assaf (Illinois)
  • Gordon Baym (Illinois)
  • Bob Behringer (Duke)
  • David Campbell (Boston U)
  • Erica Carlson (Purdue)
  • Lance Cooper (Illinois)
  • Karin Dahmen (Illinois)
  • Karen Daniels (North Carolina State)
  • Dennis Dimiduk (Air Force)
  • Doug Durian (U Pennsylvania)
  • Gianfranco Durin (Torino, Italy)
  • Michael Falk (Johns Hopkins)
  • Eduardo Fradkin (Illinois)
  • Laura Greene (Illinois)
  • Julia Greer (Caltech)
  • Sascha Hilgenfeldt (Illinois)
  • Alfred Hubler (Illinois)
  • David Jiles (Iowa State)
  • David Lockner (US Geological Survey)
  • Craig Maloney (Carnegie Mellon
  • Corey O’Hern (Yale)
  • Stefanos Papanikolaou
  • Mark Robbins (Johns Hopkins)
  • Zeb Rocklin (Illinois)
  • Dale Van Harlingen (Illinois)
  • Eduard Vives (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Dervis Vural (Illinois)
  • Richard Weaver (Illinois)
  • Mike Weissman (Illinois)

Sponsors: Institute for Condensed Matter Theory & Materials Computation Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
email contact: Becky McDuffee (becky [at]