- K. Binder, Institute of Physics of Condensed Matter, Mainz, Germany
- J. F. Fernández, Institute for Materials Science, C.S.I.C., Zaragoza, Spain
- P. L. Garrido, Director of the Seminar, Institute “Carlos I”, University of Granada
- H. J. Herrmann, Institute for Building Materials, E.T.H., Zurich
- H. J. Kappen, Department of Medical Physics and Biophysics, Nijmegen
- J. L. Lebowitz, Department of Mathematics, Rutgers University, New Jersey
- R. de la Llave, Department of Mathematics, University of Texas, Austin
- M. Mareschal, Faculté des Sciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
- J. Marro, Institute “Carlos I”, University of Granada
The Granada Seminar is defined as a small topical conference whose pedagogical power is especially channelled towards young researchers. In fact, one interesting aspect of this meeting is the opportunity given to young researchers to present their results and to discuss their problems with leading specialists.
The Seminar aims to cover the modelling of complex systems with an emphasis on the computational aspects of this timely topic. In practice, the modelling of complex systems essentially relies on the creative use of computers. Consequently, the Granada Seminar is not only of interest to physicists and mathematicians but also to many scientists whose field is in chemistry, biology, geology, engineering, communications, sociology and economics.
Excerpts from prefaces of the “Granada Lectures” Series of Books:
The methods developed to deal with the computational aspects of physical problems are useful in an increasing number of situations, from chemistry, biology and geology to engineering, communications and economics. In fact, computational physics has evolved into a trans-disciplinary field now concerned with the creative use of computers in scientific research. Moreover, computational methods often help students to develop a deeper understanding of key concepts, and enhance their problem-solving abilities. Therefore, computational physics is recognised as having an important educational value, and educators face the task of outlining appropriate curricula to take advantage of these unique features.
This was, in fact, an important motivation for setting up the Seminar on Computational Physics which is held in Granada every two years since 1990.
The seminar, to be described as a combination of conference and school (it is part of the doctoral programme of the University of Granada), aims at bringing together graduate and late undergraduate students, post-docs, and experienced researchers. Therefore, young scientists will have the opportunity to present their thoughts and results and discuss their problems with leading specialists in the field. Some of the contributors will be invited to send a paper to the proceedings to be published.