CSH Workshop: “Information theory and non-equilibrium thermodynamics beyond the Shannon-Gibbs framework”

Jan 25, 2018Jan 27, 2018

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Workshop organized by Bernat Corominas-Murtra and Rudolf Hanel



Understanding the connection between information and thermodynamics is a crucial keystone on the way towards grasping the emergence of complexity. In systems without path-dependence or in equilibrium, these relations are fairly well understood: On the one hand, Shannon entropy can be justified either from information-theoretic grounds or from an equilibrium Thermodynamic approach. On the other hand, Landauer’s principle gives us a fundamental relation between information erasure and thermodynamic cost.


The solid ground those concepts are built on dissolves completely when going to systems with path-dependence or non-equilibrium systems. While recent approaches provided a conceptual basis for generalised forms of information theory, the connection between these theoretical approaches to (non-equilibrium) thermodynamic concepts is far from being understood. At the same time, new developments generalising Landauer’s principle to non-equilibrium scenarios become available, but many important pieces in this puzzle still are far from being firmly grounded.


This workshop is intended to bring together researchers working in these fields of research to explore potentially promising future research paths aiming at a comprehensive integration of the above mentioned disciplines. In addition we want to discuss the possible application of these theoretical approaches, from biological to technological systems.



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by Bernat Corominas-Murtra


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Jan 25, 2018
Jan 27, 2018


Complexity Science Hub Vienna
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