Disordered serendipity: a glassy path to discovery

A workshop in honour of Giorgio Parisi's 70th birthday

Sapienza Università di Roma, September 19-22, 2018

Scientific committee

Andrea Cavagna, Silvio Franz, Irene Giardina, Luca Leuzzi, Andrea Maiorano, Enzo Marinari, Federico Ricci-Tersenghi, Tommaso Rizzo, Francesco Zamponi

Local organising committee

Daniele Ancora, Valerio Astuti, Fernanda Benetti, Simone Franchini, Giacomo Gradenigo, Gabriele Sicuro

Scientific secretariat

Giulia Loguercio and Manuela Marchetti

Giorgio Parisi

Fat diagrams: a topological expansion for lattice models

Closing talk of the Workshop.

Journal of Physics A

Special Issue

In the occasion of Giorgio Parisi 70th birthday, we are editing a special issue of JPA dedicated to Disordered Systems, Spin Glasses, Glasses, Interdisciplinary applications of Statistical Physics. The deadline for submission will be December 31, 2018. To access to the journal webpace, click on the banner or here.

Invited speakers:

  • Giulio Biroli
  • Jean-Philippe Bouchaud
  • Chiara Cammarota
  • Sergio Caracciolo
  • Patrick Charbonneau
  • Leticia Cugliandolo
  • Yoshiyuki Kabashima
  • Florent Krzakala
  • Jorge Kurchan
  • Victor Martin-Mayor
  • Marc Mézard
  • Rémi Monasson
  • Andrea Montanari
  • Andrea Pagnani
  • Saverio Pascazio
  • Felix Ritort
  • Stefano Ruffo
  • Antonello Scardicchio
  • Guilhem Semerjian
  • Pierfrancesco Urbani
  • Martin Weigt
  • Matthieu Wyart
  • Riccardo Zecchina

Conference program

Wednesday 19

8:30 Registration

9:00 Opening

9:15 Florent Krzakala On statistical physics and inference problems

10:00 Andrea Pagnani Expectation propagation: applications and theory

10:45 Coffee break

11:15 Guilhem Semerjian Phase transitions in inference problems on sparse random graphs

12:00 Martin Weigt All models are wrong, but some are useful: From inverse statistical physics to data-driven protein-sequence design

12:45 Lunch at conference site

14:15 Chiara Cammarota Marginally stable equilibria in critical ecosystems

15:00 Sergio Caracciolo New results for random Euclidean optimizations at low dimensions

15:45 Coffee break

16:15 Yoshiyuki Kabashima Semi-analytic resampling in Lasso

17:00 Remi Monasson Continuous attractor neural networks: recent developments and applications

Thursday 20

9:15 Giulio Biroli Activated glassy dynamics: new results, ideas and perspectives

10:00 Victor Martin-Mayor Time and length for spin glasses

10:45 Coffee break

11:15 Jorge Kurchan Time reparametrization (quasi) invariance and zero-temperature entropy are properties of glassy dynamics, as well as `toy' Black Holes


12:45 Lunch

14:15 Matthieu Wyart Theory for swap acceleration near the glass and jamming transitions

15:00 Pierfrancesco Urbani Theory of strained amorphous solids in infinite dimension

15:45 Coffee break

16:15 Patrick Charbonneau Breaking the glass ceiling to probe the entropy crisis

17:00 Jean-Philippe Bouchaud Non-linear susceptibilities: a tool to probe amorphous order in glassy systems


Friday 21

9:15 Saverio Pascazio Entanglement: phase transitions and frustration

10:00 Antonello Scardicchio Ergodicity breaking from quantum mechanics

10:45 Coffee break

11:15 Leticia Cugliandolo The dynamics of the isolated p=2 spherical model: a classical integrable system with a Generalized Gibbs Ensemble description?

12:00 Stefano Ruffo Statistical physics of the Kuramoto model

12:45 Lunch

14:15 Felix Ritort Equilibrium breakdown in single molecules and cells

15:00 Andrea Montanari Variational inference and the complexity of the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model

15:45 Coffee break

16:15 Riccardo Zecchina What is special about artificial neural systems?

17:00 Marc Mézard Statistical inference: the impact of statistical physics concepts and methods

Saturday 22

10:00 Giorgio Parisi

Location and events

The workshop will take place in the Marconi building (Aula Amaldi, 1st floor) inside the Sapienza University Campus.

On September 20th there will be a social dinner at the restaurant of Casa dell’Aviatore (check the map below for directions). The dinner is free for all participants.

On September 22nd, after Giorgio Parisi’s talk, he will be glad to host his friends and colleagues in a party in the countryside nearby Rome.


Contact: parisi70conf_AT_gmail.com

We have pre-booked a pool of rooms with two hotels close to the Physics Department. Participants can reserve them by clicking on one of the following two links:

Hotel Ateneo Garden Palace

Hotel Laurentia

The organizers will be able to directly monitor reservations placed in this way.

In blue you can find directions from the Physics department to the social dinner location.

Restaurants nearby

1. Trattoria Marcantonio Via dei Taurini, 43 – Tel. +39 337 806 177

2. Ristorante Pizzeria I Fratelli Via degli Umbri, 14 – Tel. +39 06 4469 856

3. SAID dal 1923 Via Tiburtina,135 – Tel. +39 06 4469 204

4. Ciacco&Bacco San Lorenzo Via dei Ramni, 28 – Tel. +39 06 3105 1857

5. Osteria dei Colli Emiliani Via Tiburtina, 104 – Tel. +39 06 4453 622

6. Pizzeria La Casetta Via dei Marrucini, 52 – Tel. +39 06 490 409

7. Osteria Rouge Piazza dei Siculi, 6 – Tel. +39 06 4436 2682

8. Bar Leonardi Via dei Marrucini, 44 – Tel. +39 06 4466 252

9. Libreria Kappa Bistrot Viale Ippocrate, 113 – Tel. +39 06 4547 5580

10. Uffa che Pizza Via dei Taurini, 39 – Tel. +39 06 4436 2444

11. La Tana Sarda Via Tiburtina, 134 – Tel. +39 06 4463 550

We acknowledge funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No.694925, LoTGlasSy).