Poster Awards

Afer a head to head race the Poster Awards of Dynamics Days Europe 2002 were given to the following poster presentations


1st Price:
Intermittencies and symmetry in a reverse-flow chemical reactor

Lucia Russo(1), Continillo Gaetano(2), Maffettone Pie Luca(3), Mancusi Erasmo(2), Crescitelli Silvestro(1)

(1) Dipartimento di Ingegneria Chimica, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Piazzale Tecchio 80, 80125 Napoli, Italia
(2) Dipartimento di Ingegneria, Università del Sannio, Piazza Roma, 82100, Benevento, Italia
(3) Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali ed Ingegneria Chimica, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino, Italia

In this work we discuss how spatio-temporal symmetry influence the dynamics of discontinuously forced chemical reactors. Recent analysis, based on Lie group theory, are related to a dynamical systems that are symmetric with respect to linear transformations that involve the system state and the time. These spatio-temporal symmetries were found in reverse-flow reactors and depend on the type of forcing only. Such symmetry properties can be used to improve efficiency and accuracy of standard bifurcational analysis, in that difficulties due to the discontinuous nature of the forcing are avoided. To this aim, suitable discrete systems based on the Poincaré map for spatio-temporal symmetric systems are constructed. Such discrete systems inherit the symmetry properties of the original systems, and are diffeomorphisms. Spatio-temporal symmetry properties influence the possible bifurcational scenarios: obviously, only some kind of bifurcations are possible, whereas some usually high-codimension bifurcations become generic. Routes to chaos also show peculiar properties: special kinds of intermittency and attractor merging crises are found and analysed.


1st Price:
Nonlinear models for characterisation and prediction of noisy chaotic time series

Michael Small, Chi K. Tse

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, zipitydoda Hong Kong SAR, China

We describe a nonlinear modelling algorithm capable of accurately capturing dynamics from short noisy time series. This method utilises an information theoretic model selection criteria and a variant of the artificial neural network (ANN) modelling scheme. The ANN consists of a single hidden layer and a monotonic nonlinear output function. The hidden layer is composed of a relatively small number of carefully selected neurons, the number of neurons in the optimal ANN is determined by the minimum description length (MDL) model selection criteria. The MDL best model is the model that captures only the essential deterministic features of the data.
We apply this modelling algorithm to several computational are experimental systems including chaotic differential equations, the annual sunspot count, and a chaotic laser. In each case we show that the optimal model captures the chaotic dynamics of the underlying system but does not fit deterministic structure to system noise.


3rd Price:
All volume-expanding dynamical systems have positive topological entropy

Katrin Gelfert

MPI for the Physics of Complex Systems, Nöthnitzer Strasse 38, 01187 Dresden, Germany

One major significance of the topological entropy is its strong relation to other dynamical invariants such as Lyapunov exponents and Hausdorff dimension which provides our primary motivation. Almost all previous investigations of the topological entropy have been concerned with upper bounds, exact formulas have been derived under strong smoothness assumptions only. In this talk we will give lower bounds of the topological entropy of C1-smooth dynamical systems on Riemannian manifolds which are in some cases sharp bounds. They are formulated in terms of the phase space dimension and of the exponential growth rates of a certain function of the singular values of the tangent map. These rates correspond to the deformation of k-volumes and can for instance be estimated in terms of Lyapunov exponents. Examples address Hénon maps, the Lorenz system, the geodesic flow on a (not necessarily compact) Riemannian manifold without conjugate points, and skew product systems.


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