ON THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING CRITICAL • Seminar by Matteo Marsili – Wednesday, 17th April 2024

Being critical, i.e. able to process and distill relevant information, is crucial for living systems. Learning distinguishes living from inanimate matter. Quantifying this distinction may provide a “life meter” that, for example, can allow us to detect alien life forms in astrobiology. Living systems also respond in an anomalous manner to perturbations, as compared to inanimate matter, unless the latter is poised at a critical state (in the statistical physics sense). I argue that these two notions of criticality are only apparently different, because a system that learns is inherently critical, also in the statistical physics sense.

Date:  Wednesday, 17th April 2024

Time:  6:30 – 8:30  PM

Place: Sala Conferenze, ex Ospedale Militare, via Fabio Severo 40

Language: English

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Matteo Marsili is a theoretical physicist, Senior Research Scientist at ICTP, The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics.

CLIMATE CHANGE – Monday, 19th December 2022 – Seminar by Erika Coppola

Date: Monday, 19th December 2022

Time: 6.30PM

Place: Sala Cappella, ex Ospedale Militare, via Fabio Severo 40

Language: English/Italian

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Erika Coppola, PhD, is Research scientist  at The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP). Her current research activity is focusing on regional climate using mainly regional climate models and she is interested in land-atmosphere interactions; monsoon climate; regional hydrological cycle; climate extremes; climate variability and change; flood risk estimation. She is coordinating the hydrological model research activity and development of CHyM hydrological model and in particular the coupling of the hydrological model with regional climate model (RegCM) for land-use impact studies and climate change impact on future water resources.