Roster of Participants
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Gerard Ben Arous benarous@cims.nyu.edu 
I am a theorist interested in Probability theory, Statistical Mechanics, DIsordered Media, Random Matrices, and Spin Glasses Institution: Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU Home Page 

Ludovic Berthier ludovic.berthier@umontpellier.fr 
Works on the statistical mechanics of disordered materials, nonequilibrium systems, and soft matter. I am a theorist. Institution: University of Montpellier & CNRS Home Page 

Giulio Biroli giulio.biroli@cea.fr 
I am a theoretical physicist working in statistical physics, complex systems and condensed matter theory. I am particularly interested in glassy and offequilibrium physics and slow and collective dynamics. Institution: Institut de Physique Theorique, CEA Saclay Home Page 

Bulbul Chakraborty bulbul@brandeis.edu 
I am a condensed matter theorist interested in the statistical mechanics of constrained systems, especially in correlations and fluctuations in these systems. Institution: Brandeis University Home Page 

Henry Cohn cohn@microsoft.com 
I am a theorist. I am interested in packing and ground state problems. Institution: Microsoft Research New England Home Page 

Leticia F. Cugliandolo leticia@lpthe.jussieu.fr 
I am a theorist. I work on out of equilibrium classical and quantum problems with analytical and numerical methods. My current interests include classical and quantum glasses, frustrated magnets, coarsening systems and active matter. Institution: Sorbonne Universites  Universite Pierre et Marie Curie  LPTHE Home Page 

Karen Daniels kdaniel@ncsu.edu 
Our lab performs experiments on a variety of nonequilibrium and nonlinear soft matter systems, including granular materials, colloids, and gels. I am an experimentalist. Institution: NC State University Home Page 

Mark Ediger ediger@chem.wisc.edu 
We prepare molecular glasses by vapor deposition and have discovered ultrastable glasses. We measure molecular mobility during the deformation of polymer glasses to understand mechanisms of nonlinear deformation. I am an experimentalist. Institution: University of WisconsinMadison Home Page 

Surya Ganguli sganguli@stanford.edu 
I am a theorist. I work at the intersection of neuroscience, physics and machine learning, focusing on how higher order computations emerge from networks of neurons and synapses. Institution: Stanford University Home Page 

Sharon Glotzer sglotzerkjc@umich.edu 
I am a theorist. My research centers on computational assembly science and engineering studies for predictive materials design of colloidal and soft matter. Institution: University of Michigan Home Page 

Florent Krzakala florent.krzakala@ens.fr 
I am a theorist. My main research focus is the statistical behavior of disordered systems and the study of the collective behavior of complex assemblies of simple elementary components in physics, optimization and machine learning. Institution: Ecole Normale Superieure & University Paris 6 Home Page 

Pierre Le Doussal pledoussal@yahoo.fr 
Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics: Avalanches, Growth and nonequilibrium dynamics, KPZequation and links to quantum integrability, Disordered systems, Functional renormalization group, Turbulence, Polymerized membranes and graphene, Quantum baths and relaxation, Extreme value statistics, freezing transitions and Gaussian free field Institution: Ecole Normale Supérieure Home Page 

Andrea J. Liu ajliu@physics.upenn.edu 
I am a condensed matter theorist working on soft and living matter systems. Institution: University of Pennsylvania Home Page 

M. Lisa Manning mmanning@syr.edu 
I am a theorist. The Manning group uses theoretical and computational tools to understand collective motion in disordered, nonequilibrium “materials”, including biological tissues. Institution: Syracuse University Home Page 

Cristopher Moore moore@santafe.edu 
I am a theorist. I study problems at the interface between statistical physics and statistical inference, including networks, phase transitions, and computational complexity Institution: Santa Fe Institute Home Page 

Sidney Nagel srnagel@uchicago.edu 
I am a softmatter experimentalist. One of the things we study in our lab have to do with singularities and pattern formation in fluid systems, the dynamics of granular matter, the physics of the jammed state, memory formation in disordered materials. Institution: University of Chicago Home Page 

David R. Reichman drr2103@columbia.edu 
I am a theorist broadly interested in dynamical process in condensed phases. In particular, our group focuses on classical and quantum glassy systems as well as the optical and electronic properties of emerging materials. Institution: Columbia University Home Page 

Federico RicciTersenghi federico.ricci@roma1.infn.it 
I am a theorist. My research interests range from the theory of strongly disordered systems (spin glasses) and structural glasses to optimization (constraint satisfaction problems), inference and machine learning, with a particular emphasis on outofequilibrium dynamics. My expertise covers both analytical computations and large scale numerical simulations. Institution: Sapienza University of Rome Home Page 

Guilhem Semerjian guilhem@lpt.ens.fr 
I am a theoretical physicist working in statistical physics of disordered systems and its applications to computer science, discrete mathematics and information theory. Institution: LPTENS Home 

Gilles Tarjus tarjus@lptmc.jussieu.fr 
I am a theorist interested in statistical physics, theory of glassy and disordered systems Institution: LPTMC (CNRSUniversity P. & M. Curie) Home 

David Weitz weitz@physics.harvard.edu 
David Weitz’s group studies the physics of soft condensed matter, materials which are easily deformed by external stresses, electric, magnetic or gravitational fields, or even by thermal fluctuations. Institution: Harvard University Home Page 
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Patrick Charbonneau patrick.charbonneau@duke.edu 
The Charbonneau Group pursues frontier research in soft matter using simulation and theory. We tackle questions ranging from the molecular to the colloidal scale, such as the glass problem, protein crystallization, and micron and nanoscale particle assembly. I am a theorist. Institution: Duke University Home Page 

Eric I. Corwin eric.corwin@gmail.com 
Soft condensed matter, granular materials, jamming, the glass transition, and nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, using experimental, simulational, and theoretical tools. I am an experimentalist. Institution: University of Oregon Home Page 

Leo Radzihovsky radzihov@colorado.edu 
I am a theorist interested in states of condensed matter and phase transitions between them, particularly when fluctuations and correlations are qualitatively important. Institution: University of Colorado at Boulder Home Page 

Francesco Zamponi f.zamponi@gmail.com 
I am a theorist. I am interested in the statistical mechanics of disordered systems, with application to glasses, spin glasses, disordered sphere packings, quantum glasses, quantum information, and outofequilibrium dynamics. I am also interested in interdisciplinary applications of statistical mechanics in economy, biology, and computer science. Institution: ENS/CNRS Home Page 

Lenka Zdeborova lenka.zdeborova@gmail.com 
I am a theorist. I use statistical physics and methods developed in theory of disordered systems to study problems in computer science, information theory, combinatorics and machine learning. I am particularly keen on in phase transitions, algorithms, computational complexity, and their interplay. Institution: IPhT, CEA Saclay Home Page 
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Aghil Abed Zadeh agheal@gmail.com 
I am an experimentalist, interested in granular materials near criticality and crackling behavior of sheared granular media. Institution: Duke Univerisity Advisor: Bob Behringer 

Irem Altan irem.altan@duke.edu 
I am a theorist interested in soft matter, with particular focus on protein crystallization and glassy materials. Institution: Duke University Advisor: Dr. Patrick Charbonneau 

Ada Altieri altieri.ada@gmail.com 
I am a theorist working on disordered and glassy systems, from field theory and critical phenomena to optimization problems, with particular attention to the jamming transition. Institution: Sapienza Università di Roma; LPTMS Université ParisSud Advisor: Prof. Giorgio Parisi, Prof. Silvio Franz 

Daria Atkinson dwatkinson@physics.umass.edu 
I am a theorist. Research Interests: I’m interested in the structure and geometric treatments of 1d filament assemblies, and their correspondence lower dimensional structures. Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst Advisor: Christian Santangelo and Greg Grason 

Benjamin Aubin aubin.benjamin@gmail.com 
I am theoretical physicist and I am interested in statistical inference, using methods of statistical physics of disordered and complex systems. Institution: Institute for Theoretical Physics (IPhT, CEA Saclay) Advisor: Lenka Zdeborova 

Chris Baldwin clb37@bu.edu 
I am a theorist interested in nonequilibrium statistical and quantum physics (glassy dynamics, localization, stochastic processes, etc.) Institution: Boston University Advisor: Chris Laumann 

Karsten Baumgarten k.baumgarten@tudelft.nl 
I am interested in the mechanical and structural properties of complex fluids and solids with emphasis on critical effects near rigidity transitions. I am a theorist. Institution: Delft University of Technology Advisor: Brian P. Tighe 

Farzan Beroz farzan@princeton.edu 
I am interested in the mechanics of soft, living matter, including mechanosensory cells, disordered biopolymer networks, and bacterial biofilms. I am a theorist. Institution: Princeton University Advisor: Ned S. Wingreen 

Gabriel Canova gabrielcauz@gmail.com 
Theoretical physicist. I am currently working with discrete and continuous spin systems and game theory applied on complex networks. Institution: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)  Porto Alegre Brazil Advisor: Jeferson J. Arenzon 

Cong Cao caocong514@gmail.com 
I’m an experimentalist who is interested in colloidal, emulsion and active matter systems. Institution: Emory University Advisor: Eric R. Weeks 

ShyrShea Chang shyrsheachang@ucla.edu 
I am a theorist with an applied math background interested in fluid mechanics and its application to biology. Currently I’m working on microvascular systems and developing analytical and numerical methods to find optimal hydraulic networks in different functions to compare with experimental data. Institution: UCLA Advisor: Marcus Roper 

Hanrong Chen hanrongchen@g.harvard.edu 
I am a theorist interested in problems at the interface of statistical physics and biology, and I currently work on viral dynamics on a fitness landscape. Institution: Harvard University Advisor: Mehran Kardar 

Xiaowen Chen xiaowenc@princeton.edu 
I am interested in problems at the interface of statistical physics and living systems. Currently, I am working on the relation between collective behaviors and local interactions in biological neural networks. I am a theorist. Institution: Princeton University Advisor: William Bialek 

Simone Ciarella S.Ciarella@tue.nl 
I am a theorist and my area of interest are soft matter, polymer physics and statistical mechanics. Institution: Eindhoven University of Technology Advisor: Wouter Ellenbroek, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven and Francesco Sciortino, Sapienza  Universita' di Roma 

Joel Clemmer jclemme3@jhu.edu 
Interests: Computation and nonequilibrium processes, in particular critical phenomena and avalanches in disordered systems. (Theorist) Institution: Johns Hopkins University Advisor: Mark O. Robbins 

Francesco Concetti francesco.concetti@uniroma1.it 
I am a theorist. my main interest is about the full replica symmetry breaking solution of mean field spin glass models. Institution: Sapienza Università di Roma Advisor: Giorgio Parisi 

Peter Crowther pc9836@bristol.ac.uk 
I am an experimentalist, studying the structure and dynamics of glassy colloidal systems using confocal microscopy. Institution: University of Bristol, UK Advisor: Dr. Paddy Royall 

Eduardo Dominguez eduardo@fisica.uh.cu 
I am a theorist interested in statistical mechanics of complex systems, inference problems, neural networks, etc. Institution: University of Havana Advisor: Roberto Mulet 

Carlos Duque cmduque@physics.umass.edu 
I’m currently working on soft matter physics. I’m particularly interested in exploring problems related to geometry and elasticity. Currently, we are studying problems related to the nonuniform growth of elastic surfaces in order to design all kind of twodimensional shapes. I consider myself a theorist. Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst Advisor: Chris Santangelo 

Davide Facoetti davide.facoetti@kcl.ac.uk 
I am a theoretical physicist. I am interested in studying quantum systems out of equilibrium using techniques from field theory, random matrices and glasses. Institution: King's College London Advisor: Pierpaolo Vivo and Joe Bhaseen 

Varda Faghir Hagh vfaghirh@asu.edu 
I am a theorist and I am mainly interested in the study of rigidity transition in disordered systems with a focus on the effect of geometry on such transitions. Institution: Arizona State University Advisor: Michael F. Thorpe 

Aaron Friedman aaronjf@uci.edu 
I am a theorist working on the phases and dynamics of isolated manybody quantum systems far from equilibrium. Institution: University of California, Irvine Advisor: Sid Parameswaran 

Marylou Gabrié gabrie@clipper.ens.fr 
I am a theorist. I am interested in understanding some high dimensional statistical problems from theoretical computer science, such as learning algorithms or statistical inference, using results and methods from disordered systems physics. Institution: ENS Paris Advisor: Florent Krzakala 

Marco Aurelio Galvani Cunha mgalvan1@jhu.edu 
I am theorist working on polymer physics, more specifically on nonequilibrium effects during polymer welding. Institution: Johns Hopkins University Advisor: Mark Robbins 

Guga Gogia guram.gogia@emory.edu 
I am an experimentalist studying nonequilibrium processes in dusty (complex) plasmas. Institution: Emory University Advisor: Justin Burton 

Yi Hu yi.hu@duke.edu 
My research interests is applying statistical mechanics approach to solve hard sphere systems, such as assembly and phase transition. I am a theorist. Institution: Duke Univerisity Advisor: Dr. Patrick Charbonneau 

Andrea Kadović Andrea.Kadovic@irb.hr 
I study theoretical condensed matter physics and I am currently interested in applications of statistical physics on networks. Institution: Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia Advisor: Vinko Zlatić 

Shachi Katira shachi@berkeley.edu 
I am a theorist interested in glassy dynamics and the glass transition. Institution: University of California, Berkeley Advisor: David Chandler 

Dion J. Koeze d.j.koeze@tudelft.nl 
I am a theorist interested in numerical studies of the mechanics and structure of amorphous matter in constrained geometries. Institution: TU Delft Advisor: Brian P. Tighe 

Alexandre Krajenbrink alexandre.krajenbrink@polytechnique.edu 
I am a theorist interested in the link between random matrices, quantum mechanics, polymer models and the KPZ universality class. Institution: Ecole Normale Supérieure Advisor: Pierre Le Doussal 

Charuhansini Kulkarni charuhansini@ncbs.res.in 
I am an experimentalist interested in active liquidglass transitions in biological systems. Institution: National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India Advisor: Shashi Thutupalli 

Joyjit Kundu jkundu@lbl.gov 
I am a theorist. My research interest lies broadly in the areas of Statistical physics and Softcondensed matter physics. Institution: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Advisor: Dr. Stephen Whitelam 

Chuncheong Lam lam@physics.ucsd.edu 
I study condensed matter physics theory. I have broad interests in problems related to field theories and foundation of statistical physics. Recently I am working on a project about spin liquid. Institution: University of California, San Diego Advisor: John McGreevy and Tarun Grover 

Cathy Li yl244@sas.upenn.edu 
I’m interested in phase transition phenomena in manybody system and computational problems related to spin glass. I’m a theorist. Institution: Duke Univerisity Advisor: Henry Pfister 

Harry Liu lharold@umich.edu 
I am a theorist interested in selfassemblies of colloidal particles related to particle shape. Institution: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Advisor: Greg van Anders 

Jing Luo jl4yr@virginia.edu 
I am a theorist interested in frustrated systems. Institution: University of Virginia Advisor: GiaWei Chern 

Maxwell Marple mamarple@ucdavis.edu 
I am an experimentalist and my research interests focus on developing structureproperty relationships of inorganic network glasses with particular emphasis on ionic conductivity and nonNewtonian viscous flow. Institution: University of California, Davis Advisor: Sabyasachi Sen 

Zhe Mei zhe.mei@yale.edu 
Theoretical and Computational physics. My research area is protein 3D structure simulation. Institution: Yale University Advisor: Corey O'Hern 

Peter Morse peter.k.morse@gmail.com 
I’m a theorist interested in geometric properties of the energy landscape of jammed systems. I’m also interested in the use of random matrices to model disordered systems. Institution: Syracuse University Advisor: Lisa Manning 

Aya Nawano aya.nawano@yale.edu 
I am interested in understanding glassforming ability of bulk metallic glasses using molecular dynamics simulations. I am a theorist. Institution: Yale University Advisor: Corey O'Hern 

Fernanda Pereira da Cruz Benetti fernanda.benetti@roma1.infn.it 
I am a theorist interested in glassy systems and jamming, specifically the frequency spectra near jamming and soft modes. Institution: Sapienza University of Rome Advisor: Giorgio Parisi 

Abby Plummer plummer@g.harvard.edu 
I am a theorist. I am interested in nonequilibrium statistical physics, and my recent work has focused on population genetics in turbulence. Institution: Harvard University Advisor: David R. Nelson 

Noah A. Rahman nrahman@tulane.edu 
I am a theorist. My interests are in manybody localization, spin glasses and disordered systems as they relate to quantum computation and preservation of quantum information, as well as lowdimensional integrable systems.
Institution: Tulane University Advisor: Eliot Kapit and Alexander Burin 

Riccardo Ravasio riccardo.ravasio@epfl.ch 
I am a theorist. Research interests: disordered systems, protein mechanics, amorphous solids, inference methods, coevolution Institution: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland Advisor: Professor Matthieu Wyart 

Nick Robe dmrobe001@gmail.com 
I am a theorist studying dynamic heterogeneity in simulations of aging colloidal glasses. Institution: Emory University Advisor: Dr. Stefan Boettcher 

Joshua Robinson joshua.robinson@bristol.ac.uk 
I am a theorist, studying the connection between local structure and dynamical arrest in glasses using liquid state theory. Institution: University of Bristol, UK Advisor: Dr. Paddy Royall 

Stefano Sarao stefano.sarao@studenti.polito.it 
I study theoretical physics and I am interested in applications of statistical physics in information theory. Institution: Politecnico di Torino (Italy) 

Camille Scalliet camille.scalliet@umontpellier.fr 
I am a theorist interested in the statistical mechanics of disordered systems, focusing on glassy physics. Institution: University of Montpellier Advisor: Ludovic Berthier & Francesco Zamponi 

Alexandra Signoriello alexandra.signoriello@yale.edu 
I am a theorist studying the spatiotemporal evolution of cell mechanics in tissue development, specifically tumorigenesis. Institution: Yale University Advisor: Corey O'Hern 

Murari Singh murari.jnu@gmail.com 
I am a theorist interested in Mechanical Yield in Amorphous Solids Institution: Weizmann Institute of Science Advisor: Prof. Itamar Procaccia 

Iryna Sivak iryna.sivak@epfl.ch 
I am a mathematician with a passion for doing experiments and transforming theory to reality. Institution: École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL Advisor: Tobias Schneider 

Stefano Spigler stefano@spigler.net 
I’m interested in the study of disordered systems under external perturbations: avalanches, elastic response, plastic events. I am a theorist Institution: LPTMS, Univ. ParisSud Advisor: Silvio Franz 

Watee Srinin ws907@nyu.edu 
I am a theorist who works on problems related to the dynamics of interphase chromatin and ring polymers. Institution: New York University Advisor: Alexander Y. Grosberg 

Ethan Stanifer emstanif@syr.edu 
I’m a theorist working to understand properties of disordered solids by using random matrix models. I am also interested in the failure of disordered materials under external stresses. Institution: Syracuse University Advisor: Lisa Manning 

Menachem (Nachi) Stern nachistern@gmail.com 
I am interested in glassy systems, glass transitions and statistical mechanics in general. I regard myself as a theorist. Institution: University of Chicago and James Franck Institute Advisor: Arvind Murugan 

Michio Tateno tateno@iis.utokyo.ac.jp 
I am an experimentalist. Interests: complex fluid; colloidal suspensions; aggregation kinetics; gelation; dynamic arrest; structure; mechanical response Institution: The University of Tokyo, Japan Advisor: Hajime Tanaka 

Georgios Tsekenis geotsek@gmail.com 
I am a theorist working on the jamming, glass and Gardner transitions with computational and analytical tools. I have a broad interest in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics problems, avalanches, disordered systems. Institution: University of Oregon Advisor: Eric Corwin, Patrick Charbonneau, Giorgio Parisi, Francesco Zamponi 

Michael R. van der Naald mrv@uoregon.edu 
I am an experimentalist working on the Gardner transition in jammed systems using softsphere simulations. My interests are nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, particularly glassy and jammed systems. Institution: University of Oregon Advisor: Eric Corwin 

Neha Wadia neha.wadia@berkeley.edu 
I am a theorist. My main areas of interest are nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, statistical machine learning, and systems neuroscience. Institution: University of California, Berkeley Advisor: Michael R. DeWeese 

Jun Wang JUN.WANG@UCDENVER.EDU 
Physics interest: Multimaterial interaction and interface physics. I am a theorist. Institution: University of Colorado, Denver Advisor: Professor Yail Jimmy Kim 

Junyi Zhang junyiz@princeton.edu 
I am studying condensed matter theories and AMO experiments. I am interested in quantum Hall effect and strongly correlated manybody physics and in the corresponding systems realized with cold atoms and lights. I am a theorist. Institution: Princeton University Advisor: Prof. Duncan Haldane 

Shang Zhang zhshang@umich.edu 
I am a theorist. I mainly focus on elastic properties near the isostatic point. I’m also interested in computational methods in soft matter systems, as well as other interesting topics of complex systems. Institution: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Advisor: Xiaoming Mao 

Yuchen Zhao yz172@phy.duke.edu 
I am interested in jammed disordered granular matter and has a broad interests in statistical physics, nonlinear dynamics. I am an experimentalist. Institution: Duke Univerisity Advisor: Prof. Robert P. Behringer 

Yuanjian Zheng yuanjian.zheng@epfl.ch 
I’m a theorist interested in nonequilibrium statistical physics of quantum, classical and active disordered systems. Institution: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Advisor: Matthieu Wyart 

Di Zhou dizhou@umich.edu 
Area of interest: condensed matter theory on soft matter systems, topological metamaterials. I am a theorist. Institution: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Advisor: Xiaoming Mao 