International Workshop on Chaos-Fractals Theories and Applications Meets Fifth Asia-Pacific Workshop on Chaos Control and Synchronization in Kunming, China

The 2010 International Workshop on Chaos-Fractals Theories and Applications and the Fifth Asia-Pacific Workshop on Chaos Control and Synchronization were held in Kunming, China. The two workshops took place at the same time and venue, thus taking full advantage of the complementary strengths of their technical contents and the mutual interests of the two groups of audience. The main organizing institutions were Northeastern University of China, Yunnan Normal University of China and City University of Hong Kong. The organizing team, under the leadership of Prof. Zhiliang Zhu, Prof. Cuncai Hua and Prof. Guanrong Chen, successfully put together
two days of high quality technical program and one full day of cultural exploration. The three-day meeting proved to be a productive and enjoyable joint venture of chaos, fractals, control, and synchronization!
The venue, Yunnan Dianchi Garden Resort Hotel & Spa, being at the heart of an attractive tourist area of the city of Kunming, provided plenty of opportunities for the ~200 participants to explore the many cultural facets of the beautiful tourist city. The workshop began with a series of brief opening addresses by the workshop organizers and leaders of the sponsoring institutions, which was immediately followed by three invited plenary talks by Prof. Maciej Ogorzalek, Prof. Tetsuro Endo, and Prof. Miguel A. F. Sanjuan on, respectively, “Fractals for Nano/Tera Microelectonics”, “Onset and Chaos of the Propagating Pulse Wave in a Ring of Coupled Bistable Oscillators”, and “Partial Control of Chaotic Systems”. Moreover, plenary talks were extended to the next day with Prof. Ding Qun and Prof. Yu Simin presenting their latest works on digital implementation of chaos secure communications and methodologies of chaos generations, respectively. A final plenary talk that ended the workshop was given by Prof. Sergej Celikovsky on the topic of “Generalized Lorenz System: History, Classification and Synchronization”. The technical program also included a number of parallel sessions where participants discussed their latest findings and possible future directions in the research of this very active field of study.

The workshop banquet, as in previous workshops, was again the highlight. Participants enjoyed authentic Yunnan cuisines and at the same time interactively participated in the cultural performances. It turned out that ability to st
ay synchronized became an important skill that our “casual performers” (many were from our group) need to manage in order to stay on stage!
As a post-workshop activity, some folks were fortunate enough, if they could afford an extra day staying in Kunming, to have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Stone Forest in the ancient Dali County within the Yunnan Province. Chaos has certainly come into play in the creation of the miraculous rocks in this  “First World’s Wonder”!

Next year’s workshop will be held in Hangzhou, the home of the picturesque West Lake! Stay tuned for further news!

Michael Tse, Editor-in-Chief (cktse@ieee.org)