International Workshop on Chaos-Fractals Theories and Applications 2011

The International Workshop on Chaos-Fractals Theories and Applications (IWCFTA) was held in one of the most picturesque cities of China and home of the scenic West Lake, Hangzhou, during October 19-22, 2011. The workshop was organized by Northeastern University, Hangzhou Dianzi University and City University of Hong Kong, and was technically sponsored by the Technical Committee on Nonlinear Circuits and Systems of the CAS Society.

The workshop chairs are Prof. Zhiliang Zhu (Northeastern University, China), Prof. Anke Xue (Hangzhou Dianzi University, China) and Prof. Guanrong Chen (City University of Hong Kong), and the program chairs are Prof. Fangyue Chen (Hangzhou Dianzi University, China) and Dr Hai Yu (Northeastern University, China). Together with a team of organizers from Northeastern University and Hangzhou Dianzi University, they put together a high-quality technical program and a series of memorable social events. The three-day technical program consisted of a number of plenary lectures and over 100 oral presentations. The plenary talks were delivered by Prof. Huaguang Zhang of Northeastern University on “Chaotification of Nonchaotic Systems”, Prof. Mingjiang Zhang of Taiyuan University of Technology (on behalf of Prof. Yuncai Wang) on “Chaotic Light: Shimmer through the Veil of Order”, Prof. Ying-Cheng Lai of Arizona State University on “Reverse Engineering of Nonlinear Dynamical Systems and Complex Networks”, and Prof. Xiangdong Ye of University of Science and Technology of China on “Levels of chaos in dynamical systems”.

As a tradition of IWCFTA, the workshop participants were pampered by the organizers with meticulously arranged social events. This year, the three-day workshop was highlighted by an exciting excursion to some most scenic views of West Lake including the must-see view of “Three Pools Mirroring the Moon”, as well as an unforgettable treat of local Hangzhou cuisine at the most elegant historic restaurant Lou Wai Lou which is located at yet another scenic spot of West Lake.

The workshop attracted over 100 participants from different parts of the world and its program has continued to provide a forum for exchange of ideas among specialists in the areas of nonlinear systems theory including chaos, bifurcation and fractals, and applications. The next IWCFTA will be held in Dalian, China, in October 2012. Stay tuned for further news!

Michael Tse, EiC (Email: cktse@ieee.org)