International WORKSHOP
"Phase Transitions and Optimal Control" 

Berlin, October 23 - October 25, 2008

organized and supported by: Weierstraß-Institut für Angewandte Analysis und Stochastik

organizers:   M. Brokate, TU Munich
P. Colli, University of Pavia
D. Hömberg, WIAS
P. Krejci, WIAS
D. Tiba, Romanian Academy, Bucharest

The workshop will focus on three main research areas: Phase transitions, optimal control, and hysteresis. The word "hysteresis" is usually attributed to processes that exhibit a rate independent memory. The physical reason for rate independence relies on structure changes in a hidden microstructure, which are much faster than the observer's time scale. Phase transitions offer a typical example of such a behavior. Due to the lack of smoothness, optimal control of such processes represents a special challenge for mathematicians.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together experts in all three research directions and stimulate a discussion on future perspectives of collaboration.

Invited lectures

The following people have already agreed to give an invited lecture:
  • P. Colli (University of Pavia)
  • A. Damlamian (University Paris 12)
  • G. Dziuk (University of Freiburg)
  • Ch. M. Elliott (University of Warwick)
  • A. Fasano (University of Florence)
  • M. Frémond (ENS Cachan)
  • H. Gajewski (WIAS Berlin)
  • G. Gilardi (University of Pavia)
  • R. B. Guenther (Oregon State University)
  • K.-H. Hoffmann (TU Munich)
  • G. C. Hsiao (University of Delaware)
  • N. Kenmochi (Chiba University)
  • R. Kornhuber (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • A. Krasnosel'skii (Inst. for Inform. Transm. Probl., Moscow)
  • D. Kröner (University of Freiburg)
  • K. Kunisch (University of Graz)
  • S. Luckhaus (University of Leipzig)
  • A. Mielke (WIAS Berlin)
  • I. Müller (TU Berlin)
  • P. Neittaanmäki (University of Jyväskylä)
  • M. Niezgódka (Warsaw University)
  • A. Pokrovskii (University College Cork)
  • J.-F. Rodrigues (University of Lisbon)
  • J. Sokolowski (University of Nancy I)
  • D. Tiba (Romanian Academy, Bucharest)
  • F. Tröltzsch (TU Berlin)
  • S. Zheng (Fudan University)

Local information

The workshop takes place at WIAS, Mohrenstr. 39, 10117 Berlin, Germany.

We advise you to book your accommodation in a hotel of your choice.

We can suggest the following hotels (about 20 minutes to WIAS by underground or suburban train); prices are including breakfast:

See for more information about public transport in Berlin (routes/tickets).


The program consists exclusively of invited talks.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop or for further information, please contact Mrs. Anke Giese (