A point may sound like a trivial matter and yet it is a key concept in science and one that has engaged not only mathematicians – who have tried to define it since the early days of this science – but also philosophers, physicists, and theologians. Researchers from different disciplines met at SISSA to discuss this "elusive" topic.
As of November 1, enrolments are open for the fourth edition of the Master's in Complex Actions (MCA) promoted by the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste, a course that combines the frontiers of science with business practices, to provide an innovative response to global challenges.
November 20th 2013
From 9.30 AM onwards
SISSA, Main Lecture Hall
Once again this year, Sissa hosted the traditional Welcome Day to welcome new students and publicly present its activities. The event provided an opportunity to make an assessment of the past year's work, to award a number of students and staff members for their achievements and to introduce the latest projects, like this year's Sissa Carpooling.
Paolo Budinich, founder of SISSA and creator of the "Trieste System", which made the city a centre of excellence in the international science scene as well as an important beacon for science education in developing countries, died on November 14, 2013. SISSA, the International School for Advanced Studies pays tribute to this great man, who will also be celebrated on the occasion of the Welcome Day, the annual public event to welcome new students, which will be held on November 20.
The key pathway by which viruses "attack" consists in releasing viral DNA into the infected cell, taking over the host cell's transcription mechanisms and using them to reproduce itself.
In order to fight or exploit to our benefit the action of viruses, scientists are trying to understand this process in detail. A group of researchers – one of whom from SISSA – has studied the timescale of DNA "ejection" (how long it takes and what is the precise sequence of events), and found that it depends on the degree and manner of entanglement of the double strand of DNA inside the virus.
The International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste (SISSA) took part in a study on a sample of professional women volleyball players to better understand the relationship between the cognitive and motor systems.
According to the research, the brain's involvement in motor actions is more complex than was thought so far.
Increasingly small robots that carry out their functions even inside the human body. No, this isn't a sci-fi dream but a close possibility. On one condition: the miniaturization of these devices requires them to acquire the same "softness" and flexibility as biological tissues.
June 17-21, 2013 - SISSA
Hilbert schemes of points are a traditional field of interest for algebraic geometers. Work by Nakajima and others established a relation between their geometry and the representation theory of Heisenberg-Clifford algebras.
More recent research connected Hilbert schemes with other infinite-dimensional algebras, such as Cherednik algebras, quantum Heisenberg algebras, Kac-Moody algebras, and so on. This conference aimed at providing an updated survey of the state of the art in this area of research in its various aspects.
The call for the Master in Complex Actions (MCA) of SISSA, the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, is now open. The course, which aims at integrating scientific thought with the practices of public and private organizations, has now reached its third edition and will feature this year two important new elements: the focus will be on Energy and the destination of the study trip will be Saudi Arabia.
Applications must be received by Tuesday, April 2nd 2013 at 12.00 (Rome time).