Wolfhard Janke

Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität Leipzig

Wolfhard Janke was born 11 December, 1955 in Berlin, Germany. He studied physics and mathematics at Free University Berlin. In 1985 he received a PhD in physics under the supervision of Prof. Hagen Kleinert. His dissertation was awarded the Joachim-Tiburtius Award. After his Habilitation in 1990 at FU Berlin and subsequent postdoctoral stays at Florida State University, USA, with Prof. B. Berg and at Forschungszentrum J\"ulich, Germany, with Prof. H. Herrmann he held a Heisenberg Professorship at Mainz University in Prof. K. Binder's group. Since 1998 he has been a Full Professor for Computer-oriented Quantum Field Theory at Leipzig University. Between 1999--2002 he was the Director of the Institute for Theoretical Physics and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Physics and Geosciences. Since 2011 he has been the Director of the Institute for Theoretical Physics. He is an ``International Visiting Professor'' of Coventry University, England, and since 2015 an Adjunct Professor of The University of Georgia, USA. His research interests focus on the statistical physics of polymers, phase transitions and critical phenomena, materials with quenched random disorder, and low-dimensional quantum spin systems.
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Martin Weigel

Applied Mathematics Research Centre, Coventry University

Martin Weigel was born on September 6, 1972 in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany. He graduated in 1998 with a Diploma from Mainz University, working with Kurt Binder and Wolfhard Janke on predictions of conformal field theory. He then moved to Leipzig for his PhD under the supervision on Wolfhard Janke, where he worked on the dynamical triangulations approach to quantum gravity and its relation to systems with disorder in statistical physics. After his PhD award in 2002 summa cum laude and post-doc positions in Waterloo, Canada and Edinburgh, in 2007 he returned to Mainz with an Emmy Noether Junior Research Group funded by the German Research Foundation in 2007. Since 2011 he has worked as a Lecturer in the Applied Mathematics Research Centre at Coventry University, becoming a Reader here in 2013. Martin's research interests revolve around equilibrium and non-equilibrium phase transitions and critical phenomena, the advancement of methods in Monte Carlo simulations and optimization problems, and the physics of disordered systems.
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Sergei Nechaev

Universite Paris Sud

Sergei Nechaev works at the edge of statistical physics, topology, probability theory and biophysics. He was born 9 July 1962 in Moscow, Russia and graduated from the Moscow State University in 1985 where also he completed his PhD in Physics. He later received his Doctor of Sciences degree in 1996. Sergei has held positons as a researcher at the Institute of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences (1985-1991), Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, RAS (1991-1998), CNRS-Universite Paris XI, lab. LPTMS where he currently holds positions as a Director since 2008. He is also currently a Director of the CNRS mathe\-matical Laboratory Poncelet at the Independent University (Moscow). Sergei’s main research interests and contributions are on knot statistics in macromolecules which have served as a basis for a new area called ``statistical topology''. He was also the first who proposed to use conformal approach to describe the optimal embedding in 3D of exponentially growing squeezed surfaces, like plants leaves. He has been awarded numerous grants and in 1986 was awarded The Gold Medal of the USSR Ministry of Educations in the All-Union competition in mathematics among postgraduate students.
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Mikhail Tamm

Moscow State University

Born in Moscow, Russia, 1977 Mikhail Tamm graduated from Moscow State University, 1999 and completed his PhD at the same institution in 2002. Since 2002 he has remained at Moscow State University taking up a position within the Faculty of Physics and is currently a Senior Research Associate within the department. Here twice in 2010 and 2015 he won MSUs best young scientist award. On numerous occasions he has been a visiting scientist LPTMS, Universite Paris Sud, Orsay, France; LPTMC, University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France; Theoretical physics group, Potsdam University, Potsdam, Germany, and Applied Mathematics Research Center, Coventry University, Coventry, UK. His research interests concern complex systems, non equilibrium statistical mechanics, statistical physics of macromolecules, fractal globule, dynamics of polymers and biopolymers, anomalous diffusion, asymmetric simple exclusion process, random surface growth, random graphs and complex networks, Lifshitz localization.
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Rudolf Hanel

Medical University of Vienna

Rudolf Hanel is an Austrian theoretical physicist that was born on 5 May, 1968 in Allabad, India. He completed his PhD in Theoretical Physics at the University of Vienna in 1999. Since completing his PhD he has worked at the Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Vienna where he developed an experimental Virtual Endoscopy tool and the Department of Theoretical Physics at the KU Leuven working on the statistical properties of neural networks. He has also held positions at the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Physics (University of Vienna) working on medical robotics and with VisionLab, Department of Physics, University of Antwerp, working mainly on MR \\ image enhancement. Since 2007 has been a member of the Complex Systems Research Group at the Medical University of Vienna. Hanel's current interests aim at a thorough understanding of non equilibrium processes, their thermodynamic properties and associated phase transitions, and tipping phenomena.
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Jaroslav Ilnytsky

Institute for Condensed Matter Physics of NAS of Ukraine

Jaroslav Ilnytskyi was born on 7 October 1963 in Ukraine. He graduated Lviv National University in 1985 and received PhD degree in 1994 (sup. I.Yukhnoskii). Holder of personal research fellowships in 1995 and 1996. He conducted research in the University of Durham, UK (1999--2003) and Potsdam University, Germany (2005--2008). After habilitation in 2010, he is a Leading Researcher in ICMP and teaches in ``Lviv Polytechnic'', both in Lviv, Ukraine. Research interests cover computer simulations of lattice models in magnetic systems, liquid crystals and in epidemiology, molecular dynamics simulations of photo-active macromolecules and of simple and complex fluids in pores. He collaborates with Leibniz IPF in Dresden, Potsdam University, M. Curie-Sklodowska University, as well as with his colleagues from both the ICMP and ``Lviv Polytechnic''. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the ``Condensed Matter Physics'' journal, of the Ukrainian Physical Society and of the Shevchenko Scientific Society.
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