Statistical physics has recently applied been to understanding, analysis and design of large distributed information systems. These range from decoding algorithms (Belief Propagation) and phase transitions and typical-case hardness in combinatorial optimization problems to content distribution and dynamical phenomena on the Internet, to the modelling of distributed agent systems - Peer-to-Peer networks, auction mechanisms and more. The PhysDIS program aims to survey current trends in this exciting area, and foster new research into untapped directions.
The program will be one month in duration, and will take place at the premises of NORDITA in Stockholm, Sweden. The goal of the program is to produce scientific results and to set a future agenda for the field. The program will hence be light on formal meetings and talks. Participants are encouraged to describe their contribution upon registration and are expected to give talks about their work at NORDITA, and at other venues in the Stockholm area arranged by the program organizers. Details on accomodation and financial issues will be posted later, or communicated directly to interested parties.