Special Issue "Ising Model: Recent Developments and Exotic Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.
Interests: modeling of complex systems; multi-agent systems; reinforcement learning; emergence and evolution of language; complex networks; statistical mechanics on complex networks; population dynamics; opinion formation; applications of statistical mechanics to computer sciences
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Proposed 101 years ago and initially intended to describe magnetic ordering, the Ising model turned out to be one of the most important models of statistical mechanics. Indeed, the idea of a lattice model with nodes being discrete variables called spins, which prefer to be similarly oriented, turned out to be tremendously prolific and influential. In addition to describing various magnetic systems, the Ising model was used to analyze alloys, liquid helium mixtures, glasses, critical behaviors in various gases, or protein folding. In recent years, interest in the Ising model has by no means been waning, and it is often used to describe systems very distant from the realm of physics. To some extent, various features or attributes such as political opinions, comfort, financial decisions, ideas or culture might also be represented as discrete variables with suitably defined interactions. As a result, Ising-like models find myriads of applications in diverse research fields such as opinion formation, social network analysis and econophysics, but also computer science, computational biology and neuroscience. In the era of big data and artificial intelligence, the Ising model is bound to draw scientists’ attention for quite some time. The objective of this Special Issue is to collect papers that describe recent results related to the Ising model or introduce some original techniques for its analysis. Papers that explore some novel areas of applications of Ising models are also welcome.
Prof. Dr. Adam Lipowski
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