Special Issue "Nonlinear Dynamics and Entropy of Complex Systems: Advances and Perspectives"

A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300). This special issue belongs to the section "Complexity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jiri Petrzela
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Guest Editor
Department of Radio Electronics, FEEC, Brno University of Technology, Technicka 12, 616 00 Brno, Czech Republic
Interests: analog circuits; computer-aided analysis; chaos theory; nonlinear dynamics; numerical methods
Prof. Dr. Milan Stork
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Guest Editor
Department of Applied Electronics and Telecommunications, West Bohemia university, Pilsen 30614, Czech Republic
Tel. +420 377634243
Interests: analog circuit; digital circuit; chaotic systems; medical exercise systems; power systems; signal
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Dear Colleagues,

Many engineering, medical, environmental, economic, social, and other observable phenomena exhibit time evolution and can be successfully modeled via suitable mathematical expression; usually in the form of a set of differential equations. Because input–output relations between system quantities are generally non-proportional, associated dynamical behavior could be very complex or, under specific conditions, chaotic. Detection, description, analysis, quantification, and control of this random-like erratic motion associated with nonlinear dynamical systems is important due to universality (through dimensionless-less mathematical modeling) and several unique properties (sensitivity to initial conditions, mixing, dense attractors, fractal dimension, long-term unpredictability, continuous frequency spectrum, etc.).

Besides application in information theory, entropy is a general measure, commonly used for qualitative analysis of complex systems. Similar to Lyapunov exponents or fractal dimensions, entropy describes the complexity of dynamics with respect to system parameters, external forcing, initial conditions, or time instance.

Considering the recent advances reached in the field of chaotic systems (discovery of hidden attractors, multistability, different equilibrium structures, quasi-chaotic states, etc.) this Special Issue will collect new ideas and describe promising methods arising from the field of analysis and modeling of complex nonlinear dynamical systems.

This Special Issue will accept unpublished original papers and comprehensive reviews focused (but not restricted) on the following research areas:

  • Mathematical modeling of nature phenomena, artificial systems, and engineering problems
  • Analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems with complex behavior
  • New chaotic systems with special properties; both autonomous and driven
  • Experimental investigation of nonlinear lumped networks and circuits with spread parameters
  • Design of chaotic oscillators; described by both integer- and fractional-order
  • Investigation of electronic systems from the viewpoint of chaos evolution
  • Computer-aided quantification of continuous- and discrete-time dynamical flows
  • Advanced computational algorithms applied in real problems
  • Novel numerical methods dedicated to the qualitative analysis of dynamical flows
  • Algorithms for analysis of time sequences and entropy calculation

Dr. Jiri Petrzela
Prof. Dr. Milan Stork
Guest Editors

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  • Complex systems
  • Dynamical systems
  • Entropy
  • Flow quantification
  • Chaos
  • Chaotic oscillators
  • Nonlinear circuits
  • Numerical algorithms
  • Strange attractors

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Lagrangian for Circuits with Higher-Order Elements
Entropy 2019, 21(11), 1059; https://doi.org/10.3390/e21111059 - 29 Oct 2019
The necessary and sufficient conditions of the validity of Hamilton’s variational principle for circuits consisting of (α,β) elements from Chua’s periodical table are derived. It is shown that the principle holds if and only if all the circuit elements [...] Read more.
The necessary and sufficient conditions of the validity of Hamilton’s variational principle for circuits consisting of (α,β) elements from Chua’s periodical table are derived. It is shown that the principle holds if and only if all the circuit elements lie on the so-called Σ-diagonal with a constant sum of the indices α and β. In this case, the Lagrangian is the sum of the state functions of the elements of the L or +R types minus the sum of the state functions of the elements of the C or R types. The equations of motion generated by this Lagrangian are always of even-order. If all the elements are linear, the equations of motion contain only even-order derivatives of the independent variable. Conclusions are illustrated on an example of the synthesis of the Pais–Uhlenbeck oscillator via the elements from Chua’s table. Full article
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