Special Issue "Entropic Forces in Complex Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.
Interests: data analysis; stochastic nonlinear dynamics; urban studies; complexity and uncertainty in the real-world systems
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Special Issue in Entropy: Mathematical Analysis of Urban Spatial Networks
Entropic forces are the emergent phenomena resulting from the entire system’s statistical tendency to increase its entropy. Entropic forces have attracted considerable attention as ways to reformulate, retrodict, and perhaps even “explain” classical Newtonian gravity from a rather specific thermodynamic perspective, as Verlinde suggested. Alex Wissner-Gross and Cameron Freer recently proposed “a causal generalization of entropic forces” that they showed can induce certain patterns of behavior with some very striking characteristics. One would not guess those outcomes by looking purely at the constraint that produces them. Underlying this set of intriguing behaviors is simply the computational capability to integrate over all possible futures to maximize the rate of entropy production over an entire trajectory. The observed behavior bears striking resemblance to examples we have seen in swarm intelligence (e.g., ant colonies, bird flocking, animal herding, bacterial growth, and fish schooling), communities, and in urban studies. The process of sampling alternative paths and behaviors reveals the essential features of quantum mechanics, one of which is the inclination of electrons to “explore all paths” that can be viewed as part of a search process, bounded in space by maximal causal entropy and in time by minimum coordination latency. In the proposed Special, we aim to organize a broad discussion on applications of the entropic force concept in studies of the real-world complex systems.
Prof. Dimitri Volchenkov
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- entropic force
- data clustering
- colloids and depletion force
- entropic gravity
- entropic elasticity
- swarm intelligence
- entropic force in society and urban studies