Workshop: Disordered systems and extreme value statistics

Date: September 13 - 17, 2010
Venue: HIM lecture hall, Poppelsdorfer Allee 45
Organizers: Louis-Pierre Arguin, Onur Gün, Zakhar Kabluchko, Nicola Kistler, Anton Klimovsky

Paradigmatic disordered systems called spin glasses, search landscapes in hard combinatorial problems, branching random walks, models of evolving populations, polymers in random medium and many other important probabilistic models share a common structure: they are based on strongly correlated random fields. Extreme value statistics of such random fields is of crucial importance, since the extremes often give substantial contribution to the behavior of these models.

Recently, many important conjectures on the extreme value behavior of strongly correlated random fields, have been formulated in the theoretical physics literature. Some of them appear now tractable using rigorous spin glass tools, though new tools and ideas are inevitably required.

Experts and junior researchers with diverse backgrounds were brought together to report on their latest results and to exchange ideas in this emerging field. Particular emphasis was made on fostering the collaborative research.


Participants of the Workshop