Hands-On Research

Sponsored by The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP, Trieste, Italy)

Directors of 2017 school Pietro Cicuta, Mark Shattuck, Michael Schatz. Founding Directors: Rajarshi Roy, Kenneth Showalter, Harry L. Swinney, and Abhijit Sen

Hands-On Research in Complex Systems Advanced Study Institute

at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, People's Republic of China
17-29 June 2012

Directors: David Cai (Shanghai Jiao Tong University), Rajarshi Roy (University of Maryland), Kenneth Showalter (West Virginia University), Michael Schatz (Georgia Tech), Mark Shattuck (City Collge of New York), Harry L. Swinney (University of Texas), Hepeng Zhang (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

Participants: 75 total participants from Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Netherlands, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

Sponsors: International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and the U.S. National Science Foundation.



Hands-on Sessions:


  • Table top science (Swinney, 18 June Morning) download
  • Science education (Shatz, 18 June Afternoon) download
  • Image analysis (Shattuck, 19 June Morning) download
  • Bio-physics (Schoetz, 19 June Afternoon) download
  • Optical networks (Roy, 20 June Morning) download
  • Nonlinearity in fluid networks (Storey, 20 June Afternoon) download
  • International collaboration (Niemela, 21 June Morning) download
  • The scientific method (Lathrop, 21 June Afternoon) download
  • Optical illusions / Seeing the light (Roy, 21 June Evening) download
  • Soft matter (Weeks, 22 June Morning) download
  • Collective motion (Zhang, 22 June Afternoon) download
  • Neural networks (Cai, 23 June Morning) download
  • Chemical oscillators (Showalter, 23 June Afternoon) download
  • Cell migration (Rericha, 25 June Morning) download
  • Non-linear dynamics in biology (Ouyang, 26 June Morning) download
  • Science 2.0 (Xu, 26 June Afternoon) download
  • Locomotion (Goldman, 27 June Morning) download
  • Bacterial competition (Swinney, 27 June Afternoon) download



  • Career Development (led by Weeks, Rericha, and Lathrop) download
  • Proposal Development (led by Niemela and Lathrop) download
  • On being a scientist (U.S. National Academy of Sciences) download
  • Scientific Writing Booklet download