Workshop "Traveling waves and their applications"

Friday 14 November 2014

Affiche This workshop partially supported by the French Mathematical Federation of Rhones-Alpes Auvergne (FMRAA), is the opportunity for the French, Italian and Swiss researcher to meet and discuss about the traveling waves of propagations end their applications in physics, chemistry or ecology. This meeting is organized around five plenary talks of 50 minutes each. The closure part of the workshop will be dedicated to chat and discussion of researchers.

Free registration (before November 3rd)

For organization reason PLEASE REGISTER by contacting the organizers :

Christian Bourdarias (christian.bourdarias [at] and Jimmy Garnier (jimmy.garnier [at]


Luca Rossi (UniversitÓ degli Studi di Padova) Transition fronts for the Fisher-KPP equation

We are concerned with transition fronts for reaction-diffusion equations of the Fisher-KPP type. Basic examples are the standard traveling fronts, but the class of transition fronts is much larger. We will describe it and study its qualitative dynamical properties in the case of homogeneous equations. In particular, we characterize the set of admissible asymptotic past and future speeds, as well as the asymptotic profiles, and we show that transition fronts can only accelerate. In the second part of the talk, we will apply these results to describe the transition fronts in the case of a time-dependent nonlinear term admitting two different limits in the past and in the future. This is a joint work with Francois Hamel.

Romain Joly (UniversitÚ Joseph Fourier) Traveling fronts and Lyapounov functionals in Galilean frames

Several classical PDEs admit a (at least formal) Lyapounov function, that is an energy decaying along the trajectories of the PDE. But some of them have a more special structure: for any speed c, if one considers the PDE in the Galilean frame moving at speed c, then this new PDE still admits a (at least formal) Lyapounov function. We will see that this structure enables us to prove existence and global stability of traveling fronts. In particular, these technics apply to systems of parabolic PDEs, or to the damped wave equation, where no comparaison principle is available. This talk is based on a joint work with Thierry Gallay and a previous work of Emmanuel Risler.

Matteo Novaga (UniversitÓ di Pisa) Front propagation in stratified media

I will discuss front propagation problems for forced mean curvature flow and their phase field variants that take place in stratified media, i.e., heterogeneous media whose characteristics do not vary in one direction. I will present a convergence result relating asymptotic in time front propagation in the di ffuse interface case to that in the sharp interface case for suitably balanced nonlinearities of Allen-Cahn type. The result is obtained by means of a variational approach.

Emeric Bouin (╔cole Normale SupÚrieure de Lyon) Travelling waves for models of kinetic type in biology

Recently, kinetic-type models have raised a lot of interest in multiscale modelling of collective motion and dispersal evolution. For instance, kinetic models are a very good option for modelling concentration waves of chemotactic bacteria in a micro-channel. Another example is the propagation of some invasive species with a high heterogeneity in dispersal capability among individuals. A minimal reaction-diffusion model, very similar to a kinetic equation, has recently been proposed by Benichou et al. I will present some recent progresses about the existence (and non-existence) of travelling waves for two analogous models. First, a kinetic reaction-transport model very close to the Fisher-KPP equation. Then, a reaction-diffusion model where the phenotypical heterogeneity in the population affects the diffusion of individuals.

Vitaly Volpert (UniversitÚ Lyon 1) Pulses and waves for nonlocal reaction-diffusion equations

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