Fostering cross-disciplinary progress on complex wave phenomena


Nonlinearity, disorder and multiple scales are all sources of complexity for wave phenomena. Addressing complex wave phenomena from detection to forecasting or modelling, from microscopic to physiologic and astronomical scales requires a very broad spectrum of expertises. In turn, progress in understanding complex wave phenomena is key for the fundamental aspects of complexity science and for our capacity to face present and upcoming environmental risks. The WAVECOMPLEXITY initiative, funded by Université Côte d’Azur through Academy 2 “Complex Systems” and Academy 3 “Space, Environment, Risk and Resilience” aims at fostering cross-disciplinary scientific progress in the realm of complex wave phenomena.


Upcoming events

(See also: the wavecomplexity calendar)

December 17th 11AM: online seminar

Recent events

  • November 30th: Seismic events and cortical waves

Quentin Bletery (Géoazur): Detection of early seismic signals using Artificial Intelligence

Matteo di Volo (École des Neurosciences de Paris Île-de-France): Mean field model for propagating waves in the cortex

  • November 19th 2020: Coupled photonic crystal nanolasers and Chaos-assisted tunneling resonances, we thank our contributors:

Alejandro Giacomotti (Centre de Nanosciences et de Nanotechnologies): Spontaneous symmetry breaking in coupled photonic crystal nanolasers

Juliette Billy (Laboratoire Collisions Agrégats Réactivité): Chaos-assisted tunneling resonances in a synthetic Floquet superlattice

  • November 5th 2020: Unstable interfaces at astrophysical scales and imaging in adverse situations, thanks to our speakers:

Jérémy Dargent (Università di Pisa): Interplay between Kelvin-Helmholtz and kinetic instabilities along the interface between the solar wind and Mercury’s magnetosphere

Daniele Faccio(University of Glasgow): Imaging with strong diffusion

  • October 22nd 2020: Many thanks to our contributors about inverse problems in seismology and photonic computing.

Giulia Marcucci (Sapienza University, now at U. Ottawa): Machine learning by nonlinear waves: a new route for neuromorphic computing

Hossein S. Aghamiry (Geoazur): An overview of frequency-domain Full Waveform Inversion

Our apologies to Hossein, we missed the first two minutes of the recording…

  • 12 and 14th october: Online lecture on wave turbulence

Prof. Alexander O. Korotkevich from The University of New Mexico presented a two-sessions lecture on The Wave Turbulence Theory in Examples:

  • Monday 12 october 3-6PM: Introduction to the Wave Turbulence.
  • Wednesday 14 october 3-6PM: Direct and Inverse cascades: Kolmogorov like solutions.

Recordings will be available soon.

  • October 8th 2020: Thank you Aurélie Jullien and Laurent Monasse, from taming few-cycles laser pulses to efficient modeling of blast waves!

Aurélie Jullien (Institut de Physique de Nice): Shaping ultrabroadband wave-packets with liquid crystals

Laurent Monasse (Inria Sophia Antipolis): Fast computation of shock wave propagation with obstacles

  • September 24th:, from 11AM to 12AM: Thanks to our online speakers:

Auro Perego (Aston University): Superregular breather solutions to the nonlinear Schrödinger equation with non homogeneous coefficients and dissipation

Miguel Onorato (Università di Torino): Negative temperature states in the Discrete Nonlinear Schroedinger equation: a wave kinetic approach

  • September 10th, from 11AM to 12AM: we were back to business with two new speakers, many thanks to:

Nicolas Cherroret (Laboratoire Kastler Brossel): Long-range Casimir-like forces from a quasi-condensate of light

Gian-Luca Lippi (Institut de Physique de Nice): Multiple-scattering-assisted fluorescence amplification for biological applications

  • July 2nd, from 11AM to 12AM: Second installment of the fortnightly Wavecomplexity Online Seminar. We thank our speakers:

Victorita Dolean, Laboratoire Jean Alexandre Dieudonné: Fast algorithms for solving wave problems in harmonic regime and heterogeneous media

George Miloshevich, Laboratoire Lagrange: Inverse cascade and magnetic vortices in kinetic Alfven-wave turbulence

  • June 18th from 11AM to 12AM: First installment of the fortnightly Wavecomplexity Online Seminar. Many thanks to our speakers:
    • Mathilde Hugbart (Fouché), Institut de Physique de Nice: Intensity correlations : from atoms to stars
    • Jonathan Skipp, Center for Complexity Science: Structure formation via wave turbulence in astrophysics and in the laboratory


The WAVECOMPLEXITY initiative is meant to be welcoming and your contribution is needed. Events are currently coordinated by Jean-Paul Ampuero (Laboratoire Géoazur), Stéphane Barland (Institut de Physique de Nice), Maxime Ingremeau (Laboratoire Jean Alexandre Dieudonné), Stéphane Lanteri (Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée), Sergey Nazarenko (Institut de Physique de Nice) and Thierry Passot (Laboratoire Lagrange). Please get in touch with any of us for any enquiry.

Online meetings

We are experimenting the zoom platform for the fortnightly online seminar. The connection password is sent to the wavecomplexity@lists.univ-cotedazur.fr mailing list. In case you did not receive it, just ask the connection info to maxime.ingremeau@univ-cotedazur.fr or stephane.barland@univ-cotedazur.fr or any colleague who is subscribed to the mailing list.

Seminars and lectures will take place via UCA’s TEAMS platform. Members of Université Côte d’Azur, please join by following this link to Wavecomplexity Meeting Space.

Mailing list

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