Seminar Covers Chaos Theory and Communication Technologies

Posted: March 22, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Entrepreneur and physicist Scott Hayes presents “Chaos and Information Transfer” on Friday, March 24, from noon to 1 p.m. The seminar is held in Science and Tech I, Room 206, and is intended for an applied science audience.

The seminar focuses on the application of chaos theory to new communication technologies. Hayes, who graduated from the University of Maryland with a Ph.D. in Physics, founded Next Wave Technologies, a Columbia, Md., firm dedicated to applying chaos theory to engineering applications.

“The connection between chaos and information theory is more than purely formal,” explains Hayes in an abstract of the presentation he delivers Friday. “A chaotic system is really a natural information source, and the signal produced by a chaotic process is a digital communication waveform…. By introducing small-perturbation control of chaos, we can cause the pulses to follow a prescribed bit sequence representing a message. Such ‘dynamics-based’ signals can thus be generated and processed using entirely new principles for electronic device operation, allowing us to circumvent some of the fundamental shortcomings of traditional linear approaches.”

The seminar is sponsored by George Mason’s Nonlinear Science Group, a multidisciplinary group of scientists who focus on the study of complex nonlinear phenomena in a wide range of physical, biological, and mathematical systems. The group consists of faculty members and students from the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study; the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Mathematical Sciences, and Psychology; and the Institute for Computational Sciences and Informatics.

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