Together with the Institute for
Frontier Areas of Psychology, Freiburg, and with the Department of
Physics at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Department
and Linguistics at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
organizes a four-day
Aims: Partitions play an eminent role in contemporary sciences. Our mind partitions the world into objects, and concepts can be identified with convex sets that partition conceptual spaces. Symbols and thereby symbolic computation emerge from partitioned phase spaces of neural networks and metastable mental states correspond to brain macrostates that form almost invariant sets, partitioning the phase space of complex neurodynamical systems. Nonlinear dynamical systems yield symbolic dynamics in coarse-grained, i.e. partitioned, descriptions which found many useful applications in time series analysis. From an epistemic point of view such systems may also exhibit quantum-like properties such as Brownian entanglement or incompatible observables. These multifaceted aspects of partitioned dynamical systems in pure and applied nonlinear dynamics, quantum physics, neuroscience, and cognitive science should be addressed.