Memory Formation: From Condensed Matter to Biological Matter and Beyond

Coordinators: Susan Coppersmith, Alan Middleton, Sidney Nagel, and Srikanth Sastry

This conference will be a venue for exciting recent work relevant to understanding how memory is encoded in matter. Similarities and differences to memories arising in other contexts such as computer science and biology will also be explored. In general, memory formation requires broken symmetry or broken ergodicity, the ability to drive a system to reside in particular ergodicity-broken states, and the ability to make a small number of measurements that reveal the distinguishing characteristics of such states. The conference will highlight how memories arise in diverse contexts and will highlight commonalities and distinctions between different manifestations of memory formation.