WORKSHOP: Optimal Transport meets
Density Functional Theory
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Description of the workshop

This workshop focuses on multi-marginal optimal transport (MOT) and Density Functional Theory (DFT). One of its goals is to present the state-of-art and strengthen an interdisciplinary network working on problems related to static and time-dependent Density Functional Theory. We aim to improve a research agenda addressing basic research issues in that field combining complementary expertise from the participants. 

Workshop OT meets DFT  is open for all the scientific community, in particular physicists, mathematicians, chemists and computer scientists working on theoretical and numerical aspects of Optimal Transport and Density Functional Theory.

We are looking forward to see you in Jyväskylä.

Paola Gori-Giorgi, Tapio Rajala and Augusto Gerolin


Participants list

Preliminary list (last update: 19th May 2017)

Brendan Pass (University of Alberta, Canada)
Codina Cotar (University College London, United Kingdom)
Giuseppe Buttazzo (Università di Pisa, Italy)
Jonas Lampart (CNRS & Université de Bourgogne, France)
Karim Bennaceur (Univ. of Jyväskylä & Claude Bernard Lyon 1)
Klaas Giesbertz (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Luigi De Pascale (Università di Firenze, Italy)
Mathieu Lewin (CNRS & Université Paris-Dauphine, France)
Michael Ruggenthaler (Max Planck Institute Hamburg, Germany)

Michael Seidl (University of Regensburg & VU Amsterdam)
Mikko Parviainen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Mircea Petrache (Max-Planck Institute Bonn, Germany)
Paola Gori-Giorgi (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Robert van Leeuwen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Simone Di Marino (Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa, Italy)
Tapio Rajala (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Thierry Champion (Université de Toulon, France)

Ph.D Students and Postdocs

Anna Kausamo (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Daniel Karlsson
(University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Derk Kooi
(Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Faizan Nazar (Université Paris-Dauphine, France)
Gianluca Salvioni (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Jesse Railo
(University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Juri Grossi (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Louis Garringue (Université Paris-Dauphine CEREMADE, France)
Luca Nenna (Université Paris-Dauphine e Inria-Paris, France)
Luis Cort (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Matthew Romney (University of Illinois, USA)
Matthieu Joseph (ENS-Lyon, France)
Markus Penz
(University of Innsbruck, Austria)

Mehdi Farzanehpour (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Martti Rasimus (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

Sara Giarrusso
(Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Sebastiano Nicolussi Golo (Univ. Jyväskylä and Univ. of Trento)
Shirsho Mukherjee (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Soeren E. B. Nielsen (Max Planck Institute-Hamburg, Germany)
Terhi Moisala (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Timo Schultz (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

Teemu Peltonen
(University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Toni Ikonen
(University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Vasil Rokaj
(Max Planck Institute-Hamburg, Germany)
Ville Kivioja (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Zhu Zheng (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)


The workshop starts on Wednesday 31st May at 9:00 AM and ends on Wednesday 7th June at lunchtime.

This meeting will be structured in the following way:

  • 29th-30th May

    Crash courses in DFT and OT

    The organizers will give introductory courses on DFT-OT. The aim is to present main concepts and provide a common language for students attending the workshop. The courses are designed for local students in mathematics, physics and chemistry, but everyone is welcome to attend.

    Crash-Courses Schedule (MaD 380, 3rd floor)         
      Monday         Tuesday        
    SCE DFT        
    SCE DFT        
    Lunch Break    
    14:15-16:00 Geometry         

      Introduction to SCE Density Functional Theory
      Crash Course on Optimal Transport

  • 31st May - 2nd june

    Static problems in DFT

    This section intends to present an overview on Kohn-Sham DFT and the state of art of the SCE-DFT. We will discuss recent developments on SCE-DFT, numerical methods and some related topics, as the Lieb-Oxford inequality.

    Location: Room MaA103 (ground floor) at
    Dep. of Mathematics and Statistics (see map below)


  • 5th-7th June

    Time-dependent DFT

    The last days of the workshop will be devoted to present essential mathematical structures for a rigorous foundation of time-dependent density functional theory and, possibly, to make new conections with Optimal Transport.

    Location: Room MaA103 and MaD259 at
    Dep. of Mathematics and Statistics (see map below)


The registration period is closed.

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Location and contact



The workshop will take place at
Mattilanniemi campus in building A
at room MaA103
(see black mark in the map below)

Faculty of Mathematics and Science
Department of Mathematics
University of Jyväskylä

Notice that the mini-courses (29th-30th May)
will take place at room MaD380.

Useful info (University website)

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