Summer School «Nonlinear Life»

Summer School «Nonlinear Life»

The Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Nanotechnologies (IBEN) of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Transport and Aeronautics, Daugavpils Affiliate and International Relations Department of Riga Technical University (RTU) follow this line by inviting You to experience a NONLINEAR LIFE by joining our summer school titled «Nonlinear Life».

Your journey within this summer school will lead You through mathematics, medical physics, mechanics, medical engineering dealing with nonlinear systems of objects. So by focusing on both approaches You will acquire not only theoretical knowledge, but also practical experience of engineering and biomedical technologies.

Prerequisites for candidates

If You have finished at least one year of studies by the time the summer school starts, speak fluent English, appreciate the experience of qualified professionals and are a creative person, You are more than welcome to join this event from August 20 to 31, 2017 in Riga and Daugavpils.


You will attend lectures of scientists in the fields of dynamics of nonlinear systems, medical engineering and physics. Seminars will cover topics such as preparation of scientific publications, computer simulation of nonlinear dynamic systems and will be organized in the research facilities of RTU. You will be able to visit medical institutions, for example, the Oncology Centre of Latvia (Riga) and industrial enterprises like «Regula Baltija» (dealing with testing banknotes and coins) and «Axon Cable» (manufacturing cables for home and aircrafts) in Daugavpils.

The summer school will take place in the capital of Latvia – Riga and in the largest city of Latgale (one of the four regions of Latvia) – Daugavpils, where the biggest affiliation of RTU is situated. During the summer school excursions, sightseeing of Riga, Daugavpils and other interesting places outside the cities will be organized.

Study Credits
Certificates of Further Education of RTU and 2.5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit points will be awarded upon completion of the program.
Participation Fee
The participation fee covering registration, tuition, accommodation in the student hostel of RTU, meals (breakfast and lunch) and the social program is EUR 700. You will have to cover travel expenses and health insurance. A participant with the most outstanding academic result will be able to receive a partial bursary from the organizers.

The deadline for submitting the application is May 5, 2017

When applying, please enclose the following documents in English:

For all applicants:

For those who apply for a partial scholarship:

  • Application form (document for download);
  • Letter of motivation (1 page);
  • CV.


  • Certified copies of higher education institution diploma supplement (for graduates);
  • Transcript of records for the whole study period at university (for current students);
  • One letter of recommendation.

Results of the evaluation will be announced to each individual by 19 May 2017.

International Relations Department of RTU will be happy to answer all questions concerning organizational matters, which might occur before the summer school starts or during its course. In case of doubts, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Eriks Badamsins via email or phone +371 67089790.

Application form

Nonlinear Life 2017 (brochure)


 Franco Milano, Prof. of Medical Physics (Italy)

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life – Non linear operators in diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy

  • A general review of modern techniques and methods in diagnostic imaging examples of the use of non linear operators are reported.
  • A general review of up to date techniques in radiotherapy; example of the use of non linear operator are reported.
  • Some hypothesis of a possible future scenario in Medical Physics: which methods will be the next.

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Lucio Tomasso de Paolis, Prof. of Processing Systems (Italy)

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life – Virtual and Augmented Reality in Medicine and Surgery

In medicine and surgery the VR/AR technologies make available new tools for the definition of the diagnosis by translating the information contained in medical images into a 3-dimensional virtual representation of the patient that is a realistic replica of living patient with the actual pathologies. This has allowed the development of a new form of medical education and the use of patient-specific surgical simulators permit to train and rehearse the surgical procedures without any risks for the patient.

New applications of the AR technology allow overlapping the 3D virtual models of the organs on the real patient during the intra-operative procedures in order to carry out the surgical tasks in a way that are both faster and safer. The use of augmented visualization in surgery has the potential to bring the advantages of the open-surgery visualization also in minimally invasive surgery.

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Michael Rosenblum, Prof. of Physics and Astronomy (Germany)

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life – Synchronization: a universal nonlinear phenomenon

Introduction to the theory of synchronization, which is the oldest scientifically described nonlinear phenomenon, will be delivered. The presentation will be illustrated by numerous examples of physical, engineering, and biological systems. Quantitative explanations will be followed by the basics of the mathematical theory. Finally, I will discuss possible application in physiology and medicine.

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Inga Lyashenko, Doc. of Textile Engineering (Latvia)

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life – New Generation of Biomedical Textile Fibers and Technologies of Their Production

The lecture A New Generation of Biomedical Textile Fibers and Technologies of Their Production will consist of two main parts.

The first part covers «High-tech» biomedical textile, fundamental types of fibers (including their properties), examines new four technologies of their production and several examples of their applications will be provided.

The second part of the lecture covers biotechnology in the production of textile fibers in biomedical engineering area. Thanks to the recent research results in biotechnology, several methods of manufacture of chemical fibers were developed, whose properties actually do not differ from the natural. This research will be presented. Application of biotextiles (included recycled materials for clothing) and ways of their scientific improvements will be presented.

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Alexey Katashev, Prof. of Biomedical Engineering (Latvia)

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life – Smart textile and other technologies for motion capture and posture assessment

Workshop @ Nonlinear Life – Hand/limb locomotion capture by smart textile sensor. Hysteresis compensation methods

Methods, used to capture human shape and motion. Medical / industrial applications of motion capture. Smart textile sensors and their applications for motion capture.

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Alexander Schwock, Dr. of Electro Technique in Civil Engineering (Germany)

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life – Plasma Technologies and an overview of their applications

Workshop @ Nonlinear Life – Cross-sectoral applications of plasma technologies for environment protection

The plasma technology lecture gives a short overview about plasma technologies and its industrial application. In a short exercise the students should develop and present a project idea of using plasma technologies for environmental application. After the analysis of the exercise some real application of plasma technologies for environmental application will be presented.

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Röbbe Wünschiers, Prof. of Biology (Germany)

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life: Nonlinear Life from a biological point of view

Workshop @ Nonlinear Life: Designing Cells – Gene technology and more

The history of living organisms can be tracked for the past 3.2 billion years – due to its linearity. This led Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902) to formulate: «omnis cellula e cellula». In 2010, Craig Venter claimed to have created the first synthetic cell «whose parent is a computer», thus interrupting progeny. With current progress in synthetic biology more new-to-nature organisms can be expected or even become normality. I will present and intend to trigger thoughts about biotechnological hopes and societal fears connected to biologically nonlinear life.

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Michael  Zakrzhevsky, Prof. of Mechanics (Latvia)

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life: Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos. Complete Bifurcation Analysis and Rare Attractors

Workshop @ Nonlinear Life: Global Analysis of Nonlinear Dynamical Models and Their Characteristics. Periodic Skeleton and Orbit Passport. The Models researched with the help of Spring software under Discussion

The lecture covers new and, as a rule, previously unknown fundamental laws, current issues and new methods and algorithms of an emerging interdisciplinary science named «Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos». This science studies typical nonlinear dynamical models, which are widely used in the theory of nonlinear oscillations mechanics and mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic systems, engineering models of modern structures, various biological, ecological and economic models.

On the basis of the simplest nonlinear dynamical systems with one degree of freedom and several models with two degrees of freedom, we show applications of new bifurcation theory and its underlying so-called method of complete bifurcation groups (MCBG), which allows finding new nonlinear effects, complex protuberances in different bifurcation groups and the so-called rare attractors (RA), which, as a rule, remain unnoticed when traditional methods are used.

The most valuable information for the global analysis in the parameter space is presented by the found unstable regimes, the continuation of which along the branches of their solutions in the parameter space enables the discovery of new bifurcation groups and rare attractors. The procedures of constructing the periodic skeleton are included into the software SPRING, created in Institute of Mechanics of Riga Technical University.

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Jekaterina Erenpreisa, Prof. of Biology (Latvia)

Lecture #1 @ Nonlinear Life: Challenging linear causality in biology: a clash between genetic dogma and self-organization - Where is a compromise?

Lecture #2 @ Nonlinear Life: Adaptation to stress as a key to evolution and cancer. Can we tame it?

«There is no a single example of linear causality in biology if we see beyond our short-sighted experiments». This understanding is heralding the Systems Biology of the 21st century. It is not easy to percept after Newton’s mechanics that the living systems adapt by exploration using both programmed and chaotic regulations for their fate change. How this is embedded in the genome and works in reality? What is cancer? Can we saddle it up? How to plan and carry out the experiments?

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Indra Surkova, MSc. in Medical Physics (Latvia)

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life: Medical Physics in oncology-practical point of view

Workshop @ Nonlinear Life: QA in radiotherapy - group brainstorming

Everyday work and responsibilities of medical physicist in radiotherapy department, modern radiotherapy techniques and the main challenges to improve the quality of treatment procedures, another perspective of 1 mm sizes regarding human health. Practical brainstorming – safety barriers in radiotherapy.

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Yuri Dekhtyar, Prof. of Nanomedicine (Latvia)

Lecture @ Nonlinear Life: Is nanomedicine just a fad or is it a necessary approach to improving medical technologies?

Workshop @ Nonlinear Life: Nanomedicine progress – brainstorming

The nanomedicine approach has Hippocrates philosophical roots. Nanoobjects, their design and corresponding properties, as well applications for medicine are reviewed.

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