In the theory of nonlinear waves problems are treated in broad categories, on the basis of mathematical rather than physical similarity. This is possible due to the fact that many ideas and phenomena recur in such apparently diverse fields as rigid-body and fluid mechanics, plasmas physics, optics, biology, economics, etc. The main objective of the WIN-series of conferences is to contribute to a better understanding of the roles of the nonlinear waves and wave interaction in various physical fields: geophysics, plasma physics and optics, Bose-Einstein condensate, etc. One of the main goals of our discussions is to analyze the interplay of linear and nonlinear processes yielding freak (or rogue) waves in the various physical contexts. Special attention will be paid to the role of modulation instability in the generation of the large-amplitude pulses and conditions for formation of freak waves.
Other important themes for discussions are novel theoretical methods and approaches developed recently for description of diverse aspects of nonlinear wave systems such as effective equation method for describing wave turbulent systems, method of steady-state resonances allowing to explain some experimental observation with water waves, reformulation of the increment chain equation method for computing energy spectra of the dynamical energy cascades in terms of the Akhmediev breathers, and others.
The WIN-series of conferences provides an international forum for the exchange of ideas and wide discussion of newest methodologies, knowledge, and expert opinions on these fields.