Chair

The founding chair of Meteoceanics is Rui A. P. Perdigão, Prof. Dr. in Physics, who has developed the core methodologies, lectures and products and engaged the major institutional partners that stay with us to this very day. Along the way, he has always held a non-remunerated position, whilst pursuing his university career.

For the last several years, Rui Perdigão has been coordinator of the program on Fluid Dynamical Systems, founded by himself at TU Wien, Austria, and further expanded to block courses delivered as invited lecturer in Germany and in Portugal. The course was then incorporated into Rui Perdigão’s new endowed chair in Physics of Complex Systems in connection with our Centre and Doctoral School.

Moreover, Rui Perdigão coordinates and delivers international short courses, seminars and workshops through Meteoceanics Doctoral School. He also serves as Editor in the European Geosciences Union journal Earth System Dynamics  and is an affiliate to the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c) from the University of Lisbon, providing scientific and academic expertise in the Physics of Complex Coevolutionary Systems.

Rui Perdigão holds a Doctorate in Physics with the highest honours. He has since then conducted independent and collaborative research on mathematical physics, predictability and uncertainty dynamics, from conceptual and methodological research to applications to fluid dynamical and complex system problems in natural sciences and engineering. He has also conducted R&D for large-scale international consortia, including the EU/ESA Copernicus Programme and the North Atlantic Alliance.

At a fundamental level, the research conducted by Rui Perdigão focuses on theoretical and methodological developments towards a novel theoretical physics paradigm bringing fundamental physical understanding to nonlinear dynamics and information theory.

One of the core efforts in this regard has been the establishment of a nonlinear synergistic dynamic theory of complex coevolutionary systems, unveiling fundamental physical principles and canonic forms bringing complexity to its simplest yet fully generative form.

Another has been the generalisation of information theory to a non-ergodic coevolutionary theory of information physics. In doing so, he addressed elusive structural functional coevolution in far-from-equilibrium non-ergodic systems where neither traditional information nor dynamical system theories worked, paving the way for retrieving and quantifying elusive dynamic predictability beyond nonlinear memory loss.

Rui’s theoretical advances are now being implemented in generalised fluid dynamical systems to address fundamental physics problems ranging across scales from quantum gravitation to coevolutionary earth system dynamics and thermodynamic cosmology. His recently launched frontier lecture series on Fluid Dynamical Systems: from Quantum Gravitation to Thermodynamic Cosmology, share the most recent progress in these efforts to an interdisciplinary audience.

With fluid dynamical system applications in mind and particular emphasis on atmospheric dynamics, Rui Perdigão has developed a mathematical physics theory linking interaction information signatures in multiscale geophysical fluid dynamics with underlying mechanisms grounded on nonlinear scale interactions and synergistic emergence in wave mechanics and fluid flow.

In doing so, Rui Perdigão’s advances have brought out novel atmospheric insights on polyadic wave resonance among planetary, synoptic and mesoscale waves in fundamental fluid dynamic terms, explaining observed information-theoretical and nonlinear signatures of emergence, and shedding further light on elusive emergent behaviours in multiscale atmospheric flow, e.g. behind far from equilibrium transient dynamics behind “extreme” meteorological phenomena.

More recently, Rui has introduced a non-ergodic coevolutionary theory of information physics, generalising information theory to the realm of far-from-equilibrium statistical mechanics, where there is event codependence and the traditional information theoretical measures do not hold. His novel measures unveil and quantify elusive sources of synergistic and coevolutionary predictability beyond post-critical spatiotemporal memory loss, long after nonlinear multi-information fades away. The collapse of dynamic regimes and nonlinear memory in far-from-equilibrium non-ergodic dynamics is thus no longer an obstacle for system understanding and prediction.

The theoretical advances from Rui Pita Perdigão are now shedding light onto fundamental problems ranging across scales from evolutionary open quantum systems to coevolutionary earth system dynamics and thermodynamic cosmology, peering into the fundamental Physics of Evolutionary Complexity.

Most of Rui’s advances in Nonlinear Dynamics and Analytics have remained proprietary, securing a leading edge in providing decision support to institutions dealing with critical security challenges protecting the society and the environment. Even so, some of his work is publicly available through publications and courses, and an already contracted comprehensive research monograph will provide a first-hand overview of Rui’s most recent work.