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Colloquium - Reishus

Algorithmic Self-Assembly: Theory and Practice
Department of Computer Science

Self-organization is ubiquitous in nature. In systems that exhibit self-organizing properties, simple objects interact in simple ways to produce complex structures or emergent behaviors. Examples of natural self-organizing systems abound on all scales, from the microscopic to the cosmologic. In biology, nature uses self-organization to great effect. In certain circumstances, cells self-organize into organisms and organisms self-organize into colonies, flocks, or societies. Despite its importance, self-organization is poorly understood.

In this talk, I will provide recent advances in self-organizing systems research, with a concentration on mathematical models and theoretical tools used to aid in understanding self-organizing systems, and present related experimental work from the fields of molecular biology and robotics.

Dustin Reishus holds an NSF Computing Innovations Fellowship at the University of Colorado. His research area is self-assembly and self-organization with an emphasis on the theoretical foundations, fundamental limits, and potential applications of self-organizing systems. He received his PhD from the University of Southern California in December 2009 under the advisement of Professor Leonard Adleman, where he was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow.

Hosted by Nikolaus Correll.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)