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Friday, January 5 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Frontier Science: Towards Making Matter Programmable T78

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Computer scientists, nanoscientists, and engineers are more and more joining their forces towards the realisation of Programmable Matter, that is, matter that can algorithmically change its physical properties. They have already produced some first impressive outcomes. These include programmed DNA molecules that self-assemble into desired structures and large collectives of tiny identical robots that orchestrate resembling a single multi-robot organism. In parallel, an interesting theory is being developed to support this vision. Ambitious, long-term applications include molecular computers, collectives of nanorobots injected into the human circulatory system for monitoring and treating diseases, or even self-reproducing and self-healing machines. In this talk, we shall give an overview of this rapidly growing research area and discuss a recent, related initiative.

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University of Liverpool

University of Liverpool

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Dr Othon Michail

Lecturer, University of Liverpool

Friday January 5, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm GMT