Welcome BCS

Welcome to the Bioinspired Communication Systems Lab


Mission statement: We want to build programmable matter. Imagine objects composed of reprogrammable units instead of plain atoms; Inscribed rules instead of physical laws govern their behavior. Objects morph and change function according to local interactions or communications imposed on their constituents. Nature generated a hierarchy of units that have increasing levels of plasticity and corporate or assemble into large-scale systems. We aim to learn from nature how man-made large-scale distributed systems could self-organize and perform complex tasks. Applying statistical inference we reverse-engineer those systems by going from measurements of their global emergent behavior to their local interactions.

In order to realize that long-term vision we work on concrete self-organizing systems from technology and nature. Those include large-scale sensor networks, self-propelled particle systems, molecular self-assembly systems and molecular reaction networks.

The BCS group is a joint venture between the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and the Department of Biology at TU Darmstadt. We perform theoretical analysis and wet-lab work.

BCS is co-directing the LOEWE Research Program CompuGene. BCS is also part of DFG Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1053 (SFB) MAKI and an associated member of the DFG Graduate School (GRK) 1994 AIPHES.


  • 2017/12/22

    Prof. Koeppl receives ERC-Grant

    The European Research Council honors Heinz Koeppl, Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, with an „ERC Consolidator Grant“ and supports it for a period of five years with a total of two million euros. This will further strengthen TU Darmstadt's activities in synthetic biology.

    more information at „News TU Darmstadt“

  • 2017/10/30

    Successful CMSB 2017

    15th International conference on Computational Methods in Systems Biology

    CMSB 2017 was organised by Bio-inspired Communication Systems Group at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany.

    About 70 researchers attended the conference.

    The proceedings of all conferences can be found here: Springer Link

    CMSB 2017 proceedings are available here: CMSB2017

    For some impressions please click here.

  • 2017/05/02

    Invited speaker at Banff-Workshop: “Mathematical Analysis of Biological Interaction Networks”

    Heinz Köppl is going to speak at the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery, Canada at the workshop for ”Mathematical Analysis of Biological Interaction Networks” from June 4 to 9.

  • 2017/02/20

    Invited speaker at 1st ECCSB

    1st European Congress on Cell-Free Synthetic Biology

    Prof. Köppl is going to speak at the first European Congress on Cell-Free Synthetic Biology at Ascona, Switzerland.