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.


  • 2018/12/21

    PhD Defense Jascha Diemer

    Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018

    Time: 2.30 p.m.

    Location: B2|03 109

    Title: ''Single cell measurements in microfluidic chips to determine the dynamics of transcription during induction

  • 2018/11/22

    Applied Swarm Intelligence

    What's better than a drone? That's right: a swarm of drones! In our lab, we are developing and testing new algorithms for decentralized communication and control of drone swarms. If you are looking for a student project in the area of machine learning and want to get in touch, you can find more information about our research here.