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.


  • 2020/12/01

    PhD Defense Nikita Kruk

    Nikita Kruk will defend his doctoral thesis via Zoom. Please register asap here: Please register here.

    The defense will take place in December 2020

    Date: Tuesday December 1, 2020

    Time: 2.30 p.m.

  • 2020/10/20

    Nomination as new FiF Fellow

    Heinz Köppl is nominated as FiF Fellow for 2021 and 2022

    Together with the director of the Forum interdisziplinäre Forschung, Prof. Dr. Thomas Walther, the FiF Fellows form the active core of the interdisciplinary research forum. They set topics and provide impulses for interdisciplinary cooperation at our university.

  • 2020/04/30

    PhD Defense Francois-Xavier Lehr

    Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020

    Time: 10.00 a.m.