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.
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.
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.
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.
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.