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Chemical IT: In-silico Meets In-vitro -- Satellite Workshop to CMC12

22. - 23. August 2011, Fonainebleau/Paris


The workshop will focus on how to build novel IT systems using (bio-)chemical principles.

There are already two rather different approaches. On the one hand, the chemical metaphor is exploited in order to build self-organising computing systems in-silico. On the other hand, novel chemical information technologies are emerging where information processing takes place at a chemical level (in-vitro).

The aim of the workshop is to bring these two directions of research together and let them exchange ideas, questions and achievements.

Roughly, we imagine questions like the following. How can wet chemical IT benefit from formal chemical-like approaches? Or in other words, what are possible applications of concepts like P systems to real chemical computing systems? How can in-silico chemical approaches like membrane computing or hormone systems benefit from chemical IT? Or in other words, can we find ideas or problems from real chemical IT interesting for a theoretical method of resolution?

Structure of a Contribution

We would like to ask the contributers to address the following focal questions. That is, please try to adapt your talk to one (or more) of these questions. Please, also take into account that the audience is a mixture of theoretical and experimental researchers. So it would be good to adjust your talk to match the needs of both groups. Of course, you are welcome to suggest further questions.

For theoretical/in-silico chemical IT contributions, but not exclusively:

  1. How can formal approaches be used to understand/program/analyse real chemical IT systems? Are there already some examples?
  2. How can theoretical chemical mechanisms inspire novel chemical IT principles? In particular, can membrane computing approaches be a source of inspiration?

For experimental/in-vitro/wet chemical IT contributions, but not exclusively:

  1. What are the underlying chemical computing principles and how could they inspire novel approaches to design self-organising computer systems?
  2. Would theory/simulation help in harnessing chemical IT systems? What are the problems that could be tackled by theory/simulation and what theoretical foundations would be required?

For hybrid approach contributions, but not exclusively:

  1. How can a hybrid approach where wet chemical IT is joined with in-silico approaches like membrane computing look like?
  2. Are there programming principles common to both approaches?
  3. What problems are there particularly suitable for being solved by in-silico and/or wet chemical programs? What is the advantage of chemical programs?

Invited Speakers

Location, Accomodation, Costs, ...



Please register by sending an email to Peter Kreyßig.

Detailed Tentative Program

Monday, 22.08.2011

from 10:00  Inofficial welcome -- in case you arrive early

12:45  Official welcome

13:00  First session


15:00  Coffee Break

15:30  Second session


19:00  Dinner

20:00  Third session


Tuesday, 23.08.2011

09:00 Fourth session: Buffer / Overlap with CMC12


Please, contact either Peter Dittrich or Peter Kreyßig for any questions or suggestions you may have.