From: David Kempe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Apr 28 2004 - 11:43:52 PDT
The time is Friday, 4/30, 11:30am-12:20pm
(the date was wrong, the weekday was right)
>Dear theory lovers,
>Next theory seminar:
>Title: An Introduction to Combinatorial Self-Assembly, Part 1
>Time: Friday, 4/29, 11:30am-12:20pm (WRONG!)
>Place: wherever it usually is
>Guide: David Kempe
>Self-assembly is the process by which small simple objects (called
>"tiles"), exposed to the right physical conditions, assemble into a
>larger, complex, and desirable aggregate object. It has been suggested
>that self-assembly may become an important technology for circuit
>design and nano-fabrication. For instance, a memory chip consists of
>many identical gates arranged in regular patterns, and one could
>imagine designing identical gates in such a way that billions of them
>will arrange into a working memory chip (with the help of a few more
>other gates, of course).
>On the experimental side, there has recently been progress on
>self-assembling larger objects from DNA-based tiles. Along with the
>experimental progress, the theory of self-assembly is now receiving
>more attention, including questions such as:
>- What are good mathematical models, and how do choices in those
>models affect the computational complexity of problems?
>- How powerful is self-assembly as a computational model?
>- How many different types of tiles or glue between them are needed to
>assemble the object I want?
>- How long will the assembly process take?
>- How to deal with the inevitable errors that happen in practice, and
>how to reduce the number of errors?
>Thus, questions from self-assembly combine theory of computation,
>complexity, algorithmic questions, and coding in an interesting way.
>In this two-talk overview series, I plan to give a taste of the
>models, questions, and known results.
-- David Kempe <email@example.com> _______________________________________________ Theory-group mailing list Theoryfirstname.lastname@example.org http://mailman.cs.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/theory-group
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