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MolCoNet - A thematic network on molecular computing

Objective

This working group addresses bio-molecular computing, e.g. the use of bio-sequences (e.g. DNA strands or proteins) to store and manipulate information. Bio-molecular computing is a new and rapidly evolving research area that brings together computer scientists and biologists and that requires both theoretical and experimental work. Cooperation and information exchange between different research groups is essential in order to compare the different proposals and methods and, ultimately, to exploit the enormous potential of DNA or other molecules as a computational substrate. The working group will establish systematic contacts and exchanges among research groups with complementary expertise, in particular groups developing theoretical models of bio-molecular computing and groups pursuing experiments.
This working group addresses bio-molecular computing, e.g. the use of bio-sequences (e.g. DNA strands or proteins) to store and manipulate information. Bio-molecular computing is a new and rapidly evolving research area that brings together computer scientists and biologists and that requires both theoretical and experimental work. Cooperation and information exchange between different research groups is essential in order to compare the different proposals and methods and, ultimately, to exploit the enormous potential of DNA or other molecules as a computational substrate. The working group will establish systematic contacts and exchanges among research groups with complementary expertise, in particular groups developing theoretical models of bio-molecular computing and groups pursuing experiments.

OBJECTIVES
Molecular Computing is a novel and exciting development at the interface of computer science, molecular biology, chemistry and physics. Its main advantage is that it is an energy-efficient, massively parallel process. This working group focuses on computing with bio-molecules that have an enormous potential as a computational substrate. The aim is to stimulate research on biological computing and to coordinate the scientific activity of some of the major research groups active on this subject in Europe. The working group will foster joint work and the exchange of results and knowledge among the involved research groups and it will specifically exploit the special competencies of each one of the partners.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
The working group will establish systematic contacts and exchanges among researchers with complementary competencies, in particular groups developing theory models of biological computing and groups pursuing experiments. The activities will include a "kick-off" meeting, yearly plenary meetings on molecular computing, mutual visits from one group to another, working parties on specific topics, web pages on biological computing, including annotated bibliography, news, as well as the publication of papers in international journals and conferences.

Funding Scheme

THN - Thematic network contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO - BICOCCA
Address
Piazza Dell'ateneo Nuovo 1
20126 Milano
Italy

Participants (12)

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Muenchen
INSTITUTE OF BIOTECHNOLOGY AND ANTIBIOTICS
Poland
Address
Staroscinska 5
02-516 Warszawa
INSTITUTE OF MATHEMATICS OF THE ROMANIAN ACADEMY
Romania
Address
Calea Grivitei 21
78101 Bucharest
INSTITUTULUI DE MATEMATICA SI INFORMATICA AL ACADEMIEI DE STIINTE A REPUBLICII MOLDOVA
Moldova
Address
Str. Academiei 5
2028 Chisinau
MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA SZAMITASTECHNIKAI ES AUTOMATIZALASI KUTATO INTEZET
Hungary
Address
Kende U. 13-17
1111 Budapest
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
Address
Firth Court, Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
TURKU CENTRE FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE
Finland
Address
Lemminkeisenkatu 14 A
20520 Turku
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
Address
Avenida Ramiro De Maeztu 7
28040 Madrid
UNIVERSITE DE METZ
France
Address
Ile-du-saulcy
57012 Metz
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
Address
Rapenburg 70
2300 RA Leiden
UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
Address
Northcote House, The Queens Drive
EX4 4QJ Exeter