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Training and Research in Unconventional Computation in Europe

Training and Research in Unconventional Computation in Europe

Objective

Unconventional computation (UCOMP) is an important and emerging area of scientific research, which explores new ways of computing that go beyond the traditional model, as well as quantum- and brain inspired computing. Such alternatives may encompass novel substrates (e.g., DNA, living cells, or mixtures of the two) as well as new paradigms which, for example, support combined information processing and material production (as living systems do). UCOMP researchers draw inspiration from a wide and diverse range of sources, from physics, to chemistry, biology and ecology. The field is growing quickly, and has the potential to revolutionize not only our fundamental understanding of the nature of computing, but the way in which we solve problems, design networks, do industrial fabrication, make drugs or construct buildings. The problems we already face in the 21st century will require new and creative approaches, conceptual frameworks, mechanisms and perspectives. UCOMP offers one route towards this.
TRUCE is a coordination action to help organize the international UCOMP community. The inherent diversity of the field has led to fragmentation, with many sub-fields developing in parallel. With large-scale project support now being offered by the European Commission, the time is precisely right to organize and coordinate the field at the European level. The proposed coordination action will engage the European community (and beyond), construct the first UCOMP roadmap, reach out to a wider public beyond the scientific community, and build the foundations for a new, sustainable and coherent scientific discipline.

Coordinator

THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

Address

Oxford Road All Saints Building
M15 6bh Manchester

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 240 025

Administrative Contact

Martyn Amos (Dr.)

Participants (3)

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SYDDANSK UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 102 773

UNIVERSIDAD DE MALAGA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 100 098

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 66 104

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 318235

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2012

  • End date

    30 September 2015

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 570 844

  • EU contribution

    € 509 000

Coordinated by:

THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom