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Trent A. Rogers
tar003 (at) uark (dot) edu

Research Assistant to Dr. Matthew Patitz
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
Doctoral Academy Fellow
Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR
Lab: JBHT 448
Office: JBHT 434

Research Interests

I am interested in researching self-assembling and self-organizing systems which display complexity arising from simple components and local interactions. There are many examples in the natural world of both living and non-living systems in which large numbers of small, autonomous pieces form systems that are extremely complex without any centralized control and from simple sets of rules. By studying existing systems and designing novel ones, I hope to help illuminate fundamental properties of such systems which give rise to their complex behavior, including life. Additionally, the creation of complex artificial systems which self-assemble and self-organize could help to revolutionize many areas of technology.

My current research deals with models of self-assembling DNA 'tiles' and their ability to self-assemble intricate structures and to perform computations.

Refereed Conference Papers
  • Universal Simulation of Directed Systems in the abstract Tile Assembly Model Requires Undirectedness, Jacob Hendricks, Matthew J. Patitz, Trent A. Rogers. Proceedings of the 57th Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS 2016), (October 9-11, 2016, New Brunswick, New Jersey), pp. 800-809.
  • Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Fractals with Signal-Passing Tiles (extended abstract), Jacob Hendricks, Meagan Olsen, Matthew J. Patitz, Trent A. Rogers, and Hadley Thomas. Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming (DNA 22), (September 4-8, 2016, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitšt, Munich, Germany), pp. 82-97.
  • Resiliency to Multiple Nucleation in Temperature-1 Self-Assembly, Matthew J. Patitz, Trent A. Rogers, Robert T. Schweller, Scott M. Summers, Andrew Winslow. Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming (DNA 22), (September 4-8, 2016, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitšt, Munich, Germany), pp. 98-113.
  • Computing in continuous space with self-assembling polygonal tiles, Oscar Gilbert, Jacob Hendricks, Matthew J. Patitz, Trent A. Rogers. Proceedings of the ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA 2016), (Arlington, VA, USA, January 10-12, 2016), to appear.
  • The Simulation Powers and Limitations of Higher Temperature Hierarchical Self-Assembly Systems, Jacob Hendricks, Matthew J. Patitz, Trent A. Rogers. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Machines, Computations and Universality (MCU'15), (9-11 September, 2015, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, North Cyprus), to appear.
  • Reflections on Tiles (in Self-Assembly), Jacob Hendricks, Matthew J. Patitz, Trent A. Rogers. Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming (DNA 21), (August 17-21, 2015, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.), to appear.
  • Replication of arbitrary hole-free shapes via self-assembly with signal-passing tiles (extended abstract), Jacob Hendricks, Matthew J. Patitz, Trent A. Rogers. Proceeding of the 14th International Conference on Unconventional Computation and Natural Computation (UCNC 2015), (University of Auckland, New Zealand, 31 August Ė 4 September, 2015)
  • Universal Computation with Arbitrary Polyomino Tiles in Non-Cooperative Self-Assembly, SŠndor P. Fekete, Jacob Hendricks, Matthew J. Patitz, Trent A. Rogers, Robert T. Schweller. Proceedings of the ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA 2015), (San Diego, CA, USA, January 4-6, 2015)
  • The Power of Duples (in Self-Assembly): It's Not So Hip To Be Square, Jacob Hendricks, Matthew J. Patitz, Trent A. Rogers, Scott M. Summers. Proceedings of the 20th International Computing and Combinatorics Conference (COCOON 2014) (Atlanta, GA, USA, August 4-6, 2014), pp. 215-226.
  • Doubles and Negatives are Positive (in Self-Assembly) , Jacob Hendricks, Matthew J. Patitz, Trent A. Rogers. Proceedings of Unconventional Computation & Natural Computation 2014 (UCNC 2014), (University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, July 14-18, 2014), pp. 190-202.
  • Signal Transmission Across Tile Assemblies: 3D Static Tiles Simulate Active Self-Assembly by 2D Signal-Passing Tiles, Jacob Hendricks, Jennifer E. Padilla, Matthew J. Patitz, and Trent A. Rogers. Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming (DNA 19), (Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA, September 22-27, 2013), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 8141, 2013, pp. 90-104.
  • The two-handed tile assembly model is not intrinsically universal, Erik D. Demaine, Matthew J. Patitz, Trent A. Rogers, Robert T. Schweller, Scott M. Summers, and Damien Woods, Proceedings of the Fortieth International Colloquium on Automata, Languages and Programming (ICALP 2013), (Riga, Latvia, July 8-12, 2013), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 7965, 2013, pp. 400-412.

Journal Papers
  • The two-handed tile assembly model is not intrinsically universal, Erik D. Demaine, Matthew J. Patitz, Trent A. Rogers, Robert T. Schweller, Scott M. Summers, and Damien Woods, Algorithmica, February 2016, Volume 74, Issue 2, pp 812-850.
  • The power of duples (in self-assembly): It's not so hip to be square, Jacob Hendricks, Matthew J. Patitz, Trent A. Rogers, Scott M. Summers. Theoretical Computer Science (TCS), special issue of invited papers from the 20th International Computing and Combinatorics Conference (COCOON 2014), DOI: 10.1016/j.tcs.2015.12.008.
  • Doubles and Negatives are Positive (in Self-Assembly), Jacob Hendricks, Matthew J. Patitz, Trent A. Rogers. Natural Computing, special issue of invited papers from 13th International Conference on Unconventional Computation and Natural Computation (UCNC 2014), to appear. (arxiv version here)
  • The two-handed tile assembly model is not intrinsically universal, Erik D. Demaine, Matthew J. Patitz, Trent A. Rogers, Robert T. Schweller, Scott M. Summers, and Damien Woods, Algorithmica, to appear.
  • Signal Transmission Across Tile Assemblies: 3D Static Tiles Simulate Active Self-Assembly by 2D Signal-Passing Tiles, Tyler Fochtman, Jacob Hendricks, Jennifer E. Padilla, Matthew J. Patitz, Trent A. Rogers. Natural Computing, special issue of invited papers from DNA19.

Referee Work

I have reviewed papers for the following conference:
  • MCU 2015
  • DNA 21
I have reviewed papers for the following journal:
  • Natural Computing

Mentors
  • Dr. Matthew Patitz - Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering at the University of Arkansas
  • Jacob Hendricks - Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Co-Authors
  • Andrew Winslow - Assistant Professor at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Erik D. Demaine - Professor at MIT
  • SŠndor Fekete - Professor at University of Technology, Braunschweig
  • Tyler Fochtman - Graduate student in Computer Science at the University of Arkansas
  • Jacob Hendricks - Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls
  • Jennifer E. Padilla - Assistant Research Professor at Boise State
  • Dr. Matthew Patitz - Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering at the University of Arkansas
  • Robert T. Schweller - Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Scott M. Summers - Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh
  • Damien Woods - Senior Postdoctoral Fellow in Computer Science at Caltech
Personal Info

I grew up in Northwest Arkansas, near Bentonville. I graduated from Bentonville High School in the spring of 2009, then hopped around to different colleges and finally settled on the University of Arkansas. Whenever I'm not studying or doing research I enjoy cycling. I got my start in self-assembly after meeting Dr. Patitz at the bike shop I worked at. We started talking about our areas of study, and Dr. Patitz told me about self-assembly. The area sounded very interesting, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to work in such a cool and emerging field.

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