Site Administrators (The Algorithmic Self-Assembly and Natural Computing research group at the University of Arkansas)
Dr. Matthew Patitz
Matt is an assistant professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He graduated with his PhD in Computer Science from Iowa State University in May 2010, and was an assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas-Pan American from the fall of 2010 through the spring of 2012.
Matt's research interests focus mainly on 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, he hopes 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.
Dr. Jacob Hendricks
Jacob is an assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin--River Falls. He graduated with his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Arkansas in May 2015, and was a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Bio/Nano Technology Group at the University of Arkansas in summer 2015.
Jacob's interests are two-fold. First, he is interested in the theoretical modeling of nanoparticles with the goal of understanding systems in which simple local interactions lead to complex global behaviors and/or structures. Studying such systems may not only contribute to a better understanding of complexities that arise in nature but also aid in the development of nanotechnologies. Secondly, he is interested in the computational modeling of nanoparticles. With the help of his collaborators, he is working to develop software capable of simulating the molecular dynamics of DNA-functionalized nanoparticle building blocks.
Trent is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and the recipient of the Doctoral Academy Fellowship. In fall 2014, he started the PhD program in computer science at the University of Arkansas. He is a research assistant to Dr. Matthew Patitz.
Trent's research is focused on algorithmic self-assembly. Through self-assembling systems, we are able to appreciate and better understand the elegance and simplicity that nature uses to create the complex and chaotic natural world around us. Studying self-assembling systems does not only gives us a glimpse into the intricacies of our world, but also allows us the ability to create innovative technologies.
Tyler is a Masters student in Computer Science at the University of Arkansas. He is a research assistant to Dr. Matthew Patitz.
Dr. Scott Summers
Scott is an assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh. Scott received his BS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin--Green Bay in 2004 and an MS and PhD in Computer Science from Iowa State University in 2007 and 2010, respectively. Scott was previously an assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin--Platteville in the department of Computer Science and Software Engineering from 2010 to 2013.
Scott's currently interested in researching theoretical Computer Science, in general, and the theory of tile self-assembly, specifically.
Kagan is an undergraduate student at the University of Arkansas pursuing a B.S. in Mathematics, with a Pure Math concentration. His interests are varied. At the moment, he is working on algorithmic self-assembly.
Dr. Robert Schweller
Robbie is an associate professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas-Pan American. Robbie received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Northwestern University in June 2007 and his B.A. in Mathematics from Carleton College in June 2001.
Robbie's general research area is the design and analysis of algorithms. More specific interests include the algorithmic self-assembly of DNA, tile self-assembly, algorithmic nanotechnology, combinatorial code word design, graph labeling, anomaly/intrusion detection over network data streams, and bioinformatics.
Xingsi Zhong (Winston Zhong)
Xingsi is now a graduate student in Department of Computer Science,UTPA.
He is now a research assistant of Dr. Robert Schweller and Dr. Matthew Patitz, and doing research in algorithmic DNA self-assembly.
Other research groups
Following are just a few of the research groups doing work related to self-assembly. If you'd like to have your group added, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DNA and Natural Algorithms group at Caltech
Erik Winfree's DNA and Natural Algorithms group at Caltech
Reif's group at Duke
John Reif's research group at Duke University
Seeman's lab at NYU
Ned Seeman's laboratory at New York University
The ISU Laboratory for Algorithmic Nanoscale Self-Assembly
Jack Lutz's ISU Laboratory for Algorithmic Nanoscale Self-Assembly at Iowa State University