2015 MBMC Workshop


Communications, Inference, And Computing In Molecular And Biological Systems


December 3 & 4, 2015

University of Southern California

Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Building (EEB) 132


The aim of this workshop is to bring together scientists and engineers conducting research at the interface of biology, physics, chemistry,neuroscience, information theory, control, communications, computing, and signal processing. As an example, we cite recent advances in MEMS/NEMS and systems biology coupled with the emergence of synthetic bacteria and lab/process-on-a-chip techniques, it is now possible to design chemical circuits, custom organisms, micro and nanoscale swarms of devices  as well as a host of other new systems.  These new results and technological advances speak to the need for an interdisciplinary forum where researchers from these diverse fields can interact with each and  enable further technical innovation.


Thursday, December 3

12:00 – Registration/Lunch
1:00 – Welcome & Conversation with Len Adleman

Session Chair: Salman Avestimehr, University of Southern California

1:15 – David Tse, Stanford University
           High Throughput Sequencing Assembly: Information and Computation
1:45 – Behnaam Aazhang, Rice University
           On Network Modulation for Intractable Epilepsy
2:15 – Lulu Qian, California Institute of Technology
           Creating Programmable Disorder in Self-Assembled DNA Nanostructures

Session Chair: Maryam Shanechi, University of Southern California

2:45 – Coffee Break/Poster Session

Session Chair: Joerg Kliewer, New Jersey Institute of Tehcnology

3:45 – Robert Schober, University of Erlangen-Nurnberg
           Channel Estimation in Diffusion-Based Molecular Communication Systems
4:15 – Elisa Franco, University of California, Riverside
           Programming Dynamic Circuits and Materials with Nucleic Acids
4:45 – Erik Winfree, California Institute of Technology
           Designing and Verifying Molecular Circuits Made of DNA
5:15 – Break
5:30 – 7:30 – Reception at the Viterbi Museum

**For speaker biographies and abstracts, please visit the Speakers page.

Friday, December 4

9:00 – Registration/Breakfast

Session Chair: Andrew Eckford, York University

9:30 – Mihaela van der Schaar, University of California, Los Angeles
           Understanding Bacterial Self-Organization using Network Formation Games
10:00 – Marc Riedel, University of Minnesota
             Computing with Crappy Clocks (C^3): A New Paradigm for Molecular Computing
10:30 – Coffee Break

Session Chair: Paul Bogdan, University of Southern California

11:00 – Pablo Iglesias, John Hopkins University
             Information-Theoretic Characterization of Cell Signaling Networks
11:30 – Andrea Goldsmith, Stanford University
             Exploiting the Theories of Communication and Information in Biology and Neuroscience

Session Chair: Urbashi Mitra, University of Southern California

12:00 – Lunch/Poster Session

Session Chair: James Boedicker, University of Southern California

1:30 – Gurol Suel, University of California, San Diego
           Metabolic and Electrical Oscillations in Bacterial Biofilms
2:00 – Andrew Mugler, Purdue University
           Physical Limits to Sensing by Communicating Cells
2:30 – Scott Fraser, University of Southern California
           Imaging and Sensing the Molecular Signals that Pattern Development
3:00 – Coffee Break

Session Chair: Umberto Spagnolini, Polytechnic University of Milan

3:45 – Haris Vikalo, The University of Texas at Austin
           Decoding Genetic Variations: Algorithms for Haplotype Assembly
4:15 – Gregory Puleo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
           Correlation Clustering in Bioinformatics
4:45 – Concluding Remarks

**For speaker biographies and abstracts, please visit the Speakers page.

For logistical questions, please contact Christina Tang-Bernas (tangbern@usc.edu)
For questions regarding the technical program, please contact Prof. Urbashi Mitra (ubli@usc.edu)






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