For high-efficient computers using nanoscale biomolecules

Chemnitz / 14.3.2018

Open Innovation Competition: Molecular encoding for biocomputation

The Horizon 2020 project Bio4Comp, coordinated by Heiner Linke (NanoLund) announces an open innovation award in the area of molecular encoding. The challenge is to find solutions for encoding and decoding of information from cytoskeletal filaments for parallel computing.

In network-based biocomputation each biomolecule acts as a tiny computer with processor and memory. Critical advantages of network-based biocomputation are that it uses orders of magnitude less energy per operation than conventional computers and that it is scalable with presently available technology. (See also D. V. Nicolau Jr., M. Lard, T. Korten et al. PNAS 2016 113 (10) 2591-2596).

For a number of mathematical problems to be solved by network-based biocomputation approaches, it will be crucial to efficiently encode information into the cytoskeletal filaments themselves.

Here, we invite proposals that address the issues of physical and/or (bio)chemical information-encoding and information readout, e.g. to obtain information about the path a filament has taken through a network.

Everyone can participate, except for employees of the Bio4Comp partner organizations. Descriptions of the ideas should be submitted by e-mail to before 15 August 2018. The best idea will be rewarded with 5 000 Euro.

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For high-efficient computers using nanoscale biomolecules

In Swedish: Forskning på nanonivå: Biomolekyler som kan ge mycket energisnåla datorer med förmåga att lösa komplexa problem