Programmable matter

Programmable matter thematic deals with matter which can be programmable like computers.

People in this thematic focus on two topics:

  • Distributed algorithmics for modular microrobots, focused on conception of modules (such as BlinkyBlocks), distributed algorithms, self-reconfiguration algorithms, simulation environment (such as VisibleSim), and hardware design.
  • Communication in nanonetworks, focusing on routing and transport layers for electromagnetic nanonetworks as defined by Josep Jornet.  Examples of works: in a broadcast, reducing the number of forwarders (routers) and the receivers, given the scarce resources in terms of energy and memory.  BitSimulator simulator allows to test our algorithms in dense nanonetworks.

Several projects, especially I-SITE and ANR, have been accepted in this topic.