There are revolutions at hand in the way we understand and implement computation, driven by an awareness of impending barriers to VLSI scaling and new understandings of the physical world. This fundamental shift in perspective allows us to contemplate engineering computational substrates at the molecular and atomic levels. To develop and exploit these new substrates will require an intimate understanding of both the physical substrates and the nature of computation, as well as the relation between them.
Research and researchers whose competency spans across the disciplines will be necessary to drive progress in this area of novel computational substrates.
In this summer program we assembled a unique collection of materials intended to start identifying the fundamental background knowledge necessary to work in this area and the fundamental challenges this area presents.
We invited promising, motivated students with an interest in novel computation to join researchers from Caltech and institutions across the country for an intensive introduction to this exciting area.
Sophomores, juniors, seniors, and first year graduate students with backgrounds in computer science, biology, chemistry, or physics were encouraged to apply.
Coordinated by André DeHon and Erik Winfree
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