|Title||Computing by self-assembly: DNA molecules, polyominoes, cells|
|Publication Type||Contributions to Book Chapters|
|Year of Publication||2008|
|Authors||Gheorghe, M., & Paun G.|
|Editors||Krasnogor, N., Gustafson S., Pelta D. A., & Verdegay J. L.|
|Book Title||Systems Self-Assembly: Multidisciplinary Snapshots|
Self-assembly is a process that creates complex heirarchical structures through the statistical exploration of alternative configurations. These processes occur without external intervention. Self-Assembly processes are ubiquitous in nature. Understanding how nature produces self-assembled systems will represent an enormous leap forward in our technological capabilities. Robustness and versatility are some of the most important properties of self-assembling natural systems. Although systems where self-assembly occurs, or which are created by a self-assembling process, are remarkably vaired, some common principles are starting to be discerned. The unifying thread throughout the book is the "Computational Nature of Self-Assembling Systems.