The BIOMICS consortium is very strong in the areas of science and mathematics needed to achieve the project objectives. As shown in Figure 1, each BIOMICS partner is conversant in at least 2 disciplinary domains of relevance to the project, with UH having internationally recognised expertise in all 4.
Figure 1: Interdisciplinary overlaps between the BIOMICS partners
BIOMICS - Biological and Mathematical Basis of Interaction Computing - is a European Commission FP7 3-year STREP project that started on 1 October 2012. It falls under Objective ICT-2011-9.6: FET Proactive: Unconventional Computation (UCOMP).
The BIOMICS project was inspired by the observation that cell metabolic/regulatory systems are able to self-organise and/or construct order dynamically, through random interactions between their components and based on a wide range of possible inputs.
We are undertaking research into whether this behaviour can be reproduced in a controllable way through interacting finite-state automata. If so this will lead to a radically new model of “bottom-up computation” with equal applicability to computer science and systems biology that we call Interaction Computing (IC).