We are a team of faculty and students from the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley working in theoretical Computer Science. Our primary interest is in the field of algorithmic self-assembly. Algorithmic self-assembly is a relatively new research area that has great potential for applications in a wide range of fields from nanotechnology to biomedical technology.

Our team has expertise in many areas, and thus our research is not limited to this field, but it is our main focus. Beyond the theoretical results, we host several software projects for research and education listed on the software page. All software is hosted on github and open-source.

We are always looking for new collaborators and students, so please email if interested. We also host the weekly Xtreme Algorithms, so come find out what we’re working on and join in.


New Arxiv Paper

A preprint of an upcoming journal paper is now online at arxiv. Title: Hardness of Reconfiguring Robot Swarms with Uniform External Control in Limited Directions. Authors: David Caballero, Angel A. Cantu, Timothy Gomez, Austin Luchsinger, Robert Schweller, and Tim Wylie. Link: arXiv:2003.13097 ...

Student presenting a CS colloquium talk

On 1/23 at 2pm in room EIEAB 2.208 there will be a 20 minute talk given by current undergraduate student Tim Gomez.  He will be presenting his work, along with coauthors, on robot motion planning with uniform external controls.  The talk will be the talk he gave at the 2020 ...

Proceedings from Hack Research

The 2nd Hack Research was a great success with some high-quality output and a lot of great participation. We had about 60 students there and over half of the students were part of a submission. The proceedings are now online on the event website: https://utrgv.hackresearch.com/site/?page_id=319. We're looking forward to 2020! ...

2nd Annual Hack Research (HackR 2019)

ASARG is hosting the 2nd annual Hack Research (HackR) on December 7-8, 2019. The website with the details and registration is currently live (utrgv.hackresearch.com). Register and come join us for 24 hours of research, learning, and teamwork ...

Paper accepted to SODA 2020

The group just had a paper accepted to appear at the 31st ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA) in 2020. The title is "Hierarchical Shape Construction and Complexity for Slidable Polyominos under Uniform External Forces" and the authors are Jose Balanza-Martinez, David Caballero, Angel A. Cantu, Mauricio Flores, Timothy Gomez, ...

Summer Xtreme Seminar

Come join us at the first Summer Xtreme Algorithms seminar! This is a quick set of 5 talks to showcase some of the work being done in the lab. These are 10 minute talks! If you're interested in research, come see what topics might interest you. The talks are in ...


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