Fall semester startup!

We’ve been missing due to summer activities, and we’ve gotten behind on news, publications, and such. A lot has happened and we’ll try and get new publications and talks up soon. Some things of note:

  • Xtreme algorithms is starting again and will be Thursdays at 1.
  • Several MS students have graduated with one of them currently pursuing a PhD.
  • Three papers were published at JCDCG3.
  • One paper was published at ICALP.
  • Conference talks were given for all the papers.
  • AutoTile has received many significant updates.
  • We have more faculty involved in our current research projects.
  • Work on HackR 2022 has begun.

Student Presentations for SPIE

Several graduate students will be presenting at the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) seminar over the next couple of weeks. These presentations are part of a seminar series for the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at UTRGV.

The schedule is as follows:
March 11 at 3:30 in EMAGC 1.318 or Zoom: 992 9026 9755 (flyer)
Sonya Cirlos – “Assembling Patterned Lines with Freezing Tile Automata”

March 18 at 3:30 in EMAGC 1.318 or Zoom: 992 9026 9755 (flyer)
Timothy Gomez – “Building Squares with Optimal State Complexity in Restricted Active Self-Assembly”

April 8 at 3:30 in EMAGC 1.318 or Zoom: 992 9026 9755 (flyer)
David Caballero – TBA

Students win poster competition

During UTRGV’s E-week every year, they hold a research poster competition for each department. This year, ASARG won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the competition! The winning posters are listed here: https://www.utrgv.edu/cecs/e-week-2022/e-week-winning-poster-showcase/index.htm.

They are:
1st Place:¬†David Caballero, Timothy Gomez, ” Verification in 2-Handed Self-Assembly”

2nd Place: Robert M.¬†Alaniz, David Caballero, Sonya C. Cirlos, Timothy Gomez, Elise Grizzell, Andrew Rodriquez, Armando Tenorio, “Building Squares with Optimal State Complexity in Restricted Active Self-Assembly”

3rd Place: Sony Cirlos, Timothy Gomez, “Assembling Patterned Lines with Freezing Tile Automata”

Best Student Paper Award at SAND 2022

One of our papers, where the work was done nearly entirely by the students, has won the best student paper award at the Symposium on Algorithmic Foundations of Dynamic Networks (SAND 2022). The conference will be held March 28-30. The paper that won is

Title: Building Squares with Optimal State Complexity in Restricted Active Self-Assembly

Authors: Robert M. Alaniz, David Caballero, Sonya C. Cirlos, Timothy Gomez, Elise Grizzell, Andrew Rodriguez, Robert Schweller, Armando Tenorio, Tim Wylie

Two papers accepted to SAND 2022

The research group had two papers accepted to the 2022 Symposium on Algorithmic Foundations of Dynamic Networks (SAND’22). The conference is March 28-30.

Title: Complexity of Verification in Self-Assembly with Prebuilt Assemblies
Authors: David Caballero, Timothy Gomez, Robert Schweller, and Tim Wylie

Title: Building Squares with Optimal State Complexity in Restricted Active Self-Assembly
Authors: Robert M. Alaniz, David Caballero, Sonya C. Cirlos, Timothy Gomez, Elise Grizzell, Andrew Rodriguez, Robert Schweller, Armando Tenorio, and Tim Wylie

Short abstract accepted to TJCDCG3

The group has had a short abstract accepted to the Thailand-Japan Conference on Discrete and Computational Geometry, Graphs, and Games. The paper is titled Unit Tilt Row Relocation in a Square, and the authors are David Caballero, Angel A. Cantu, Timothy Gomez, Austin Luchsinger, Robert Schweller, and Tim Wylie.

Paper accepted to UCNC 2021

The group just has a paper accepted to the internation conference on Unconventional Computation and Natural Computation 2021. The paper is titled The Complexity of Multiple Handed Self-Assembly. The authors are David Caballero, Timothy Gomez, Robert Schweller, and Tim Wylie.

SPIE Research Talk

Timothy Gomez will be giving a talk on April 2nd to the UTRGV chapter of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). The talk is an overview of some of his recent self-assembly research. The title is “MolecularComputation: Self-Assembling Tile Computers.” Please see the UTRGV SPIE page for full details.

Journal paper published in Natural Computing

Since UCNC did not happen this year, they issued a CFP for a special issue of Natural Computing. We had a paper titled “Fast Reconfiguration of Robot Swarms with Uniform Control Signals” accepted. The authors are David Caballero, Angel A. Cantu, Timothy Gomez, Austin Luchsinger, Robert Schweller, and Tim Wylie.