Joint DAC/IWBDA special session engineering biology: Fundamentals and applications

Marc Riedel, Soha Hassoun, Ron Weiss, Pamela Silver, J. Christopher Anderson, Richard Murray

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In the nascent field of synthetic biology, researchers are striving to create biological systems with functionality not seen in nature. This special session features talks that emphasize the fundamental engineering principles underlying this endeavor, highlighting possible synergies with electronic design automation (EDA). Pamela Silver will describe designing and constructing proteins and cells with predictable biological properties. These serve as potential therapeutics, cell-based sensors, factories for generating bio-energy, and bio-remediation. J. Christopher Anderson will demonstrate how complex biological functions can be decomposed into modular devices. He will describe the construction of therapeutic organisms and new tools for building complex systems. Richard Murray will discuss the use of concepts from control and dynamical systems in the analysis and design of biological feedback circuits at the molecular level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 47th Design Automation Conference, DAC '10
Number of pages2
StatePublished - Sep 7 2010
Event47th Design Automation Conference, DAC '10 - Anaheim, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 13 2010Jun 18 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings - Design Automation Conference
ISSN (Print)0738-100X


Other47th Design Automation Conference, DAC '10
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAnaheim, CA


  • Bio-design automation
  • Cellular programming
  • Control
  • Feedback
  • Modular designs
  • Robustness


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