Matthew J. Patitz

Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering
University of Arkansas



Matthew Patitz is interested in researching self-assembling and self-organizing systems which display complexity arising from simple components and local interactions. There are many examples in the natural world of both living and non-living systems in which large numbers of small, autonomous pieces form systems that are extremely complex without any centralized control and from simple sets of rules. By studying existing systems and designing novel ones, he hopes to help illuminate fundamental properties of such systems which give rise to their complex behavior, including life. Additionally, the creation of complex artificial systems which self-assemble and self-organize could help to revolutionize many areas of technology, enabling wonders such as atomically precise manufacturing and nanoscale medical devices.

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