Life revolves around real-world information processing, and the gap between computers and living systems while formidable is shrinking. Distributed intelligent technical systems with self-organizing and evolvable life-like properties are required both to make the next generation of self-repairing computer and robotics technology and to direct all kinds of complex production and remediation on the nanoscale.

As part of the complex systems FET initiative, PACE is researching novel IT (Information Technology) making strong use of life-like properties such as

robustness, homeostasis and self-repair

self-assembly, modularity and self-organization

self-reproduction, genetic programmabilty and evolvabilty

complex systems design and bootstrapping complexity

PACE is exploring artificial cells as

a novel basis for embedded IT

prototypical complex systems

main step towards evolvable nanosystems

milestone in programmable chemistry

optimization target for hybrid "immersed" IT

PACE has established a new hybrid IT technology for programming complex chemical systems: by 

novel synthetic replicable components 

self-assembly of replicable components

making use of integrated simulation

microfluidic coupling to digital electronics

very high density electric field microcontrol

complementation of desired functionality

evolutionary programming of protocols

This report covers the experiences and results from PACE (2004-2008).

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