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Computational Matter

  • Susan Stepney
  • Steen Rasmussen
  • Martyn Amos


  • As the silicon chip approaches its eighth decade, researchers are actively seeking alternative substrates on which to implement computations

  • Each chapter synthesizes current understanding, bringing together researchers from related research projects

  • Useful for graduate students, researchers in the field, and the general scientific reader


Part of the Natural Computing Series book series (NCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Susan Stepney, Steen Rasmussen, Martyn Amos
    Pages 1-5
  3. Mapping the UCOMP Territory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Susan Stepney, Simon J. Hickinbotham
      Pages 9-31
    3. Julian F. Miller, Simon J. Hickinbotham, Martyn Amos
      Pages 33-43
    4. Barbara Fresch, Tian-Min Yan, Dawit Hiluf, Elisabetta Collini, Raphael D. Levine, Françoise Remacle
      Pages 45-53
    5. Martyn Amos, Angel Goñi-Moreno
      Pages 93-110
    6. Andrew Adamatzky, Jeff Jones, Richard Mayne, James Whiting, Victor Erokhin, Andrew Schumann et al.
      Pages 111-128
    7. Giuditta Franco, Vincenzo Manca
      Pages 129-149
  4. Delving into UCOMP Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Zoran Konkoli, Susan Stepney, Hajo Broersma, Paolo Dini, Chrystopher L. Nehaniv, Stefano Nichele
      Pages 153-184
    3. Hajo Broersma, Susan Stepney, GÖran Wendin
      Pages 185-229
    4. John S. McCaskill, Julian F. Miller, Susan Stepney, Peter R. Wills
      Pages 231-248
    5. Paolo Dini, Chrystopher L. Nehaniv, Eric Rothstein, Daniel Schreckling, Gábor Horváth
      Pages 249-268
    6. Zoran Konkoli, Stefano Nichele, Matthew Dale, Susan Stepney
      Pages 269-293
    7. Barbara Fresch, M. V. Klymenko, Raphael D. Levine, Françoise Remacle
      Pages 295-318
    8. Ross Rinaldi, Rafael Gutierrez, Alejandro Santana Bonilla, Gianaurelio Cuniberti, Alessandro Bramanti
      Pages 319-337

About this book


This book is concerned with computing in materio: that is, unconventional computing performed by directly harnessing the physical properties of materials. It offers an overview of the field, covering four main areas of interest: theory, practice, applications and implications. Each chapter synthesizes current understanding by deliberately bringing together researchers across a collection of related research projects. 

The book is useful for graduate students, researchers in the field, and the general scientific reader who is interested in inherently interdisciplinary research at the intersections of computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and mathematics.


Unconventional Computing Computing in Materio Physical Computing Self-assembly Artificial Life Natural Computing DNA Computing Molecular Computing Evolutionary Computing Evolution Reservoir Computing

Editors and affiliations

  • Susan Stepney
    • 1
  • Steen Rasmussen
    • 2
  • Martyn Amos
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of YorkYorkUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Physics, Chemistry and PharmacyFLinT Center, University of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark
  3. 3.School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital TechnologyManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Computational Matter
  • Editors Susan Stepney
    Steen Rasmussen
    Martyn Amos
  • Series Title Natural Computing Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Natural Computing Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-65824-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09750-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-65826-1
  • Series ISSN 1619-7127
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 337
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Theory of Computation
    Artificial Intelligence
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