Coding and Computation in Microfluidics

May 24, 2007

The Bartos Theater
Building E15

Advances in modern microfluidics are leading to renewed interest in fluidic mechanisms for coding and computation, aimed at integrating the logic of control systems with the materials that they manipulate. This workshop will gather together researchers who are scaling fluidic logic down in size and up in complexity with prospective users in a wide range of application areas, to explore this emerging intersection of physical science and computer science. Along with presenting current research, the meeting will seek to foster collaborative development of new capabilities and applications, and help articulate a roadmap for future work.

Attendance is open but requires registration with Susan Murphy-Bottari <>

8:00-9:00 Breakfast



Historical Perspective
Marvin Minsky (MIT)
Ron Stouffer, Sri Sridhara (Bowles Fluidics)   (video)

Bubbles in Mazes

Reversibility of the flow of droplets in microfluidic networks
Piotr Garstecki (Polish Academy of Sciences)

SPICE'd Microfluidics
Olgierd Cybulski (Polish Academy of Sciences)

Microfluidic Bubble Logic

10:30-11:00 Break


Components for Generic and Programmable Microfluidic Devices

Microfluidics for Gene Fabrication

Opportunities in Microfluidics for Enabling Engineered Biological Simplicity

Drew Endy (MIT)

Integrating Optoelectronic, Fluidic & Biochemical Programming For Open-Source Personal Genomics & Synthetic Biology
George Church (Harvard)

12:30-1:30 Lunch


Chaos in Droplet-Based Microfluidic Systems
Patrick Tabeling (Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles)

Multiple Flow Problems In Fluid Mechanics With Emphasis On Climate Issues
Jack Whitehead (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

The Phase Chip:  Manipulating Phase Diagrams with Microfluidics
Seth Fraden (Brandeis)

Multiphase Microfluidics: Flows, Dispersion, and Nanomaterial Synthesis
Axel Guenther (University of Toronto)

Directed Fluidic Assembly
Hod Lipson (Cornell)

3:00-3:30 Break

3:30-4:30 Future Work


4:30 Reception

6:00 South End Technology Center Fab Lab Open House