In WP3 we will develop our chemical artificial life technologies toward specific objectives utilizing the novel control abilities of the robotic workstation. We expect to achieve far greater control and potentiality of our chemical artificial life when interfaced with the robot by exploiting the dynamic properties of far from equilibrium systems. The synergy of chemical artificial life with living biofilms will then be explored.
During the first year of the EVOBLISS project, we have made progress towards the selective manipulation of the chemical system with the robot and the self-organizing map (SOM), based on droplet movement, number, diameter, color and other observable phenotypes.
Specifically we demonstrate the selective manipulation of the droplets using the robot and the SOM according to droplet movement. When a droplet is slowed or stopped, the robot automatically locates the stalled droplet and recharges it with chemical fuel. Also the robot automatically can detect distinct droplets in a population (in this case the largest droplet) and inject it with the specific catanoinic surfactant system that then effects a state change and division into daughter droplets.
Progress was made through collaboration with participants ITU and UNITN.
At UGL we are hard at work trying to understand and control droplet systems. We are expanding the space of chemical parameters to allow for more types of behaviours. With all this new data we are looking into new and innovative ways of analysing the data for better understanding of the system. We are particularly interested in the collective behaviour of droplets which emerges from the chemical and physical attributes of the system.