Damien Woods

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We apply techniques from complexity theory to a model of biological cellular membranes known as membrane systems or P-systems. Like Boolean circuits, membrane systems are defined as uniform families of computational devices. To date, polynomial time uniformity has been the accepted uniformity notion for membrane systems. Here, we introduce the idea of using(More)
We present small polynomial time universal Turing machines with state-symbol pairs of (5, 5), (6, 4), (9, 3) and (18, 2). These machines simulate our new variant of tag system, the bi-tag system and are the smallest known universal Turing machines with 5, 4, 3 and 2-symbols respectively. Our 5-symbol machine uses the same number of instructions (22) as the(More)
We describe a computational model for studying the complexity of self-assembled structures with active molecular components. Our model captures notions of growth and movement ubiquitous in biological systems. The model is inspired by biology's fantastic ability to assemble biomolecules that form systems with complicated structure and dynamics, from(More)
We show that the Tile Assembly Model exhibits a strong notion of universality where the goal is to give a single tile assembly system that simulates the behavior of any other tile assembly system. We give a tile assembly system that is capable of simulating a very wide class of tile systems, including itself. Specifically, we give a tile set that simulates(More)
We give small universal Turing machines with state-symbol pairs of (6, 2), (3, 3) and (2, 4). These machines are weakly universal, which means that they have an infinitely repeated word to the left of their input and another to the right. They simulate Rule 110 and are currently the smallest known weakly universal Turing machines. Despite their small size(More)
We prove that the abstract Tile Assembly Model (aTAM) of nanoscale self-assembly is intrinsically universal. This means that there is a single tile assembly system U that, with proper initialization, simulates any tile assembly system T. The simulation is "intrinsic" in the sense that the self-assembly process carried out by U is exactly that carried out by(More)
We show that the problem of predicting t steps of the 1D cellular automaton Rule 110 is P-complete. The result is found by showing that Rule 110 simulates deterministic Turing machines in polynomial time. As a corollary we find that the small universal Turing machines of Mathew Cook run in polynomial time, this is an exponential improvement on their(More)
We present a number of time-efficient small universal Turing machines. We show that there exists deterministic polynomial time universal Turing machines with state-symbol products of (3, 11), (5, 7), (6, 6), (7, 5) and (8, 4). These machines are the smallest known universal Turing machines that simulate TMs in polynomial time.
In this paper we introduce a variant of membrane systems with elementary division and without charges. We allow only elementary division where the resulting membranes are identical; we refer to this using the biological term symmetric division. We prove that this model characterises P. This result characterises the power of a class of membrane systems that(More)
We prove a negative result on the power of a model of algorithmic self-assembly for which it has been notoriously difficult to find general techniques and results. Specifically, we prove that Winfree’s abstract Tile Assembly Model, when restricted to use noncooperative tile binding, is not intrinsically universal. This stands in stark contrast to the recent(More)