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08:45-10:15 Session 62H
Location: FH, Seminarraum 136
Opening remarks
Computational design of DNA strand displacement systems
A domain-level DNA strand displacement reaction enumerator allowing arbitrary non-pseudoknotted secondary structures
SPEAKER: Casey Grun

ABSTRACT. DNA strand displacement systems have proven themselves to be a fertile substrate for the design of programmable molecular machinery and circuitry. Domain-level reaction enumerators provide the foundations for molecular programming languages by formalizing DNA strand displacement mechanisms and modeling interactions at the “domain” level – one level of abstraction above models that explicitly describe DNA strand sequences. Unfortunately, the most-developed models currently only treat pseudo-linear DNA structures, while many systems being experimentally and theoretically pursued exploit a much broader range of secondary structure configurations. Here, we describe a new domain-level reaction enumerator that can handle arbitrary non-psuedoknotted secondary structures and reaction mechanisms including association and dissociation, 3-way and 4-way branch migration, and direct as well as remote toehold activation. To avoid polymerization that is inherent when considering general structures, we employ a time-scale separation technique that holds in the limit of low concentrations. This also allows us to “condense” the detailed reactions by eliminating fast transients, with provable guarantees of correctness for the set of reactions and their kinetics. We hope that the new reaction enumerator will be used in new molecular programming languages, compilers, and tools for analysis and verification that treat a wider variety of mechanisms of interest to experimental and theoretical work.

10:15-10:45Coffee Break
10:45-13:00 Session 66AY
Location: FH, Seminarraum 136
Molecular computers for molecular robots as hybrid systems
SPEAKER: Masami Hagiya
DNA-based circuits in well-mixed and spatially organized systems
SPEAKER: Lulu Qian
Verifying Polymer Reaction Networks using Bisimulation

ABSTRACT. The Chemical Reaction Network model has been proposed as a programming language for molecular programming. Methods to implement arbitrary CRNs using DNA strand displacement circuits have been proposed, as have meth- ods to prove the correctness of those or other implementations. However, the stochastic Chemical Reaction Network model is provably not deterministically Turing-universal, that is, it is impossible to create a stochastic CRN where a given output molecule is produced if and only if an arbitrary Turing machine accepts. A DNA stack machine that can simulate arbitrary Turing machines with no slowdown deterministically has been proposed, but it uses unbounded polymers that cannot be modeled as a Chemical Reaction Network. We propose an extended version of a Chemical Reaction Network that models unbounded linear polymers made from a finite number of monomers. This Polymer Re- action Network model covers the DNA stack machine, as well as copy-tolerant Turing machines and some examples from biochemistry. We adapt the bisimula- tion method of verifying DNA implementations of Chemical Reaction Networks to our model, and use it to prove the correctness of the DNA stack machine implementation. We define a subclass of single-locus polymer reaction networks and show that any member of that class can be bisimulated by a network using only four primitives, suggesting a method of DNA implementation. Finally, we prove that deciding whether an implementation is a bisimulation is Π2-complete, and thus undecidable in the general case. We hope that the ability to model and verify implementations of polymer reaction networks will aid in the rational design of molecular systems.

Modeling and Analysis of Genetic Boolean Gates Using the Infobiotics Workbench
SPEAKER: Savas Konur

ABSTRACT. In this paper, we illustrate the use of the Infobiotics Workbench platform, designed to model and analyse stochastic P systems, by modeling basic synthetic Boolean gates and analysing them using some computational techniques: simulation, verification and biocompilation.

13:00-14:30Lunch Break
14:30-16:00 Session 75AZ
Location: FH, Seminarraum 136
Morphisms of reaction networks that couple structure to function
SPEAKER: Luca Cardelli
Verifying CRN Implementations: A Pathway Decomposition Approach

ABSTRACT. The emerging fields of genetic engineering, synthetic biology, DNA computing, DNA nanotechnology, and molecular programming herald the birth of a new information technology that acquires information by directly sensing molecules within a chemical environment, stores information in molecules such as DNA, RNA, and proteins, processes that information by means of chemical and biochemical transformations, and uses that information to direct the manipulation of matter at the nanometer scale. To scale up beyond current proof-of-principle demonstrations, new methods for managing the complexity of designed molecular systems will need to be developed. Here we focus on the challenge of verifying the correctness of molecular implementations of abstract chemical reaction networks, where operation in a well-mixed "soup" of molecules is stochastic, asynchronous, concurrent, and often involves multiple intermediate steps in the implementation, parallel pathways, and side reactions. This problem relates to the verification of Petri Nets, but existing approaches are not sufficient for certain situations that commonly arise in molecular implementations, such as what we call "delayed choice." We formulate a new theory of pathway decomposition that provides an elegant formal basis for comparing chemical reaction network implementations, and we present an algorithm that computes this basis. We further show how pathway decomposition can be combined with bisimulation to handle a wider class that includes all currently known enzyme-free DNA implementation techniques. We anticipate that our notion of logical equivalence between chemical reaction network implementations will be valuable for other molecular implementations such as biochemical enzyme systems, and perhaps even more broadly in concurrency theory.

Lightning talks for posters/demos
SPEAKER: Chris Thachuk
16:00-16:30Coffee Break
16:30-19:00 Session 79A: VSL Joint Award Ceremony 1
Location: MB, Kuppelsaal
Foundations and Technology Competitions Award Ceremony

ABSTRACT. The third round of the Kurt Gödel Research Prize Fellowships Program, under the title: Connecting Foundations and Technology, aims at supporting young scholars in early stages of their academic careers by offering highest fellowships in history of logic, kindly supported by the John Templeton Foundation. Young scholars being less or exactly 40 years old at the time of the commencement of the Vienna Summer of Logic (July 9, 2014) will be awarded one fellowship award in the amount of EUR 100,000, in each of the following categories:

  • Logical Foundations of Mathematics,
  • Logical Foundations of Computer Science, and
  • Logical Foundations of Artificial Intelligence

The following three Boards of Jurors were in charge of choosing the winners:

  • Logical Foundations of Mathematics: Jan Krajíček, Angus Macintyre, and Dana Scott (Chair).
  • Logical Foundations of Computer Science: Franz Baader, Johann Makowsky, and Wolfgang Thomas (Chair).
  • Logical Foundations of Artificial Intelligence: Luigia Carlucci Aiello, Georg Gottlob (Chair), and Bernhard Nebel.


FLoC Olympic Games Award Ceremony 1

ABSTRACT. The aim of the FLoC Olympic Games is to start a tradition in the spirit of the ancient Olympic Games, a Panhellenic sport festival held every four years in the sanctuary of Olympia in Greece, this time in the scientific community of computational logic. Every four years, as part of the Federated Logic Conference, the Games will gather together all the challenging disciplines from a variety of computational logic in the form of the solver competitions.

At the Award Ceremonies, the competition organizers will have the opportunity to present their competitions to the public and give away special prizes, the prestigious Kurt Gödel medals, to their successful competitors. This reinforces the main goal of the FLoC Olympic Games, that is, to facilitate the visibility of the competitions associated with the conferences and workshops of the Federated Logic Conference during the Vienna Summer of Logic.

This award ceremony will host the

  • 3rd Confluence Competition (CoCo 2014);
  • Configurable SAT Solver Challenge (CSSC 2014);
  • Ninth Max-SAT Evaluation (Max-SAT 2014);
  • QBF Gallery 2014; and
  • SAT Competition 2014 (SAT-COMP 2014).
FLoC Closing Week 1
SPEAKER: Helmut Veith
16:30-17:45 Session 80Q
Location: FH, Seminarraum 136
Boolean modelling and formal verification of tiered-rate chemical reaction networks
Formal mean field theories for graph rewriting
SPEAKER: Vincent Danos
Rule based modelling of DNA repair
SPEAKER: Jean Krivine
17:45-18:30 Session 83: Poster and demo session
Location: FH, Seminarraum 136
DyNAMiC Workbench: Automated design and verification of dynamic DNA nanosystems
SPEAKER: Casey Grun
An Aspect Oriented Design and Modelling Framework for Synthetic Biology
SPEAKER: Philip Boeing
Guiding the development of DNA walker systems to guarantee reliability and performance
Software tools for analysing the chemical master equation
SPEAKER: Neil Dalchau
Identification of Components and Modular Verification of Biochemical Pathways
SPEAKER: Paolo Milazzo