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  • The literature review section of my rapport d'avancement covers about 60% of work that I will cover in my doctoral thesis

Theoretical treatment of incompatible substructure problem

  • SWARM2015 conference paper presents initial findings of yield predictions [published]
  • Extended yield predictions journal paper [not yet published]

Approaches to solve the incompatible substructure problem

  • TODO: Tune the magnetism of the components such that the fully formed target structures are stable, but substructures are susceptible to breakage
Changing geometry
  • [Published: PPSN]
Conformational switching
  • TODO: Close to final design of components
Use of high inertia components
  • Successfully conducted preliminary experiments
  • TODO: Define experiment and collect data
  • Massimo suggested, and I agree, that I write an "approaches to the yield predictions" paper. In that paper, I would include the aforementioned approaches. [not yet published]
Dipole codes
  • [Published: Theoretical Computer Science]

Dynamics of aggregating / self-assembling systems

  • Nicolas has developed visual tracking system and used it to find:
    • Time evolution of aggregation
    • Distance distribution
    • Velocity distribution
  • Collaboration with Korean Institute of Science and Technology [Leon Abelmann, Tijmen Hageman, etc.]
    • Found the different energy regimes for our aggregating system
    • Established that outside the ballistic regime, the components perform "random walk"
      • The data neatly fits into a Rayleigh distribution
  • TODO: Get new camera, re-analyse data
  • TODO: Write a "methodology" style paper


  • Contribution 1: Theoretical analysis of parallel assembly vis-a-vis the incompatible substructure problem
  • Contribution 2: 5 approaches to avoid the incompatible substructure problem
  • Contribution 3: Study of the dynamics of aggregation / parallel assembly