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  • Funder: EC Project Code: 631630
    Partners: UPM
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    Funder: EC Project Code: 101044360
    Overall Budget: 2,131,810 EURFunder Contribution: 2,131,810 EUR
    Partners: UPM

    This project will build living evolutionary cellular computers, and showcase them as intelligent bioremediation agents. Current synthetic genetic networks that perform human-defined computations must remain unchanged—as initially designed—in order to perform well. This is a problem, since biological substrate adapts and evolves, compromising durability, robustness, and computing power. We will exploit the intrinsic dynamic features of living systems. ECCO’s biocomputers will be able self-adapt and reconfigure at run-time. They will show unprecedented levels of robustness and efficiency—far beyond current technological limits. To this end, we will tackle intra-cellular evolvability and multi-cellular reconfigurability. At the intra-cellular level, we will upgrade current genetic circuitry with pre-defined mutation, evaluation and selection dynamics. Circuits will optimise themselves. At the multi-cellular level, we will design cellular consortia able to reconfigure its structure—therefore changing its functionality—according to environmental needs, thus adaptive. The ECCO project will integrate theoretical developments with in-vivo experimentation. The soil bacteria Pseudomonas putida will be used as a host to illustrate the capabilities of evolutionary genetic circuits. To demonstrate long-run efficiency, bacteria will be used to colonize the root of the plant Arabidopsis thaliana—a much more complex environment than the pristine laboratory conditions where circuits are often characterized. Reconfigurability will be achieved by building a multicellular computer able to switch between metal and aromatic removal circuits—two important pollutants. Evolution, adaptation and reconfigurability are elusive to conventional computers; conveniently, these are intrinsic properties of living organisms. The ECCO will benefit from this in order to engineer living computers that unlock applications in novel domains—from synthetic agriculture to precision bioremediation.

  • Open Access mandate for Publications and Research data
    Funder: EC Project Code: 655009
    Overall Budget: 170,122 EURFunder Contribution: 170,122 EUR
    Partners: UPM

    The KOPAR project aims to investigate the inclusive nature of scientific documents from an integrative-interoperable semantic perspective. Scientific publications aggregate data by encompassing it within a persuasive narrative. Such aggregation is highly federated as authors reference external sources, analyze data elsewhere and summarize over the document, archive and publish methods, data and processes over heterogeneous resources and using a myriad of formats. KOPAR addresses the problem of supporting such aggregation over a document that is to be born semantic, interoperable and conceived as an aggregator within a web-of-data publishing workflow; KOPAR delivers the tooling necessary for authors to generate this type of documents. Existing ontologies, data structures, standards and Application Programing Interfaces are brought together in order to facilitate the assemblage, identification and characterization of these arrangements in the document. Conceptual elements such as Research Objects, nanopublications, references, experimental protocols and data are to be logically assembled within the document as self-describing, machine procesable elements. KOPAR will deliver a novel paradigm for scholarly communication, one that makes it possible to understand the paper as an aggregator, a living document that is both an interface to the Web of Data as well as the pivot for collaboration across scientists.

  • Funder: FCT Project Code: SFRH/BD/18971/2004
    Funder Contribution: 39,704.8 EUR
    Partners: UPM
  • Funder: EC Project Code: 624721
    Partners: UPM