The Biological Control program seeks to support a wide range of potential Department of Defense (DoD) applications by enhancing understanding of the basic processes associated with biological network interactions, communication, and control. Leveraging technologies developed under this program would enable construction of systems that seek out and mitigate chemical and biological threats; lead to the development of novel biomaterials that increase the resilience of Navy ships and other DoD systems to biofouling; and support military readiness by synthesizing new pharmaceuticals to treat emerging diseases.
To accomplish these goals, the Biological Control program aims to demonstrate tools to rationally design and implement multiscale, closed-loop control of biological systems; testbeds to evaluate control of system-level behavior; and theory and models to predict and design effective control strategies. If successful, the research will deliver embedded controllers made of biological parts that enable programming of system-level behavior.
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