The First International Workshop on Physarum Transport Networks

December 3–5, 2015 | New York City, New York, United States

Chairs and rooms are given in italics

Thursday, Dec 3rd

8:25 – 12:40  Science I


Alim, Science Ia, Fairchild,  8:25-10:00

8:25     Opening Remarks, Hans-Günther Döbereiner, Universität Bremen

8:30     Dynamics of Physarum microdroplets – an example for mechanochemical pattern formation

 in active biological matter,  Markus Bär, PTB Berlin

9:00     Cortical wave patterns in giant Dictyostellium cells,  Carsten Beta, Universität Potsdam

9:30     Automated analysis of Physarum network structure and dynamics,  Mark Fricker,

 University of Oxford

10:00   Coffee


Grube, Science & Education, Ia, Eng Terrace, 10:30-12:40

10:30   A systems genetics approach to the sporulation control network in Physarum polycephalum

            Wolfgang Marwan, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

11:00   The search for the determinants of insertional RNA editing in Physarum polycephalum

 mitochondrial RNAs,  Ralf Bundschuh, The Ohio State University

11:30   Decision-making without a brain: the case of the slime mold Physarum polycephalum,

 Simon Garnier, NJ Institute of Technology

12:00   P. polycephalum can compute shortest paths, Michael Dirnberger,  MPI für Informatik, Saarbrücken

12:30   Towards an open online repository of P. polycephalum networks and their corresponding

 graph representations,  Michael Dirnberger, MPI für Informatik, Saarbrücken

12:40 – 14:00 Lunch (self-organized off campus)


Hauser 15:00 – 16:15 Science & Education, CEPSR414

15:00   A low-cost bio-imaging and incubation system,  Christina Oettmeier, Universität Bremen

15:15   Learning with amoeba aboard the BioBus,  Ben Dubin-Thaler, BioBus NYC

15:45   Interactive cloud experimentation for Biology: systems architecture and educational use case

            Ingmar Riedel-Kruse, Stanford


Döbereiner  16:15 – 17:45 Arts & Science, CEPSR414

16:15   Slime mould as an artistic medium: creativity and collaboration with the non-human (Skype)

            Theresa Schubert, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

16:35   A melleable metaphor: Physarum polycephalum as artistic and educational medium

            Heather Barnett, University of the Arts London

17:05   Physarum foraging patterns and ceramic decoration,   Natalie Andrew, Cambridge MA

17:25   Social Bacteria,  Nurit Bar Shai, Genspace NYC

17:45  Snacks

18:15 – 23:00 Movie Night & Dinner (Davis)


18:15  Creeping Garden

20:30  Workshop Dinner


Friday, Dec 4th

Bär 8:00 – 10:00 Science IIa, Costa Commons

8:00     Efficient mixing of Protoplasm in tubular network of the slime mould Physarum

 polycephalum,  Marcus Hauser, Universität Magdeburg

8:30     A close look at ameboid locomotion: an integrated picture of a migrating starvation-included

 foraging of Physarum  polycephalum,  Christina Oettmeier, Universität Bremen

9:00     Growth pattern of Physarum polycephalum during starvation,  Jonghyun Lee, Universität Bremen

9:30     Motifs of growth and fusion govern Physarum polycephalum network formation

            Adrian Fessel, Universität Bremen

10:00  Coffee


Bundschuh 10:30 – 12:30 Science IIa, Costa Commons

10:30   Adaptation of fluid flow in the slime mould Physarum polycephalum,  Karen Alim, MPI for Dynamics

 and Self-Organization (essen( spato.temporaö analysis.

11:00   Investigation of peristaltic pumping as a cellular motility mechanism,  Owen Lewis,

 University of Utah

11:30   Coordination of contractility, adhesion and flow in migrating Physarum amoebae:

 experiments and modelling,  Robert Guy, UC Davis

12:00   Coordinations of intracellular flow, calcium signal and cellular contraction in migrating

 physarum,  Shun Zhang, UC San Diego

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch (self-organized off-campus)

14:00 – 15:00 Keynote: Adaptive dynamics for shape optimization inspired by the use-and-growth

 rule in a simple organism of slime mold,  Toshiyuki Nakagaki, Hokkaido University

15:00 – 16:00 Panel Coffee

16:00 – 18:00 Conference Posters

20:00    Conference Dinner


Saturday, Dec 5th

8:00 – 9:00   Keynote: Living architectures: autonomous self-assembly and disassembly

 in army ants,  Simon Garnier, NJ Institute of Technology

9:00 – 12:30  Science IIIa (CEPSR 414)

9:00     Periodic traction in migrating large amoeba of Physarum polycephalum (Skype)

            Jean Paul Rieu, U Claude Bernard Lyon

9:30     Reproducing contact inhibition of locomotion probabilities of colliding cells migrating

 on micro-patterned substrates,  Dirk Kulawiak, Technische Universität Berlin

10:00  Coffee


Marwan 10:30 – 12:30 Science IIIb, Costa Commons

10:30   Quantitative comparison of plasmodial networks of different slime molds,  Martin Grube,

 Universität Graz

11:00   Analysis on the exploratory behavior of the Physarum plasmodium in an open space

            Tomohiro Shirakawa, National Defense Academy of Japan

11:30   Three-dimensional imaging of structural development in fruiting body of field collected

 true slime molds,  Yuka Yajima, Kyoto University

12:00   The Amoeboflagellate Transformation (AFT) in Physarum polycephalum: many questions

- some answers,  Mark Adelman, Webmaster of PhysarumPlus

12:30  Closing Remarks, Hans-Günther Döbereiner, Universität Bremen

13:00 – 15:00 Lunch / Post Slots (self-organized off-campus)


Sunday, Dec 6th

Post-workshop Nodes and Networks Experiments and Interventions