Aaron Sterling

Ph.D. candidate, Iowa State University, Department of Computer Science
former Visiting Predoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


Email: lastname-AT-iastate-DOT-edu


I am a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in the Department of Computer Science, Iowa State University. My advisor is Soma Chaudhuri.
My main research interests are how to view self-assembling systems as distributed systems; and cheminformatics.
[ My Blog ] [ In Memoriam Yitzhak Dumiel ]


ISNSCE Award 2009. (Best Student Paper Award, DNA Computing conference.)
Teaching Excellence Award 2013. (ISU CS Department)


J.K. Wegner, A. Sterling, R. Guha, A. Bender, J.-L. Faulon, J. Hastings, N. O'Boyle, J. Overington, H. van Vlijmen, E. Willighagen. Cheminformatics. Communications of the ACM, vol 55, no. 11 (November 2012), pages 65-75. (Also see the Appendix.)

A. Sterling. Distributed Agreement in Tile Self-Assembly, Natural Computing. (25 November 2010), pp. 1-19. (Invited paper) [ Extended abstract, DNA 15 ] [ CoRR ]


A. Sterling. Memory Consistency Conditions for Self-Assembly Programming, ICS 2010.
A. Sterling Distributed Agreement in Tile Self-Assembly, DNA 2009.
A. Sterling. A Limit to the Power of Multiple Nucleation in Self-Assembly, DISC 2008. [ pdf ]


Reviewer: Natural Computing.
Reviewer: DISC 2010, ISAAC 2010, SODA 2011, SODA 2012.
SIGACT News book reviews: Algorithmic Bioprocesses, Handbook of Chemoinformatics Algorithms, Handbook of Nature-Inspired and Innovative Computing, Ian Stewart's The Mathematics of Life.
Co-Editor, Theoretical Computer Science Community Blog.


I wrote the computer science humor song "I Just Do Theory," and Homage the Halfrican Cracker has recorded it. Lyrics, mp3. Reviews by Scott Aaronson here and Bill Gasarch here.