Zoran Konkoli

Docent at Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Electronics Material and Systems Laboratory

What do you do? That is the standard question we get during the conference dinner. I am sure that most of my colleagues have a prepared answer that they can recite without even thinking. I’ve always had a problem explaining to people what I do while standing on one foot, especially if I wanted to avoid sounding too arrogant or raising an eyebrow or two as people listen: My background is truly interdisciplinary which is strongly reflected in my current research activities.Background:I started as undergraduate in Physics at Zagreb University (1986-1991), obtained a doctoral degree in Theoretical Chemistry at Gothenburg University (1991-1996). After that I wanted to learn the statistical physics toolbox and wanted to move into statistical physics. This happened through the series of three post-docs: 1996-2002, studied diffusion-controlled reactions (with Henrik Johannesson, Chalmers, Institute of Theoretical Physics), moved to the Nordic Institute of Theoretical Physics (NORDITA, now moved from Copenhagen to Stockholm) where I studied protein folding with John Hertz. There I learned a great deal of spin-glass physics. In that period I continued investigating diffusion-controlled reactions. My last post-doc was with Peter Appel at the Applied Physics Department at Chalmers, where I looked into polymer-translocation problem, a remarkably challenging multi-scale modelling problem. There I stayed as assistant professor in Biological Physics (2002-2006) and this is where my truly independent scientific life started.In 2007 I obtained a permanent position of Associate Professor at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience – MC2. By that time I got my employment at MC2 it was clear to me that my research interest lie at the interface between condensed-matter theory, statistical physics, theoretical cell biology, and computer science. I decided to develop in that area being fully aware of the fact that it was the time to focus which, alas, I did not do since there are so many interesting things to look at.My research interests are as follows:- non-equilibrium statistical physics (diffusion-controlled reactions, polymer dynamics in “exotic” geometries; in principle anything to do with fluctuation and noise)- theoretical cell biology (effects of noise on gene expression networks, complex formation dynamics, and HIV latency)- (theoretical) computer science (unconventional computation: neuromorphic computing, reservoir computing, computing with memristor networks, advanced sensing systems; formal models of unconventional computation; the implementation problem – “can a rock compute?”)Reserach hobbies:- mathematics in general- formal logic- measure theory- approximation theoremsImpact of my research results:This is a hard one for every theoretician. I am proud of saying that I have a strong network of people I interact with. These people (1) inspire me, (2) teach me things I do not know about, (3) tell me when I am wrong, and most importantly (4) implement some of my theoretical ideas.

Source: chalmers.se

Projects

2015–2018

Reservoir Computing with Real-time Data for future IT (RECORD-IT)

Zoran Konkoli Electronics Material and Systems Laboratory
Göran Wendin Electronics Material and Systems Laboratory
Aldo Jesorka Physical Chemistry
European Commission (Horizon 2020)

2012–2015

SYnaptic MOlecular NEtworks for Bio-inspired Information Processing (SYMONE)

Göran Wendin Electronics Material and Systems Laboratory
Zoran Konkoli Electronics Material and Systems Laboratory
Per Hyldgaard Electronics Material and Systems Laboratory
European Commission (FP7)

2 publications exist
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Publications

2015

Okonventionell beräkning

Elias Hakuni, László Sall Vesselényi, Viktor Blomqvist et al
Bachelor Thesis (Kandidatexamen)
2015

A Perspective on Putnam’s Realizability Theorem in the Context of Unconventional Computation

Zoran Konkoli,
International Journal of Unconventional Computing. Vol. 11, p. 83-102
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2014

Computing with Memristor Networks

Christopher H. Bennett, Zoran Konkoli,
Master's Thesis
2014

On Information Processing with Networks of Nano-Scale Switching Elements

Zoran Konkoli, Göran Wendin,
International Journal of Unconventional Computing. Vol. 10 (5-6), p. 405-428
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2014

Forces on an attractive surface generated from a thermoresponsive polymer gel

Zoran Konkoli, Ilona Wegrzyn, Aldo Jesorka et al
AIP Advances. Vol. 4 (8), p. 087137
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2013

A generic simulator for large networks of memristive elements

Zoran Konkoli, Göran Wendin,
Nanotechnology. Vol. 24 (38)
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2013

Thermal migration of molecular lipid films as a contactless fabrication strategy for lipid nanotube networks

Irep Gözen, Mehrnaz Shaali, Alar Ainla et al
Lab on a Chip. Vol. 13 (19), p. 3822-3826
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2013

Fluctuations in Tat copy number when it counts the most: a possible mechanism to battle the HIV latency

Zoran Konkoli, Aldo Jesorka,
Theoretical Biology Medical Modelling. Vol. 10
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2012

Aspects of computing with locally connected networks

V. Beiu, M. Calame, G. Cuniberti et al
AIP Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1479 (1), p. 1875-1879
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2012

Mathematical explanation of the predictive power of the X-level approach reaction noise estimator method

Zoran Konkoli,
Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling. Vol. 9, p. 12
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2012

Modelling reaction noise with a desired accuracy by using the X level Approach Reaction Noise Estimator (XARNES) method

Zoran Konkoli,
Journal of Theoretical Biology. Vol. 305, p. 1-14
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2011

Spontaneous noise reduction in a strongly cooperative reaction model

Zoran Konkoli,
Journal of Theoretical Biology. Vol. 285 (1), p. 96-102
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2011

Safe uses of Hill's model: an exact comparison with the Adair model

Zoran Konkoli,
Theoretical Biology Medical Modelling. Vol. 8 (10)
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2011

Multiparticle reaction noise characteristics

Zoran Konkoli,
Journal of Theoretical Biology. Vol. 271 (1), p. 78-86
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2010

Diffusion controlled reactions, fluctuation dominated kinetics, and living cell biochemistry

Zoran Konkoli,
International Journal of Software and Informatics. Vol. accepted
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2010

Controlling Chemistry in Dynamic Nanoscale Systems

Aldo Jesorka, Ludvig Lizana, Zoran Konkoli et al
Single Molecule Spectroscopy in Chemistry, Physics and Biology. Vol. 96, p. 449-468
Conference paper - non peer reviewed
2010

A danger of low copy numbers for inferring incorrect cooperativity degree

Zoran Konkoli,
Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling. Vol. 7, p. 40
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2010

Exact equilibrium state solution of an intracellular complex formation model: kA↔P reaction in a small volume

Zoran Konkoli,
Physical Review E. Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics. Vol. 82 (4), p. 041922
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2010

Multiparticle diffusion limited kA->0 reaction in small volumes

Zoran Konkoli,
Journal of Physics Condesed Matter. Vol. 22 (49)
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2009

Diffusion Controlled Reactions, Fluctuation Dominated Kinetics, and Living Cell Biochemistry

Zoran Konkoli,
Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science: Fifth Workshop on Developments in Computational Models - Computational Models From Nature; Rhodes, Greece
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2009

Controlling Chemistry by Geometry in Nanoscale Systems

Ludvig Lizana, Zoran Konkoli, Brigitte Bauer et al
Annual Review of Physical Chemistry. Vol. 60, p. 449-468
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2008

Kinetic Analysis of the Spatio-Temporal Organization of the Insulin Signaling Pathway

Sigurdur Steindorsson, Zoran Konkoli,
Master's Thesis
2008

Transport Phenomena and Chemical Reactions in Nanoscale Surfactant Networks

Aldo Jesorka, Owe Orwar, Zoran Konkoli et al
Nanoreactors in Medicine and Biotechnology
Chapter in monograph, book
2007

Diffusion-controlled reactions in small and structured spaces as a tool for describing living cell biochemistry

Zoran Konkoli,
Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter. Vol. 19 (6), p. 1-12
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2007

Tunable filtering of chemical signals in a simple nanoscale reaction-diffusion network

Ludvig Lizana, Zoran Konkoli, Owe Orwar et al
Journal of Physical Chemistry B. Vol. 111 (22), p. 6214-6219
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2005

Diffusive transport in networks built of containers and tubes

Ludvig Lizana, Zoran Konkoli,
Physical Review E. Vol. 72, p. 026305
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2005

Interplay between chemical reactions and trasport in structured spaces

Zoran Konkoli,
Physical Review E . Vol. 72, p. 011917
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2005

Controlled initiation of enzymatic reactions in micrometer-sized biomimetic compartments

A. Karlsson, K. Scott, M. Markstöm et al
Journal of Physical Chemistry B . Vol. 109, p. 1609-1617
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2004

Biomimetic nanoscale reactors and networks

Mattias Karlsson, Max Davidson, Roger Karlsson et al
Annual Review of Physical Chemistry. Vol. 55, p. 613-49
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2004

Application of Bogolyubov's theory of weakly nonideal Bose gases to the A+A, A+B, B+B reaction-diffusion system

Zoran Konkoli,
Physical Review E. Vol. 69, p. 011106
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed