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Workshop on Bio- & Immune- Inspired Algorithms and Models
for Multi-Level Complex Systems

31 August 2012

As a bridge between ICARIS 2012 and PPSN 2012, respectively focused on Artificial Immune Systems and Natural Computing, the workshop aims at providing an international forum for researchers working on bio-/immune- inspired algorithms and models for natural complex systems, at molecular, cellular, or higher levels. A cross fertilization of these research areas has recently started, and a deeper investigation on mutual relations, synergies, similarities, and differences should be promisingly explored.

Analyzing genomic data and complex natural phenomena in computational terms enhance our comprehension of both nature and computation. This workshop is meant to foster novel hybrid approaches, including general methods of (bio)informatics and synthetic biology, for the study and analysis of genome organization, and for the design, modeling, and implementation of bio-inspired evolvable systems. Particular interest is here devoted to (unconventional) computational techniques designed to understand to some degree the evolution of biological life, such as, algorithms to infer gene structure and functioning, or parallel, distributed computational models with mechanisms of recognition, affinity based discrimination, reactivity and adaption to the environment, spatial search and moving.

In this workshop speakers have the opportunity to submit, present, and discuss fresh original scientific results, previously introduced by an extended abstract, published in the LNCS conference proceedings after a review, based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of exposition. Participants are specifically required to submit (via Easychair: https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=icaris2012) a paper at least two pages long (as pdf file, formatted according to the author guidelines provided by Springer LNCS format), describing completed research work and/or validated results to present at the workshop. Extended versions of best, selected presented papers will be recommended for publication in scheduled special issues of international journals (Natural Computing and Evolutionary Intelligence).


Topics of interests include but are not limited to:
  • bacterial & molecular computing
  • computational genomics & systems biology
  • genetic & evolutionary algorithms
  • models & simulations of complex systems

Invited Speakers:

Alberto Castellini, Università di Verona, Italy

Raffaele Giancarlo, Università di Palermo, Italy

Emanuela Merelli, Università di Camerino, Italy

Alfonso Rodriguez Paton & Niall Murphy, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

More speakers to be announced!

Important Deadlines

  • 23rd June 30th June: submission of extended abstracts
  • 15th July: notification to the authors
  • 25th July: registration to the conference
(end of September: submission of a full paper to Natural Computing, Immunome Research Journal or Evolutionary Intelligence).

Organizing Committee

Giuditta Franco, University of Verona, Italy

Giuseppe Nicosia, University of Catania, Italy

Mario Pavone, University of Catania, Italy