BCEC97: Call for Papers

Bjorn Olsson bjorne at ida.his.se
Tue Oct 22 13:35:02 EST 1996


            ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS - BCEC97


                          BCEC97 
           Bio-Computing and Emergent Computation 
                      Skovde, Sweden 
                   September 1-2, 1997     


                   First Call for Papers 


BACKGROUND:

Biocomputing and emergent computation are interdisciplinary research
areas spanning biology, computer science, and artificial
intelligence. Future generation computation will be characterised by
the use of models and paradigms based on developments in biomolecular
science and cellular biology.

There is an urgent need for collaboration and cross-fertilisation of
ideas between researchers adopting biologically motivated and
biologically inspired computing paradigms (e.g artificial life,
evolutionary computation, neural computation, computational molecular
biology, autonomous adaptive agents).

BCEC97 invites researchers to submit papers exploring: 1) the present
and future state of Biocomputation, and 2) the relations between the
various subfields of Biocomputation and the possiblities for their
future integration.


AIMS:

BCEC97 is intended to be a general forum for presenting and
disseminating current research in biocomputing and emergent
computation. The aims are to strengthen this research area in Sweden
and to allow researchers to discuss and identify:

- common approaches, models and techniques
- appropriate levels for explaining emergent computation and cognition
- future developments in biological hardware and bioengineering
- short-term and long-term applications


GENERAL TOPICS:
                                       
- Computational biology 
- Biologically based neural computation 
- Artificial life 
- Implications for cognitive science and artificial intelligence
- Biologically inspired evolutionary computation 

We particularly welcome papers exploring areas of overlap between
these topics. Papers in related areas are also welcome. We hope the
conference will bring researchers from these previously independently
developed areas together to discuss common goals, methodologies,
approaches, ideas, and foundations.


CONFERENCE VENUE:

The conference will be held in Skovde, which is situated in the south
of Sweden, 1 hour by train from Gothenburg and 2 hours by train from
Stockholm, both with international airports. The conference venue is
located in the city centre, close to conference accomodations and
train station.


INFORMATION FOR AUTHORS:

Last day for submission of full papers is March 1 1997. The conference
language is English. The full instructions for authors will be
available at http://www.his.se/ida/~bcec/. All accepted papers and the
papers from invited speakers will appear in the conference
proceedings. The organising committee is currently negotionating with
major well-known publishers regarding publication of the proceedings.


ORGANISING COMMITTEE:

Dan Lundh, University of Skovde, Sweden
Ajit Narayanan, University of Exeter, UK
Bjorn Olsson, University of Skovde, Sweden


PROGRAM COMMITTEE:

Christian Balkenius, University of Lund, Sweden
Bonnie Berger, MIT, USA
Ron Chrisley, University of Sussex, UK
Paul Darwen, Brandeis University, USA
Melissa Cline, University of Santa Cruz
Hugo de Garis, ATR Labs, Kyoto, Japan
Rolf Eckmiller, University of Bonn, Germany
Michael Hasselmo, Harvard University, USA 
Hiroaki Kitano, Sony Computer Science Laboratory, Japan
Rolf Koetter, Heinrich-Heine Universitaet, Duesseldorf, Germany
Anders Lansner, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Zbigniew Michalewicz, University of North Carolina, USA
Ajit Narayanan, University of Exeter, UK (Program Chair)
Mats Nordahl, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Paavo Pylkkaenen, University of Skovde, Sweden
Tom Ray, ATR Labs, Kyoto, Japan
Diana Rooss, University of Würzburg, Germany
Peter Schuster, Institute for Molecular Biotechnology, Jena, Germany
Moshe Sipper, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
Jerry Solomon, Beckman Institute, USA
Adrian Thompson, University of Sussex, UK


INVITED SPEAKERS (more names will be announced):

Stuart Hameroff, University of Arizona, USA
Burkhart Rost, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany


IMPORTANT DATES:

March 1:         Submission of full papers.  
May 3:           Notification of acceptance. 
June 14:         Camera ready copy due.  

         
MORE INFORMATION:

For more information contact the conference organisation via email
bcec at ida.his.se or visit the WWW page http://www.his.se/ida/~bcec/.


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BCEC97, Dept. of Computer Science,    Fax: +46-500-464725
University of Skovde, Box 408,        Email: bcec at ida.his.se
541 28 Skovde, Sweden                 URL: http://www.his.se/ida/~bcec/
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Bjorn Olsson                    | phone +46-500-464716	  
Department of Computer Science  | fax   +46-500-464725
University of Skovde            | email bjorne at ida.his.se
Box 408, 541 28 Skovde, Sweden  | url   http://www.his.se/ida/~bjorne/
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