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We invite submissions to the Springer journal Cognitive Computation
for a special issue on Pointing at
Boundaries: Integrating Computation and Cognition on Biological
Grounds. The submission deadline
is May 16, 2011.
Spurred by the advancement in synthetic biology (Gibson et al., 2010)
at the J. Craig Venter Research Institute the editors of Cognitive
Computation Journal (Springer Publishers) invite submissions to a
special issue on biological substrates as a computational diaphragm.
This topic leads to further research
questions on computation and the bio-signals produced by living

We anticipate submissions will contribute to the identification of a
new breed of technologies: 1.) bio- computing applications (synthetic
biology); 2.) chemical/microbial induced biological configurations;
3.) enhancing cognition and animal models; and 4.) neuroengineering
sensory circuits and clinical/biomedical research. This special issue
will provide a forum for interdisciplinary discussion that points
towards the next step in cognition and computing through the
excitability of biological substrates.

The integration of computation and cognition on biological grounds has
the prospect of pointing at a boundary system that is excitable,
configurable, and manipulated within the framework of living organisms
and their biological substrates. The next step in the development of
natural computing hinges upon the development of biological substrates
as a computational diaphragm.

Authors are invited to submit unpublished research, original position
papers, or literature reviews that address challenges unique to bio-
inspired computation. Relevant areas of investigation and expertise
include, but are not limited to:

• synthetic biology, systematic biology, soft-computing
• computation theory (membrane, natural, quantum, or evolutionary)
• bio-nanotechnology, computational biology, computational
• medical informatics (decision making, medical diagnostics,
catastrophic disease research)
• underlying spatial and self-modulating aspects of biological
substrates (sRNA, siRNA, proteomics)
• bio-optics: quorum sensing, bio-markers, molecular probes
• neurobiology, gene regulation, neural circuits
• pharmaceutical and biomedical cellular delivery systems
• chemical ecology, interfacing with aliphatic odors (GPCR encoding)
• neural signal transduction, neurotransmitters
• neuroimaging, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology
• mirror neurons, neuropsychology, theory of mind, simulation theory
• swarm intelligence, theory of intelligence, consciousness
• hierarchical temporal memory, heterogenous logic
• neuroplasticity, learning, memory
• “games with purpose” or collaborative task experimentation
• bayesian biomedical techniques (clinical studies, morphological
data, in vitro embryo selection)
• translational cognition for decision support in critical care
• soft-computing research and control of unknown diseases
• “molecule to man” decision support in individualized e-health
• biomedical informatics and pharmacogenomics
• animal behavior, transgenics models
• developmental biology, embryology
• linguistic or philosophic barriers to bio-computing
• cladistics, detecting and overcoming systematic errors in genome-
scale phylogenies

This special issue places into perspective computation and cognition
from a post-genome viewpoint. Since the Human Genome Project recent
discovieries suggest a bio-computation that specifies a more complex
mechanisms along a multi-scale. Where a micro-meso-macro feedback
occurs as a systemic self-organization with non-linear dynamics.

Participation in this project proposes to advance the break with the
"dogma" of one gene producing only one class of protein, assumed in
the classic Monod-Changeux-Jacob model of the "Operon." Without the
idea of a DNA "program" determining the phenotype of living systems
the incubation of bio-computing may gain strides through experimental
literature on "small RNAs" (sRNA) interfering with gene expression and
protein production.

Through the manipulation of biological substrates emerges the prospect
to identify recipes for combinatorial, multidimensional, and
topological organizations with a dynamics that escape conventional
spatial or temporal-spatial representation. A biological substrate
represents a self-contained symbolic and logical neighborhood.

This special issue is expected to appear in JUN 2012.

Post submissions at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/cogn/
Co-Editors Alfredo Pereira Jr., Eduardo Massad, Nathaniel Bobbitt
bobbittn from cwu.edu

Important Dates
Submission of full paper (to be received by): MAY 16, 2011
First notification of acceptance: AUG. 15, 2011
Submission of revised papers: OCT 15, 2011
Final notification to the authors: JAN 15, 2011
Submission of final/camera-ready papers: FEB 15, 2012


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