Nathaniel Bobbitt via comp-bio%40net.bio.net (by flautabaja from hotmail.com)
Wed May 11 16:55:58 EST 2011


We invite submissions to the Springer journal Cognitive Computation for a s=
pecial issue on Pointing at=20
Boundaries: Integrating Computation and Cognition on Biological Grounds. Th=
e submission deadline=20
is May 16=2C 2011.=20
Spurred by the advancement in synthetic biology (Gibson et al.=2C 2010) at =
the J. Craig Venter Research=20
Institute the editors of Cognitive Computation Journal (Springer Publishers=
) invite submissions to a=20
special issue on biological substrates as a computational diaphragm. This t=
opic leads to further research=20
questions on computation and the bio-signals produced by living organisms.=

We anticipate submissions will contribute to the identification of a new br=
eed of technologies: 1.) bio-=20
computing applications (synthetic biology)=3B 2.) chemical/microbial induce=
d biological configurations=3B=20
3.) enhancing cognition and animal models=3B and 4.) neuroengineering senso=
ry circuits and=20
clinical/biomedical research. This special issue will provide a forum for i=
nterdisciplinary discussion=20
that points towards the next step in cognition and computing through the ex=
citability of biological=20

The integration of computation and cognition on biological grounds has the =
prospect of pointing at a=20
boundary system that is excitable=2C configurable=2C and manipulated within=
 the framework of living=20
organisms and their biological substrates. The next step in the development=
 of natural computing=20
hinges upon the development of biological substrates as a computational dia=
Authors are invited to submit unpublished research=2C original position pap=
ers=2C or literature reviews that=20
address challenges unique to bio-inspired computation. Relevant areas of in=
vestigation and expertise=20
include=2C but are not limited to:=20

=95 synthetic biology=2C systematic biology=2C soft-computing=20
=95 computation theory (membrane=2C natural=2C quantum=2C or evolutionary)=
=95 bio-nanotechnology=2C computational biology=2C computational linguistic=
=95 medical informatics (decision making=2C medical diagnostics=2C catastro=
phic disease research)=20
=95 underlying spatial and self-modulating aspects of biological substrates=
 (sRNA=2C siRNA=2C proteomics)=20
=95 bio-optics: quorum sensing=2C bio-markers=2C molecular probes=20
=95 neurobiology=2C gene regulation=2C neural circuits=20
=95 pharmaceutical and biomedical cellular delivery systems=20
=95 chemical ecology=2C interfacing with aliphatic odors (GPCR encoding)=20
=95 neural signal transduction=2C neurotransmitters=20
=95 neuroimaging=2C neuroanatomy=2C neurophysiology=20
=95 mirror neurons=2C neuropsychology=2C theory of mind=2C simulation theor=
=95 swarm intelligence=2C theory of intelligence=2C consciousness=20
=95 hierarchical temporal memory=2C heterogenous logic=20
=95 neuroplasticity=2C learning=2C memory=20
=95 =93games with purpose=94 or collaborative task experimentation=20
=95 bayesian biomedical techniques (clinical studies=2C morphological data=
=2C in vitro embryo selection)=20
=95 translational cognition for decision support in critical care environme=
=95 soft-computing research and control of unknown diseases=20
=95 =93molecule to man=94 decision support in individualized e-health=20
=95 biomedical informatics and pharmacogenomics=20
=95 animal behavior=2C transgenics models=20
=95 developmental biology=2C embryology=20
=95 linguistic or philosophic barriers to bio-computing=20
=95 cladistics=2C detecting and overcoming systematic errors in genome-scal=
e phylogenies=20

This special issue places into perspective computation and cognition from a=
 post-genome viewpoint.=20
Since the Human Genome Project recent discovieries suggest a bio-computatio=
n that specifies a more=20
complex mechanisms along a multi-scale. Where a micro-meso-macro feedback o=
ccurs as a systemic=20
self-organization with non-linear dynamics.=20

Participation in this project proposes to advance the break with the "dogma=
" of one gene producing=20
only one class of protein=2C assumed in the classic Monod-Changeux-Jacob mo=
del of the "Operon."=20
Without the idea of a DNA "program" determining the phenotype of living sys=
tems the incubation of=20
bio-computing may gain strides through experimental literature on "small RN=
As" (sRNA) interfering=20
with gene expression and protein production. Through the manipulation of bi=
ological substrates=20
emerges the prospect to identify recipes for combinatorial=2C multidimensio=
nal=2C and topological=20
organizations with a dynamics that escape conventional spatial or temporal-=
spatial representation. A=20
biological substrate represents a self-contained symbolic and logical neigh=

This special issue is expected to appear in JUN 2012.=20

Post submissions at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/cogn/=20
Co-Editors Alfredo Pereira Jr.=2C Eduardo Massad=2C Nathaniel Bobbitt=20
bobbittn from cwu.edu=20

Important Dates=20
Submission of full paper (to be received by): MAY 16=2C 2011=20
First notification of acceptance: AUG. 15=2C 2011=20
Submission of revised papers: OCT 15=2C 2011=20
Final notification to the authors: JAN 15=2C 2011=20
Submission of final/camera-ready papers: FEB 15=2C 2012=20
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