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      2nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF NATURAL COMPUTING

      TPNC 2013

      Cáceres, Spain

      December 3-5, 2013

      Organized by:

      Computer Architecture and Logic Design Group (ARCO)
      University of Extremadura

      Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
      Rovira i Virgili University

      http://grammars.grlmc.com/tpnc2013/
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      AIMS:

      TPNC is a conference series intending to cover the wide spectrum of computational principles, models and techniques inspired by information processing in nature. TPNC 2013 will reserve significant room for young scholars at the beginning of their career. It aims at attracting contributions to nature-inspired models of computation, synthesizing nature by means of computation, nature-inspired materials, and information processing in nature.

      VENUE:

      TPNC 2013 will take place in Cáceres, in Western Spain, 300 kms. to the southwest of Madrid and 100 kms. to the Portuguese border. The old city is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

      SCOPE:

      Topics of either theoretical, experimental, or applied interest include, but are not limited to:

      * Nature-inspired models of computation:

      - amorphous computing
      - cellular automata
      - chaos and dynamical systems based computing
      - evolutionary computing
      - membrane computing
      - neural computing
      - optical computing
      - swarm intelligence

      * Synthesizing nature by means of computation:

      - artificial chemistry
      - artificial immune systems
      - artificial life

      * Nature-inspired materials:

      - computing with DNA
      - nanocomputing
      - physarum computing
      - quantum computing and quantum information
      - reaction-diffusion computing

      * Information processing in nature:

      - developmental systems
      - fractal geometry
      - gene assembly in unicellular organisms
      - rough/fuzzy computing in nature
      - synthetic biology
      - systems biology

      * Applications of natural computing to: algorithms, bioinformatics, control, cryptography, design, economics, graphics, hardware, learning, logistics, optimization, pattern recognition, programming, robotics, telecommunications etc.

      A flexible "theory to/from practice" approach would be the perfect focus for the expected contributions.

      STRUCTURE:

      TPNC 2013 will consist of:

      ‐ invited talks
      ‐ invited tutorials
      ‐ peer-reviewed contributions

      INVITED SPEAKERS:

      Risto Miikkulainen (Austin), Evolving Neural Networks (tutorial)
      Yew-Soon Ong (Singapore), Advances in Memetic Computation
      Xin Yao (Birmingham), Evolutionary Algorithm Portfolios for Numerical Optimisation

      PROGRAMME COMMITTEE:

      Selim G. Akl (Kingston, CA)
      Thomas Bäck (Leiden, NL)
      Peter J. Bentley (London, UK)
      Hans-Georg Beyer (Dornbirn, AT)
      Mauro Birattari (Brussels, BE)
      Jinde Cao (Nanjing, CN)
      Vladimir Cherkassky (Minneapolis, US)
      Sung-Bae Cho (Seoul, KR)
      John A. Clark (York, UK)
      Carlos A. Coello Coello (Mexico DF, MX)
      David W. Corne (Edinburgh, UK)
      Peter Dayan (London, UK)
      Bernard De Baets (Ghent, BE)
      Andries P. Engelbrecht (Pretoria, ZA)
      Enrique Herrera-Viedma (Granada, ES)
      Yaochu Jin (Guildford, UK)
      Nikola Kasabov (Auckland, NZ)
      Vladik Kreinovich (El Paso, US)
      Kwong-Sak Leung (Hong Kong, CN)
      Xiaohui Liu (London, UK)
      Manuel Lozano (Granada, ES)
      Carlos Martín-Vide (Tarragona, ES, chair)
      Julian F. Miller (York, UK)
      Frank Neumann (Adelaide, AU)
      Leandro Nunes de Castro (São Paulo, BR)
      Nikhil R. Pal (Kolkata, IN)
      Günther Palm (Ulm, DE)
      José Carlos Príncipe (Gainesville, US)
      Helge Ritter (Bielefeld, DE)
      Conor Ryan (Limerick, IE)
      Hava Siegelmann (Amherst, US)
      Moshe Sipper (Beer-Sheva, IL)
      Thomas Stützle (Brussels, BE)
      Ponnuthurai N. Suganthan (Singapore, SG)
      Johan Suykens (Leuven, BE)
      Kay Chen Tan (Singapore, SG)
      Dacheng Tao (Sydney, AU)
      Jon Timmis (York, UK)
      Marco Tomassini (Lausanne, CH)
      Michael D. Vose (Knoxville, US)
      Michael N. Vrahatis (Patras, GR)
      Harald Weinfurter (Munich, DE)
      Rolf Würtz (Bochum, DE)
      Jun Zhang (Guangzhou, CN)

      ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

      Adrian Horia Dediu (Tarragona)
      Carlos Martín-Vide (Tarragona, co-chair)
      Bianca Truthe (Magdeburg)
      Miguel A. Vega-Rodríguez (Cáceres, co-chair)
      Florentina Lilica Voicu (Tarragona)

      LOCAL COMMITTEE:

      Víctor Berrocal-Plaza
      José M. Chaves-González
      Juan A. Gómez-Pulido
      David L. González-Álvarez
      José M. Granado-Criado
      Alejandro Hidalgo-Paniagua
      José M. Lanza-Gutiérrez
      Álvaro Rubio-Largo
      Sergio Santander-Jiménez
      Miguel A. Vega-Rodríguez (chair)

      SUBMISSIONS:

      Authors are invited to submit non-anonymized papers in English presenting original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single-spaced pages (including eventual appendices) and should be formatted according to the standards of the Springer Verlag's LNCS series (see http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0).

      Submissions have to be uploaded to:

      https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=tpnc2013

      PUBLICATIONS:

      A volume of proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS series will be available by the time of the conference.

      A special issue of the journal Soft Computing (Springer, 2011 impact factor: 1.880) will be later published containing peer-reviewed extended versions of some of the papers contributed to the conference. Submissions to it will be by invitation.

      REGISTRATION:

      The period for registration is open from April 17 to December 3, 2013. The registration form can be found at:

      http://grammars.grlmc.com/tpnc2013/Registration

      DEADLINES:

      Paper submission: July 16, 2013 (23:59h, CET)
      Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: August 27, 2013
      Final version of the paper for the LNCS proceedings: September 3, 2013
      Early registration: September 10, 2013
      Late registration: November 19, 2013
      Starting of the conference: December 3, 2013
      End of the conference: December 5, 2013
      Submission to the post-conference special issue: March 5, 2014

      QUESTIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION:

      florentinalilica.voicu@...

      POSTAL ADDRESS:

      TPNC 2013
      Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
      Rovira i Virgili University
      Av. Catalunya, 35
      43002 Tarragona, Spain
      Phone: +34-977-559543
      Fax: +34-977-558386

      ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

      Departament d’Economia i Coneixement, Generalitat de Catalunya
      Universidad de Extremadura
      Universitat Rovira i Virgili
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