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Message from the Bionetics 2007 Chairs

On behalf of the organizing committee, I am delighted to welcome you to BIONETICS 2007, the 2nd International Conference on Bio-Inspired Models of Network, Information, and Computing Systems. The BIONETICS conference aims at bringing together researchers and scientists from several disciplines in computer science and engineering where bio-inspired methods are investigated.

In its second year, BIONETICS features an impressive number of high quality contributions to the main conference, including keynote speeches from internally well-known scientists as well as two associated tracks and two workshops:

  • Bioinformatics track - A dedicated track to deepen the information exchange and collaboration among the different communities
  • Industry track - This track focuses on interactions with and requirements from the industry on bleeding edge technologies based on bio-inspired solutions
  • Workshop on Technologies for Situated and Autonomic Communications (SAC) - A workshop specifically targeting issues in communications
  • Workshop on Computing and Communications from Biological Systems: Theory and Applications (CCBS) - This workshop addresses fundamental information theoretic problems of biological computing and communications

This year, we gladly announce the organization of a special issue in Springer Transactions on Computational Systems Biology (TCSB) based on selected outstanding papers of all BIONETICS events.

The organization of such a complex event requires a major effort and I wish to express my sincere appreciation to all the Organizing Committee members for their excellent work. In particular, I want to thank our steering committee chair Imrich Chlamtac for his restless contribution and advise; Tatsuya Suda, Ozgur B. Akan, Taieb Znati and Masayuki Murata for taking care of the technical program; Kay C. Wiese, Scott F. Smith and Alioune Ngom for organizing the Bioinformatics track; Iacopo Carreras, Paul Marrow, Mihaela Ulieru and Pietro Liu' for working on the industry track; Jun Suzuki and Stephan Steglich for organizing the workshops; Kenji Leibnitz and Levente Buttyan for their hard work on the proceedings; Naoki Wakamiya, Xiuzhen Cheng and Giusi Alfano for widely broadcasting the call for papers; Isabel Dietrich for her hard work in keeping the web site up to date; and all other members of the organizing committee, Yuki Moritani, Andreas Deutsch, Vilmos Simon for contributing to this conference. Last but not least, I'd like mention Kitti Kovac. Without her personal effort, the conference wouldn't have become reality.

A final word to our sponsors: We gratefully thank the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering (ICST) and Create-Net for sponsoring BIONETICS. Additionally, we gladly acknowledge the technical co-sponsoring by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), in particular the following societies: ACM Computers Society, IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS), IEEE Systems, Man, & Cybernetics Society (SMC).

Overall, the conference is rich of high-quality papers, keynote addresses, tracks, panels and workshops on hot topics. I wish all the participants a very enjoyable and professionally fruitful experience at BIONETICS 2007 in the pleasant city of Budapest.

Falko Dressler Erlangen, 2007
(General Chair of Bionetics 2007)

Message from the TPC co-chairs

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to BIONETICS 2007, the Second International Conference on Bio-Inspired mOdels of NEtwork, Information and Computing Systems, and to beautiful city Budapest. Building upon the success of the 1st event which was held in Cavalese, Italy, this year's BIONETICS conference stands as a strong, firmly established premier international forum for research in all areas of biologically inspired information and communication technologies.

The myriads of heavily networked devices interact with the physical world in multiple ways, and at multiple scales, from the global Internet down to micro and nano devices, are highly mobile and autonomous, and must adapt to the surrounding environment in a totally unsupervised way. Hence, a fundamental research challenge is to design robust decentralized, self-evolving computing and communication systems that are capable of operating under changing environments and noisy input, and yet exhibit the desired behavior and response time under resource constrained conditions. Biological systems are able to handle many of these challenges with an elegance and efficiency still far beyond current human artifacts. Thus, bio-inspired approaches have been and will continue to be proposed as a strategy to handle the complexity of such systems. Therefore, the BIONETICS conference has been and will be the place to be in this novel research area.

This year's BIONETICS features a very strong technical program, assembled under the expert leadership of Technical Program Co-Chairs Ozgur B. Akan, Taieb Znati, and Masayuki Murata. Together with the Technical Program Committee, they carefully evaluated the large number of submitted papers considering the merits of each through detailed reviews, and selected a technical program of the highest caliber. This year the conference received 54 papers, out of which 18 full papers were selected to be presented at the conference and included in the proceedings. The entire program is structured into 6 distinct technical sessions, i.e., Bio-inspired Models and Systems, Virus Spreading and Detection, Ad hoc and Sensor Networks, Nano Communication, Services and Peer-to-Peer, Self-learning Algorithms. In addition to full papers, 9 short papers were also accepted to be included in the technical program within 2 short paper sessions (short oral presentation / introduction of the work) with a common poster session. Technical program also includes two keynote speeches, i.e., "Swarm Robotics: The Application of Swarm Intelligence Principles to the Control of Swarm Robots"¯ by Dr. Marco Dorigo and "Bionetwork Following Power Laws"¯ by Dr. Hiroshi Shimizu.

The TPC chairs and the TPC members have undertake a difficult job of handling the entire review process. Therefore, we would like to wholeheartedly thank them for their invaluable efforts to maintain the highest quality of the conference. We also would like to thank all organizing committee members for their seamless support.

Welcome again to BIONETICS 2007. We hope that you will enjoy the conference and your stay in Budapest.

Ozgur B. Akan, Taieb Znati, and Masayuki Murata December 2007
(Technical Program Committee Chairs)

Welcome from the workshop co-chairs

It is our pleasure to host two satellite workshops in BIONETICS 2007. Workshops are solicited and intended to establish focused communities that aim at emerging research directions, specific topics and interdisciplinary themes in the field of bio-inspired network, information and computing systems. Of submitted proposals, we accepted two workshops:

  • Workshop on Technologies for Situated and Autonomic Communications (SAC) and
  • Workshop on Computing and Communications from Biological Systems: Theory and Applications (CCBS).

SAC focuses on the research and practice in a new research area, situated and autonomic communications. It is a full-day workshop consisting of 14 intriguing presentations and three state-of-the-art demos. CCBS focuses on the theories and applications of biological computing/communications such as neural information processing, cell-cell communications, signal transduction and intracellular material transport. CCBS is organized in cooperation with IPSJ SIGMPS and IPSJ SIGBIO, and plans eight novel presentations as a half-day workshop. We hope you will find these workshops inspiring, informative and enjoyable. Last but not least, we thank visionary and hard working workshop organizers (Drs. Liu and Nakano for CCBS and Dr. Steglich for SAC).

Jun Suzuki and Stephan Steglich
(Workshop Co-Chairs)

Welcome from the bioinformatics track co-chairs

This is the first year at which a Bioinformatics track has been offered as part of the Bionetics conference. The main conference theme is the use of biological systems as inspiration for efficient, robust, and elegant computation methods to deal with problems that have resisted adequate solution through traditional programming methods. The problems attacked by these bio-inspired methods may be in any field including, but not limited to, those in engineering, physical sciences, social sciences, and industrial operations.

A particularly interesting possibility is to use the bio-inspired methods to study biology itself. One might hypothesize that bio-inspired methods might work especially well on these problems since the methods mirror the processes that gave rise to these systems in the first place. It is the purpose of the Bioinformatics track to explore this possibility.

Four high-quality papers have been selected from among the seven submitted to the track. These papers show a sampling of the rather wide range of topics within the field of Bioinformatics. The applications discussed include the processing of micro-array data, searching for genes of non-coding RNA molecules in nucleotide databases, and the spread of transmitted disease through organism contact. This is indicative of the many levels at which Bioinformatics is applied, starting at the atomic level, proceeding through the molecular, cell, and organism level, all the way up through populations of organisms.

We hope that you find the collection of topics to be stimulating and that they give you ideas for future research endeavors.

Scott F. Smith and Alioune Ngom
(Bioinformatics track Co-Chairs)

Welcome from the industry track co-chairs

We live in a networked world whose physical universe is linked more and more pervasively into an ever growing 'cyber-physical ecosystem'. While initially developed for a particular purpose or specific application the various networks are starting to converge into a joint emerging Network of Networks, larger than the sum of its parts – which is testing our ability to manage the 'eNetworked ecosystem' to improve our lives. New theories have been recently proposed for designing eNetworked ecosystems by following major lessons learned from the evolution of life itself - as the best example of harnessing and organizing complexity for the purposes of efficiency and resilience.

It has always been industry's destiny to put technological progress at work in the service of mankind - and the networked world’s call is being answered today by visionary industrial leaders implementing eNetworked ecosystems in various areas and sectors of life. From telecommunications to industrial electronics and from aerospace systems to transportation and manufacturing – bio-inspired products reach the market fueled by the right investment at the right time. As a leading forum disseminating latest discoveries in biologically-inspired models for network, information and computing systems - the major ingredients of eNetworked ecosystems – the BIONETICS Conference Series inaugurates in its second year a dedicated track for the industrial exchange of ideas, expertise and sharing of the most notable successes in innovative thinking, combining cutting-edge technologies and fundamental science to advance the cyber-physical ecosystem.

By joining in our common quest for new discoveries and inventions you will increase the creative gradient along new directions to inspire more effort and achieve more successes in addressing challenges that only joint efforts can solve.

Mihaela Ulieru and Paul Marrow
(Industry track Co-Chairs)

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