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ICST Conference

The 2nd Workshop on Computing and Communications from Biological Systems: Theory and Applications (CCBS)

to be held in conjunction with BIONETICS 2008
in cooperation with IPSJ SIGMPS and IPSJ SIGBIO


The Workshop on Computing and Communications from Biological Systems: Theory and Applications (CCBS 2008) solicits papers addressing fundamental theory of biological computing and communications (e.g., neural information processing, cell-cell communications, signal transduction, intracellular material transport). The workshop in particular focuses on theoretical approaches to understanding, quantifying, and maximizing computing and communications capabilities of biological systems. The workshop also focuses on novel applications that exploit biological systems. The specific topic areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Network topology and architectures for biological systems
• Modeling and simulations of computing and communications in biological systems
• Biologically inspired computing theory (e.g., membrane computing and P-systems)
• Information theory and coding theory for biological systems
• Unconventional information processing paradigms using biological materials, cellular components and living cells (e.g., tissue-based computing, cellular computing, chemical computing and field computing)
• Molecular computing and molecular communication
• Biocompatible computing and communications for nanomedicine, body sensor and actuator networks, and other novel applications
• Biological probabilistic computing/communications and its applications

The workshop will run as a half-day event during November 25-28, consisting of two distinct sessions; (a) biological computing and communications and (b) biologically inspired computing and communications. (Information about the first workshop is available at

Submission guidelines

Interested authors are encouraged to submit full papers of up to 6 pages or short papers of up to 2 pages. Papers must be prepared in accordance with ACM conference proceedings format. For more information about paper formatting, please see the submission page of BIONETICS 2008 ). (Note the page length for CCBS is as descried in this CFP, which may differ from that for BIONETICS 2008.) Papers need to be submitted through email to the workshop chairs () with the email subject line, "CCBS08 Paper Submission". A confirmation email will be sent back as soon as confirmed. All submitted papers will be reviewed by workshop TPC members. Accepted papers will be included in the proceedings of BIONETICS 2008 and listed on the ACM DL and indexed by EI.

Important dates

• Paper submission deadline: 9/06 (Sat)
• Notification of acceptance: 9/13 (Sat)
• Camera-ready manuscripts due: 9/20 (Sat)

Workshop chairs

• Jian-Qin Liu (liu[at], NICT (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology), Japan
• Tadashi Nakano (tnakano[at], University of California, Irvine, USA

Advisory chair

• Kazuo Joe, Nara Women's University, Japan

TPC members (alphabetical order by last names)

• Yutaka Akiyama, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
• Rodney Albert Berry, National University of Singapore, Singapore
• Sasitharan Balasubramaniam, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
• Gianni Di Caro, "Dalle Molle" Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IDSIA), Switzerland
• Wei Cheng, High Education Press, China
• Peter Dittrich, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany
• Junping Du, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication, China
• Andrew Eckford, York University, Canada
• Csanad Imreh, Szeged University, Hungary
• Satoshi Kobayashi, University of Electro-Communications, Japan
• Jun Ni, University of Iowa, USA
• Taishin Y. Nishida, Toyama Prefectural University, Japan
• Takahiro Nitta, Gifu University, Japan
• Marion Oswald, Technical University of Austria, Austria
• Ion Petre, Academy of Finland / Åbo Akademi University, Finland
• Yasubumi Sakakibara, Keio University, Japan
• Jianwei Shuai, Xiamen University, China
• Martin Stetter, Siemens AG, Coprorate Technology, Germany
• Chen Sun, ATR Wave Engineering Labs, Japan
• Yoko Uwate, University of Zürich / ETH Zürich, Switzerland
• Xin Wang, Fudan Univeristy, Shanghai, China

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