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8th International Conference on Bio-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (formerly BIONETICS)

December 1–3, 2014 | Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Call for Papers: BICT 2014: Eighth International Conference on Bio-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (formerly called BIONETICS)

Special Track on Engineering Applications from Molecular and Gene Regulatory Networks (EMNET)

December 1 - December 3, 2014
Boston, MA, USA

The study of complex networks has become pervasive throughout many fields of science and engineering, including biology, physics, computer science, and the social and economic sciences. A wide array of different perspectives and methods from a number of different fields have been employed over the years to better understand their dynamical properties. A common framework that supercedes and integrates such domain-specific viewpoints is therefore needed to improve understanding and design of engineered networks. This special track on Engineering Applications from Molecular and Gene Regulatory Networks (EMNET) was proposed to address this problem.

The goal of this special track is to showcase recent results that illustrate dynamical control of complex network properties (whether statistical or deterministic), primarily from a bio-inspired perspective, but with a common focus on topology-centric design or network-science approaches that help to improve system-level function. With this goal in mind, the EMNET track will highlight how dynamical processes (e.g. proliferation, diffusion etc) that occur across the molecular level, such as with gene regulatory networks, can be used in conjunction with topology to explain how dynamic global network processes emerge from the local ones.

While the literature on engineered complex networks has largely focused on mathematical modeling and numerical analysis, this special track will also aim to make headway on the estimation, control, and design of complex networks using principles of robustness, self-assembly, self-organization and optimal control derived from experimental molecular networks. Such molecular networks (including regulatory, signal transduction, and metabolic networks) have shown remarkable resiliency to cellular level noise and disruptions as well as built-in fault tolerance, and will motivate the design of "smart" engineered applications, such as autonomous transportation networks or adaptive wireless communication.

To summarize, the EMNET track will address broad problems concerning dynamical aspects of engineered networks, by exposing potential solutions that can be leveraged from a better understanding of biological structure-function relationships, derived from molecular-level networks and their interactions.

The broader goal of EMNET 2014 is to provide an inter-disciplinary platform for researchers to exchange ideas, present results, share experience, stimulate new research, and foster collaborations among researchers, professionals, and application developers on the inter-disciplinary theory of engineered complex dynamical networks and on the application of bio-inspired methods from molecular biology. Specific topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Experimental and Theoretical Models of Engineered Complex Networks
  • Structural Network Properties and Analyses
  • Complex Cyber-physical Networks
  • Dynamic Control and Efficient Designs for Engineered Complex Networks
  • Complex Networks in Biological Systems
  • Fundamental Role of Interactions in Networks on Network Properties
  • Linking Local-to-Global Scale Dynamics in Complex Networks
  • Mitigating Epidemics and Disease through Manipulation of Networks
  • Community Structure in Biological Networks
  • Role of Dynamics in Topological Renormalization of Complex Networks
  • Network Evolution
  • Molecular Networks as Frameworks
  • Synchronization in Biological and Engineered Networks
  • Security and Robustness Analysis of Biological and Engineered Complex networks


Regular paper submission due: September 1
Notification for regular papers: September 22
Short, work-in-progress paper submission due: September 22
Notification for short, work-in-progress papers: October 6
Camera-ready version due: October 13


Authors are invited to submit regular papers (up to 8 pages each), short papers (up to 4 pages each) or poster/demo papers (up to 2 pages each) in ACM format. Up to two extra pages are allowed for each paper with extra page charges. See for more details.


All accepted paper will be published by ACM and submitted for indexing by SI, EI Compendex, Scopus, ACM Library, Google Scholar and many more. Selected papers will be considered for publication in leading journals including:


Preetam Ghosh,
Virginia Commonwealth University,


Michael L Mayo,
US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC),



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