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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 Morphogenetic Collective Systems (MCS)

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

Real-world biological collectives show various kinds of complex phenomena, such as multi-cellular organisms' morphogenesis and physiological control, colony building and maintenance by termites, and growth and self-organization of human social systems. These systems operate with emergent, yet highly sophisticated, internal regulation mechanisms that typically involve (1) heterogeneity of components, (2) dynamic differentiation/re-differentiation of components, and (3) local information sharing among components. These features are often omitted in traditional models of collective behaviors, yet the dynamics and capabilities of such morphogenetic collective systems have high relevance to scientific inquiries and great potential for applications in engineering, computer science and ICT.

This special track seeks high-quality, original contributions on a wide variety of topics relevant to morphogenetic collective systems. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Theories and models of morphogenetic collective systems
  • Pattern formation, self-organization and self-repair
  • Biological examples of morphogenetic collective systems
  • Socio-economical examples of morphogenetic collective systems
  • Novel behaviors of morphogenetic swarms
  • Evolution of morphogenetic collective systems
  • Design and programming of morphogenetic collective systems
  • Algorithms based on or inspired by morphogenetic collective systems
  • Applications to computational problem solving
  • Applications to information and communication network design
  • Applications to robotics and engineering
  • Applications to biology/biomedicine


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 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:


Hiroki Sayama
Binghamton University, State University of New York
Binghamton, NY, USA


Jacob Beal (BBN Technologies, USA)

Sylvain Cussat-Blanc (University of Toulouse, France)

Rene Doursat (CNRS/Ecole Polytechnique, France)

Sebastian von Mammen (University of Augsburg, Germany)