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9th EAI International Conference on Bio-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (formerly BIONETICS)

December 3–5, 2015 | New York City, New York, United States

Call for Papers:
BICT 2015: 9th International Conference on Bio-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (formerly BIONETICS)
Special Track on Engineering Applications from Bio-Molecular Networks (EmNet)

December 3 - December 5, 2015
New York City, NY, 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 recently employed to better understand their dynamical and communication 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 Bio-Molecular 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, stochastic, or deterministic), primarily from a bio-inspired perspective, but with a common focus on topology-centric design, network-science or information-theoretic 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 2015 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
  • Analyses of Network Structure-Function Relationships
  • Information-Theoretic Approaches & Analyses to Interrogate Biological Signaling Mechanisms
  • Communication Properties of Complex Biological Networks
  • Linking Local-to-Global Scale Communication and Dynamics in Complex Networks
  • Micro-Scale Designs for Engineered Complex Networks
  • Network Evolution and Network Growth Strategies for Model Networks
  • Eliciting Community Structure in Biological Networks
  • Molecular Networks as Prototypes of Engineered Systems
  • Linking Autonomous Synchronization in Biological to Engineered Networks
  • Complex Cyber-physical Networks
  • Security and Robustness Analysis of Biological and Engineered Complex networks
  • Mitigating Epidemics and Disease through Small-Scale Manipulation of Networks


Regular paper submission due: August 31
Short and poster/demo paper submission due: September 22
Notification for regular papers: September 21
Notification for short and poster/demo papers: October 1
Camera ready due: October 15



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's paper template. Up to two extra pages are allowed for each paper with extra page charges. See for more details.


All accepted paper will be published through ACM Digital Library 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, USA

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


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