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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

CFP: BICT 2015 Special Track on Topology-driven bio-inspired methods and models for complex systems (TOPDRIM4bio)
9th International Conference on Bio-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (BICT 2015, formerly BIONETICS)

Paper submission deadline: August 31, 2015

December 3 (Thu) - December 5, 2015 (Sat)
New York City, NY, USA

Sponsored by European Alliance for Innovation (EAI) and Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

In-corporation with ACM (Pending)

Many complex systems are characterised by multi-level properties that make the study of their dynamics and of their emerging phenomena a daunting task. The huge amount of data available in modern sciences can be expected to support great progress in these studies, even though the nature of the data varies. Given that, it is crucial to extract as much as possible features from data and give them semantics to become information. Currently, topology and formal methods are the two main theoretical research areas involved to such goal.

The aim of this special track is to gather researchers in formal methods and mathematics that are interested in the convergence of Computer Science, Biology and the Life Sciences. In particular, in this 1st edition, we solicit the contribution of original results, from any research areas, such as Mathematics, Physics, Complex Systems, Computational Science and Neuro-phisiology that address both theoretical aspects of modelling and applied work on the comprehension of biological behaviour. Furthermore, to facilitate the integration of different research areas we encourage the presentation of main objectives and preliminary results of active projects on the TOPDRIM4bio topics conducted by interdisciplinary teams.

Papers selected for presentation should either present new formal topology-driven methods, or the modelling of a specific biological phenomenon using topological techniques, or a modelling, simulation, testing or verification approach in computer science that leads to a novel and promising application to a range of biological or medical systems. The track intends to attract researchers interested in methods, models, automatic verification and tools concerning the complex systems.

Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to

  • Topological data analysis methods
  • Topological field theory of data
  • Formal methods for the representation of biological systems and their dynamics;
  • Topology-base behavioural equivalencies
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Shape (geometrical, topological) languages and calculi
  • Prediction of biological behaviour from incomplete information
  • Topological Quantum Informatiom
  • Model checking, abstract interpretation, type systems, etc.
  • Contextuality and Cohomology
  • Higher Dimensional Automata and Chu Spaces
  • Application of Combinatorial Topology for Shaping molecular interactions
  • Hypernetworks and multilevel complex systems
  • Algebraic approaches to data languages
  • Topology driven automata synthesis
  • Information Geometry & Topology of Complex Networks

Novel Computational Paradigms for Understanding Biological Complex Systems

  • Homology and brane physiology;
  • Computational topology and biomathematics;
  • Information processing and biomedicine;
  • Statistical mechanics and biophysics.
  • Complex Networks and biomolecular dynamics


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.


Mario Rasetti, ISI Foundation, IT

Christian Reidys, Verginia Tech, USA

Marco Pettini, Université d'Aix Marseille, F

Jeff Johnson, Open University, UK

Giovanni Petri, ISI Foundation, IT

Matteo Rucco, University of Camerino, IT

Scott Smolka, Stony Brook University, USA


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:


Emanuela Merelli
University of Camerino, Italy