NCA 2016

13th Workshop on Natural Computing and Applications

in the framework of

18th International Symposium on Symbolic and Numeric Algorithms for Scientific Computing

Timisoara, Romania
September 24 – 27, 2016

Workshop deadlines

+ Submission of papers: June 25, 2016   July 25, 2016   (hard deadline)
+ Notification of acceptance: August 1, 2016  August 15, 2016
+ Registration: September 4, 2016
+ Final paper: September 4, 2016
+ Revised papers for post-proceedings: November, 2016


Natural Computing is a field of research that is concerned with the use of nature-inspired paradigms for solving computational problems. The world of natural computing is diverse and fascinating. It tries to combine the computing carried in computer science with the computing observed in nature. It can be used both to better understand complex natural phenomena and to design methods to solve complex problems. We invite authors to submit their original and unpublished work that communicates current research in all area of natural computing with a particular focus on methods designed to solve complex, real world problems. The contributions can address both theoretical and methodological aspects, as well as various applications in science, engineering, business, commerce etc.


Suggested topics for papers include, but are not limited to, the following:

+ evolutionary computing
+ neural computing, Bayesian networks, learning algorithms
+ membrane computing, DNA computing, molecular computing, information processing in cells and tissues, cellular automata
+ quantum computing
+ immunocomputing
+ swarm intelligence (particle swarm optimization, ant colony optimization, artificial bee colony etc.)
+ bacterial foraging
+ computation with words, granular computation
+ artificial life, emergent computing and self-organizing systems, complex adaptive systems
+ hybridization of evolutionary, neural, molecular and quantum computing
+ hybrid optimization algorithms involving natural computing techniques and other global and local optimization methods
+ integration of natural computing techniques in intelligent systems
+ implementation issues of natural computing techniques
+ visualization techniques in natural computing
+ rule discovery via natural computing means
+ algorithm calibration via evolutionary optimization methods
+ natural computing approaches for multi-objective, multimodal and dynamic optimization
+ natural computing approaches in knowledge discovery, natural language processing, image processing, planning and scheduling, information security, human-computer interaction, Web Intelligence, Web-based support systems
+ natural computing applications in science, business, finance, engineering, medicine, bioinformatics and other fields

Workshop Chairs

+ Siby ABRAHAM, University of Mumbai, India
+ Cătălin STOEAN, University of Craiova, Romania

Program Committee

+ Anca ANDREICA, Romania
+ Miguel ATENCIA, Spain
+ Andrei BĂUTU, Romania
+ Punam BEDI, India
+ Mihaela BREABAN, Romania
+ C Chantrapornchai, Thailand
+ Camelia CHIRA, Romania
+ Shaheen FATIMA, UK
+ Biju ISSAC, UK
+ Alex JAMES, Kazhakstan
+ Rodica Ioana LUNG, Romania
+ Kazumi NAKAMATSU, Japan
+ Ferrante NERI, Finland
+ Gheorghe PĂUN, Spain
+ Camelia PINTEA, Romania
+ Mike PREUSS, Germany
+ Madalina RASCHIP, Romania
+ Ruxandra STOEAN, Romania
+ Jörg STORK, Germany
+ Josef TVRDIK, Czech Republic
+ Martin ZAEFFERER, Germany

Submission of papers

We invite submissions containing original research results in the form of:

+ full research papers
+ short papers (work in progress)

Papers of up to 8 pages should be electronically submitted using the submission system accessible at EasyChair.

Research papers must contain original research results not submitted and not published elsewhere. Authors who want to present work in progress or discuss new aspects or a survey of their older research results at the workshop are welcome to submit an extended abstract (up to 4 pages). Papers will be refereed and accepted on the basis of their scientific merit and relevance to the workshop topics.


Accepted research papers should be presented at the conference and the best papers will be selected for publication in the post proceedings published by Conference Publishing Services.

Extended versions of the papers accepted and presented at the workshop will be considered for publication as a special issue in Soft Computing JournalMathematics and Computer Science Annals of the West University of Timisoara, in SCPE – Scalable Computing: Practice and Experience (SCOPUS indexed) or in other journals to be further announced.

Local Workshop organizers

+ Daniela ZAHARIE– West University of Timisoara, Romania, dzaharie at
+ Flavia MICOTA – West University of Timisoara, Romania, zflavia at