NCA 2018

15th Workshop on Natural Computing and Applications

in the framework of

SYNASC 2018
20th International Symposium on Symbolic and Numeric Algorithms for Scientific Computing

Timisoara, Romania
September 20 – 23, 2018

Aim

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 We invite authors to submit their original and unpublished work that communicates current research in all area of natural computing with a particular focus on methods designed to solve complex, real world problems.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.

Workshop deadlines

+ Submission of papers: June 24, 2018
+ Notification of acceptance: July 30, 2018
+ Final paper: September 1, 2018
+ Registration: September 1, 2018
+ Revised papers for post-proceedings/special issue: November 2018

Topics

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

+ evolutionary computing,
+ neural computing, Bayesian networks, learning algorithms,
+ deep learning,
+ 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
+ Catalin Stoean, University of Craiova, Romania

Program Committee

+ Anca Andreica, Romania
+ Miguel Atencia, Spain
+ Samineh Bagheri, Germany
+ Andrei Bautu, Romania
+ Punam Bedi, India
+ Mihaela Breaban, Romania
+ Camelia Chira, Romania
+ Shaheen Fatima, UK
+ David Iclanzan, Romania
+ Biju Issac,UK
+ Alex James, Kazhakstan
+ Daniel Lichtblau, USA
+ Rodica Ioana Lung, Romania
+ Kazumi Nakamatsu, Japan
+ Ferrante Neri, Finland
+ Gheorghe Paun, Romania
+ Andrei Petrovski, UK
+ Camelia Pintea, Romania
+ Mike Preuss, Germany
+ Madalina Raschip, Romania
+ Gerald Schaefer, UK
+ 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 prepared according to the CPS template must be submitted electronically using the submission system that will be later accessible through 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.

Publication

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 the Mathematics and Computer Science Annals of the West University of Timisoara, in Soft Computing – A Fusion of Foundations, Methodologies and Applications  or in other journals to be further announced.

Local Workshop organizers

+ Flavia Micota – West University of Timisoara, Romania, flavia.micota at e-uvt.ro
+ Daniela Zaharie – West University of Timisoara, Romania, daniela.zaharie at e-uvt.ro