NCA 2020

17th Workshop on Natural Computing and Applications

22nd International Symposium on Symbolic and Numeric Algorithms for Scientific Computing

Timisoara, Romania
September 1-4, 2020

Workshop deadlines

01 April 2020 : Proposals for workshops, special sessions, tutorials

20 July 2020 : Paper submission for workshops and special sessions (extended deadline)

10 August 2020 : Notification of acceptance

20 August 2020 : Registration and revised papers for pre-proceedings

01-04 September 2020 : Symposium

30 November 2020 : Final papers for post-proceedings


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 We invite authors to submit their original and unpublished work that communicates current research in all area of natural computing with a particular focus on methods designed to solve complex, real world problems.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

  • Moloud Abdar, The University of Aizu, Japan
  • Miguel Atencia, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
  • Subodh Deolekar, University of Mumbai, India
  • Jyotshna Dongerdi, University of Mumbai, India
  • David Iclanzan, Sapientia – Hungarian Science University of Transylvania, Romania
  • Daniel Lichtblau, Wolfram Research, Inc., USA
  • Wieslaw Paja, University of Rzeszow, Poland
  • Camelia Pintea, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, North University Center at Baia Mare,
  • Mike Preuss, Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Mădălina Răschip, Al.I.Cuza University, Romania
  • Girish Tere, Thankur College, Mumbai, India
  • Ales Zamuda, University of Maribor, Slovenia

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.


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
+ Daniela Zaharie – West University of Timisoara, Romania, daniela.zaharie at