Unconventional computing is the quest for groundbreaking new algorithms and physical implementations of novel and ultimately --- compared to classical approaches -- more powerful computing paradigms and machines. The event brought together work that focuses on non-traditional theoretical constructions, experimental prototypes, and genuine implementations of non-classical computing devices. During the conference we revisited existing approaches in unconventional computing, and provided scientists and engineers with blueprints of realisable computing devices, and took a critical glance at the design of novel and emergent computing systems to point out failures and shortcomings of both theoretical and experimental approaches.
We encouraged interdisciplinary interactions in emergent computing paradigms and architectures; developed an interface between computer science, biology, mathematics, chemistry, electronic engineering and physics; created new research communities of collaboration in non-classical computation; promoted the transfer of knowledge and encourage new collaborative research activity in unconventional computation.
The conference resulted in the formation of new interdisciplinary research community; the identification of new interdisciplinary research topics; reciprocal knowledge transfer between the field of unconventional computing and computer science, mathematics, and electronic engineering; attraction of experimental scientists from physics, chemistry and biology laboratories; educating them in principles of unconventional computing and inspiring them to develop working laboratory prototypes of non-classical computing devices.
We are proud with excellent presentations from computer scientists, physicists, mathematicians, chemists, engineers, biologists and everyone who was inspired by the topics of the conference and by natural phenomena in non-standard computing schemes.
2007 Unconventional Computing
July 12-14 2007
Bristol, United Kingdom
Supported by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK
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