Unconventional Computing: From software modelling to lab prototypes

Special Session at

IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI) 2020

19 – 24th July, 2020, Glasgow (UK)

Aim and Scope

Unconventional computing aims to uncover novel principles of physical, chemical and biological systems that can be utilized into information processing and computation. Also, includes the development of novel non-standard algorithms and computing architectures and the implementation of conventional algorithms in non-silicon, or wet, substrates. The field is volatile, its boundaries are not strictly defined and changing almost daily, but stays focused on exploration of non-classical algorithms, ground-breaking paradigms and high-risk physical prototyping. It is clear that moving beyond well-established computing systems, requires novel models, algorithms, architectures and devices, which initially will likely require to satisfy the growing demands for high performance computing. Therefore, the research in such a computing field aims at unravelling novel principles of efficient information processing and computation in physical, chemical and biological systems.

The special session aims at providing both scientists and engineers within academia and industry, an opportunity to express and discuss their views on current trends, challenges, and state-of-the-art solutions to various problems in the fields of arts, biology, chemistry, communication, ecology, engineering, physics, robotics, etc. under the promising notion of unconventional computing. This special session will explore new directions of unconventional computation development. Topics of either theoretical or applied interest about nature inspired or suggested by technological advancements unconventional models, algorithms and systems include but are not limited to:

  • physics of computation
  • chemical computing
  • bio-molecular computing
  • cellular automata as models of massively parallel computing
  • complexity on non-standard models of computation
  • logics of unconventional computing
  • smart actuators
  • novel hardware systems
  • mechanical computing
  • computing on interfaces
  • non-classical robotics

Important Dates

  • Paper submission deadline:                  January 30, 2020
  • Paper acceptance notification date:      March 15, 2020
  • Final paper submission deadline:          April 15, 2020

Please refer to https://wcci2020.org/calls/#call-for-papers for the latest information.

Paper Submission

All papers should be submitted electronically through: https://ieee-cis.org/conferences/cec2020/upload.php

When you submit your papers to our special session, please select “S14. Unconventional Computing: From software modelling to lab prototypes “ as the Main Research Topic.

Special Session Co-Chairs

Andrew Adamatzky (Unconventional Computing Lab, UWE Bristol, UK)

Georgios Sirakoulis (Democritus University of Thrace – Greece)

Michail-Antisthenis Tsompanas (Unconventional Computing Lab, UWE Bristol, UK)