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      The Third Special Session on Biologically Inspired Parallel and
             Distributed Computing, Algorithms and Solutions
                              (BICAS 2020)
                               As part of
          The 18th International Conference on High Performance
                   Computing & Simulation (HPCS 2020)

               Barcelona - Virtual, December 10-14, 2020


Covid-19 Announcement from HPCS2020

Under the extenuating circumstances due to the international pandemic, 
HPCS 2020 is going fully virtual/online. Accepted and presented papers in 
the HPCS 2020 will be published in the conference proceedings as usual and 
submitted for inclusion in the Digital Library after they are successfully 
presented at the virtual conference. Information and instructions on how to 
prepare for the virtual presentation will be posted on the conference 
website and sent separately. Registration fees for the HPCS 2020 will be 
adjusted accordingly and posted on the HPCS 2020 website as well.


Biology has served as inspiration for Computer Science in recent years, 
given that biological systems tend to be adaptive, reactive, and 
distributed. Thus, bio-inspired computing is a multi-disciplinary field
devoted to studying complex problems using computational methods modeled
after design principles encountered in nature. This way, novel and 
unconventional solutions are accomplished to tackle current challenges
in science.

This session aims at examining different solutions to complex problems
using nature inspired approaches, and their interplay with cutting-edge
technology in High Performance Computing. We invite researchers and 
scientists in this area to participate and contribute to this event.
Papers, short papers and posters are welcome. 

Important Dates (EXTENDED)

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  Paper Submissions:            August 31, 2020 (2nd Extension)
  Notification of acceptance:   September 25, 2020
  Camera-ready papers due:      October 9, 2020
  Conference date:              December 10-14, 2020 (Virtual)
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Please submit papers using EasyChair:


For more information please consult the BICAS2020 and HPCS2020 webpages:



Topics of Interest

Topics of interest to BICAS2020 include but are not limited to:

-  Bio-inspired parallel and distributed algorithms 
-  Natural parallelism and concurrency in computing
-  Biological systems, computing and informatics
-  Bio-inspired hardware, software and design
-  Biologically inspired distributed systems and networks 
-  Self-Organization, evolution and adaptation
-  Neurocomputing and Neuromorphic Computing
-  Bio-inspired modeling of real-life phenomena and its simulation
-  Bio-inspired applications and case studies
-  Parallel systems biology and synthetic biology
-  Artificial intelligence and machine learning
-  Artificial life
-  Cellular automata 
-  Genetic programming and evolutionary algorithms
-  Reservoir computing
-  Artificial neural networks and systems
-  Collective behavior and swarm intelligence
-  Communication and multi-agent simulation
-  Complex systems and complex networks
-  Membrane computing
-  Natural computing
-  DNA computing
-  Quantum computing
-  Immunocomputing and computing inoculation 
-  Amorphous computing
-  Biological fault tolerance
-  Unconventional models of computation
-  Unconventional architectures


Paper Submissions

Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted
elsewhere until it appears in HPCS proceedings, in the case of acceptance,
or notified otherwise. For Regular papers, please submit a PDF copy of
your full manuscript, not to exceed 8 double-column formatted pages per 
template, and include up to 6 keywords and an abstract of no more than 400
words. Additional pages will be charged additional fee. Submission should
include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax 
numbers, phone numbers, and all authors email addresses. Please, indicate
clearly the corresponding author(s) although all authors are equally 
responsible for the manuscript. Short papers (up to 4 pages), poster 
papers and posters will also be considered.


Accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings. 
Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on 
the HPCS 2020 Conference web site. It is our intent to have the proceedings
formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of 
the conference. The proceedings is projected to be included in the IEEE or 
ACM Digital Library and indexed in all major indexing services accordingly.

Special issue

Plans are underway to have the best papers, in extended version, selected 
for possible publication in a reputable journal as special issue. Detailed 
information will soon be announced and will be made available on the 
conference website. 


Special Session Organizers

-   Miguel Á. Martínez-del-Amor, University of Seville, Seville, Spain
-	David Orellana-Martín, Norwegian University of Science and Technology,
	Trondheim, Norway
-   Francis G. Cabarle, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, 
    the Philippines
-	Gunnar Tufte, Norwegian University of Science and Technology,
	Trondheim, Norway
-   Mario J. Pérez-Jiménez, University of Seville, Seville, Spain

International Program Committee

-	Henry N. Adorna, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City,
	The Philippines
-	Rene Batac, De La Salle University - Manila
-	Daniel H. Cámpora-Pérez, NIKHEF and Maastricht University, Amsterdam,
	The Netherlands
-   Miguel Cardenas Montes, CIEMAT, Madrid, Spain
-   Anne C. Elster, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 
	Trondheim, Norway
-   Manuel García-Quismondo, OneThree Biotech, NY, USA
-   Juan A. Gómez-Pulido, University of Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain
-   José L. Guisado, University of Seville, Sevilla, Spain
-   Richelle A.B. Juayong, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon 
    City, The Philippines
-	Ravie C. Muniyandi, National University of Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
-	Agustín Riscos-Núñez, University of Seville, Seville, Spain
-   Bosheng Song, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan,
-   Miguel A. Vega-Rodríguez, University of Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain
-   Jianhua Xiao, Nankai University, Nankai, China
-	Jan M. Yap, Philippine Genome Center, Quezon City, The Philippines
-   Xiangxiang Zeng, Hunan University, Hunan, China