Theodore Andronikos

Dimitrios Tsoumakos Konstantinos GIannakis
Department of Informatics,

Ionian University

(Quantum and UnconventIonal CompuTing group)

Department of Informatics,

Ionian University

Department of Informatics,

Ionian University

(Quantum and UnconventIonal CompuTing group)


Short description:

Bio-inspired computation models and mechanisms are widely used both in theoretical and practical level, constantly producing interesting results during the last 20 years. Combined research on Computer Science and Biology has produced a wide variety of useful and elegant results. Natural Computing is a term describing both nature-inspired computation methods and computational processes observed in natural environment. Besides its close connection with the branch of the Theory of Computation, Natural Computing deals with the development of algorithms and techniques inspired by actual natural processes.

The interdisciplinary concept of “Unconventional Computing” means the implementation of non-standard methods and models in computing. The research on alternative or unconventional computation methods is initiated mainly because of the apparent limits induced by the nature of the materials and the methods used in current computing technologies. Due to the above observation, various bio-inspired computing methods have already been proposed and studied, both in practice (DNA or molecular computing systems) and theory (theoretical models of computation, like membrane automata, DNA Turing Machines and so on). Hence, there is an ongoing effort to investigate the possibility of using such methods/materials for computation purposes.

Recent developments in biology, neuroscience, optics have revealed that complex computations are actually observed in nature, nevertheless they cannot always be easily described or modeled through standard computing models. Given a natural system, the question is whether such a system is able to perform computation and in the case of positive answer, how this is possible. For example, Quantum Computing that constitutes a key aspect of unconventional computation, considers the notion of computing as a natural, physical process.

This workshop attempts to shed light on problems related to the above concepts. It aims to gather works and individuals to contribute to this emerging field. Hence, novel and original papers on these topics are welcome. The focus of the workshop is on both the theoretical and practical aspect of unconventional and non-traditional computation methods and algorithms. Works inspired from biological processes or application of non-standard computing models are also welcome.

The workshop is organized by the research group QUIT (Quantum and UnconventIonal CompuTing group) at the department of Informatics, Ionian University.



Finally, the submission and the review process, as well as the registration procedure, is similar to the main conference. To submit to this workshop, please add the word “NUBACoM” in the title of your paper during the submission process.


The goal of this workshop is to present novel, high-quality research on current trends related to unconventional computational methods and algorithms.

The suggested topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* natural computing

* quantum computing

* molecular and DNA computing

* membrane computing

* neural networks

* evolutionary computing

* computation graphs

* computation on networks and graphs

* computing based on dynamical systems

* non-standard approaches

* fuzzy computing

* chemical computing

* computation approaches going beyond the Turing model

* application of non-standard computational methods

* physics of computation

* algorithms based on ant colonies, bees foraging etc.

* logics of unconventional computing

* molecular machines incorporating information processing

* physical limits to mechanical computation

Program Committee (not final):

* Vassilios Chrissikopoulos, Ionian University

* Florina Ciorba, University of Basel

* Christos Douligeris, University of Piraeus

* Katia Kermanidis, Ionian University

* Nektarios Koziris, National Technical University of Athens

* Phivos Mylonas, Ionian University

* Konstantinos Oikonomou, Ionian University

* John Papadakis, Ionian University

*George Papakonstantinou, National Technical University of Athens

* Marios Poulos, Ionian University

* Angelo Sifaleras, University of Macedonia

* Spyros Sioutas, Ionian University

* Andreas-Georgios Stafylopatis, National Technical University of Athens

* Michail Stefanidakis, Ionian University

* Panayiotis Tsanakas, National Technical University of Athens

* Panayiotis Vlamos, Ionian University

* George Vouros, University of Piraeus