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7th International Conference On The Theory and Practice of Natural Computing (TPNC 2018)
Domingo, 29 Julho 2018

Dublin, Ireland

December 12-14, 2018


Co-organized by:

Natural Computing Research & Applications Group

School of Business

University College Dublin


Institute for Research Development, Training and Advice

Brussels / London





TPNC is a conference series intending to cover the wide spectrum of computational principles, models and techniques inspired by information processing in nature. TPNC 2018 will reserve significant room for young scholars at the beginning of their career and particular focus will be put on methodology. The conference aims at attracting contributions to nature-inspired models of computation, synthesizing nature by means of computation, nature-inspired materials, and information processing in nature.



TPNC 2018 will take place in Dublin, a major historical and contemporary centre for education, arts, administration, economy and industry. The venue will be:


Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

University College Dublin

Carysfort Avenue


Co. Dublin



Topics include, but are not limited to:

- Theoretical contributions to:

artificial chemistry

artificial immune systems

artificial life

cellular automata

cognitive computing

cognitive engineering

cognitive robotics

collective behaviour

complex systems

computational intelligence

computational social science

computing with words

developmental systems

DNA computing

DNA nanotechnology

evolutionary algorithms

evolutionary computing

evolutionary game theory

fractal geometry

fuzzy control

fuzzy logic

fuzzy sets

fuzzy systems

genetic algorithms

genetic programming

granular computing


intelligent agents

intelligent systems

machine intelligence


molecular programming

multiobjective optimization

neural computing

neural networks

quantum communication

quantum computing

rough sets



social computing

social simulation

soft computing

swarm intelligence

synthetic biology


- Applications of natural computing to:









human-computer interaction

knowledge discovery




natural language processing


pattern recognition

planning and scheduling




web intelligence


A flexible "theory to/from practice" approach would be the perfect focus for the expected contributions.



TPNC 2018 will consist of:

- invited talks

- peer-reviewed contributions

- posters



Juergen Branke (University of Warwick), Design of Complex Systems via Simulation-based Optimisation

Hani Hagras (University of Essex), Towards Human Understandable Explainable AI via Type-2 Fuzzy Logic Systems

Georgios Ch. Sirakoulis (Democritus University of Thrace), The Cellular Automata Computing Paradigm Enriched: From Simple Models to Real World Applications



Andrew Adamatzky (University of the West of England, UK)

Wolfgang Banzhaf (Memorial University of Newfoundland, CA)

Mauro Birattari (Université Libre de Bruxelles, BE)

Christian Blum (Spanish Higher Scientific Research Council, ES)

Shyi-Ming Chen (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, TW)

Sung-Bae Cho (Yonsei University, KR)

Claude Crépeau (McGill University, CA)

Jean-Louis Deneubourg (Université Libre de Bruxelles, BE)

Marco Dorigo (Université Libre de Bruxelles, BE)

Matthias Ehrgott (Lancaster University, UK)

Carlos M. Fonseca (University of Coimbra, PT)

Amir H. Gandomi (Stevens Institute of Technology, US)

Michel Gendreau (Polytechnique Montréal, CA)

Deborah M. Gordon (Stanford University, US)

Jin-Kao Hao (University of Angers, FR)

Zeng-Guang Hou (Chinese Academy of Sciences, CN)

Licheng Jiao (Xidian University, CN)

Janusz Kacprzyk (Polish Academy of Sciences, PL)

Hamid Reza Karimi (Polytechnic University of Milan, IT)

Ljupco Kocarev (Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, MK)

Vladik Kreinovich (University of Texas El Paso, US)

Rudolf Kruse (University of Magdeburg, DE)

José Ignacio Latorre (University of Barcelone, ES)

Jing Liang (Zhengzhou University, CN)

Gui Lu Long (Tsinghua University, CN)

Jianquan Lu (Southeast University, CN)

Carlos Martín-Vide (Rovira i Virgili University, ES, chair)

Luis Martínez (University of Jaén, ES)

Ujjwal Maulik (Jadavpur University, IN)

José M. Merigó (University of Chile, CL)

Nenad Mladenovic (Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, RS)

Michael O'Neill (University College Dublin, IE)

Celso C. Ribeiro (Fluminense Federal University, BR)

Frank Schweitzer (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, CH)

Patrick Siarry (Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne University, FR)

Andrzej Skowron (University of Warsaw, PL)

John A. Smolin (IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, US)

Attila Szolnoki (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, HU)

José Luis Verdegay (University of Granada, ES)

Fernando J. Von Zuben (State University of Campinas, BR)

David Wolpert (Santa Fe Institute, US)

Hao Ying (Wayne State University, US)

Jacek M. ?urada (University of Louisville, US)



David Fagan (Dublin, co-chair)

Sara Morales (Brussels)

Michael O'Neill (Dublin, co-chair)

Manuel Jesús Parra Royón (Granada)

David Silva (London, co-chair)

Miguel A. Vega-Rodríguez (Cáceres)

Irene Ward (Dublin)



Authors are invited to submit non-anonymized papers in English presenting original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single-spaced pages (all included) and should be prepared according to the standard format for Springer Verlag's LNCS series (see


Submissions have to be uploaded to:



A volume of proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS series will be available by the time of the conference.


A special issue of Soft Computing (Springer, 2016 JCR impact factor: 2.472) will be later published containing peer-reviewed substantially extended versions of some of the papers contributed to the conference. Submissions to it will be by invitation.



The registration form can be found at:


DEADLINES (all at 23:59 CET):

Paper submission: July 29, 2018

Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: September 5, 2018

Final version of the paper for the LNCS proceedings: September 12, 2018

Early registration: September 12, 2018

Late registration: November 28, 2018

Submission to the journal special issue: March 14, 2019



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UCD – University College Dublin

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