• 14 th International Workshop on Natural Computing

    Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, January 20-22, 2023.

    Call for Abstracts (UPDATE & ERRATUM)

    (Deadline for Abstracts November 30, 2022)


    Call for Abstracts

    (Deadline November 30, 2022)


    14 th International Workshop on Natural Computing will be held at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan on the weekend Friday through Sunday, January 20-22, 2023. Although the Workshop is planned in principle in the inperson format, we are planning a limited number of presentations to be delivered by ZOOM for those whose long-distance travel would make participation impossible.


    We would like to request for abstracts of the contributions written in English to be sent by November 30, 2022, as attachments to the mail addressed to the Chair of the Organizing Committee: schroeder.marcin.e4@tohoku.ac.jp (PLEASE NOTICE THE TYPO IN THE ADDRESS GIVEN IN THE EARLIER ORIGINAL ANNOUNCEMENT) or mjs@gl.aiu.ac.jp. Submissions can be sent any time after this announcement. Notifications of acceptance will be sent soon after the time of submission and no later than December 10, 2022. Abstracts can be of standard size (ca. 150 words) or more but sufficiently extensive to

    describe clearly the content of the presented work.


    The series of International Workshops on Natural Computing initiated in 2006 grew up from the original interest in molecular computing. However, within the years following this original initiative the topic of natural computing became one of the main directions of study in several disciplines. Natural processes or even entire life started to be considered a form of information processing with characteristics of computing. On the other hand, information processing in natural systems became a source of inspiration for innovation in computer science, artificial intelligence, and engineering. Moreover, computer simulation became a common tool for the study of nature.

    Following this general trend of mutual interactions of disciplines, the 14th International Workshop on Natural Computing continues the already established tradition of the IWNC series to devote its sessions to the recent and future developments in research, practice, philosophical reflection, and creative activity within the crossroads of nature, computing, information science, cognitive science, the study of life and culture.

    The workshop intends to bring together a very wide range of perspectives on natural computing (in its diverse ways of understanding) from philosophical to scientific ones, to visions of artists. There will be an opportunity to present original and creative contributions without any restriction by disciplinary divisions or the level of advancement of research. Contributions from the beginning of the academic or intellectual career are as welcome as those from its peak.


    Confirmed Invited Talks:

    Andrew Adamatzky (Unconventional Computing Laboratory UWE Bristol):

    "Towards fungal brain: sensing and computing with fungi"


    Yukio-Pegio Gunji (Waseda University):

    “Natural Born Intelligence and universal criticality”


    Michael Levin (Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University):

    "Bioelectrical networks enable navigation of anatomical morphospace in embryogenesis, regeneration, and cancer"


    Kenichi Morita (Hiroshima University):

    "Time-reversal symmetries in reversible partitioned cellular automata"


    Shin-ichiro M. Nomura (Tohoku University):

    “Molecular cybernetics: viewpoints from the material side”


    Aaron Sloman (University of Birmingham): “Recently hatched ideas about hatching mechanisms in eggs: Using virtual machines implemented in very low energy physics and chemistry at "normal" temperatures in shells of egg-laying vertebrates”


    Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic (Chalmers University): TBA


    Contributed presentations are planned for 30 minutes including a 20-25 minute lecture and 10-5 minute discussion. Invited lectures may have allocations of double time. There is no conference fee but for logistic reasons, all participants will have to register in advance.


    Please send your questions and inquiries regarding the Workshop to the Chair (schroeder.marcin.e4@tohoku.ac.jp or mjs@gl.aiu.ac.jp) or other members of the Organizing Committee





    Katsunobu Imai(Hiroshima University) imai(at mark)hiroshima-u.ac.jp



    1st,Dec 14-15, 2006: University of West-England, Bristol, UK
    2nd, Dec 10-13, 2007: Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan
    3rd, Sept. 23, 2008: Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan
    4th, Sept, 23-19, 2009 ; Himeji InternationalExchange Center, Japan
    5th, Sept, 21, 2010 ; Ascoli Piceno, inACRI2010, Italy
    Mar, 15-16, 2011; as"Winter School of Hakodate", Future University Hakodate, Japan
    6th, Mar, 28-30, 2012; Tokyo University, Tokyo,Japan
    7th, Mar, 20-22, 2013; Tokyo University, Tokyo,Japan
    8th, Mar, 18-19, 2014; YMCA, Hiroshima,Hiroshima, Japan

    13th, September 17, 2021, as a ContributingConference to the 2021 Summit of IS4SI (IS4SI2021 - IWNC Schedule (google.com) & https://www.natural-computing.com/#iwnc-13).Proceedings of the 13th IWNC are available online at Proceedings| IS4SI 2021 - Browse Articles (mdpi.com).