6th European Workshop on the Application of Nature-inspired Techniques for Telecommunication Networks and other Parallel and Distributed Systems (Download the Call for Papers)

Many biological systems and processes are characterized by a parallel and distributed architecture in which a large number of autonomous and minimalist units synergistically generate global-level behaviors through local interactions, communications, and the adoption of relatively simple stochastic action policies. The resulting global-level behaviors usually show a number of properties essential for success in natural environments such as: adaptivity to environmental variations, robustness to internal changes and failures, and effectiveness and scalability of performance.

Because of all these architectural and performance properties, the observation and reverse-engineering of successful processes in nature's organic, inorganic, and animal systems, have drawn in recent years the attention of many researchers and engineers working in the general field of parallel and distributed systems, and, in particular, in the specific field of telecommunications networks. In these domains, Nature has provided basic inspiration for the definition of a number of novel algorithms and computational frameworks able to deal effectively with the challenges of current networked systems, which show a growing structural and computational complexity and are made of a large number of highly dynamic and heterogeneous components.

The aim of the workshop is to provide a forum to present the cutting edge research on Nature-inspired approaches to problems arising in the design, control, protection, and management of network systems, and to outline new trends in parallel nature-inspired computation for the efficient solution of complex problems.

Areas of Interests and Contributions
EvoCOMNET 2009 solicits contributions dealing with the application of ideas from natural processes and systems to the definition, analysis and development of novel parallel and distributed algorithms, and to the solution of problems of practical and theoretical interest in all domains related to network systems. The scope of the workshop emphasizes contributions of novel Nature-inspired approaches to the following application domains:
  • Network analysis and design
  • Routing protocols
  • Transport protocols
  • Network protection systems
  • Load balancing
  • Quality-of-service provisioning
  • Mobile ad hoc networks
  • Sensor networks
  • Network robotics and sensor-actor networks
  • Distributed inference and cooperative communication systems
  • Distributed search and computing in peer-to-peer networks
  • Parallel and distributed optimization algorithms
  • Grid computing
  • Distributed data mining
  • Use and tuning of hybrid computational approaches

Particularly welcome are submissions contributing with:
  • Applications of nature-inspired techniques to novel problems in the domain of telecommunications networks and parallel and distributed systems
  • Definition of innovative techniques and/or computational frameworks based on biological systems or processes that have not been considered so far in the literature of nature-inspired systems
  • Detailed comparative studies of nature-inspired solutions versus more classical/established techniques
  • Analytical studies of the behavior and working of the proposed solutions
  • Performance evaluation and visualization of parallel and distributed systems based on a natural inspiration
  • Real-world implementations
  • Studies based on real-world data sets
  • Live demonstrations of algorithm behavior

Publication details
  • Conference proceedings: accepted papers will be published in a volume of the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science together with papers from other workshops of the EvoStar conference.

For the list of accepted papers click here.

Submission Details

  • Please use LNCS format    

  • Submissions should be no more than 10 pages in english

  • As we are adopting a double-blind peer review process, please ensure to anonymise your submission by removing all references to the authors.


Program Chairs
Gianni di Caro - gianni AT idsia.ch
Muddassar Farooq - muddassar.farooq AT udo.edu
Ernesto Tarantino - ernesto.tarantino AT na.icar.cnr.it

EvoCOMNET Programme Committee
Uwe Aickelin, University of Nottingham, UK - Uwe.Aickelin AT nottingham.ac.uk
Özgür B. Akan, Middle East Technical University, Turkey - akan AT eee.metu.edu.tr
Jarmo Alander, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland - jarmo.alander AT uwasa.fi
Mehmet E. Aydin, University of Bedfordshire, UK - mehmet.aydin AT beds.ac.uk
Arindam K. Das, University of Washington, arindam AT u.washington.edu
Falko Dressler, University of Erlangen, Germany - dressler AT informatik.uni-erlangen.de
Frederick Ducatelle, IDSIA, Switzerland - frederick AT idsia.ch
Jin-Kao Hao, University of Angers, France - hao AT info.univ-angers.
Malcolm I. Heywood, Dalhousie University, Canada - mheywood AT cs.dal.ca
Kenji Leibnitz, Osaka University, Japan - leibnitz AT ist.osaka-u.ac.jp
Manuel Lozano Marquez, University of Granada, Spain - lozano AT decsai.ugr.es
Domenico Maisto, University of Modena-Reggio Emilia, Italy - domenico.maisto AT unimore.it
Vittorio Maniezzo, University of Bologna, Italy - vittorio.maniezzo AT unibo.it
Roberto Montemanni, IDSIA, Switzerland - roberto AT idsia.ch
Umberto Scafuri, ICAR-CNR, Italy - umberto.scafuri AT na.icar.cnr.it
Chien-Chung Shen, University of Delaware, USA - cshen AT mail.eecis.udel.edu
Kwang M. Sim, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong - kmsim AT iis.sinica.edu.tw
Luigi Troiano, University of Sannio, Italy - troiano AT unisannio.it
Lidia Yamamoto, University of Basel, Switzerland - Lidia.Yamamoto AT unibas.ch

Publicity Chair

Ivanoe De Falco, ICAR, National Research Council of Italy, Italy - ivanoe.defalco(at)na.icar.cnr.it

Evo* Local Chair
Marc Ebner, Universität Tübingen,Germany - marc.ebner(at)wsii.uni-tuebingen.de

Evo* Coordinator and Administrative Contact
Jennifer Willies, The Centre for Informatics Research, Napier University, Scotland, UK. - j.willies(at)napier.ac.uk