[Humanist] 24.846 events: biological computing

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sun Apr 3 09:39:39 CEST 2011

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 846.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sat, 02 Apr 2011 06:39:52 -0700
        From: Nathaniel Bobbitt <BobbittN at cwu.EDU>

We invite submissions to the Springer journal Cognitive Computation for
a special issue on Pointing at
Boundaries: Integrating Computation and Cognition on Biological Grounds.
The submission deadline
is May 16, 2011.


Spurred by the advancement in synthetic biology (Gibson et al., 2010) at the
J. Craig Venter Research Institute the editors of Cognitive Computation
Journal (Springer Science) invite submissions to a special issue on
biological substrates as a computational diaphragm. This topic leads to
further research questions on computation and the bio-signals produced by
living organisms. 

We anticipate submissions will contribute to the identification of a new
breed of technologies: 1.) bio- computing applications (synthetic biology);
2.) chemical/microbial induced biological configurations; 3.) enhancing
cognition and animal models; and 4.) neuroengineering sensory circuits and
clinical/biomedical research. This special issue will provide a forum for
interdisciplinary discussion that points towards the next step in cognition
and computing through the excitability of biological substrates. 

The integration of computation and cognition on biological grounds has the
prospect of pointing at a boundary system that is excitable, configurable,
and manipulated within the framework of living organisms and their
biological substrates. The next step in the development of natural computing
hinges upon the development of biological substrates as a computational

Authors are invited to submit unpublished research, original position
papers, or literature reviews that address challenges unique to bio-inspired
computation. Relevant areas of investigation and expertise include, but are
not limited to:

• synthetic biology, systematic biology, soft-computing• computation theory (membrane, natural, quantum, or evolutionary)
• bio-nanotechnology, computational biology, computational linguistics
• medical informatics (decision making, medical diagnostics,
catastrophic disease research)
• underlying spatial and self-modulating aspects of biological
substrates (sRNA, siRNA, proteomics)
• bio-optics: quorum sensing, bio-markers, molecular probes
• neurobiology, gene regulation, neural circuits
• pharmaceutical and biomedical cellular delivery systems
• chemical ecology, interfacing with aliphatic odors (GPCR encoding)
• neural signal transduction, neurotransmitters
• neuroimaging, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology
• mirror neurons, neuropsychology, theory of mind, simulation theory
• swarm intelligence, theory of intelligence, consciousness
• hierarchical temporal memory, heterogenous logic
• neuroplasticity, learning, memory
• “games with purpose” or collaborative task experimentation
• bayesian biomedical techniques (clinical studies, morphological data,
in vitro embryo selection)
• translational cognition for decision support in critical care
• soft-computing research and control of unknown diseases
• “molecule to man” decision support in individualized e-health
• biomedical informatics and pharmacogenomics
• animal behavior, transgenics models
• developmental biology, embryology
• linguistic or philosophic barriers to bio-computing
• cladistics, detecting and overcoming systematic errors in genome-scale

This special issue places into perspective computation and cognition from a
post-genome viewpoint. Since the Human Genome Project recent discovieries
suggest a bio-computation that specifies a more complex mechanisms along a
multi-scale. Where a micro-meso-macro feedback occurs as a systemic
self-organization with non-linear dynamics. Participation in this project
proposes to advance the break with the "dogma" of one gene producing only
one class of protein, assumed in the classic Monod-Changeux-Jacob model of
the "Operon.the phenotype of living systems the incubation of bio-computing
may gain strides through experimental literature on "small RNAs" (sRNA)
interfering with gene expression and protein production. Through the
manipulation of biological substrates emerges the prospect to identify
recipes for combinatorial, multidimensional, and topological organizations
with a dynamics that escape conventional spatial or temporal-spatial
representation. A biological substrate represents a self-contained symbolic
and logical neighborhood.

This special issue is expected to appear in JUN 2012. 

Post submissions at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/cogn/Co-Editors Alfredo Pereira Jr., Eduardo Massad, Nathaniel Bobbitt
bobbittn at cwu.edu
Important Dates
Submission of full paper (to be received by): MAY 16, 2011
First notification of acceptance: AUG. 15, 2011
Submission of revised papers: OCT 15, 2011
Final notification to the authors: JAN 15, 2011
Submission of final/camera-ready papers: FEB 15, 2012


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