Biology has served as inspiration for Computer Science in recent years, given that biological systems tend to be adaptive, reactive, and distributed. Thus, bio-inspired computing is a multi-disciplinary field devoted to studying complex problems using computational methods modeled after design principles encountered in nature. This way, novel and unconventional solutions are accomplished to tackle current challenges in science.

This session aims at examining different solutions to complex problems using nature inspired approaches, and their interplay with cutting-edge technology in High Performance Computing. We invite researchers and scientists in this area to participate and contribute to this event and we welcome their works.

Special Session on Biologically Inspired Parallel and Distributed Computing, Algorithms and Solutions

(BICAS 2018)


As part of

The 16th International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation (HPCS 2018) or

July 16 – 20, 2018

Orléans, France

Paper Submission Deadline: April 02, 2018 - Extended

Submissions could be for full papers, short papers, poster papers, or posters



Miguel Ángel Martínez del Amor

Dept. Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

University of Seville

E.T.S.I. Informática, Avda. Reina Mercedes S/N, 41012, Sevilla, Spain

Phone: +34 954 557 953

Fax: +34 954 556 251

Email: mdelamor 'at'

Agustín Riscos Núñez

Dept. Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

University of Seville

E.T.S.I. Informática, Avda. Reina Mercedes S/N, 41012, Sevilla, Spain

Phone: +34 954 552 792

Fax: +34 954 556 599

Email: ariscosn 'at'

Francis George Cabarle

Dept. of Computer Science

University of the Philippines Diliman

Diliman 1101 Quezon City, The Philippines

Phone: +63 2 433 3877

Fax: +63 2

Email: fccabarle 'at'

Henry N. Adorna

Dept. of Computer Science

University of the Philippines Diliman

Diliman 1101 Quezon City, The Philippines

Phone: +63 2 433 3877 ext 104 or 105

Fax: +63 2 433 3877

Email: hnadorna 'at'

Xiangxiang Zeng

Dept. of Computer Science

Xiamen University

Xiamen 361005, Fujian, China

Phone: +86

Fax: +86

Email: xzeng 'at'

International Program Committee*:

All submitted papers will be rigorously reviewed by the special session technical program committee members following similar criteria used in HPCS 2018 and will be published as part of the HPCS 2018 Proceedings.

  • Rene Batac, National Institute of Physics, Quezon City, The Philippines

  • Miguel Cardenas Montes, CIEMAT, Madrid, Spain

  • Anne C. Elster, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

  • Manuel García-Quismondo, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA

  • Juan A. Gómez Pulido, University of Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain

  • José L. Guisado, University of Seville, Sevilla, Spain

  • Pauline C. Haddow, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

  • Richelle A.B. Juayong, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, The Philippines

  • Ignacio Pérez Hurtado, University of Seville, Sevilla, Spain

  • Jaderick Pabico, Institute of Computer Science, Los Banos, Laguna, The Philippines

  • Bosheng Song, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

  • Miguel A. Vega-Rodríguez, University of Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain

  • Jianhua Xiao, Nankai University, Nankai, China

  • Pan Zheng, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, Kuching, Malaysia

  • TBA, TBA

(* Committee formation is pending and will be finalized shortly.)

For information or questions about Conference's paper submission, tutorials, posters, workshops, special sessions, exhibits, demos, panels and forums organization, doctoral colloquium, and any other information about the conference location, registration, paper formatting, etc., please consult the Conference’s web site at URL: or or contact one of the Conference's organizers.

The BICAS Session topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Biological systems, computing and informatics

  • Bio-inspired Hardware, Software and Design

  • Bio-inspired Parallel and distributed algorithms

  • Artificial life/intelligence, complex systems and complex networks

  • Self-Organization, Evolution and Adaptation

  • Natural parallelism and concurrency in computing

  • Biologically inspired distributed systems and networks

  • Bio-inspired modeling of real-life phenomena and its simulation

  • Swarm Intelligence

  • Cellular Automata

  • Genetic programming and evolutionary algorithms

  • Neurocomputing, artificial intelligence and machine learning

  • Artificial Neural Networks and Systems, Deep Learning

  • Collective behavior and swarm intelligence

  • Communication and multi-agent simulation

  • Membrane Computing

  • DNA Computation

  • Quantum Computation

  • Immunocomputing and Computing Inoculation

  • Amorphous Computing

  • Biological Fault Tolerance

  • Bio-inspired applications and case studies


You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to biologically inspired parallel and distributed computing, algorithms and solutions. Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere until it appears in HPCS proceedings, in the case of acceptance, or notified otherwise. For Regular papers, please submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript, not to exceed 8 double-column formatted pages per template, and include up to 6 keywords and an abstract of no more than 400 words. Additional pages will be charged additional fee. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and all authors email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author(s) although all authors are equally responsible for the manuscript. Short papers (up to 4 pages), poster papers and posters (please refer to for posters submission details) will also be considered. Please specify the type of submission you have. Please include page numbers on all preliminary submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide helpful comments.

Submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript to the special session paper submission site at . Acknowledgement will be sent within 48 hours of submission.

Conference Policies

Only PDF files will be accepted, uploaded to the submission link above. Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, significance, technical clarity and presentation, language, and references. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper will have to register and attend the HPCS 2018 conference to present the paper at the special session as scheduled. By submitting the paper to the HPCS conference, all authors agree to abide by all HPCS conference paper submission, publication and presentation policies as well as following ethical and professional codes of conduct, including those of the professional co-sponsoring organizations. For more information, please refer to the Authors Info and Registration Info pages.


Accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the HPCS 2018 Conference web site. It is our intent to have the proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the conference. The proceedings is projected to be included in the IEEE or ACM Digital Library and indexed in all major indexing services accordingly.


Plans are underway to have the best papers, in extended version, selected for possible publication in a reputable journal as special issue. Detailed information will soon be announced and will be made available on the conference website.

If you have any questions about paper submission or the special session, please contact the special session organizers.


Paper Submissions: ------------------------------------------- 02 April 2018 - Extended

Acceptance Notification: -------------------------------------- 01 May 2018

Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due by: ----------- 15 May 2018

Conference Dates: -------------------------------------------- July 16 – 20, 2018