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AISB event Bulletin Item

FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue on "Integrating Computation and Cognition on Biological Grounds"

http://www.springer.com/biomed/neuroscience/journal/12559?detailsPage=press

We invite submissions to the Springer journal Cognitive Computation for a special issue on Pointing at Boundaries: Integrating Computation and Cognition on Biological Grounds.

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FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS 

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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 Publishers) 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 diaphragm. 

Authors are invited to submit unpublished research, original position papers, or literature reviews that 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 environments 

 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 phylogenies 


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." 
Without the idea of a DNA "program" determining 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@cwu.edu 

Important Dates 

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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 

http://www.springer.com/biomed/neuroscience/journal/12559?detailsPage=press