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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

CALL FOR JOURNAL PAPERS: Integrating Computation & Cognition on Biological Grounds
Contact: Nathaniel Bobbitt,

Springer journal Cognitive Computation; A special issue on Pointing at Boundaries: Integrating Computation and Cognition on Biological Grounds.

The prospect of direct biological computing accelerated with Gibson et al.'s (2010) synthetic incubation of a bacterial genome. Cognitive computation practices may supply synthetic biology with a biological symbolic system, that is, facilitate the advent of biological machines:
direct computing.  The editors of the Cognitive Computation Journal have acknowledged the timeliness to promote interdisciplinary research within the purview of living organisms and cognitive computation.  Due to the underlying spatial and self-modulating aspects of biological substrates it makes sense to consider the computational/cognitive capacity of living organisms. From 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 time-spatial representation.  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 direct computing hinges upon the development of biological substrates as a computational diaphragm. 

To meet this next step in computing specialized biological research will revisit the pioneering olfactory receptor research pioneered by Linda Buck and Richard Axel (Nobel Prize) and the bio-luminescent in quorum sensing by Bonnie Blassler (Princeton and Howard Hughes Institute). The use of chemical signals or bioluminescent substrates bring further expertise to foster synthetic biology developed at JC Venter Institute. 

Authors are invited to submit original and unpublished research.
Relevant areas of investigation and expertise include, but are not limited to: 
 synthetic biology
 membrane, natural, or evolutionary computing  unconventional and quantum computing  computational intelligence  bio-optics: quorum sensing, bio-markers  gene regulation in sensory pathways  protein folding/misfolding (in vivo, Alzheimer's)  multi-sensory processing (visuo-tactile, motor-sensory, feedback
 pharmaceutical and biomedical cellular delivery systems  chemical ecology, chemosensory experimentation  membrane channels, action potentials, voltage clamps, or neurotransmitters  aliphatic odors, combinatorial encoding, or predictive chemosensory models  dynamic olfactory architectures (metabolism and olfaction in
 neuroanatomy or neurophysiology (glia, glomeruli, photoreceptors, olfactory receptors, neural firing)  theory of mind, simulation theory experimentation, or synaptic signaling  theory of intelligence, consciousness  hierarchical temporal memory, heterogenous logic  combinatorial or multidimensional applications in granular/dynamic systems  competitive games or visual experimentation on cognition, learning, or memory  games with purpose or collaborative task experimentation  mirror neurons, body maps, or brain plasticity  frmi experiments (dyslexia, autism, aphasia, Alzheimer's Disease)  vertebrate/invertebrate sensory behavior and communication  evolutionary primatology color vision and olfaction (comparative genomics or pseudogenes)  amphibian embryology transgenics and microsurgery  cladistics, phylogenetics, ontogeny, or sociobehavior across species  facet analysis or pixelization paradigm methods 

This call for papers will identify researchers from systematic biology, neuroscience, symbolic systems, psychology, philosophy, linguistics, topology, and related fields as they contribute to computer science and the development of biological machines. Accepted research falls into one of two categories: biological-computing or cognitive computation.
Pointing at boundaries in vivo extends in vitro research. Thus biological substrates points us toward far-reaching social, medical, and communication frameworks. 

This special issue is expected to appear in MAR/JUN 2012. 

Post submissions at: 
Nathaniel Bobbitt Guest Editor 

Important Dates 
Submission of full paper (to be received by): MAR 31, 2011 
First notification of acceptance: JUL 15, 2011 
Submission of revised papers: SEP 15, 2011 
Final notification to the authors: DEC 15, 2011 
Submission of final/camera-ready papers: JAN 15, 2012