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AISB event Bulletin Item

Bertinoro International Summer School of Natural Computation - BNC 2008

Bertinoro International Summer School of Natural Computation - BNC 2008

      University Residential Center  -  Bertinoro (Forl-Cesena), Italy

                           September 20-27, 2008


The International Summer School of Natural Computing is devoted to
disseminate the various branches of Natural Computing. The school will
gather leading specialists from several horizons lecturing and
discussing on the achievements and perspectives both fundamental and
applied, non excluding junior scientists and PhD students.

List of topics:
Self-Organizing Systems; DNA, BioMolecular and Chemistry Computing;
Artificial Immune Systems; Metabolic Systems and Artificial
Biochemistry; Bio-Inspired Robotics; Rule-Based Modeling of
Biochemical Systems; Synthetic Biology for Natural Computing vs.
Synthetic Biology for Bioengineering.

The school is interdisciplinary in nature, and can be seen both as a
School for advanced students, and as a Workshop for researchers.
Leading world-renowned researchers in various research areas of
Natural Computing will hold tutorials on their subject area, while new
ideas will be presented in poster sessions, discussions and short
The school is structured in lectures in the morning and poster/seminar
sessions and informal discussion in the afternoon.

Students in different area of computer science, natural sciences and
mathematics are particularly encouraged to apply. Accepted students
may submit a poster and/or a seminar to present their recent research

The main goal of this International school is to develop the mutual
interaction between specialists from natural computing scientists and
For the students, the prime objective is to learn state-of-art
methodologies, algorithms and problems in Natural Computing.

The School is supported by
BiCi with its Leonardo Melandri Program,
University of Cambridge and
University of Catania.

List of Speakers

      Paolo Arena, University of Catania, Italy

      Andrea Brand, University of Cambridge, UK

      Luca Cardelli, Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK

      Troels Damgaard, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

      Vincent Danos, CNRS, Universite Denis Diderot, France

      Pierpaolo Degano, University of Pisa, Italy

      Walter Fontana, Harvard University, USA

      Jim Haseloff, University of Cambridge, UK

      Jean Krivine, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau Cedex, France

      Pietro Li, University of Cambridge, UK

      Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, Harvard University, USA

      Vincenzo Manca, University of Verona, Italy

      Vittorio Maniezzo, University of Bologna, Italy

      Giuseppe Nicosia, University of Catania, Italy

      Corrado Priami, Microsoft Research - University of Trento CoSBi, Italy

      Ehud Shapiro, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

      Jon Timmis, York University, UK

      Luca Zammataro, Cnr, Italy


There will be several seminars complementing the topics treated in the course.

      Paolo Bellavista, University of Bologna, Italy

      Marco Mamei, University of Modena, Italy

      Emanuela Merelli, University of Camerino, Italy

Registrations Close:        May 16th, 2008

The registration fee for the School is 990 Euro (resp. 1190 Euro) and
includes all local expenses from the evening of Saturday September
20th to morning on Saturday September 27th including

       * all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner),
       * on-site lodging in double-occupancy (resp. single) rooms,
       * all Courses,
       * Lecture Notes,
       * Coffee Breaks,
       * Computer rooms and Internet Connection,
       * Social Tour to Bologna, and
       * Social Tour to Ravenna.

Attendance is limited to 60 students (M.Sc students, Ph.D. students,
Post-Doc) and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
All applicants must complete a Registration Form by Friday May 16th
2008. After this is complete, they should pay, following the
instructions, as soon as possible, and before May 30th, 2008
(Applications are considered complete only after the payment has been
received). The form is available here. Follow instructions from the
form, in order to complete the registration. You will receive a
confirmation email.

The registration deadline is:     Friday May 16th, 2008

Past this deadline, the Bertinoro Center will accept registrations on
a space availability basis. For any questions regarding registration,
accomodations, accompanying persons, etc. please contact Eleonora
Campori at

For any question please send email to or
Pietro Li,
Giuseppe Nicosia