Application of Nature-inspired Techniques for Telecommunication Networks and other Parallel and Distributed Systems

Many biological systems and processes are characterized by a parallel and distributed architecture in which a large number of autonomous and minimalist units synergistically generate global-level behaviors through local interactions, communications, and the adoption of relatively simple stochastic action policies. The resulting global-level behaviors usually show a number of properties essential for success in natural environments such as: adaptivity to environmental variations, robustness to internal changes and failures, and effectiveness and scalability of performance.

Because of all these architectural and performance properties, the observation and reverse-engineering of successful processes in nature’s organic, inorganic, and animal systems, have drawn in recent years the attention of many researchers and engineers working in the general field of parallel and distributed systems, and, in particular, in the specific field of telecommunications networks. In these domains, Nature has provided basic inspiration for the definition of a number of novel algorithms and computational frameworks able to deal effectively with the challenges of current networked systems, which show a growing structural and computational complexity and are made of a large number of highly dynamic and heterogeneous components.

The aim of the event is to provide a forum to present the cutting edge research on Nature-inspired approaches to problems arising in the design, control, protection, and management of network systems, and to outline new trends in parallel nature-inspired computation for the efficient solution of complex problems.

Areas of Interest and Contributions

evocomnet 2012 solicits contributions dealing with the application of ideas from natural processes and systems to the definition, analysis and development of novel parallel and distributed algorithms, and to the solution of problems of practical and theoretical interest in all domains related to network systems. The scope of the event emphasizes contributions of novel Nature-inspired approaches to the following application domains:

  • Network analysis and design
  • Routing protocols
  • Transport protocols
  • Network protection systems
  • Load balancing
  • Quality-of-service provisioning
  • Mobile ad hoc networks
  • Sensor networks
  • Network robotics and sensor-actor networks
  • Distributed inference and cooperative communication systems
  • Distributed search and computing in peer-to-peer networks
  • Parallel and distributed optimization algorithms
  • Grid computing
  • Distributed data mining
  • Use and tuning of hybrid computational approaches

Particularly welcome are submissions contributing with:

  • Applications of nature-inspired techniques to novel problems in the domain of telecommunications networks and parallel and distributed systems
  • Definition of innovative techniques and/or computational frameworks based on biological systems or processes that have not been considered so far in the literature of nature-inspired systems
  • Detailed comparative studies of nature-inspired solutions versus more classical/established techniques
  • Analytical studies of the behavior and working of the proposed solutions
  • Performance evaluation and visualization of parallel and distributed systems based on a natural inspiration
  • Real-world implementations
  • Studies based on real-world data sets
  • Live demonstrations of algorithm behavior

Publication Details

Accepted papers will appear in the proceedings of evo*, published in a volume of the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science, which will be available at the Conference.

Submission Details

Submissions must be original and not published elsewhere. The submissions will be peer reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. The authors of accepted papers will have to improve their paper on the basis of the reviewers’ comments and will be asked to send a camera ready version of their manuscripts. At least one author of each accepted work has to register for the conference and attend the conference and present the work.

The reviewing process will be double-blind, please omit information about the authors in the submitted paper. Submit your manuscript in Springer LNCS format.

submission link: http://myreview.csregistry.org/evoapps12/
page limit: 10 pages

Important Dates

submission deadline: 7 December 2011

notification to authors: 14 january 2012

camera-ready deadline: 27 january 2012

evo* event

11-13 april 2012

Programme Committee

Ozgur B. Akan, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Qing Anyong, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Payman Arabshahi, University of Washington, USA
Mehmet E. Aydin, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Alexandre Caminada, University of Technology Belfort-Montbéliard, France
Iacopo Carreras, CREATE-NET, Italy
Frederick Ducatelle, IDSIA, Switzerland
Luca Gambardella, IDSIA, Switzerland
Kenji Leibnitz, Osaka University, Japan
Domenico Maisto, ICAR-CNR, Italy
Roberto Montemanni, IDSIA, Switzerland
Enrico Natalizio, INRIA Lille, France
Conor Ryan, University of Limerick, Ireland
Muhammad Saleem, National University of Computer and Emerging Technologies, Pakistan
Chien-Chung Shen, University of Delaware, USA
Jun Suzuki, University of Massachusetts, USA
Tony White, Carleton University, Canada
Lidia Yamamoto, University of Basel, Switzerland
Nur Zincir-Heywood, Dalhousie University, Canada

Programme Chairs

Gianni Di Caro

Muddassar Farooq
Next Generation Intelligent Networks Research Center
FAST National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences

Ernesto Tarantino
Institute for high performance computing and networking