5th Workshop on Biological Distributed Algorithms

Friday, July 28th, 2017 in Washington DC, USA

Co-located with PODC 2017

We are excited to announce the fifth workshop on Biological Distributed Algorithms (BDA). BDA is focused on the relationships between distributed computing and distributed biological systems and in particular, on analysis and case studies that combine the two. Such research can lead to better understanding of the behavior of the biological systems while at the same time developing novel algorithms that can be used to solve basic distributed computing problems.

BDA 2017 will include talks on distributed algorithms related to a variety of biological systems. We will devote special attention to communication and coordination in insect colonies (e.g. foraging, navigation, task allocation, construction) and networks in the brain (e.g. learning, decision-making, attention).

Invited speakers

- Timothy Horiuchi (University of Maryland)
- Srinivas Turaga (Janelia Research Campus)
- Zeeshan Rasheed/Khurram Hassan-Shafique (Novateur Research Solutions)
- Talks/Q&A panel with program officers from various granting agencies, including Mitra Basu (NSF), Tracy Kimbrel (NSF), and Marc Steinberg (ONR), that will discuss funding opportunities for BDA-related research.


All attendees must register through the registration website of PODC 2017 at http://people.cs.georgetown.edu/~jfineman/Registration.html. There are several registration packages, so make sure that you choose one that covers the July 28 workshop day.

Early registration deadline ends June 26th.

Schedule [coming soon!]

Call for presentations

We solicit submissions of extended abstracts describing recent results relevant to biological distributed computing. We especially welcome extended abstracts describing new insights and / or case studies regarding the relationship between distributed computing and biological systems even if these are not fully formed. Since a major goal of the workshop is to explore new directions and approaches, we especially encourage the submission of ongoing work. Selected contributors would be asked to present, discuss and defend their work at the workshop. By default, the submissions will be evaluated for either oral or poster presentation, though authors may indicate in their submission if it should be only considered for one of the presentation types. Submissions should be in PDF and include title, author information, and a 4-page extended abstract. Shorter submissions are also welcome, particularly for poster presentation.

Please use the following EasyChair submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=bda17

Note: The workshop will not include published proceedings. In particular, we welcome submissions of extended abstracts describing work that has appeared or is expected to appear in other venues.

Important Dates:
May 5, 2017 - Extended abstract submission deadline, 23:59 Honolulu time
May 28, 2017 - Decision notifications
July 28, 2017 - Workshop

Financial support for student/postdoc participants

We will cover the registration fee and up to $100 of travel costs for selected participants at the student/postdoc level. More information about this will be posted soon.

Program / Organizing committee

Ziv Bar-Joseph - CMU
Anna Dornhaus - University of Arizona
Yuval Emek - Technion (Co-chair)
Amos Korman - CNRS and University of Paris Diderot
Nancy Lynch - MIT
Melanie Moses - UNM
Saket Navlakha - Salk Institute (Co-chair)
Merav Parter - MIT
Andrea Richa - ASU
Nir Shavit - MIT