6th Workshop on Biological Distributed Algorithms

July 23rd, 2018 in London, UK

Co-located with PODC 2018

We are excited to announce the 6th 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 2018 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).

Pre-selected invited speakers [Coming Soon!]

- Luca Cardelli, Microsoft Research [website]
- Roderich Gross, U Sheffield [website]
- Ana Sendova-Franks, UWE Bristol [website]
- Damien Woods, Inria [website]

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. 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=bda20183

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, 2018 - Extended abstract submission deadline, 23:59 Honolulu time
May 26, 2018 - Decision notifications
July 23, 2018 - Workshop

Financial support for all presenters

This year, we will provide financial support for all our presenters. Specifically, for each accepted presentation, we will pay for an economy class return flight to London (up to 1,000 EUR) as well as reimburse the workshop registration fee of one author. More information on applying for financial support will be forthcoming.

Program Committee

Ziv Bar-Joseph - CMU
Anna Dornhaus - University of Arizona
Nancy Lynch - MIT
Melanie Moses - UNM
Merav Parter - MIT
Andrea Richa - ASU
Nir Shavit - MIT

Organizing Committee and PC Chairs

Yuval Emek - Technion
Amos Korman - CNRS and University of Paris Diderot
Saket Navlakha - Salk Institute


This workshop is partially funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (grant agreement No 648032).