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Advances in Cellular Automata Modeling

Guest Editors:

Stefania Bandini, University of Milano - Bicocca, Italy
Georgios Ch. Sirakoulis, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
Giuseppe Vizzari, University of Milano - Bicocca, Italy

During the last decades, Cellular automata (CA) as a fully parallel modern computational bio- inspired model have been extensively used and successfully applied to diverse and interdisciplinary scienti c elds. Taking into account that many physical phenomena, processes and systems are basically local in their nature, CA have been proven ideal models in many cases since they can cap- ture the essential features of these systems where global behaviour arises from the collective e ect of simple components which interact locally. Although most of these phenomena and systems are also continuous in their nature, examining their inherent characteristics in a discrete manner does diminish the quality of the provided modelling and simulation solutions. On the contrary, several theoretical and computational insights on the behaviour of the proposed CA have been revealed proving that CA can be an e ective alternative to di erential equations that usually describe these processes and systems. Even more, parallelism and locality features of CA allow a straightforward parallelisation, an extremely signi cant and desirable property given the current scenario of hard- ware architectures. Despite the already achieved results, advances in theory and computational properties of the CA models, relaxations of the CA theoretical models and applications of CA to interdisciplinary scienti c elds are continuously proposed by di erent research teams all over the world to overcome modelling and simulation diculties and to produce enhanced performance for the resulted models.

In connection with the 2012 ACRI Conference, held in Santorini Island, Greece on Septem- ber 25-28, 2012, we solicit articles for a special issue of ACM TOMACS on Advances of Cel- lular Automata Models. This special issue aims at dealing with the aforementioned issues and advances, and providing a forum for the discussion and presentation of CA as theoretical mod- els and state-of-the art solutions to various problems including (but not limited to) the elds of physics, networks, biology, communication, cultural heritage, ecology, economy, chemistry, engi- neering, medicine, physics, sociology. The selected works, exploiting the favourable performance merits of CA models, their theoretical simplicity, inherent parallelism, bio-inspired self organiza- tion mechanisms, may be promising candidates to be used in di erent ways for future modelling of processes and systems in many areas of science.

Tentative authors are invited to submit original unpublished works on relevant computational properties of CA models and CA-based models and applications, including but not limited to the following: 

  • Relevant computational properties of CA models for the simulation of complex systems 
  • Complex systems and networks 
  • Dynamical systems 
  • Modeling of biological systems 
  • Modeling of physical or chemical systems 
  • Modeling of ecological and environmental systems 
  • Natural Computing 
  • Parallelism

Regarding the paper submission we expect that papers submitted to this special issue for possible publication must be original and must not be under consideration for publication in any other journal or conference. Previously published or accepted conference/workshop papers must contain at least 30%-40% new material to be considered for the special issue. We also welcome papers from authors who did not attend the conference.

All papers are to be submitted by referring to your journal manuscript site and should be prepared according to the journal publication guidelines which can also be found on the journal website. We will declare that papers will be reviewed following the journal standard review process.

Submission deadline: February 28, 2014.

The issue should appear late in 2014 or early 2015. For the editorial policy, instructions to authors, and further details, please consult the ACM TOMACS Web page.

The submission process is electronic only. When submitting your paper, select the appropriate paper type, Special Issue on Advances in Cellular Automata Modeling, and make sure that you carefully follow the submission instructions.

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