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The 2nd Workshop on Biological Distributed Algorithms (BDA 2014)
October 11-12, 2014, Austin, Texas USA - in conjunction with DISC 2014

We are excited to announce the second 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
computational algorithms that can be used to solve basic distributed
computing problems.

The first BDA workshop, BDA 2013, was collocated with DISC 2013 (the
27th International Symposium on Distributed Computing) in Jerusalem.
BDA 2014 will be collocated with DISC 2014 in Austin, Texas. It will
take place just before DISC, on Saturday and Sunday, October 11-12,

Like BDA 2013, BDA 2014 will include talks on distributed algorithms
related to a variety of biological systems. However, this time 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).

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:

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.

Financial support for student/postdoc participants
We will cover the registration fee and up to $500 of travel costs for
selected participants at the student/postdoc level. Please refer to
the workshop's website for further details.

July 18, 2014 – Paper submission deadline
August 18, 2014 – Decision notifications
October 11-12, 2014 – Workshop

Dmitri Chklovskii - HHMI Janelia Farm
Alex Cornejo - Harvard
Iain Couzin - Princeton
Anna Dornhaus - University of Arizona
Ofer Feinerman - Weizmann Institute
Ila Fiete - UT Austin
Deborah Gordon - Stanford
Amos Korman - CNRS and University of Paris Diderot
Nancy Lynch - MIT
James Marshall - University of Sheffield
Radhika Nagpal - Harvard
Stephen Pratt - Arizona State University
Andrea Richa - Arizona State University
Nir Shavit - MIT

Ziv Bar-Joseph - CMU (co-chair)
Anna Dornhaus - University of Arizona
Yuval Emek - Technion (co-chair)
Amos Korman - CNRS and University of Paris Diderot (co-chair)
Nancy Lynch - MIT
Radhika Nagpal - Harvard
Saket Navlakha - CMU
Nir Shavit - MIT

Yuval Emek, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Industrial Engineering and Management
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology


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