Call for Papers

IFIP working conference


21st International Workshop on Cellular Automata and Discrete Complex Systems

Turku, Finland

June 8-10, 2015

Important dates

  • Deadline for submissions: February 9, 2015 February 13, 2015
  • Notification to authors: March 17, 2015
  • Final version: March 27, 2015
  • Submissions of exploratory papers: May 4, 2015
  • Notification to authors of exploratory papers: within 10 days from submission
  • AUTOMATA 2015: June 8-10, 2015


Papers presenting original and unpublished research on all fundamental aspects of cellular automata and related discrete complex systems are sought. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to): dynamics, topological, ergodic and algebraic aspects, algorithmic and complexity issues, emergent properties, formal language processing, symbolic dynamics, models of parallelism and distributed systems, timing schemes, phenomenological descriptions, scientific modeling and practical applications. Papers authored or co-authored by PC members are also welcome and will follow a specific evaluation process.

Paper categories

There are two paper categories – full and exploratory contributions. Full papers are meant to report more complete and denser research, while the later submission deadline of exploratory papers allows quick reporting of most recent discoveries, work-in-progress and/or partial results. Papers in the full paper category are refereed and selected by the program committee. Papers in the exploratory category go through a less rigorous evaluation for suitability. Full papers receive a longer time slot for presentation in the workshop.

Invited speakers

  • Andreas Deutsch (Technische Universität Dresden, Germany)
  • Turlough Neary (University of Zürich and ETH, Switzerland)
  • Ville Salo (Universidad de Chile, Chile)
  • Luke Schaeffer (MIT, USA)


Papers have a page limit of 14 pages (full paper category) or 8 pages (exploratory paper category), they must be formatted in LaTeX using the LNCS format (see guidelines here) and must be submitted in Portable Document Format (PDF).  Authors are invited to submit original papers by the EasyChair system at

The submission may contain an appendix that exceeds the page limit if the author wants to provide the PC with more details than allowed by the strict paper limit. The appendix will not be published in the proceedings. The papers must not have been submitted simultaneously to other conferences with published proceedings. All accepted papers must be presented at the conference.


Accepted papers in the full paper category will appear in the proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS series and will be available at the conference. Exploratory papers will be printed locally and will also be available to conference participants. Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit an extended and improved version of their contribution to a special issue of Natural Computing, published by Springer.

Program committee
  • Matthew Cook (Institute of Neuroinformatics, Switzerland)
  • Nazim Fatès (Inria Nancy, France)
  • Enrico Formenti (Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France)
  • Eric Goles (Adolfo Ibáñez University, Chile)
  • Jarkko Kari (chair, University of Turku, Finland)
  • Martin Kutrib  (Universität Gießen, Germany)
  • Andreas Malcher (Universität Gießen, Germany)
  • Kenichi Morita (Hiroshima University, Japan)
  • Pedro de Oliveira (Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Brazil)
  • Nicolas Ollinger (Université d’Orléans, France)
  • Ivan Rapaport (Universidad de Chile, Chile)
  • Klaus Sutner (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Véronique Terrier (Université de Caen Basse-Normandie, France)
  • Guillaume Theyssier (Université de Savoie, France)
  • Hiroshi Umeo (Osaka Electro-Communication University, Japan)
  • Thomas Worsch (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany)
Organizing committee
  • Mikhail Barash
  • Jarkko Kari (chair)
  • Michal Szabados
  • Ilkka Törmä
  • Sonja Vanto
Steering committee
  • Enrico Formenti (Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France)
  • Teijiro Isokawa (University of Hyogo, Japan)
  • Jarkko Kari (University of Turku, Finland)
  • Andreas Malcher (Universität Gießen, Germany)
  • Thomas Worsch (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany)

21st International Workshop on Cellular Automata and Discrete Complex Systems