8th workshop on Biological Distributed Algorithms (BDA)

July 29-30, 2021 , Virtual Event. In conjunction with PODC 2021.

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.

 

Registration [now live]

 

All attendees must register through the registration website of PODC 2021.


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Schedule

 

Thursday, July 29: 19:00-21:00 CEST

19:00 – 19:05 — Welcome

CELLULAR/MOLECULAR BIOLOGY:
19:05 – 19:35 — [Invited] Mike Levin: Morphogenesis: collective decision-making by cells and tissues
19:35 – 20:05 — [Invited] Anne Condon: Chemical reaction network models and problems inspired by molecular programming

NEUROBIOLOGY:
20:10 – 20:20 — Murray et al: Task-optimized retina-inspired CNN converges to biologically plausible functionality.
20:20 – 20:30 — Kunev et al: Agreement in spiking neural networks
20:30 – 21:00 — [Invited] Christos Papdimitriou: The assembly calculus and biologically plausible brain computation

Friday, July 30: 17:00-21:00 CEST

IMMUNOLOGY:
17:00 – 17:30 — [Invited] Stephanie Forrest: Computational aspects of the immune system
17:30 – 17:40 — Ferdous et al: Distributed processing in lymph nodes supports a scalable immune response

SOCIAL INSECTS:
17:45 – 17:55 — Zhao et al: The power of social information in ant-colony house-hunting: a computational modeling approach
17:55 – 18:05 — Zhang et al: A model and analysis of house-hunting in ant colonies

PLANT BIOLOGY:
18:10 – 18:20 — Chandrasekhar and Julkowska: A mathematical framework for analyzing S. pimpinellifolium architecture
18:20 – 18:50 — [Invited] George Bassel: Distributed information processing in plant organs

18:50 – 19:20 — Break

ROBOTS/PARTICLE SWARMS:
19:20 – 19:30 — Feldmann et al: Accelerating amoebots via reconfigurable circuits
19:30 – 20:00 — [Invited] Josh Bongard: Automated design of biological robots
20:00 – 20:30 — [Invited] Dana Randall: Programming swarms and particle processes
20:30 – 21:00 — [Invited] Dave Ackley: Indefinitely scalable computer engineering

 

Important Dates:

May 15, 2021 — Extended abstract submission deadline

June 5, 2021 – Decision notifications

July 29-30, 2021 – Workshop

Invited Speakers

 

 

Dave Ackley

University of New Mexico

 

George Bassel

University of Warwick

 

Josh Bongard

UVM

 

Anne Condon

UBC

 

Michael Levin

Tufts

 

Dana Randall

Georgia Tech

 

Program Committee

 

Anna Dornhaus

University of Arizona

 

Yuval Emek

Technion Co-chair


Amos Korman

CNRS and University of Paris Diderot


Frederik Mallmann-Trenn

King’s College London


Saket Navlakha

CSHL Co-chair


Calvin Newport

Georgetown


Merav Parter

Weizmann Institute