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.

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.

Submit Abstract

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 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



Anne Condon



Michael Levin



Dana Randall

Georgia Tech


Program Committee



Anna Dornhaus

University of Arizona


Yuval Emek

Technion Co-chair


Ila Fiete


Amos Korman

CNRS and University of Paris Diderot

Frederik Mallmann-Trenn

King’s College London

Saket Navlakha

CSHL Co-chair

Calvin Newport


Merav Parter

Weizmann Institute




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

Early registration deadline ends June 30th