BICT 2014: highlights of the world-leading multidisciplinary conference

The 8th International Conference on Bio-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (formerly BIONETICS), BICT 2014, which took place on December 1-3, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts (US), has successfully come to the end.

Sponsored by EAIACM SIGSIM and CREATE-NET, BICT 2014 featured five keynote speeches, numerous technical sessions, interactive demo and poster sessions, and a co-located workshop. The conference mainly focused  on the two thrusts: Indirect Bioinspiration and Direct Bioinspiration. The co-located workshop was dedicated to brain-inspired information communication technologies and covered several  topics such as application of brain-inspired models to various networks, mathematical models of neural dynamics, energy-efficient mechanisms inspired by neural functions, and more.

IMG-20141201-WA0014 Poster session

The Keynote Speakers focused on various standing issues relating to bio-inspired ICT such as computational power of living cells, molecular communication, agent-based models and ill-posed problems, socialized WBANs, and the collective construction of termites.

The two awards have been handed at the conference: Best Paper and Best Student Paper. The Best Paper Award was received by Andrew Schumann, Krzysztof Pancerz, Andrew Adamatzky, and Martin Grube. The paper focused on the topical bio-inspired game theory using the case of Physarum Polycephalum. As for the Best Student Paper Award, the recipients were Bhanu Kamapantula, Michael Mayo, Edward Perkins, Ahmed Abdelzaher, and Preetam Ghosh with the study entitled “Feature ranking in transcriptional networks: Packet receipt as a dynamical metric”.

IMG-20141203-WA0000 (1) Best Student Paper Award

To sum up, BICT 2014 has reached its objective, i.e. to be a world-leading multidisciplinary venue for both researchers and practitioners in the field of novel bio-inspired information and communication technologies.