Call for papers

Submissions presenting original and unpublished research on all fundamental aspects of cellular automata and related discrete complex systems are being sought.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

Paper categories

There are two categories of submission – full papers and exploratory papers. Full papers are meant to report more complete and denser research, while the later submission deadline for exploratory papers allows short reports of recent discoveries, work-in-progress and/or partial results. Submissions in the full paper category are refereed and selected by the program committee. Papers in the exploratory category go through a less rigorous evaluation process. All accepted papers must be presented at the conference.


Accepted full papers will appear in the proceedings published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. Exploratory papers will not be included in the LNCS proceedings. Accepted exploratory papers will be published in local proceedings and will be also available at the conference.

Special issue

A special issue collecting extended and improved versions of the papers presented at the conference will be published in Natural Computing. The journal reports on theory, experiments, and applications, and covers natural computing from a very broad perspective. It is indexed in ISI.

Submission guidelines

Authors are invited to submit papers of no more than 12 pages (for full papers) or 8 pages (for exploratory papers) by clicking the following link

Submissions should contain original research that has not previously been published. Supplementary material that exceeds the above mentioned page limits may be included as an appendix and will be considered at the committee’s discretion (note that appendices will not be published in the proceedings). Submission must be formatted in LaTeX using the LNCS format and submitted in Portable Document Format (PDF). Papers authored or co-authored by PC members are also welcomed.

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Important dates

Submission deadline full papers (12 pages): February 5 →February 14, 2018
Notification of acceptance full papers: March 16 → March 26, 2018
Final versions: March 30 → April 10, 2018

Submission deadline exploratory papers (8 pages): May 4, 2018 → May 7, 2018
Notification of acceptance exploratory papers: May 14, 2018 → May 17, 2018

Early registration deadline for full paper author: April 9, 2018
Early registration for exploratory paper author/other participants: May 25, 2018 → May 27, 2018
Final registration deadline: June 12, 2018