• CS2Bio’14 : Call for Papers

    March 2, 2014 • meeting

    5th International Workshop on Interactions between Computer Science and Biology

    Affiliated to DisCoTec’14
    June 6th, 2014
    Berlin, Germany

    Biological systems are complex systems whose modeling requires a dramatic change in paradigms that has seen reductionism challenged by holism and Systems Biology a stimulating field to let evolve the science of Complex Systems as a convergent branch (a sort of hyperedge) of Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics.

    The aim of this workshop is to gather researchers interested in the convergence of Computer Science, Biology and the Life Sciences. In particular, in this 5th edition, we solicit the contribution of original results, from any research areas, such as Mathematics, Physics, Complex Systems, and Computational Science that address both theoretical aspects of modelling and applied work on the comprehension of biological behaviour. Furthermore, to facilitate the integration of different research areas we encourage the presentation of main objectives and preliminary results of active projects on the CS2Bio topics conducted by interdisciplinary teams.


    Papers selected for presentation at CS2Bio should either present the modelling of a specific biological phenomenon using formal techniques, or a modelling, simulation, testing or verification approach in computer science that leads to a novel and promising application to a range of biological or medical systems. In the latter case, some emphasis on the scope and scalability of the approach will be required. The workshop intends to attract researchers interested in models, verification, tools, and programming primitives concerning the complex interactions encountered. In general, topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Formal Biological Modelling
      • Formal methods for the representation of biological systems and their dynamics;
      • Theoretical links and comparisons between different formal models for the modelling of biological processes;
      • Quantitative (probabilistic, timed, stochastic, etc.) languages and calculi;
      • Spatial (geometrical, topological) languages and calculi;
      • Prediction of biological behaviour from incomplete information;
      • Model checking, abstract interpretation, type systems, etc.
    • Novel Computational Paradigms for Understanding Biological Complex Systems
      • Quantum information and life sciences;
      • Computational topology and biomathematics;
      • Information processing and biomedicine;
      • Statistical mechanics and biophysics;
      • Complex Networks and biomolecular dynamics
    • Tools and Simulations
      • Modelling, analysis and simulation tools for systems biology;
      • Emergence of properties in complex biological and medical systems;
      • Tools for parallel, distributed, and multi-resolution simulation methods;
      • Detailed biological case-studies.


    We solicit three kinds of contributions:

    • Regular papers: must report previously unpublished work and not be submitted concurrently to another conference with refereed proceedings (limited to 14 pages).
    • Tool presentations: describing new tools or platforms for the modelling of biological systems (limited to 14 pages).
    • Dissemination of project results: concern recent or ongoing work on topics relevant to CS2Bio and are intended to provide discussion and stimulate feedback during the workshop. The focus of a dissemination should be put on the main objectives and preliminary results of active projects on topics relevant to the workshop. There are no restrictions about previous or future publication of the contents of a dissemination, it could also be based on a recently published paper or on a work which has not yet been submitted (limited to 4 pages).

    Authors should submit their contributions via EasyChair in the form of a pdf file compiled using the ENTCS style for the workshop proceedings. If necessary, detailed proofs or other additional material can be added in an appendix (referees might review it at their discretion).


    The CS2Bio 2014 proceedings will be published in a volume of the Elsevier series “Electronic Notes on Theoretical Computer Science”. After the event, papers presented at the workshop will be invited to be further extended and submitted to a special issue of the journal “Theoretical Computer Science”. The special issue will have an open call and a separate review process up to the usual scientific standards of the journal.


    • Submission deadline: 24 March 2014
    • Notification to authors: 02 May 2014
    • Workshop: 06 June 2014
    • Tutorial day: 07 June 2014


    • Luca Cardelli, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK
    • Erik de Vink, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, the Netherlands
    • François Fages, INRIA Rocquencourt, France
    • Paola Giannini, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Italy
    • Radu Grosu, Stony Brook University, USA
    • Russ Harmer, CNRS & ENS Lyon, France
    • Jean Krivine, CNRS & Paris Diderot University, France
    • Pietro Lio, University of Cambridge, UK
    • Emanuela Merelli, University of Camerino, Italy (co-chair)
    • Ion Petre, Åbo Akademi University, Finland (co-chair)
    • Ovidiu Radulescu, University of Montpellier 2, France
    • David Safranek, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
    • Angelo Troina, Università di Torino, Italy
    • Verena Wolf, Saarland University, Germany


    • Erik de Vink
    • Paola Giannini
    • Jean Krivine
    • Angelo Troina