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Natural Computing

Natural Computing

An International Journal

Editors-in-Chief: Joost Kok

ISSN: 1567-7818 (print version)
ISSN: 1572-9796 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11047

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Joost N. Kok, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands



Area Editor: Lila Kari, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada


Masami Hagiya, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Nataša Jonoska, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

Natalio Krasnogor, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Gheorghe Paun, Institute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania

Ion Petre, University of Turku, Turku, Finland

Nadrian C. Seeman, New York University, New York, NY, USA



Area Editor: Thomas Bäck, University of Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands


Benjamin Doerr, Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken, Germany

David Corne, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

A.E. (Gusz) Eiben, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Kenneth De Jong, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA

Natalio Krasnogor, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Elena Marchiori, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Zbigniew Michalewicz, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia

Julian Miller, University of York, York, United Kingdom

Jon Rowe, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Hans-Paul Schwefel, Technical University of Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany

Xin Yao, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Yuhui Shi, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China

Ke Tang, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China

Daniel Tauritz, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, USA

Mengjie Zhang, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand



Area Editor: Erkki Oja, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland


Hussein Abbass, University of New South Wales at the Australian Defense Force Academy, Canberra, Australia

Vladimir Cherkassky, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Péter Érdi, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI, USA and Budapest, Hungary

Bert Kappen, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Jose Principe, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

Helge Ritter, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

Alessandro Sperduti, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Carme Torras, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Stefan Wermter, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Barbara Hammer, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany



Area Editor: Mika Hirvensalo, University of Turku, Turku, Finland


Jacob Biamonte, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Moscow, Russia

Gilles Brassard, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada

Gilles Dowek, Inria, Paris, France

Renato Portugal, National Laboratory of Scientific Computing (LNCC), Petropolis, Brazil

Kalle-Antti Suominen, University of Turku, Turku, Finland



Area Editor: Jarkko Kari, University of Turku, Turku, Finland


Bastien Chopard, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Alberto Dennunzio, University of Milan-Bicocca, Milan, Italy

Enrico Formenti, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France

Klaus Sutner, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Thomas Worsch, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany




Christian Blum, Spanish National Research Council, Bellaterra, Spain

Heiko Hamann, Paderborn University, Paderborn, Germany

Monika Heiner, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, Cottbus, Germany

Maciej Koutny, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Giancarlo Mauri, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy

Bernd Meyer, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Jonathan Timmis, University of York, York, United Kingdom

Mario de Jesús Pérez Jiménez, University of Seville, Seville, Spain

Przemysław Prusinkiewicz, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada

Yasubumi Sakakibara, Keio University, Yokohama, Japan

Andrzej Skowron, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Susan Stepney, University of York, York, United Kingdom

Dirk Sudholt, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom

Yaochu Jin, University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom



Grzegorz Rozenberg, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands

Meet the Editor-in-Chief: 

Joost Kok has worked at the Free University in Amsterdam, at the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science in Amsterdam, at Utrecht University, and at the Åbo Akademi University (Finland). Since 1995 he is Professor in Computer Science and since 2005 also Professor in Medicine at Leiden University. Since 2018 he is the Dean of the EEMCS (Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science) Faculty of Twente University.
In the period 1997-2007 he was Director of Education Computer Science (Bachelor and Master), Director of Education Media Technology (Master) and Director of Education ICT in Business (Master). From 2007 until 2015 he was the Scientific Director of the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science, Leiden University. In 2016-2017 he was the Director of the Leiden Center of Data Science (LCDS) and leading the university-wide research program on Data Science. Moreover, besides being editor-in- chief of the Natural Computing Journal, he is editor of Fundamenta Informaticae, editor of Theoretical Computer Science, editor of the journal of Universal Computer Science, series editor of the book series Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications and editor of the book series on Natural Computing.

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    Natural Computing is a general term referring to computing going on in nature and computing inspired by nature. When complex phenomena going on in nature are viewed as computational processes, our understanding of these phenomena and of the essence of computation is enhanced. In this way one gains valuable insights into both natural sciences and computer science. Characteristic for man-designed computing inspired by nature is the metaphorical use of concepts, principles and mechanisms underlying natural systems. This type of computing includes evolutionary algorithms, neural networks, molecular computing and quantum computing. 

    The aim of the journal is (1) to provide a publication forum for, and to foster links and mutual understanding between researchers from various areas of natural computing, (2) to give researchers in natural sciences and computer science an insight into research trends in natural computing. The research in natural computing is concerned with theory, experiments, and applications, and the journal reports on each of these research lines. Moreover, the journal will cover natural computing in a very broad scope. Thus, e.g., the subarea of evolutionary algorithms will cover also very active research on the boundary of biology and computer science which views the evolution as a computational process, and the subarea of neural networks will also cover computational trends in brain research.

    The journal is soliciting papers on all aspects of natural computing. Because of the interdisciplinary character of the journal a special effort will be made to solicit survey, review, and tutorial papers which would make research trends in a given subarea more accessible to the broad audience of the journal.

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