During the last 20 years, bio-inspired computation models and mechanisms have been widely used, both in theory and practice, offering novel and interesting results. Natural Computing is a term with a twofold notion: It describes both nature-inspired computation methods and computational processes observed in natural environment. Besides its close connection with the branch of the Theory of Computation, Natural Computing deals with the development of algorithms and techniques inspired by actual natural processes.
The interdisciplinary concept of “Unconventional Computing” means the implementation of non-standard methods and models of the computational process. The research on alternative or unconventional computation methods is initiated mainly because of the apparent limits induced by the nature of the materials and the methods used in current computing technologies (see Moore's law). Therefore, various bio-inspired computing methods have already been proposed and studied, both in practice and theory. Hence, there is an ongoing effort to investigate the possibility of using such methods/materials for actual computation purposes, with promising and interesting results so far.
This Special Issue will try to shed light on problems related to the above concepts. It aims to gather works that will contribute to this emerging field. Hence, original and unpublished research articles on these topics are welcome. The main topics of the proposed Special Issue are the theoretical and practical aspect of unconventional and non-traditional computation methods and algorithms.
Dr. Theodore Andronikos
Dr. Dimitrios Tsoumakos
Dr. Spyros Sioutas
Dr. Ioannis Panagis
Dr. Konstantinos Giannakis
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-quantum and quantum-inspired algorithms
-molecular and DNA computing
-molecular machines incorporating information processing
-computation on networks and graphs
-computing based on dynamical systems
-computation approaches going beyond the Turing model
-application of non-standard computational methods
-physics of computation
-non-traditional approaches to classical problems
-algorithms based on ant colonies, bees foraging etc.
-logics of unconventional computing
-physical limits to mechanical computation
-unconventional methods in education and learning approaches