Call for Papers

IFIP working conference


23rd International Workshop on Cellular Automata and Discrete Complex Systems (AUTOMATA 2017)

University of Milano-Bicocca

Milan, Italy

June 7-9, 2017


Papers presenting original and unpublished research on all fundamental aspects of cellular automata, affine/correlated models of automata (such as automata networks, finite automata over finite/infinite words, picture languages), and related discrete complex systems are sought.

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

  • dynamics, topological, ergodic and algebraic aspects
  • algorithmic and complexity issues
  • emergent properties
  • formal languages
  • symbolic dynamics
  • tilings
  • models of parallelism and distributed systems
  • synchronous versus asynchronous models
  • phenomenological descriptions and scientific modelling
  • practical applications

Important dates

  • Extended submission deadline: February 8, 2017 February 19, 2017 (extended)
  • Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2017 March 18, 2017 (extended)
  • Final versions: March 25, 2017
  • Exploratory papers deadline: May 3, 2017
  • Exploratory papers notification: May 10, 2017
  • Early registration for full paper author: March 25, 2017
  • Early registration for exploratory paper author/other participants: May 15, 2017 May 16, 2017
  • Final registration deadline: May 26, 2017
  • AUTOMATA 2017: June 7-9, 2017

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 quick reporting 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.

Invited speakers

Eric Goles, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile

Adrien Richard, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France

Ville Salo, University of Turku, Finland

Program committee

  • Elena Barcucci (Università di Firenze, Italy)
  • Alberto Dennunzio (Università di Milano-Bicocca, Italy), co-chair
  • Bruno Durand (Université Montpellier 2, France)
  • Nazim Fatès (Inria Nancy, France)
  • Paola Flocchini (University of Ottawa, Canada)
  • Enrico Formenti (Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France), co-chair
  • Anahı́ Gajardo (University of Concepción, Chile)
  • Dora Giammarresi (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy)
  • Eric Goles (Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile)
  • Katsunobu Imai (Hiroshima University, Japan)
  • Jarkko Kari (University of Turku, Finland)
  • Petr Kůrka (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Martin Kutrib (Universität Gießen, Germany)
  • Andreas Malcher (Universität Gießen, Germany)
  • Carlos Martín-Vide (Rovira i Virgili University, Spain)
  • Giancarlo Mauri (Università di Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
  • Kenichi Morita (Hiroshima University, Japan)
  • Pedro de Oliveira (Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Brazil)
  • Ronnie Pavlov (University of Denver, USA)
  • Karl Petersen (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
  • Ion Petre (Åbo Akademi University, Finland)
  • Renzo Pinzani (Università di Firenze, Italy)
  • Siamak Taati (University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Edgardo Ugalde (Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Mexico)
  • Hiroshi Umeo (Osaka Electro-Communication University, Japan)

Organizing committee

  • Alberto Dennunzio (co-chair)
  • Enrico Formenti (co-chair)
  • Luca Manzoni
  • Luca Mariot
  • Antonio E. Porreca


Authors are invited to submit papers of no more than 12 pages (for full papers) or 8 pages (for exploratory papers) via the EasyChair system at

Submissions should contain original research that has not previously been published. Concerning full papers, concurrent submissions to other conferences/journals are not allowed. 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 (see and submitted in Portable Document Format (PDF). Papers authored or co-authored by PC members are also welcome and will follow a specific evaluation process.


Accepted full papers will appear in the proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS series. Exploratory papers will not be included in the LNCS proceedings.

At least one author per accepted paper has to register. LNCS full papers must have a registered author with paid fees by March 25th.

Journal special issue

It is planned that extended version of some selected papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of Information and Computation (Elsevier).

23rd International Workshop on Cellular Automata and Discrete Complex Systems