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TPNC 2020 : 9th International Conference on the Theory and Practice of Natural Computing


When Dec 7, 2020 - Dec 9, 2020
Where Taoyuan, Taiwan
Submission Deadline Jul 25, 2020
Notification Due Aug 29, 2020
Final Version Due Sep 5, 2020
Categories    natural computing   evolutionary computation   neural networks   quantum computing

Call For Papers


TPNC is a conference series intending to cover the wide spectrum of computational principles, models and techniques inspired by information processing in nature. TPNC 2020 will reserve significant room for young scholars at the beginning of their career and particular focus will be put on methodology. The conference aims at attracting contributions to nature-inspired models of computation, synthesizing nature by means of computation, nature-inspired materials, and information processing in nature.

Previous events took place in Tarragona, Cáceres, Granada, Mieres, Sendai, Prague, Dublin and Kingston.


TPNC 2020 will take place in Taoyuan, in northwestern Taiwan, neighboring Taipei and home to many industrial parks and tech company headquarters. The venue will be:



Topics include, but are not limited to:

- Theoretical contributions to:

affective computing
ambient intelligence
ant colony optimization
approximate reasoning
artificial immune systems
artificial life
cellular automata
cognitive computing
cognitive robotics
collective intelligence
combinatorial optimization
computational intelligence
computing with words
developmental systems
DNA computing
evolutionary algorithms
evolutionary computing
evolutionary game theory
fuzzy logic
fuzzy sets
fuzzy systems
genetic algorithms
genetic programming
global optimization
granular computing
intelligent agents
intelligent control
intelligent manufacturing
intelligent systems
intelligent user interfaces
machine intelligence
membrane computing
molecular programming
multiobjective optimization
neural networks
quantum communication
quantum computing
quantum information
rough sets
soft computing
swarm intelligence
swarm robotics
unconventional computing

- Applications of natural computing to:

human-computer interaction
knowledge discovery
natural language processing
pattern recognition
planning and scheduling
web intelligence

A flexible "theory to/from practice" approach would be the perfect focus for the expected contributions.


TPNC 2020 will consist of:

- invited talks
- peer-reviewed contributions
- posters



PROGRAMME COMMITTEE: (to be completed)

Erik Cambria (Nanyang Technological University, SG)
Shyi-Ming Chen (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, TW)
Leroy Cronin (University of Glasgow, UK)
Yong Deng (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, CN)
Étienne Kerre (Ghent University, BE)
Gui Lu Long (Tsinghua University, CN)
Jie Lu (University of Technology Sydney, AU)
Robert Mann (University of Waterloo, CA)
Carlos Martín-Vide (Rovira i Virgili University, ES, chair)
Luis Martínez López (University of Jaén, ES)
Seyedali Mirjalili (Torrens University Australia, AU)
Saeid Nahavandi (Deakin University, AU)
Matjaž Perc (University of Maribor, SI)
Patrick Siarry (Paris-Est Créteil University, FR)
Dan Simon (Cleveland State University, US)
Andrzej Skowron (University of Warsaw, PL)
Stephen Smith (University of York, UK)
Ponnuthurai N. Suganthan (Nanyang Technological University, SG)
Miin-Shen Yang (Chung Yung Christian University, TW)
Yi Zhang (Sichuan University, CN)


Meng-Hui Li (Taoyuan, co-chair)
Sara Morales (Brussels)
Manuel Parra-Royón (Granada)
David Silva (London, co-chair)
Miguel A. Vega-Rodríguez (Cáceres)
Miin-Shen Yang (Taoyuan, co-chair)


Authors are invited to submit non-anonymized papers in English presenting original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single-spaced pages (all included) and should be prepared according to the standard format for Springer Verlag's LNCS series (see

Upload submissions to:


A volume of proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS series will be available by the time of the conference.

A special issue of a major journal will be later published containing peer-reviewed substantially extended versions of some of the papers contributed to the conference. Submissions to it will be by invitation.


The registration form can be found at:

DEADLINES (all at 23:59 CET):

Paper submission: July 25, 2020
Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: August 29, 2020
Final version of the paper for the LNCS proceedings: September 5, 2020
Early registration: September 5, 2020
Late registration: November 23, 2020
Submission to the journal special issue: March 9, 2021


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