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FEBRUARY 5, 2013, Journal version paper submission extended!


The 1st International Conference on the Theory and Practice of Natural Computing (TPNC 2012) invites authors to submit poster presentations. TPNC 2012 will be held in Tarragona (Spain) on 2-4 October, 2012. Poster presentations are intended to enhance informal interactions with the conference participants, at the same time permitting in-depth discussion.



We encourage authors to submit presentations that discuss novel work in progress on:

Posters do not need to present final research results. Work that is being developed and may lead to new interesting ideas is welcome.


Please submit an abstract through:

The abstract should contain the title, author(s) and detailed affiliation, and should not exceed 500 words.


Posters will be allocated 10 minutes each in the programme for oral presentation. Moreover, they will remain hanging during the whole conference for discussion.


Posters will not be published in the LNCS proceedings volume of TPNC 2012. However, there will be a specific section in the LNCS proceedings volume of TPNC 2013 reserved for those accepted papers that derive from 2012 posters.


Authors of accepted posters have to register to the conference. Their registration fare, however, will be very reduced: 135 Euro (one third of the early fare for PhD students).





TPNC 2012 will consist of



TPNC is the first event in a series to cover the wide spectrum of computational principles, models and techniques inspired by information processing in nature. TPNC 2012 will reserve significant room for young scholars at the beginning of their career. It aims at attracting contributions about nature-inspired models of computation, synthesizing nature by means of computation, nature-inspired materials, and information processing in nature.


TPNC 2012 will take place in Tarragona, less than 100 kms. to the south of Barcelona.


Topics of either theoretical, experimental or applied interest include, but are not limited to:

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


Authors are invited to submit papers presenting original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single-spaced pages (including eventual appendices) and should be formatted according to the standard format for Springer Verlag's LNCS series. Submissions have to be uploaded at: Download the file All the instructions for the layout of the paper are given within.


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 extended versions of some of the papers contributed to the conference. Submissions to it will be by invitation.


The period for registration is open from February 25 to October 1, 2012. The registration form can be found here.

At least one author per paper should register. Papers that do not have a registered author who paid the fees by July 1, 2012 will be excluded from the proceedings.

Fees comprise access to all sessions, one copy of the proceedings volume, coffee breaks and lunches. PhD students will need to prove their status on site.


Early (resp. late) registration fees must be paid by bank transfer before July 1, 2012 (resp. September 21, 2012) to the
conference bank account:
Uno-e Bank
bank's address:
Julian Camarillo 4 C, 28037 Madrid, Spain
IBAN: ES3902270001820201823142
account holder: Carlos Martín-Vide GRLMC
account holder's address: Av. Catalunya 35, 43002 Tarragona, Spain.

Please mention TPNC 2012 and your name in the subject. A receipt will be provided on site.


People registering on site must pay in cash. For the sake of local organization, however, it is much recommended to do it earlier.

Besides paying the registration fees, it is required to fill in the registration form at the website of the conference.