Last call to submit your contribution to Natural Computing: SI on Distributed Evolutionary Computation in Informal Environments.

The deadline for submission has changed to 5 March 2012.

Papers should be submitted through the Natural Computing system by selecting this special issue (SI: Informal Environments) as “Article Type”.

Call for papers

Informal computing includes ways of creating computing systems which are not fixed or bound to an organization, such as:

  • Parasitic or stealth computing: using computing resources without explicit authorization from the user, for instance by visiting a web page.
  • Volunteer computing: the user submits resources to a pool explicitly, by running a program o visiting a web site.
  • Freeriding computing: using computing resources which are free or available, to a certain extent, in the network; for instance, using Google Apps or resources such as Wolfram-Alpha. Similar to parasitic computing, except that the provider of those resources knows, but does not care (up to a certain extent).
  • Ubiquitous computing: using computing power available in user devices such as mobile phones or other appliances.

Using these (and similar) kinds of computing presents its own challenges, since neither the topology nor the availability of a particular node is known; computing nodes will have different performances and capabilities (and the connection to them will too) so that evolutionary computing paradigms will have to be adapted to them to take full-advantage of the system without losing the essence of evolutionary algorithm.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Complex systems issues in parasitic/volunteer computing
  • Emerging computing environments, free or low-price: cloud computing, NoSQL, REST and other web services
  • Performance evaluation and measuring  (speed ups, scalability, work load…).
  • Adaptation of algorithms to dynamic, ad-hoc environments
  • Evolutionary computation and other bioinspired algorithms in P2P, Map/Reduce and other dynamic environments.
  • Bioinspired algorithms applied to those types of environments.
  • Implementation issues
  • Open source implementations

Both theoretical and applied works related to the topics are sought, as well as those that present a framework that is based on an informal computing environment.


JJ Merelo, University of Granada
Maribel García Arenas, University of Granada
Juan Luis Jiménez Laredo, University of Luxemburg
Francisco Fernández de Vega, University of Extremadura
David Corne, Heriot-Watt University

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