The 21st Century Center of Excellence Program of The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan



Bio-ADIT 2004



The First International Workshop on Biologically Inspired

Approaches to Advanced Information Technology


January 29 - 30, 2004

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland




Sponsored by

-          Osaka University Forum,

-          Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, and

-          The 21st Century Center of Excellence Program of The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan


Biologically inspired approaches have already proved successful in achieving major breakthroughs in a wide variety of problems in information technology (IT). A more recent trend is to explore the applicability of bio-inspired approaches to the development of self-organizing, evolving, adaptive and autonomous information technologies, which will meet the requirements of next-generation information systems, such as diversity, scalability, robustness, and resilience. These new technologies will become a base on which to build a networked symbiotic environment for pleasant, symbiotic society of human beings in the 21st century.

Bio-ADIT 2004 will be the first international workshop to present original research results in the field of bio-inspired approaches to advanced information technologies. It will also serve to foster the connection between biological paradigms and solutions to building the next-generation information systems.



The primary focus of the workshop is on new and original research results in the areas of information systems inspired by biology. We invite you to submit papers that present novel, challenging, and innovative results. The topics include all aspects of bio-inspired information technologies in networks, distributed/parallel systems, hardware (including robotics) and software. 

We also encourage you to submit papers dealing with:

-          Self-organizing, self-repairing, self-replicating and self-stabilizing systems

-          Evolving and adapting systems

-          Autonomous and evolutionary software and robotic systems

-          Scalable, robust and resilient systems

-          Complex biosystems

-          Gene, protein and metabolic networks

-          Symbiosis networks



Authors are invited to submit complete and original papers. Papers submitted should not have been previously published in any forum, nor be under review for any journal or other conference. All submitted papers will be refereed for quality, correctness, originality and relevance. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. It is also planned to publish accepted papers as a book. Manuscripts should include an abstract and be limited to 16 pages in single spaced and single column format. Submissions should include the title, author(s), author's affiliation, e-mail address, fax number and postal address. In the case of multiple authors, an indication of which author is responsible for correspondence and preparing the camera ready paper for the proceedings should also be included. Electronic submission is strongly encouraged. Preferred file formats are PDF (.pdf) or Postscript (.ps). Visit our Web site at for more information. Please contact Dr. Murata if you have to submit hard copies. Manuscripts should be submitted by September 5, 2003 through the Bio-ADIT Website. Please contact the technical program co-chairs for any questions:


Professor Auke Jan Ijspeert

School of Computer and Communication Sciences

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)

Lausanne CH 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

Tel:  +41-21-693-2658

Fax:  +41-21-693-3705



Professor Masayuki Murata

Cybermedia Center

Osaka University

Toyonaka, Osaka 560-0043, Japan

Tel: +81-6-6850-6860

Fax: +81-6-6850-6868





A limited number of travel grants will be provided for students attending Bio-ADIT 2004. Details of how to apply for a student travel grant will be posted on the workshop Web site.



Paper submission deadline:                September 5, 2003

Notification of acceptance:                November 3, 2003

Camera ready papers due:                  December 1, 2003



An electronic paper submission system is up and ready from  July 1, 2003 to accept papers for Bio-ADIT. Please visit our Web site at for more up-to-date information.



General Co-Chairs:

  - Daniel Mange (EPFL, Lausanne, CH)

  - Shojiro Nishio (Osaka University, Japan)

Technical Program Committee Co-Chairs:

  - Auke Jan Ijspeert (EPFL, Lausanne, CH)

  - Masayuki Murata (Osaka University, Japan)

Finance Chair:

  - Marlyse Taric (EPFL, Lausanne, CH)

  - Toshimitsu Masuzawa (Osaka University

Publicity Chair:

  - Christof Teuscher (EPFL, Lausanne, CH)

  - Takao Onoye (Osaka University, Japan)

Publications Chair:

  - Naoki Wakamiya (Osaka University, Japan)

Local Arrangements Chair:

  - Carlos Andres Pena-Reyes (EPFL, Lausanne, CH)

Internet Chair:

  - Jonas Buchli (EPFL, Lausanne, CH)





  - Auke Jan Ijspeert (EPFL, Lausanne, CH)

  - Masayuki Murata (Osaka University, Japan)



  - Michael A. Arbib (USC, Los Angeles, USA)

  - Aude Billard (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland)

  - Takeshi Fukuda (IBM Tokyo Research Lab., Japan)

  - Katsuo Inoue (Osaka University, Japan)

  - Wolfgang Maass (Graz Univ. of Techn., Austria)

  - Ian W. Marshall (BTexact Technologies, UK)

  - Toshimitsu Masuzawa (Osaka University, Japan)

  - Alberto Montresor (University of Bologna, Italy)

  - Stefano Nolfi (CNR, Rome, Italy)

  - Takao Onoye (Osaka University, Japan)

- Rolf Pfeifer (University of Zurich, CH)

  - Eduardo Sanchez (EPFL, Lausanne, CH)

  - Hiroshi Shimizu (Osaka University, Japan)

  - Moshe Sipper (Ben-Gurion University, Israel)

  - Gregory Stephanopoulos (MIT, USA)

  - Adrian Stoica (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA)

  - Gianluca Tempesti (EPFL, Lausanne, CH)

  - Naoki Wakamiya (Osaka University, Japan)

- Hans V. Westerhoff (Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

- Xin Yao (University of Birmingham, UK)