Please note that this schedule is subject to change.


SUNDAY 28 September 2008

17:00 - 20:00

City tour and drinks at Glenelg beach


MONDAY 29 September 2008

Master of ceremonies: Assoc Prof Jiuyong Li

8:30 - 9:15 Registration
9:15 - 9:30 Opening

Invited presentation

9:30 - 10:30 Social Interaction is a Powerful Optimiser: The Particle Swarm

James Kennedy
10:30 - 10:50 Morning tea
  Regular presentations
Session 1

Session chair: Assoc Prof David Kearney

10:50 - 11:20

Bio-Inspired Small Target Discrimination in High Dynamic Range Natural Scenes

Steven D. Wiederman, Russell S. A. Brinkworth, David C. O'Carroll

11:25 - 11:55

An Evolutionary Cluster Validation Index

Sanghoun Oh, Chang Wook Ahn, Moongu Jeon

12:00 - 12:30

Small Universal Spiking Neural P Systems with Exhaustive Use of Rules

Xingyi Zhang, Yun Jiang, Linqiang Pan

12:30 - 13:30


Session 2 Session chair: Prof Linqiang Pan
13:30 - 14:00

Input Data Analysis by Neural Network

Tim Hendtlass

14:05 - 14:35

Algorithm for Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange Based on DNA Tile Self-Assembly

Zhen Cheng, Yufang Huang, Jin Xu

14:40 - 15:00

Afternoon tea

15:00 - 15:30

Effective Feature Extraction by Trace Transform for Insect Footprint Recognition

Bok-Suk Shin, Eui-Young Cha, Kwang-Baek Kim, Kyoung-Won Cho,
Reinhard Klette, Young Woon Woo

15:35 - 16:05

Effect of Bio-Inspired Multi-Stage Regulations for Diagnostic Molecular Automata

Miki Hirabayashi, Hirotada Ohashi, Tai Kubo

16:10 - 17:10 Student colloquium

  TUESDAY 30 September 2008

Master of ceremonies: Assoc Prof Jiuyong Li


Invited presentation

9:30 - 10:30 Insect Vision

David O'Carroll
10:30 - 10:50

Morning tea


Regular presentations

Session 3 Session chair: Prof Tim Hendtlass
10:50 - 11:20

Stochastic Pooling Networks: A Biologically Inspired Model for Robust Signal Detection and Compression

Mark D. McDonnell, Pierre-Olivier Amblard, Nigel G. Stocks

11:25 - 11:55

One-Time-Pads Encryption in the Tile Assembly Model

Zhihua Chen, Jin Xu

12:00 - 12:30

Efficient DNA Sticker Algorithms for DES

Zhihua Chen, Xiutang Geng, Jin Xu

12:30 - 13:30


Session 4 Session chair: Dr Grant Wigley
13:30 - 14:00

A Fast Solution to the Partition Problem by Using Tissue-Like P Systems

Daniel Díaz-Pernil, Miguel A. Gutiérrez-Naranjo, Mario J. Pérez-Jiménez, Agustín Riscos-Núñez

14:05 - 14:35

Automata-Based L-Grammar Extraction from Multiple Images for Virtual Plants

Hongchun Qu, Qingsheng Zhu, Lingqiu Zeng, Mingwei Guo, Zhonghua Lu

14:40 - 15:00

Afternoon tea

15:00 - 15:30

Solving the 0-1 Planning Problem Based on Self-Assembly of DNA Tiles

Yufang Huang, Zhen Cheng, Jin Xu

15:35 - 16:05

Research on Invasive Weed Optimization Based on the Cultural Framework

Xuncai Zhang, Zhihua Chen, Jin Xu, Guangzhao Cui, Ying Niu

17:30 till late Sunset drinks and conference dinner

  WEDNESDAY 1 October 2008

Master of ceremonies: Assoc Prof Jiuyong Li


Invited presentation

9:00 - 10:00 On the Power of Endocytosis and Exocytosis

Gabriel Ciobanu

Regular presentations

Session 5 Session chair: Mr Phillip Lock
10:05 - 10:35

An Efficient Genetic Algorithm Based on the Cultural Algorithm Applied to DNA Codewords Design

Yan-Feng Wang, Ying Niu, Guangzhao Cui

10:40 - 11:00 Morning tea
11:00 - 11:30

Extraction of Muscle Areas from Ultrasonographic Images Using Refined Histogram Stretching and Fascia Information

Kwang-Baek Kim, Sungshin Kim, Suhyun Park, Young Woon Woo

11:35 - 12:05

An Encryption Scheme Using DNA Technology

Guangzhao Cui, Limin Qin, Yanfeng Wang, Xuncai Zhang

12:10 - 12:30

Implementation of a Classification-Based Prediction Model for Plant mRNA Poly(A) Sites

Guoli Ji, Xiaohui Wu, Jiangyin Huang, Qingshun Quinn Li

12:35 - 12:55

Research on ACO with Multiple Nests’ Cooperation for Narrow TSP

Jiao Biao Wang, Wei Wang

13:00 - 13:20

A Method to Encrypt Information with DNA Computing

Zheng Zhang, Xiaolong Shi, Jie Liu

13:25 - 13:35

Closing ceremony (including best paper award ceremony)

13:35 - 14:05


14:10 till late

Optional post-conference tour (Cleland Wildlife Park)

Invited speakers

The invited speakers for BIC-TA 2008 and abstracts of their presentations are given below. You can view the professional biographies of the invited speakers by clicking on their names.

James Kennedy (Department of Labor, USA)

Title: Social Interaction Is a Powerful Optimizer: The Particle Swarm
Abstract: The particle swarm algorithm helps computer scientists and engineers solve hard problems, and also suggests insights into the computational power of social interaction.  The method evolved out of social psychological simulations of social influence processes featuring a positivity bias in self-presentation and a proclivity for mimicry, with some random noise added.  In this talk I will introduce the algorithm, show its connections to social behaviors in humans and other species, and discuss effects of variations in rules and parameters.  I will tend to emphasize research that simplifies the algorithm rather than making it harder, as researchers come to understand what is essential for intelligence to emerge in a population of simple interacting  entities.

Gabriel Ciobanu ('Alexandru Ioan Cuza' University of Iasi, Romania)

Title: On the Power of Endocytosis and Exocytosis
Abstract: Endocytosis is the process of moving items that are outside of the cell into the cytoplasm of the cell. Exocytosis is the process of moving items from the cytoplasm of the cell to the outside of the cell. These processes are abstracted by systems of mobile membranes. In my talk I will discuss the modelling and computational power of mobile membranes. First I will show how mobile membranes can be used to model the behaviour of dendritic cells in the human immune system. Then I will present results I have obtained which indicate the computational power of systems of mobile membranes.

David O'Carroll (University of Adelaide, Australia)

In his talk, David O'Carroll will discuss the research he and his colleagues are carrying out at the Insect Vision Research Laboratory at the University of Adelaide. This research asks how the brain makes sense of the world viewed by the eye. Insects are ideal for tackling this problem at theoretical, physiological and behavioral levels. With a visual system that accounts for as much as 30% of the lifted mass, some flying insects invest more in vision than any other animal. What happens to the abundance of information collected by such large eyes? How has the brain evolved to optimally extract the features from scenes that are most relevant to the behavior adopted? David and his colleagues have employed multidisciplinary approaches in addressing these challenging questions. Neural pathways are used for detection of moving patterns and objects. Computer models for circuits that can 'filter' out behaviorally relevant components of images that change in space and time are compared with physiological recordings from neurons in the insect brain. Both theory and physiological data are related to the behavior of different insects and their visual ecology. The principal aim is to deduce the algorithms used by insect neurons to generate specific responses to visual patterns. The insect optic lobe is a superb model system for studying mechanisms by which networks of neurons analyse visual stimuli. David and his colleagues adopt a wide variety of techniques drawn from biology, computer science and engineering to augment our basic neurophysiological approach to studying this system.


Information about the other aspects of the program will be available closer to the time of the conference.