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Posted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:03 am
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We invite submissions to the Springer journal Cognitive Computation for
a special issue on Pointing at Boundaries: Integrating Computation and
Cognition on Biological Grounds. The submission deadline is March 31,
The prospect of direct biological computing accelerated with Gibson et
al.'s (2010) synthetic incubation of a bacterial genome. Cognitive
computation practices may supply synthetic biology with a biological
symbolic system, that is, facilitate the advent of biological machines:
direct computing. The editors of the Cognitive Computation Journal have
acknowledged the timeliness to promote interdisciplinary research within
the purview of living organisms and cognitive computation. Due to the
underlying spatial and self-modulating aspects of biological substrates
it makes sense to consider the computational/cognitive capacity of living
organisms. From the manipulation of biological substrates emerges the
prospect to identify recipes for combinatorial, multidimensional, and
topological organizations with a dynamics that escape conventional
spatial or time-spatial representation. The integration of computation
and cognition on biological grounds has the prospect of pointing at a
boundary system that is excitable, configurable, and manipulated within
the framework of living organisms and their biological substrates. The
next step in the development of direct computing hinges upon the
development of biological substrates as a computational diaphragm.

To meet this next step in computing specialized biological research will
revisit the pioneering olfactory receptor research pioneered by Linda
Buck and Richard Axel (Nobel Prize) and the bio-luminescent in quorum
sensing by Bonnie Blassler (Princeton and Howard Hughes Institute). The
use of chemical signals or bioluminescent substrates bring further
expertise to foster synthetic biology developed at JC Venter Institute.

Authors are invited to submit original and unpublished research.
Relevant areas of investigation and expertise include, but are not
limited to:
• synthetic biology
• membrane, natural, or evolutionary computing
• unconventional and quantum computing
• computational intelligence
• bio-optics: quorum sensing, bio-markers
• gene regulation in sensory pathways
• protein folding/misfolding (in vivo, Alzheimer's)
• multi-sensory processing (visuo-tactile, motor-sensory, feedback
• pharmaceutical and biomedical cellular delivery systems
• chemical ecology, chemosensory experimentation
• membrane channels, action potentials, voltage clamps, or
• aliphatic odors, combinatorial encoding, or predictive chemosensory
• dynamic olfactory architectures (metabolism and olfaction in
• neuroanatomy or neurophysiology (glia, glomeruli, photoreceptors,
olfactory receptors, neural firing)
• theory of mind, simulation theory experimentation, or synaptic
• theory of intelligence, consciousness
• hierarchical temporal memory, heterogenous logic
• combinatorial or multidimensional applications in granular/dynamic
• competitive games or visual experimentation on cognition, learning, or
• “games with purpose” or collaborative task experimentation
• mirror neurons, body maps, or brain plasticity
• frmi experiments (dyslexia, autism, aphasia, Alzheimer's Disease)
• vertebrate/invertebrate sensory behavior and communication
• evolutionary primatology color vision and olfaction (comparative
genomics or pseudogenes)
• amphibian embryology transgenics and microsurgery
• cladistics, phylogenetics, ontogeny, or sociobehavior across species
• facet analysis or pixelization paradigm methods

This call for papers will identify researchers from systematic biology,
neuroscience,topology, and related fields as they contribute to computer
science and the development of biological machines. Accepted research falls into one
of two categories: biological-computing or cognitive computation.
Pointing at boundaries in vivo extends in vitro research. Thus
biological substrates points us toward far-reaching social, medical, and
communication frameworks.

This special issue is expected to appear in MAR/JUN 2012.

Post submissions at:
Nathaniel Bobbitt Guest Editor

Important Dates
Submission of full paper (to be received by): MAR 31, 2011
First notification of acceptance: JUL 15, 2011
Submission of revised papers: SEP 15, 2011
Final notification to the authors: DEC 15, 2011
Submission of final/camera-ready papers: JAN 15, 2012