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7th International Conference on Bio-Inspired Models of Network, Information, and Computing Systems

December 10–11, 2012 | Lugano, Switzerland


Proceedings published:




  • The BEST PAPER AWARD was assigned (by participants' voting) to: Jerome Guzzi, Alessandro Giusti, Luca M. Gambardella, Gianni A. Di Caro, for the paper Bioinspired Obstacle Avoidance Algorithms for Robot Swarms

  • The conference PROGRAM is online (PDF)

  • The Social Program is online

  • The BIONETICS 2012 Conference Registration is now open.

  • Camera-ready deadline is 30 November 2012.

  • Four Keynote speakers: (more info in Keynote talks )

    Prof. Juergen Schmidhuber (IDSIA, Lugano, Switzerland):
    Neural Network ReNNaissance & Formal Theory of Fun

    Prof. Nicola Gatti (Politecnico of Milan, Italy):
    Crowding games: a formal method for social interaction

    Prof. Franco Zambonelli (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy):
    Engineering Socio-Technical Urban Superorganisms

    Prof. Anthony Weiss (University of Sydney, Australia)
    Self-Assembly at the Molecular Scale


You are cordially invited to participate to BIONETICS 2012, the 7th International ICST Conference on Bio-Inspired Models of Network, Information and Computing Systems, to be held in Lugano, Switzerland, from December 10th to 11th 2012 (Monday - Tuesday), at the Congress Center.


BIONETICS 2012 aims to provide a world-leading and unique opportunity for bringing together researchers and practitioners from diverse disciplines that seek the understanding of the fundamental principles and design strategies in biological systems, and leverage those understandings to build bio-inspired systems for problem-solving and engineering applications, with a special focus on: networking, distributed systems, information processing, multi-agent systems, single and multi-robot systems, biomimetics, optimization, bioinformatics, and modeling of biological and bio-synthetic systems.


Scope of the Conference


BIONETICS 2012 solicits contributions dealing with the modeling and application of ideas from natural processes and systems. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to): 

  • Signal/information processing and communication models in biological systems 

  • Coordination and cooperation models in biological systems

  • Bio-inspired formal models and methods

  • Bio-inspired algorithms and mechanisms

  • Bio-inspired software and hardware systems

  • Biomimetics, bioengineering, and synthetic biological systems

  • Modeling and simulation of bio-inspired systems, biological systems, synthetic biological systems

  • Self-* properties in bio-inspired systems, biological systems and synthetic biological systems

  • Design and performance issues in bio-inspired systems and synthetic biological systems

  • Design of hybrid systems combining bio-inspired methods with methods from other domains

  • Tools, testbeds, and deployment issues in bio-inspired and synthetic biological systems

  • Real-world applications and standardization of bio-inspired systems and synthetic biological systems

  • Socially-aware, game theoretic, and other metaphor-driven interdisciplinary approaches to bio-inspired systems and synthetic biological systems


Special Tracks

  • Organic computing systems 

  • Bio-inspired cooperative networking 

  • Engineering emergence: techniques, applications, and practice

  • Bio-inspired cooperation and coordination in swarm robotics and multi-robot systems 

  • Bio-inspired learning mechanisms in single and multi-agent/component systems

  • Nano-scale communications and networking

  • Design and engineering of swarm systems

  • Bio-inspired intrusion detection in networks and multi-robot systems

  • Bio-inspired processing of audio and visual information

  • Modeling and application of gene regulatory networks

  • Bio-inspired self-assembly from nano- to macro-scales

  • Bioinformatics