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10th EAI International Conference on Bio-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (formerly BIONETICS)

March 15–16, 2017 | Hoboken, New Jersey, United States

Call for Papers: BICT 2017 Special Track on
Bio-Inspired Approaches to Cyber Security (BACS)


Information and communication technologies (ICT) continue to co-evolve with Cyberspace, a realm defined not only by technologies but also by the actions of its human and social agents.  Indeed, cyberspace has become integral to people, communities, and nations who exchange increasing amounts of social, personal, sensitive, and private information.  Yet cybersecurity, focused on the safety and protection of assets within cyberspace, remains a persistent and critical problem warranting novel analytic, computational, and practical approaches to thought, planning, and design, and response.  Collectively our aim is to enhance the safety and trustworthiness of cyberspace and advance a science of cybersecurity. 

In the spirit of BICT 2017 we introduce BACS to address the newly emerging bio-inspired approaches to cyber security. This special track offers a multidisciplinary venue for researchers and practitioners from diverse areas to seek understanding of key principles, processes, and mechanisms in biological systems and to leverage those understandings to develop novel thought about bio-inspired cybersecurity or the cybersecurity of bioinspirational ICT designs.

This track initiates a focused discussion on the topic of cybersecurity, and therefore it seeks a variety of expositions aimed at introducing diverse problems and approaches, overviewing historical developments, and charting essential and open problems.  Positional, overview, case studies, and prospectus papers are welcome, and both short and long papers will be considered.  Please refer to BICT call for important deadline information.  The program committee welcomes submissions that propose diverse mathematical and scientific modeling techniques, either derived from or validated within biological systems, to improve cyber security.

Papers may also align with BICT 2017 thrusts.  Examples might include investigating how we consider biologically inspired security mechanisms within existing ICT or identifying the safety/security/privacy problems within emergent or bioinspirational ICT designs (such as adversarial attacks in multi-agent systems, swarms, or sensor systems).  Additionally, analysis of the scientific principles underpinning biological and/or cyber system design is welcome.


  • Agent Based Models
  • Algorithm Design
  • Automated Patching
  • Behavior Analysis and Attack Recognition
  • Cyber Security
  • Cyber-Physical-Social Systems
  • Cyber Security and Privacy in Smart Cities
  • Cyber Security of Autonomic Systems (autonomy)
  • Deception and Adversarial Models within Cyber Systems
  • Distributed Optimization
  • Evolutionary Game Theory and Evolutionary Dynamics
  • Formal Verification
  • Game and Decision Theory
  • Identity Deception and Self Recognition
  • Artificial Immune Systems and Immunity Responses
  • Simulation Infrastructure for Bio-Inspired Computing
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Machine Learning and Model Validation
  • Middleware for Bio-Inspired Computing
  • Repeated Games
  • Science of Cyber Security
  • Trustworthy computing
  • Verification Tools for Bio-Inspired Computing

Program Committee: 

William Casey, Carnegie Mellon University, USA (Chair)

Yang Cai: Carnegie Mellon University, USA

William Eddy, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

James Edmondson, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Krishnendu Ghosh, Miami University Ohio, USA

Eric Hatleback, Carnegie Mellon University and University Pittsburgh, USA

Leigh Metcalf, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Bud Mishra, NYU Courant, USA

Jose Andre Morales, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Lanier Watkins, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Jialong Zhang, IBM Research, USA


Paper submission deadline: December 15, 2016
Notification: December 25, 2016
Camera ready: January 19, 2017
Special track: TBD during March 15-17th, 2017


Authors are invited to submit regular papers (up to 8 pages each), short papers (up to 4 pages each) or poster/demo papers (up to 2 pages each) in ACM's paper template. Up to two extra pages are allowed for each paper with extra page charges. See for more details.


All accepted paper will be published through ACM Digital Library and submitted for indexing by SI, EI Compendex, Scopus, ACM Library, Google Scholar and many more. Selected papers will be considered for publication in leading journals including: