Call for Special Sessions & Events

We kindly invite you to propose Workshop/Special Session in the 6th World Congress on Nature and Biologically Inspired Computing (NaBIC2014) to be held in Porto, Portugal, from 30th July to 1st August 2014. NaBIC 2014 is intended to be a forum for discussing the state-of-the-art in machine intelligence, and address various issues on building up human friendly machines by learning from nature. The conference theme is Nurturing Intelligent Computing towards Advancement of Machine Intelligence.

Session organizer(s) will be responsible for advertising, promoting, and chairing the parallel special session during the conference. Papers will be reviewed by the panel reviewers from the Session Program Committee and approved by the General Conference Program Committee. Each Special Session is expected to have at least 5 papers and at least one author of each paper must register for the paper present during the session. Special Session paper submission will be done through NABIC 2014 submission management system and been evaluated with the same standards as the regular conference paper.

All proposal submissions will be reviewed by the NABIC 2014 special session chair and the general conference committee. The following criteria will be considered:

  • Relevance, interest, and value of the topic to NABIC 2014 attendees.
  • Complementarity to the NABIC 2014 program provided by the other tracks.
  • Completeness, clarity, and quality of the session proposal.
  • Qualification of the submitter(s) to organize the SS.
  • Likely success of the proposed session.
  • Overlap with other proposal or pre-selected activity.

All accepted papers will be included in the NABIC 2014 conference proceedings published by IEEE.

Submission Guidelines
Please send the Special Session proposals to the special session chairs with the following information, specified on the Special Session template.
Proposals for special session organization should be submitted electronically to:
Amélia Loja ( or/and Eduardo Solteiro Pires (

Workshops and Special Sessions Chair
Amélia Loja , Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, Portugal
Eduardo Solteiro Pires, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal
Important Dates
Special session proposals: March 15, 2014
Acceptance of special sessions: March 31, 2014

Organized Special Sessions:

Special Session 1: Nature and Biologically Inspired Multi-objective Optimization
Organizers: E. J. Solteiro Pires / P. B. De Moura Oliveira, UTAD University, Portugal

Special Session 2: Evolutionary Strategies in Computational Engineering
Organizer: Joaquim Infante Barbosa, Universidade de Évora

Special Session 3: Decision Making Intelligent Systems: Trends and Applications
Organizers: Ana Maria Madureira, ISEP/IPP, Portugal / Leonilde Varela, Minho University, Portugal

Special Session 4: Nature Inspired Software and Data Systems
Organizer: Saurav Karmakar, Matrix Technologies Inc, USA