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FGCS Special Issue on Bioinspired Algorithms in Complex Ephemeral Environments

Future Generation Computer Systems
The International Journal of eScience (IF=3.997, Q1)
ISSN: 0167-739X


The concept of ephemeral computing is still under discussion and no standard definition has reach a consensus among the research community. The basic ephemeral properties can be stated as those with a transitory nature that may affect the functioning of distributed versions of computer algorithms. Although the capacity and computer power of small and medium devices (as smartphones or tablets) are increasing swiftly, their computing capacities are usually underexploited. The availability of highly-volatile heterogeneous computer resources capable of running software agents requires an appropriate design and implementation of algorithms. This will allow to make a proper use of the available resources while circumventing the potential problems that may produce such non-reliable systems. Among the desired features for the algorithms under consideration -that will potentially be run on non-dedicated local computers, remote devices, cloud systems, ubiquitous systems, etc.- we look for ephemerality-awareness, which is related to self-capability for understanding the underlying systems where the algorithm is run as well as taking decisions on how to proceed taking into account the non-reliable nature of the system. Algorithms consciously running on this kind of environment require specific properties in terms of flexibility, plasticity and robustness. Bioinspired algorithms are particularly well suited to this endeavour, thanks to some of the features they inherit from their biological sources of inspiration, namely decentralized functioning, intrinsic parallelism, resilience, and adaptiveness.

Therefore, this special issue will be focused on:

  1. the deployment of bioinspired algorithms such as evolutionary algorithms or swarm intelligence methods (and in general complex metaheuristics and evolutionary multi-agent systems) on computational environments featuring ephemeral-like properties (such as unreliability, dynamicity, and/or heterogeneity, just to mention a few) and
  2. the use of bioinspired algorithms to model or analyze systems with the aforementioned properties, including but not limited to social network dynamics, ephemeral clustering and pattern mining, ephemeral computational creativity and content generation, and in general any new and innovative domains with ephemeral-like features.

Topics appropriate for this special Issue include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Computational creativity
  • Content generation, behaviour and data analysis in video games
  • Social Network analysis
  • Ephemeral pattern mining
  • Ephemeral clustering
  • Evolutionary ephemeral-based algorithms to new and innovative domains
  • Swarm ephemeral-based algorithms to new and innovative domains
  • Online and streaming data analysis
  • Human behavioural modeling in ephemeral environments

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: July 15, 2017
  • Pre-screening notification: August 1, 2017
  • First round notification: September 15, 2017
  • Revision due: November 1, 2017
  • Final notification: December 1, 2017
  • Final Manuscript due: December 31, 2017
  • Tentative publication date: March-April, 2018

Instructions for Manuscripts

Paper submissions for the special issue should follow the submission format and guidelines for regular Elsevier Journal of Future Generation Computer Systems at https://www.evise.com/evise/jrnl/FGCS. All the papers will be peer-reviewed following the FGCS reviewing procedures. Guest editors will make an initial determination of the suitability and scope of all submissions. Papers will be evaluated based on their originality, presentation, relevance and contributions, as well as their suitability to the special issue. Papers that either lack originality, clarity in presentation or fall outside the scope of the special issue will not be sent for review and the authors will be promptly informed in such cases. Authors should select “SI: EphemeCH” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.

The submitted papers must provide original research that has not been published nor currently under review by other venues. Previously published conference papers should be clearly identified by the authors at the submission stage and an explanation should be provided about how such papers have been extended to be considered for this special issue. Extended conference contributions must have at least 50% difference from the original works (the authors must indicate the conference name and make the reference to the base conference paper).

Guest Editors

David Camacho (Lead guest editor)
Computer Science Department
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

Carlos Cotta
Dept. de Lenguajes y Ciencias de la Computación
Universidad de Málaga, Spain

Juan J. Merelo Guervós
Departamento de Arquitectura y Tecnología de Computadoras
Universidad de Granada, Spain

Francisco Fernández de Vega
Departamento de Arquitectura y Tecnología de Computadores
Universidad de Extremadura, Spain


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