TPNC 2015

Important dates

July 21
July 27, 2015
Extended deadline for paper submission
(closing at 23:59h, CET)
August 26, 2015notification of paper acceptance or rejection
September 4, 2015early registration
September 4, 2015final version of the paper for the LNCS proceedings
November 8, 2015poster submission
November 15, 2015Notification of poster acceptance or rejection
December 1, 2015late registration
March 17,
April 1st, 2016
Extended deadline for
submission to the post-conference journal special issue


A volume of LNCS proceedings (Springer) will be available by the time of the conference.

Springer LNCS

A special issue of the journal Soft Computing (Springer, 2014 JCR impact factor: 1.271) will be later published containing peer-reviewed substantially extended versions of some of the papers contributed to the conference. Submissions to it will be by invitation.


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European Centre for Soft Computing
European Centre for Soft Computing

La universitat pública de Tarragona
La universitat pública de Tarragona

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TPNC is a conference series intending to cover the wide spectrum of computational principles, models and techniques inspired by information processing in nature. TPNC 2015 will reserve significant room for young scholars at the beginning of their career and particular focus will be put on methodology. The conference aims at attracting contributions to nature-inspired models of computation, synthesizing nature by means of computation, nature-inspired materials, and information processing in nature.


TPNC 2015 will take place in Mieres, in the north of Spain. The city is the heart of the coal mining industry in the country, today declining. The venue will be the European Centre for Soft Computing.


Topics include, but are not limited to:

A flexible "theory to/from practice" approach would be the perfect focus for the expected contributions.

Structure of the Conference

TPNC 2015 will consist of


Authors are invited to submit non-anonymized papers in English presenting original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single-spaced pages (including eventual appendices, references, proofs, etc.) and should be prepared according to the standard format for Springer Verlag's LNCS series. Submissions have to be uploaded to:


The registration form can be found here.

We kindly ask all the participants to register, including invited persons and members of the organizing committee.

Call for Posters

The 4th International Conference on the Theory and Practice of Natural Computing (TPNC 2015) invites authors to submit poster presentations.

Poster presentations are intended to enhance informal interactions with the conference participants, at the same time allowing for in-depth discussion.


Authors are encouraged to submit presentations that discuss novel work in progress on:

  • Nature-inspired models of computation
  • Synthesizing nature by means of computation
  • Nature-inspired materials
  • Information processing in nature
  • Applications of natural computing to: algorithms, bioinformatics, control, cryptography, design, economy, graphics, hardware, learning, logistics, optimization, pattern recognition, programming, robotics, telecommunications etc.
  • Posters do not need to show final research results. Work that might lead to new interesting developments is welcome.

    Key Dates

    • Submission deadline: November 8, 2015
    • Notification of poster acceptance or rejection: November 15, 2015


    Please submit a .pdf abstract through: It should contain the title, author(s) and affiliation, and should not exceed 500 words.


    Posters will be allocated 10 minutes each in the programme for oral presentation. Moreover, they will remain hanging out during the whole conference for discussion.


    Posters will not appear in the LNCS proceedings volume of TPNC 2015. However, they will be eligible for submission to the post-conference conference journal special issue in Soft Computing (Springer).


    At least one author of each accepted poster must register to the conference. Their registration fare is reduced: 225 Euro (appr. half of the cheapest fare for regular participants). Contributors of regular papers who in addition get a poster accepted must register for the latter too.