9th workshop on Biological Distributed Algorithms (BDA)

 June 23, 2023, Orlando, Florida

Workshop at PODC and collocated with FCRC (in particular STOC and SPAA)

BDA is focused on the relationships between distributed computing and distributed biological systems and in particular, on analysis and case studies that combine the two. Such research can lead to better understanding of the behavior of the biological systems while at the same time developing novel algorithms that can be used to solve basic distributed computing problems.

We strongly encourage participants to attend in person.

Registration: Please register for the workshop through FCRC. The link to register is here.

Lodging: Please refer to FCRC for a list of hotels offering discounted rates.


Session 1: The Interaction Between Distributed Algorithms and their Environments (8:45 am - 11:00 am)

Break (11:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Session 2: Collective Coordination and Synchrony (2:00 pm - 3:30 pm)

Coffee Break (3:30 pm - 4:00 pm)

Session 3: Scaling Up Distributed Algorithms to Brains and Buildings (4:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

Invited Speakers

Kaitlin Baudier

University of Southern Mississippi

Michael Smith

Auburn University

Luiz Pessoa

University of Maryland

Nils Napp

Cornell University

Spring Berman

Arizona State University

Stephen Pratt

Arizona State University

Dana Randall

Georgia Tech University

Elisa Franco


Matina Donaldson-Matasci

Harvey Mudd University

Nicola Santoro

Carleton University

Kerstin Lenk

TU Graz

Program Committee

Ziv Bar-Joseph

Carnegie Mellon University

Yuval Emek

Israel Institute of Technology

Melanie Moses

University of New Mexico

Joshua Daymude

Arizona State University

Amos Korman


Saket Navlakha

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Anna Dornhaus

University of Arizona

Nancy Lynch

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

PC Chairs

Arjun Chandrasekhar 

Southwestern Univeristy

Frederik Mallmann-Trenn

King's College London

Yannic Maus

TU Graz

Theodore (Ted) Pavlic

Arizona State University


Orlando World Center Mariott

8701 World Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821

Call for Papers

We solicit submissions of extended abstracts describing recent results relevant to biological distributed computing. We especially welcome extended abstracts describing new insights and / or case studies regarding the relationship between distributed computing and biological systems even if these are not fully formed. Since a major goal of the workshop is to explore new directions and approaches, we especially encourage the submission of ongoing work. Selected contributors would be asked to present, discuss and defend their work at the workshop. Submissions should be in PDF and include title, author information, and a 4-page extended abstract. Shorter submissions are also welcome.

Please use the following Oxford Abstracts submission link: https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/stages/5932/submitter

Accepted papers will have the opportunity to be submitted for expedited review to the Journal of Computational Biology. All published articles will be subject to a publication fee; we are currently working to negotiate a discounted rate for articles that come from BDA.

Note: The workshop will not include published proceedings. In particular, we welcome submissions of extended abstracts describing work that has appeared or is expected to appear in other venues.

 Important Dates:

07 April 2023 14 April 2023 — Extended abstract submission deadline

04 May 2023 – Decision notifications

23 June 2023 – Workshop

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