Grzegorz Rozenberg is one of the world leaders in research on
Theoretical Computer Science and Natural Computing. As a matter
of fact, he is often called the guru of Natural Computing,
having started promoting it as a coherent scientific discipline
already from the 1970s ? he gave this area its name and defined
its scope. He played a central role in the development of
theoretical computer science in Europe. His research is very
broad in scope and it is a prime example of interdisciplinary
research. He has authored exceptionally many research papers
opening new vistas as well as well-known books about
theoretical computer science and natural computing. He
supervised numerous Ph.D. students, many of whom have
become known scientists.
He serves or has served the international computer science
community in numerous roles, including: president of the
European Association for Theoretical Computer Science
(EATCS); cofounder and president of the International Society
for Nanoscale Science, Computation, and Engineering (ISNSCE);
chair of the steering committee of the DNA Computing
Conference; cofounder and chair of the steering committee of the
International Conference on Application and Theory of Petri
Nets; chair of the steering committee of the European
Educational Forum; cofounder and chair of the steering committee
of the International Conference on Developments in Language
Theory; co-chair of the steering committee of the International
Conference on Unconventional Computation and Natural
Computation; and director of European Molecular Computing
He also served on the editorial boards of many international
journals and book series. He is the editor-in-chief and either
the founder or a cofounder of some very well-known journals and
book series: the journal Natural Computing, the
journal Theoretical Computer Science C (Theory of Natural
Computing), the book series Monographs and Texts in Theoretical
Computer Science, the book series Natural Computing, and the
book series Advances in Petri Nets. For over 20 years, he was
the editor of the Bulletin of the European Association for
Theoretical Computer Science. He edited four handbooks: on
formal languages, on graph grammars and computing by
graph transformations, on membrane computing, and on natural
G. Rozenberg is a Foreign Member of the Finnish Academy of
Sciences and Letters, a member of Academia Europaea, and the
holder of Honorary Doctorates of the University of Turku,
Finland, the Technical University of Berlin, Germany,
the University of Bologna, Italy, the Åbo Akademi University in
Turku, Finland, the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland, and
the University of Bucharest, Romania. He has received
the Distinguished Achievements Award of the European Association
for Theoretical Computer Science ?in recognition of his
outstanding scientific contributions to theoretical computer
science?. He is an ISI highly cited researcher.
He has also a very active and creative life outside science. For
example, he is a performing magician, which is also reflected in
his research. His very impressive numerous scientific
results are somehow sprinkled with a touch of magic: this
explains the title of the symposium. Also, he is an expert in
paintings of Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch.
The talks given at the symposium will have an overview character
and together they will cover a broad range of topics reflecting
Grzegorz Rozenberg?s broad research interests. Among the
topics covered are: P vs NP, stochastic search, natural
computing, biologically-inspired models of computation, reaction
systems, chemical reaction networks, membrane computing,
graph isomorphism, graph polynomials, matroids, synthesis of
concurrent systems, Petri nets, formal language theory and
combinatorics on words, DNA rearrangements in ciliates, patterns
in genomes, smart textiles, smart drones, magic squares, wonder
cubes, and odor reproduction.
David Harel, Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel ? ?On
odor reproduction and how to test for it?
Hendrik Jan Hoogeboom, University of Leiden, the Netherlands
? ?From DNA rearrangements in ciliates to elegant graph
Juraj Hromkovic, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Zurich, Switzerland ? ?Why P vs. NP is so hard that even
magicians failed to solve it?
Natasha Jonoska, University of South Florida, USA ?
?Patterns emerging from a scrambled ciliate genome?
Juhani Karhumäki, University of Turku, Finland ?
?Combinatorics on words and k-abelian equivalence?
Jetty Kleijn, Leiden University, the Netherlands ? ?The
spellbinding simplicity of complex reaction systems?
Maciej Koutny, Newcastle University, UK ? ?Regions: the
magic ingredient in synthesis of concurrent systems?
Hermann Maurer, Academia Europaea and Graz University of
Technology, Austria ? ?Some unusual applications of computer
Giancarlo Mauri, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy ?
?Modelling and simulation of biochemical reaction systems?
George Paun, Institute of Mathematics of the Academy of
Romania ? ?Borderlines or limits? (in Natural Computing)?
Azaria Paz, Technion, Israel ? ?Linked magic squares on a
cube. Theme and variations?
Moshe Vardi, Rice University, USA ? ?The Automated-Reasoning
Revolution: From Theory to Practice and Back?
Erik Winfree, Caltech, USA ? ?Chemical reaction networks and
stochastic local search?
Registration deadline: June 5, 2017
Symposium: June 17, 2017
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