The 25th International Workshop on Cellular Automata and Discrete Complex Systems AUTOMATA 2019 will take place on June 26-28 in Guadalajara, Mexico.



  • You may download here the Springer’s LNCS proceedings:

  • All talks will take place in the auditorium Dr. Nikolai V. Mitskievich , Module Y, CUCEI.


About the Conference

AUTOMATA 2019 is the twenty-fifth workshop in a series of events established in 1995. These workshops aim:

  • To establish and maintain a permanent, international, multidisciplinary forum for the collaboration of researchers in the field of Cellular Automata (CA) and Discrete Complex Systems (DCS).
  • To provide a platform for presenting and discussing new ideas and results.
  • To support the development of theory and applications of CA and DCS (e.g. parallel computing, physics, biology, social sciences, and others) as long as fundamental aspects and their relations are concerned.
  • To identify and study within an inter- and multidisciplinary context, the important fundamental aspects, concepts, notions and problems concerning CA and DCS.

In the recent years the workshop took place in Gent, Belgium in 2018, Milan, Italy in 2017, Zurich, Switzerland in 2016, Turku, Finland 2015, Himeji, Japan in 2014, and Gießen, Germany in 2013.

The AUTOMATA series is the official annual event of IFIP WG 1.5, the Working Group 5 (on Cellular Automata and Discrete Complex Systems), of the Technical Committee 1 (on Foundations of Computer Science), of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP). Find other IFIP official events here.

AUTOMATA 2019 will be the Silver Jubilee of the event, so the programme will reflect this special occasion.

Topics (not exhaustive):

dynamic, topological, ergodic and algebraic aspects of CA and DCS
algorithmic and complexity issues
emergent properties
formal languages
symbolic dynamics
models of parallelism and distributed systems
synchronous versus asynchronous models
phenomenological descriptions and scientific modelling
applications of CA and DCS

Invited speakers


There are two paper categories of submission:

  • Full papers
  • Exploratory papers

Full papers are meant to report more complete and denser research, while exploratory papers are meant to be short reports of recent discoveries, work-in-progress or partial results. Submissions of full papers are refereed and selected by the program committee. Exploratory papers go through a less rigorous evaluation process. All accepted papers must be presented at the conference.

Accepted full papers will appear in the proceedings published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. Exploratory papers will not be included in the LNCS proceedings, but in local proceedings that will be distributed at the workshop.

Special Issue

A special issue, collecting extended and improved versions of some selected papers presented at the conference, will be published in Natural Computing (NACO).

Submission deadline: December 15th 2019

Submissions to the special issue are expected to be substantially extended compared to the conference version and should incorporate results and background/analysis that did not appear in your AUTOMATA 2019 paper. This is not only required by the journal NACO, but it is also meant to protect the authors from committing “self-plagiarism”. As a general guideline, the extended version is expected differ about 25% – 30% from the conference version.

There will be a full review process and accepted submissions must meet the high standards expected by Natural Computing.

Information on how to prepare your submission to natural computing may be found by choosing the “Instructions for Authors” tab on the webpage

Articles should be submitted using the Editorial Manager for Natural Computing found at

Login to the Editorial Manager, choose “Submit New Manuscript”, and follow the next steps:

  1. Select the ‘Original Article’ article type.
  2. Select the response as ‘Yes’ for the question ‘Does this manuscript belong to a special issue?’ under ‘Additional Information’ step.
  3. Choose the special issue “S.I.:Automata2019”  and proceed further.

Important dates:

»Submission deadline full papers (12 pages): February 4th, 2019 February 17th, 2019
»Notification of acceptance full papers: March 15th, 2019 March 24th, 2019
»Final versions: March 29, 2019 April 3rd, 2019

»Submission deadline exploratory papers (8 pages): May 3rd, 2019 May 10th, 2019
»Notification of acceptance exploratory papers: May 17th, 2019
»Final versions of exploratory papers: May 24th, 2019

»Early registration deadline for full paper author: April 3rd, 2019
»Early registration for exploratory paper author/other participants: May 24th, 2019
»Final registration deadline: June 7th, 2019


Authors are invited to submit papers of no more than 12 pages (for full papers) or 8 pages (for exploratory papers) via EasyChair:

Submissions should contain original research that has not previously been published. Submission must be formatted in LaTeX using the LNCS format and submitted in PDF. Papers authored or co-authored by PC members are also welcomed.

25th International Workshop on Cellular Automata and Discrete Complex Systems