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


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 of Information Processing (IFIP). Find other IFIP official events here.

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. Depending on the number of papers presented at the conference, a second special issue will be arranged in Complex Systems.

Important dates:

»Submission deadline full papers (12 pages): February 4, 2019
»Notification of acceptance full papers: March 15, 2019
»Final versions: March 29, 2019

»Submission deadline exploratory papers (8 pages): May 3, 2019
»Notification of acceptance exploratory papers: May 17, 2019

»Early registration deadline for full paper author: March 29, 2019
»Early registration for exploratory paper author/other participants: May 24, 2019
»Final registration deadline: June 7, 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