Manchester Metropolitan University

Unconventional Computing Conference coming to Manchester

Manchester Met will be hosting a major international conference in the growing field of unconventional computing, with a focus on the intersection between biology and computer science.

The Unconventional Computation and Natural Computation Conference will take place in the Business School, 11-15 July.

World-leading researchers in the field will be converging on Manchester to explore new ways of computing beyond traditional models, discussing “brain-inspired” computing and how elements such as DNA or living cells can integrate with computation.

Professor Martyn Amos, from the School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology, is a specialist in unconventional computing and will chair the conference. Established in 1998, the first conference was hosted in Auckland, New Zealand, where he attended as a guest speaker. At the time, his was the first PhD in the world in the area of unconventional computation and with Manchester awarded European City of Science for 2016, it is timely that the city will be hosting a conference with such international appeal.

“The award of UCNC to Manchester Met is recognition of the world-leading research we’re doing here in unconventional computing,” Martyn said.

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