IFIP Working Group 1.5

Cellular Automata and Discrete Complex Systems

IFIP Working Group 1.5: Cellular Automata and Discrete Complex Systems

IFIP – the International Federation for Information Processing – is the leading multinational, apolitical organisation in Information & Communications Technologies and Sciences. It is recognised by United Nations and other world bodies, and represents IT Societies from 56 countries, covering five continents with a total membership of over half a million, linking more than 3500 scientists from Academia & Industry, with 13 Technical Committees and about 130 Working Groups.

The Working Group 1.5 on Cellular Automata and Discrete Complex Systems is the fifth working group of TC 1, the Technical Committee on “Foundations of Computer Science”.


The Working Group 1.5, on Cellular Automata and Discrete Complex Systems, has the following attributions:

  • 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.


The scope of the working group encompasses all fundamental aspects of cellular automata and discrete complex systems, in particular:

  • Dynamics
  • Algebraic aspects
  • Complexity issues
  • Emergent properties
  • Formal language processing
  • Models of parallelism and distributed systems
  • Phenomenological descriptions
  • Scientific modeling
  • Practical applications

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