The Third BIOMICS Workshop will take place from the 8th to the 10th of February at the University of Passau in Germany.

The main purpose of this workshop is to enable project partners to present the main findings from the third and last year of BIOMICS research to each other and to external guests, especially from the Interaction Computing Research Network (ICRN) and the UCOMP cluster. We also welcome speakers from outside the project who are working on similar topics.

Agenda for this workshop.

See the Abstracts and Presentations from the workshops in 2013 and 2014.


The project aims to develop a new model of computation inspired by the biochemistry of the cell and based on interactions. To the extent possible, the project aims to achieve structure-preserving mappings from the biological to the computational domain, specifically because through such mappings invariant quantities are mapped to invariant quantities. In this manner the project hopes to establish constraints in the computational domains that correspond to biological properties such as homeostasis and dynamical stability.

The project’s activities can be divided into the symmetry analysis of systems of differential equations from systems biology, the study of the algebraic structure of finite-state automata, the specification and proof-of-concept implementation of reactive, event-driven computational environments, and a category theory framework to connect all these domains through structure-preserving functors and adjunctions.

Topics of Interest

  • Algebraic and Coalgebraic Models for Cellular Pathways and Automata
  • Applications of Category Theory in Biology and Automata Theory
  • Automata, Graphs and Languages
  • Differentiated Multicellularity
  • Non-linear Coupling of Interacting Systems
  • Ontogeny, Computation and Division of Labour
  • System Specification in Biology and Computer Science
  • Symmetry Analysis of Systems of ODEs
  • Lie Theory
  • Stochastic and Functorial Methods in Systems Biology
  • Algebraic Automata Theory, Semigroups and Computer Algebra

Call for Contributions

We are interested in learning about fields of unconventional and biologically-inspired computing that may provide interesting new problems to which our mathematical machinery could be applied. Thus, any contributions from interdisciplinary efforts at the boundary of (any subset of) biology, chemistry, physics, electronics, and mathematics with computer science would be welcome.


Submissions can be made as a 1-page abstract in pdf format and should be received by the 11th of January.

As we will assemble a proceedings of the conference, authors are encouraged to produce longer contributions, which need to be received by the 14th of March. Contributions can be in any (pdf) form: short paper, long paper, or presentation slides. If a longer contribution is not sent we will utilize the abstract for the proceedings.

Please use the LNCS template to prepare your manuscript and submit your paper using the conference tool.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission: January 11th, 2016
  • Registration: January 15th, 2016
  • Workshop: February 8th-10th, 2016
  • Final paper for proceedings: March 14th, 2016


General Chair

  • Joachim Posegga, University of Passau

Local Organisers

  • Eric Rothstein, University of Passau
  • Daniel Schreckling, University of Passau

Program Chair

Scientific Committee

to be announced


The workshop will take place at the University of Passau in Germany in the Business Administration and Economics Building. On campus you need to look for the building of the "Wirtschaftswissenschaften (WIWI)".The map at Uni-Passau directions will help you to find the correct building. Just click on the orange buildings.

Talks will take place in room 026.

Registration and catering are available in rooms 027 and 028.

A preliminary agenda will  be pusblished soon.

For participation, please register with our conference tool!

Useful Information for Participants

About the University

Since opening its doors to the public in 1978, the University of Passau has quickly developed into a first address in German academia. The University regularly attains top positions in academic rankings, e.g. in Law, Business and Economics, Computer Science, Communication Studies, Political Science and Cultural Studies.

Some 12,000 students and doctoral researchers from more than 80 countries are enrolled at the University of Passau. In addition to studying in small learning groups, students benefit from the manageable size of the University campus, resulting in short distances and an excellent student experience. Our Centre for Key Skills gives staff and students the opportunity to develop those all-important transferable skills, such as leadership and communication, which are in great demand by employers. Representative surveys regularly attest to the high level of student satisfaction at the University.

Hotels in Passau


Art Hotel & Hostel
(Phone: 0049 851 851 78 582,
Rindermarkt 9, 94032 Passau

~ 20 min. walk to University


Hotel Cultellus **
(Phone: 0049 851 490 95 204,
Kleine Messergasse 12, 94032 Passau                  

~ 20 min. walk to University


Altstadt Hotel Passau ****
(Phone: 0049 851 3370,
Bräugasse 23-29, 94032 Passau

~ 25 min. walk to University


Schloss Ort ****
(Phone: 0049 851 34072, Website)
Im Ort 11, 94032 Passau

~ 25 min. walk to University


Passauer Wolf ****
(Phone: 0049 851 93 15 10, Website)
Untere Donaulände 4, 94032 Passau

~ 20 min. walk to University


Hotel Spitzberg ****
(Phone: 0049 851 955 480, Website)
Neuburger Straße 29, 94032 Passau

~ 15 min. walk to University

How to reach us from the airport

For full details please visit Uni-Passau directions

Airport Franz-Josef-Strauß, Munich/Erding

Onward journey by train:Go to the Airport Centre located on Level 03 and purchase a “Bayern Ticket”, indicating the number of travellers on the ticket (up to 5 persons can travel on one ticket; the price depends on the number of persons indicated. Please make sure your name is written or printed on the ticket, as otherwise the ticket is void). Bayern Tickets are valid on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 a.m. the following day and can be used on all regional trains, suburban trains, the subway and most bus routes (but not on ICE or IC trains). Do not take a local train to Munich but rather bus no. 635 to Freising.

The bus departs just outside the Airport Centre (MAC) – follow the “Bus” signs (see image on the right). Stay on the bus until its last stop, "Freising"; the trip will take some 20 minutes. At the station go to platform 4 and take the Regionalexpress (RE) train to Passau. The train journey lasts about two hours and there is an hourly service. Passau is the terminus of the train. Please note: The Bayern Ticket is valid on bus and train and can only be purchased before embarking upon the journey, either at a ticket machine or at the train counter.

Blue Danube Airport, Linz

Onward journey by train:Take the shuttle bus to Hörsching Railway Station ("BahnhofHörsching"), then take the Hörsching – Wels – Passau train.

The fastest way to Passau is by train from Hörsching via Wels to Passau.

For all passengers travelling by train Linz Airport provides shuttle bus to Hörsching train station between 5:00 am and 10:00 pm free of charge. The ride lasts approx. 3 minutes. Please contact the information counter at the airport. The train ride from Hörsching to Passau lasts approx. 1 to 2 hours.

Rhein-Main Airport, Frankfurt

The railway station at Frankfurt Airport is located directly opposite to Terminal 1. Arrival and departure of the trains is on platforms 4 to 7. The train ride from Frankfurt to Passau by ICE lasts approx. 4 hours.

How to reach us by train

To walk from Passau main train station to ITZ-house (1,7 km – approx.  20 minuteS)

  • Leave the train station, turn right and walk about  1000 m through the shopping street
  • In front of the restaurant „BayerischerLöwe“ turn right, the shopping mall “StadtGalerie” is on your right
  • Behind the green tower building cross the “Exerzierplatz
  • At the Nikola monastery please use the gateway, follow the pedestrian crossing
  • Turn right, follow the way parallel to the river “Inn” until you reach the ITZ-House (glass building) after approx. 800 m
  • At ITZ-house the meeting takes place in room ITZ 004

By bus to bus stop “Wörthstraße 

Lines 8 and 9 directed to „Kohlbrucküber (via) Klinikum (hospital)”, ITZ-house – bus stop “Wörthstraße

How to reach us by car

Highway exit “Passau-Süd(5,9 km – approx. 7 minutes)

Take St2110 to Innstraße in Passau

1. Head east on St2618 toward Schönauermaisstraße 750 m
2. Continue onto St2110 1.4 km
3. Continue onto Neuburger Straße
2.4 km
4. Turn right onto Leonhard-Paminger -Straße 950 m
5. Turn left onto Innstraße
600 m