Aim and Scope

Membrane computing is an area of computer science aiming to abstract computing ideas and models from the structure and the functioning of living cells, as well as from the way the cells are organized in tissues or higher order structures. It deals with membrane systems, also called P systems, which are distributed and parallel algebraic models processing multisets of objects in a localised manner (evolution rules and evolving objects are encapsulated into compartments delimited by membranes), with an essential role played by the communication among compartments and with the environment.

From a systems biological point of view, membrane systems provide a discrete modelling approach to describe biological reaction systems composed of interconnected membranes. Each membrane delimits a spatial region in which chemical reactions can occur. Within a membrane, a multiset of objects represents molecular particles while dedicated term-rewriting mechanisms simultaneously execute reaction rules associated to each membrane. Supplementary rules can control the exchange of objects among membranes or even modify the membrane structure. Hence, capturing descriptional aspects of structural dynamics is seen as an advantageous feature of membrane systems. Further information about membrane computing can be found at the P systems web page.

Having now for the first time the status of a conference, CMC11 aims for continuing the fruitful tradition of 10 previous editions of the International Workshop on Membrane Computing (WMC). It is intended to bring together researchers working in membrane computing and related areas in a friendly atmosphere enhancing communication and cooperation. We are pleased to host CMC11 at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena in collaboration with the Jena Centre for Bioinformatics under the auspices of the European Molecular Computing Consortium and the Molecular Computing Task Force of the Emergent Technologies Technical Committee at IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.

You are cordially welcome to CMC11 in Jena.

Important Dates

Paper submission: 10 May 2010   16 May 2010 (extended and now firm)

Paper notification: 4 June 2010   7 June 2010

Early bird registration: 11 June 2010   14 June 2010

Camera-ready version: 5 July 2010 (firm!)

Registration deadline: 5 July 2010 (firm!)

Conference: 24-27 August 2010


German Research Foundation Jena Centre for Bioinformatics Friedrich Schiller University of Jena Department of Bioinformatics


Thomas Hinze (CMC11 PC co-chair and OC chair)
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Lehrstuhl Bioinformatik, Biologisch-Pharmazeutische Fakultät
Ernst-Abbe-Platz 1-4, D-07743 Jena, Germany