This is the second edition of the Asian Symposium on Cellular Automata Technology (ASCAT) to be held during March 02-04, 2023. The first edition of ASCAT (ASCAT 2022) was held during March 03-05, 2022 in online mode. This time the event will be organised in hybrid mode. The symposium will officially be hosted by Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur (IIEST, Shibpur) in its campus at West Bengal, India. Target of the symposium is two-fold: to nurture the theories of cellular automata, and to explore the cellular automata as technology. The symposium is unique by its type -- it does not look cellular automata as only mathematical tool, but also as technology.
Since long, India has played a significant role in research on cellular automata (CAs): theory and applications. A number of workshops and seminars on CAs have also been organized in India. Not only India, other Asian countries like Japan, Turkey, Vietnam, Taiwan, etc. also contribute significantly in Cellular Automata research. In fact, to this date, an important part of research in cellular automata, both in terms of quality and quantity, comes from the Asian community of CAs researchers. Many of them work in the domain of Cellular Automata Technology. This symposium can be seen as a consequence of the contributions of these researchers.
In recent past, during the pandemic period, some of the Indian researchers have come forward in creating a virtual research group, Cellular Automata India where most of the cellular automata researchers and scientists from India as well as many renowned scientists from around the globe have joined. Two webinar series were already organized from this platform where eminent scientists delivered invited talks and shared their research with the audience. A lecture series in memory of John Horton Conway was also organised during April, 2021, and later an edited book (The Mathematical Artist: A Tribute to John Horton Conway) was published including the lectures and some invited articles. The recording of the events are available at Cellular Automata India YouTube channel. The ASCAT can be considered as an annual event of this virtual group.
The scope of the conference includes all the topics related to theory and applications of cellular automata. In particular, the topics of interest include (but is not limited to) the following:
Algebraic and Theoretical aspects of CA
Cellular Automata Models and Computation
Non-uniformity in Cellular Automata
Cellular Automata, Hardware Design and Security
Quantum-dot Cellular Automata
Cellular Automata, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence