IEEE World Conference on Computational Intelligence: Special Session on Artificial Olfaction and Touch

World Conference on Computational Intelligence, 

July 18-23, Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona, BarcelonaSpain 

 Related Conference: International Joint Conference on Neural Networks 2010

Call for papers for Special Session

Computational Intelligence for Artificial Sensing: Olfaction and Touch



Recently there has been an renewed research activity in the field of biologically inspired computation for artificial sensing. While vision and hearing have received a great deal of attention in past decades, in new wave of research is being devoted to olfaction and hearing. Both olfaction and touch rely on large sensor arrays and both have an important component on signal and data processing, first in peripheral neural circuits and further on in higher cortical areas.

On the other hand, while in vision and audition stimuli can be systematically varied by frequency; there is not an equivalent metric for olfaction. The relationship between odour and structure is hardly understood.

Artificial Olfaction Systems combine an array of chemical sensors with partial specificity with pattern recognition systems for complex odour detection and identification. While the concept is more than 30 years old, most of the attention has been devoted to chemical sensor technology. Since the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology for Linda Buck and Richard Axel in 2004 for their discoveries of odorant receptors and the organization of the olfactory system, the research link to biology and to the psychophysics of olfaction has been strengthened.

In this sense, the field of computational intelligence for artificial sensing is growing fast. The new trend is not just to build computational neuroscience models of olfaction and touch, but to construct engineered artefacts where the operation of those models can be tested and validated. However, this path is just starting. 

The aim of the special session is to present latest’s advances in computational intelligence for Artificial Olfaction and Touch. The session will mainly focus on biologically inspired algorithms, although statistical learning techniques are also considered. 


Topics: We encourage submissions addressing the following issues:


-          Large sensor arrays: chemical and mechanical

-          Sensor diversity and redundancy

-          Noise reduction techniques

-          Computational models of olfaction and touch

-          Computational Intelligence Techniques applied to Olfaction and Tactile Data

-          Analysis of biological data with computational intelligence tools.

-          Psychophysics of Touch and Olfaction: Scenarios for algorithm testing.

-          Benchmarking of Artificial Sensing Systems

-          Robots with Olfactory/Tactile capabilities.

-          Active Chemical/Mechanical Sensing

-          Embedded algorithmic implementation for real-time operation.


Paper submission
All instructions and templates for submission can be found in the WCCI'10
web site ( Please, contact to the
special session organizers if you are planning to submit any paper.

Important Dates
Deadline for paper submission                  January 31, 2010
Notification of acceptance                     March 15, 2010
Final Paper Submission                         May 2, 2010


- Santiago Marco, Institut for BioEngineering of Catalonia & Universitat de Barcelona, Spain,

-  Agustín Gutierrez, Institut for BioEngineering of Catalonia & Universitat de Barcelona, Spain,

- Tony J Prescott, Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield,

Sunday, July 18, 2010 (All day) - Friday, July 23, 2010 (All day)
Barcelona, Spain