Introduction

ACMC 2017 is one of the flagship conferences on Membrane Computing, aiming to provide a high-level international forum for researchers working in membrane computing and related areas, especially for the ones from the Asian region. This conference is the sixth edition of ACMC with the five editions having successfully taken place in Wuhan (China, 2012), Chengdu (China, 2013), Coimbatore (South India, 2014), Anhui (China, 2015), and Bangi (Malaysia, 2016), and also a geographical expansion of CMC (Conference on Membrane Computing) which is held every year from the year of 2000 in different European Countries.

Like artificial neural networks, evolutionary algorithms, swarm intelligence, cellular automata and DNA computing, membrane computing is also a branch of natural computing or nature-inspired computing and was initiated by Gheorghe Păun in 1998. It aims to abstract computing models, called membrane systems or P systems, from the structure and the functioning of the living cell as well as from the cooperation of cells in tissues, organs, and populations of cells. This research area has grown into a vigorous scientific discipline and has attracted a large number of researchers all over the world.

ACMC 2017 is planned as a friendly interactive conference with several introductory tutorials, several keynote lectures and some specialized sessions, which will cover a wide range of topics on membrane computing, including theory, applications, implementation and various aspects related to membrane computing. The registration fee will be of about 3500 RMB per person. This fee covers the participation, the special dinner, the tourist programme, as well as the lunches. The accommodation, to be paid by each participant, will be available at various prices. Various accommodation possibilities will be posted soon on the conference page.