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13th International Workshop on Cellular Automata – AUTOMATA 2007
Henryk Fuks and Anna T. Lawniczak

We are pleased to present the second volume of Proceedings of the 13th International Workshop on Cellular Automata, AUTOMATA 2007, which took place at The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on August 27–29, 2007. The articles of these proceedings report on the newest developments in the theory and applications of Cellular Automata and Discrete Complex Systems presented and discussed at AUTOMATA 2007. The event attracted over 70 researchers from 16 different countries, distributed over all continents, who actively participated at the intense workshop of 40 talks and a poster session. AUTOMATA2007 covered the beauty and challenges of cellular automata & discrete complex systems research from mathematical, computer science, and statistical physics perspective with applications to diverse areas, e.g., epidemiology, sensor networks, highway traffic, tumour growth, or cardiac pacemaker design.

Since not all the researchers who presented their work at the conference submitted articles for publication in these Proceedings we provided a list of titles of invited and contributed talks and poster presentations in the introduction to the first volume of this proceedings, Journal of Cellular Automata, Volume 4, Number 2 (2009). Additionally, the complete list of the abstracts of AUTOMATA 2007 presentations is posted on http://www.fields.utoronto.ca/programs/scientific/07-08/automata07/contributedabstracts.html and audio recordings of the talks can be found at http://www.fields.utoronto.ca/audio/07-08/#automata07.

We would like to thank all AUTOMATA 2007 attendees for their active and informative participation to the meeting. We express our gratitude to all contributors for their excellent work and cooperation with editors in preparation of these Proceedings. We thank all the anonymous referees for their effort and constructive reports which helped to improve the quality of the published papers. We thank Danuta Makowiec for encouraging us to organize AUTOMATA 2007. We thank Thomas Worsch for his advice on organizational matters and for his help in handling the review process of several submitted papers. We also wish to express our special thanks to Andrew Adamatzky, the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Cellular Automata for his support and advice and the staff at Old City Publishing for making this special issue possible. Finally, we acknowledge generous financial and logistic support received from the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences in Toronto. Without this support, the workshop would certainly not be as successful as it was.

Henryk Fuks and Anna T. Lawniczak
August 6, 2008

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