Decision Making in Nature Workshop

Scope of the workshop

Decision making has been intensively studied in a variety of scientific disciplines ranging from neuroscience, economics, psychology, physics and information sciences. Understandings of decision making observed in nature from the viewpoint of computing and system modeling are beneficial to gain insights into the nature as well as their utilizations in a variety of applications. The “Decision Making in Nature” Workshop, a Satellite Workshop of the 17th International Conference on Unconventional Computation and Natural Computation (UCNC 2018), aims to shed light into decision making from the perspectives of computing and modeling as well as their unique methodologies based on, for example, mathematics, mathematical physics, etc. This workshop is co-organized by photonic decision making project funded by CREST program* of the Japan Science and Technology Agency.

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Workshop organizers

  • Makoto Naruse

National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Tokyo, Japan


  • Matteo Cavaliere
    Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom



Workshop speakers

  • Taiki Takahasi, Hokkaido University, Japan
    Neural and Quantum Computation in Decision Making over Time and under Uncertainty
  • Hirokazu Hori, University of Yamanashi, Japan
    Categorical Understanding of Value Alignment (TBD)
  • Matteo Cavaliere, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (TBD)
  • Makoto Naruse, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan
    Theory and Experiments of Photonic Decision Making


Contributed talks

Contributed talks in Decision Making in Nature Workshop are welcomed. However, due to the limitation of the time duration of the workshop, the number of contributed talks may be limited. Also, the submitted abstracts are NOT included in the proceedings of UCNC conference. Note also that participants of the workshop need registration to the UCNC conference.


Submission of contributed talks:

Please send a one-page abstract in PDF format by email to the session organizers (email: and

Important dates:

Submission deadline: March 1, 2018

Notification of acceptance: March 20, 2018