Hosted by Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU), Arts and Sciences Faculty, Mathematics Department,7th Conference on Machines, Computations and Universality (MCU) took place at Salamis Bay Conti Resort Hotel between 9 and 11 September 2015. The opening ceremony of the conference held on 9 September 2015.
During his opening address, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Prof. Dr. Ahmet Sözen expressed his pleasure in hosting prominent scientists in EMU. Stressing the importance of the event, Prof. Dr. Sözen wished all participants a productive and successful conference.
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Chair of Conference Organising Committee Prof. Dr. Rza Bashirov stated that a considerable number of scientific workshops, panels, and conferences are organised these days all over the word. However, the actual contribution of an academic event to the promotion of an university and the country is closely linked with the quality of the event as well as the publishing of the conference proceedings in internationally indexed journals. In this respect, with 56.5% as the rate of rejected applications for presentations, 7th Conference on Machines, Computations and Universality is a serious event in the field. MCU'15 conference proceedings is published by Springer Verlag as a separate volume of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), a respectable book series indexed by ISI Web of Science, ACM Digital Library, DBLP, Google Scholar, ISI Conference Proceedings Citation Index and other prominent index and databases.
The MCU Steering Committee Chair and proferssor of computer science of Orlean University Jérôme Durand-Loose thanked EMU administration for their support, the Program Committee for being selective, the Organisation Committee for a carefully organised event, and the speakers for their participation in the event. Jérôme Durand-Loose also put forth that an agreement has been settled with Fundamenta Informaticae, a SCI-Expanded journal, for the publication of extended conference papers.
Prominent speakers who attended the conference from the leading universities of the USA, Germany, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Hungary, Japan, China and the Ukraine delivered presentations on various subjects including Turing machines, automata theory, cellular automata, computability theory, Petri nets, parallel models, bioinformatics and proof theory.
The following are the presentations delivered by invited speakers: Jetty Klein, a professor of computer science of Leiden University, “Concurrency, Histories and Nets”; Mike Stannett, a professor of computer Science of Sheffield University, “Towards Formal Verification of Computations and Hypercomputations in Relativistic Physics”; Anne Siegel, a professor of computer Science of Renn University, “Decidability Problems for Self-induced Systems”; Linquang Pan, a professor of computer science of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, “Spiking Neural Systems: A Class of Parallel Computing Models Inspired by Neurons”. The presentation of Simon Martiel from University of Nice Sophia Antipolis entitled “An Intrinsically Universal Family of Casual Graph Dynamics” received the best student presentation award whilst the presentation of Trent Allen Rogers from Arkansas University entitled “The Simulation Powers and Limitations of Higher Temperature Hierarchical Self-Assembly Systems” received the best presentation award. During the open sessions, prospective projections and unsolved problems were discussed. Doctoral candiates of the department attended all the sessions of the conference in order to get maximum rewarding benefit.