The 6th Workshop on Membrane Computing and Biologically Inspired Process Calculi (MeCBIC 2012) took place in Newcastle on 8th September 2012 as a related event of CONCUR 2012, the 23rd International Conference on Concurrency Theory.
The modeling and the analysis of biological systems has attracted the interest of several research communities. The notion of compartments appears in rule-based formalisms as membrane computing, and in several process calculi (e.g., bio-ambients, brane calculi). A cross fertilization of various research areas has recently started; a deeper investigation of the relations between these related formalisms is interesting, as it is important to understand the similarities and the differences.
The main aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers working in these biologically inspired formalisms (membrane systems, Petri nets, ambient and brane calculi, their stochastic approaches, etc.) to present recent results and to discuss new ideas concerning such formalisms, their properties and relationships. Original research papers on biologically inspired process calculi are sought. Papers on the relationship between membrane systems and biologically inspired process calculi are welcome. Related formal approaches in which cell compartments play an important role are also within the scope of the workshop. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):