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Welcome to UC ' 09!

The series of International Conferences UNCONVENTIONAL COMPUTATION (UC) is devoted to all aspects of unconventional computation, theory as well as experiments and applications. Typical, but not exclusive, topics are: natural computing including quantum, cellular, molecular, neural and membrane computing, as well as evolutionary paradigms; chaos and dynamical systems based computing; proposals for computations going beyond the Turing model.

We are proud to announce that the next edition of UC will be in the Azores (Portugal).

Azores is an archipelago comprised of nine islands located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, between Europe and North America. It evolved from volcanic eruptions over many millennia and all round the islands there are examples of curious volcanic phenomena. There are rounded craters, often filled with lakes, plus caves and deep tunnels formed by eruptions. Ancient black lava covers many surfaces on the islands, ranging from shiny obsidian to soft and porous lava, sometimes bubbling with steam from hot springs. The islands are full of natural reserves, protected landscape areas, parks and protected forests. The magic of the Azores is not only found in its stunning landscapes, but also in its history and culture. Its palaces, churches and fortresses are all reminders of when the island provided a stopover port for ships loaded with treasures from the Americas and the Orient.

Ponta Delgada is the biggest city of the Azores which is located on the southern coast of the São Miguel island. It has many magnificent buildings of tremendous architectural value portraying the urban architecture of the 16th to the 19th centuries. The majority of these are presently used to accommodate the various political, administrative, religious and cultural offices of the Azores, including the University of Azores, where UC ' 09 will be hosted.

The Azorean climate is temperate all year, without major variations in temperature. The mean day temperature ranges between 14 ºC and 25 ºC. The mean temperature of the sea, which is tempered by the Gulf Stream, ranges between 16 ºC and 22 ºC all year.

Please visit the official tourism site for more details.

See you in UC ' 09!