Swarm intelligence is the discipline that deals with the study of self-organizing processes both in nature and in artificial systems.
Researchers in ethology and animal behavior have proposed a number of
models to explain interesting aspects of social insect behavior such
as self-organization and shape-formation. Recently, algorithms and
methods inspired by these models have been proposed to solve difficult
problems in many domains.
An example of a particularly successful research direction in swarm intelligence is ant colony optimization, the main focus of which is on
discrete optimization problems. Ant colony optimization has been
applied successfully to a large number of difficult discrete
optimization problems including the traveling salesman problem, the
quadratic assignment problem, scheduling, vehicle routing, etc., as
well as to routing in telecommunication networks. Another interesting
approach is that of particle swarm optimization, that mainly focuses
on continuous optimization problems. Here too, a number of successful applications can be found in the recent literature. Swarm robotics is
another relevant field. Here, the focus is on applying swarm
intelligence techniques to the control of large groups of cooperating autonomous robots.
ANTS 2016 will give researchers in swarm intelligence the opportunity
to meet, to present their latest research, and to discuss current
developments and applications.
The three-day conference will be held in Brussels, Belgium, on September
Relevant Research Areas
ANTS 2016 solicits contributions dealing with any aspect of swarm
intelligence. Typical, but not exclusive, topics of interest are:
Behavioral models of social insects or other animal societies that
can stimulate new algorithmic approaches.
Empirical and theoretical research in swarm intelligence.
Application of swarm intelligence methods, such as ant colony
optimization or particle swarm optimization, to real-world problems.
Theoretical and experimental research in swarm robotics systems.
Conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNCS.
The journal Swarm Intelligence will publish a special issue dedicated
to ANTS 2016 that will contain extended versions of the best research
works presented at the conference. Further details will soon be
published on the web site.
Auditorium R42.4.502, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and
Management, Campus du Solbosch, Université Libre de Bruxelles,
Av. F.D. Roosevelt 42, 1050 Brussels, Belgium.
Best Paper Award
A best paper award will be presented at the conference.
Up-to-date information will be published on the web site http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/ants2016/. For information about local
arrangements, registration forms, etc., please refer to the
above-mentioned web site or contact the local organizers at the