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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Eighth International Conference on Swarm Intelligence, Sep12-14, 2012. Brussels, BELGIUM

ANTS 2012

The On-line Submission System is now Active!

You can access the system by going to the web site:

Scope of the Conference

Swarm intelligence is a relatively new 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 many 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 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 2012 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 12-14, 2012.

Relevant Research Areas

ANTS 2012 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 

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.

Publication Details

Conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNCS series.

The journal Swarm Intelligence will publish a special issue dedicated to ANTS 2012 that will 
contain extended versions of the best research works presented at the conference. Further details 
will be published on the web site.

Best Paper Award

A best paper award will be presented at the conference. The prize winner will receive a certificate
signed by the conference organizers and a bronze sculpture of an ant expressly created for the 
ANTS conference by the Italian sculptor Matteo Pugliese (

Invited talks

- Prof. Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) on "Towards Simulating the Foundations of Society"

- Prof. Nigel R. Franks (University of Bristol, UK) on "Ants, Bees and Brains"

- Prof. Vijay Kumar (University of Pennsylvania, USA) on "Architectures, abstractions, and 
algorithms for large teams of robots"

Further Information

Up-to-date information will be published on the web site For 
information about local arrangements, registration forms, etc., please refer to the above-mentioned
web site or contact the local organizers at the address below.

Conference Address

ANTS 2012
IRIDIA CP 194/6 Tel +32-2-6502729
Universit Libre de Bruxelles Fax +32-2-6502715 Av. F. D. Roosevelt 50 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium email:

Important Dates

Submission deadline March 2, 2012
Notification of acceptance May 3, 2012
Camera ready copy May 17, 2012
Conference September 12-14, 2012

ANTS 2012 Organizing Committee

General Chair:
Marco Dorigo, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium

Technical Program Chairs:
Christian Blum, ALBCOM, LSI, Universitat Politcnica de Catalunya Andries Engelbrecht, University 
of Pretoria, South Africa Roderich Gro, Sheffield University, UK

Publication Chair:
Anders Lyhne Christensen, Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, Portugal

Organization Chairs:
Mauro Birattari, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium Thomas Sttzle, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium

Local Arrangements:
Andreagiovanni Reina, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium Arne Brutschy, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium